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(9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.)


The School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences Colloquium Series 2017-2018.

Title: Word Learning from the Infant’s Perspective with Linda Smith, PhD
Distinguished Professor and Chancellor’s Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Indiana University

The School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences welcomes you to attend the BBS talks in GR 4.428.

Don't miss the opportunity to enhance your knowledge and grow professionally by hearing these experts in their fields.

Refreshments Provided

See The School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences for more events.


Mathematical Sciences Colloquium by Emily Grosholz Friday, Feb 23
(11 a.m. - 12 p.m.)

Emily Grosholz

English and Philosophy

Penn State University

The Growth of Mathematical Knowledge

My focus in the philosophy of mathematics has always been on the ways in which mathematical knowledge grows. Working through detailed case studies in my past three books (1991, 2007 and 2016), I have proposed an account of the growth of mathematical knowledge in terms of intersecting domains, patterns of ampliative reasoning, shifts in notation, and the combination of reference and (Leibnizian) analysis. I will explain these strategies using examples from my most recent book.


Coffee to be served in the classroom 30 minutes prior to the talk.

The Jonsson School Distinguished Lecture Series presents Naomi Halas Friday, Feb 23
(11 a.m. - 12 p.m.) Location: ECSS 2.102 - TI Auditorium.

Naomi Halas
Stanley C. Moore Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Rice University

"Plasmonics for Sustainability"

Metallic nanoparticles, used since antiquity to impart intense and vibrant color into materials, have more recently become a central tool in the nanoscale manipulation of light. This interest has led to a virtual explosion of new types of metal-based nanoparticles and nanostructures of various shapes and compositions, and has given rise to new strategies to harvest, control, and manipulate light based on metallic nanostructures and their properties. As one begins to assemble metallic nanoparticles into useful building blocks, a striking parallel between the plasmons- the collective electronic oscillations- of these structures and wave functions of simple quantum systems is universally observed. Clusters of metallic nanoparticles behave like coupled oscillators, introducing effects characteristic of systems as diverse as radio frequency transmitters and coupled pendulums into light-driven nanoscale structures. Plasmons decay by producing hot electrons, a property appearing to be highly useful in applications ranging from photodetection to photocatalysis. In particular, new “antenna-reactor” photocatalysts can be designed by combining plasmonic nanoparticles with directly adjacent catalytic particles or materials, rendering the heterocomplexes photocatalytic. While our scientific foundation for the field of Plasmonics has been built on nanoparticles consisting of noble and coinage metals, more recently we have begun to question whether the same, or similar, plasmonic properties can also be realized in more sustainable materials. Sustainable plasmonic materials allow us to envision entirely new applications, for example, direct solar distillation that can provide drinkable water, entirely independent of grid-based electrical power.  

Dr. Naomi Halas is the Stanley C. Moore Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Rice University, with joint appointments in Chemistry, Physics and Astronomy, Bioengineering, and Materials Science and Nanoengineering departments. Prof. Halas graduated from La Salle College with a B.A. in Chemistry. She obtained her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Physics from Bryn Mawr College and was a graduate research fellow at the IBM Research Center in Yorktown, NY. She was a postdoctoral associate at AT&T Bell Laboratories prior to joining the Rice faculty. Dr. Halas is a pioneer in the field of plasmonics, creating the concept of the “tunable plasmon” and inventing a family of nanoparticles with resonances spanning the visible and infrared regions of the spectrum. She pursues fundamental studies of plasmonic and nanophotonics systems and their applications in biomedicine, optoelectronics, photocatalysis, chemical sensing and, most recently, solar steam generation with applications in off-grid water treatment. She is the author of more than 300 refereed publications with more than 50,000 Web of Science citations, has more than 15 issued patents, and has presented more than 500 invited talks. Dr. Halas is co-founder of Nanospectra Biosciences, a Houston-based company developing ultralocalized photothermal therapies for cancer, currently in clinical trials. She has been awarded the APS Frank Isakson Prize for Optical Effects in Solids, the R. W. Wood Prize of the OSA, and the APS Julius Lilienfeld Prize for outstanding contributions to physics by a single individual who also has exceptional skills in lecturing to diverse audiences. Halas has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Sciences, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and is a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors.  

Please visit for more information on the Distinguished Lecture Series and other Jonsson School events.  

We look forward to seeing everyone in the TI Auditorium!  
(Refreshments at 10:45 AM)


Latter-Day Saint Student Association - LDSSA Institute Friday, Feb 23
(11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.)

Members of the Latter-Day Saint Student Association and anyone interested join to discuss faith and read from the scriptures.

Education Abroad: The Atlantis Project Friday, Feb 23
(11 a.m. - 1 p.m.) Location: SU Upper Level .

Education Abroad is committed to providing opportunities for students to learn more about study abroad programs offered through UT Dallas.   The Atlantis Project gives pre-med/medical students the opportunity to shadow doctors through ethical international education programming.  We cordially invite you to stop by this information booth for more information from one of their ambassadors. 

Campus Chinese Christian Fellowship - CCCF bible study Friday, Feb 23
(12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.) Location: Pegasus Room.

Bible study for Chinese speaking students, come and enjoy the Lord with us! No membership required.

Explicitly Quantum Mechanical Devices and Circuits, Especially in Silicon CMO by Dr. Mark Lee (UT Dallas) Friday, Feb 23
(1 p.m. - 2 p.m.)

From the perspective of a physicist, Si CMOS technology has been operating on the same basic “semi-classical” physics principles established in the 1940's. In the 1980’s the introduction of explicitly quantum mechanical effects into III-V transistors proved transformative in terms of high frequency and low noise performance. However, nothing similar happened in Si CMOS because of significant challenges in fabricating quantum device structures in a manner amenable to industrial fabrication. In this seminar I will describe our efforts to integrate a quantum well (QW) into the inversion channel of Si NMOS transistors fabricated on an industrial 45 nm process line. These transistors use lateral ion implantation to define a QW whose potential depth is controlled by the gate voltage. In these devices we have observed explicit quantum transport signatures in the form of negative differential transconductance (NDT) up to room temperature. The NDT signature results from the gate voltage bringing the QW’s discrete quantized state energies first into and then out of alignment with the drain-source energy. I will present the basic QW CMOS device performance characteristics such as NDT strength, gain, and temperature dependence, and also describe some circuit applications, such as a folding frequency multiplier, that take advantage of the quantum transfer function. Finally, I will discuss the results of quantum device simulations that point out a route towards improved designs for a QW device.


Dr. Mark Lee is Professor of Physics and Materials Science and Physics Department Head at the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD). He is also an affiliated faculty member in the Department of Materials Science & Engineering and in the Texas Analog Center of Excellence (TxACE) at UTD. Prof. Lee received his Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Stanford University in 1991 with a thesis in the field of superconductivity. After a two-year postdoc at the NEC Research Institute in Princeton, NJ where he worked on semiconductor superlattices, he joined the physics faculty at the University of Virginia where he led research into highly correlated electron glasses and terahertz properties of superconductors. In 1999, he joined Bell Laboratories–Lucent Technologies in Murray Hill, NJ as a Member of Technical Staff, where he worked until 2003. Prior to taking up his present position at UTD in September 2010, Prof. Lee was a Principal Member of Technical Staff and Manager of the Center for Integrated Technologies Science Department at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, NM.

Prof. Lee’s research focuses on electrodynamic and quantum mechanical properties of novel materials, nanomaterials, and electronic and photonic devices. In this context, “electrodynamic” means interactions of a material or device with time-dependent electromagnetic fields ranging in frequency from 10 GHz to ~100 THz. This frequency spectrum spans the range of interest to both current and future telecommunications and computation technologies and to fundamental many-particle quantum correlation energies in solid-state systems. “Quantum mechanical” refers to measuring explicitly quantum phenomena, such as charge or conductance quantization or the existence of forbidden energy gaps. He has done extensive work on high-frequency electrical conductivity in ultra-high mobility 2-dimensional electron gases, non-linear electromagnetic frequency mixing in superconductors, dispersion and loss properties of optically non-linear and high-dielectric constant dielectrics, and quantum and electrodynamic properties of interacting electron glasses. For accomplishments in physics research, Prof. Lee was named a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS) in 2005 and Chair of the APS Forum on Industrial & Applied Physics in 2008.

Newman Catholic Ministry - Book Club Friday, Feb 23
(1 p.m. - 2 p.m.) Location: RHS 1.001.

The Newman Catholic Ministry will be reading Why I Am Catholic by Brandon Vogt throughout the semester.

Grant Proposals: Developing Grant Proposal Evaluations featuring Jennifer Bransom Friday, Feb 23
(1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.)

Jennifer Bransom, President/CEO of Bransom Working Group, will share her passion for evaluation and how all projects and programs benefit from an evaluation plan that delineates how, and in what ways, outcomes will be met and measured. The session will include a review various evaluation tools (e.g., logic models, goal trees), key questions, and the uses of statistics, stories, and graphics to engage stakeholders and prompt and/or sustain investment. 

Consulting Club - Case Interview Friday, Feb 23
(11:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.)

It is a workshop for training students to crack the case interview rounds.

The International Korean Language Club - weekly meeting Friday, Feb 23
(1 p.m. - 3 p.m.) Location: Galaxy Room.

weekly meeting

Notice of Final Oral Examination ~ Ahmed Elshafie ~ Electrical Engineering Friday, Feb 23
(3 p.m.)

All Faculty Are Invited to the Final Examination of


Ahmed Elshafie

Graduate Program in Electrical Engineering

February 23, 2018, 3:00 p.m., ECSN 4.728


Title of Dissertation:

PHY Security of Wiretap Channels:  From Point-to-Point to Multiple Access


Student’s Supervising Committee:

Noafal Al-Dhahir, Chair

Murat Torlak

Hlaing Minn

John P. Fonseka

Engineerpalooza Friday, Feb 23
(1 p.m. - 4 p.m.) Location: VCB Atrium.

Come hang out with the ECS Student groups during this afternoon of fun activities. There will be Face Painting, a Hula Hoop Contest, Giant Jenga, Music, Cornhole, a Flight Simulator and much more.

ATEC Dean's Colloquium Friday, Feb 23
(2:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.)

Jon Winet is an artist, media producer and professor in the University of Iowa School of Art & Art History Media | Social Practice | Design Area Intermedia Program. He Directs the Public Digital Arts Faculty Cluster, and The Passport Project Student Success Initiative. He has taught at many institutions throughout the world. His current research includes “AIDS Quilt Touch,” the digital expression of the 1.4 million square feet AIDS Memorial Quilt, a project developed with fellow Xerox PARC alumni Anne Balsamo and Dale MacDonald; and “Our Las Vegas,” a cultural animation project in Las Vegas. He has been actively involved in artists’ organizations for three decades and currently serves on the advisory boards of Southern Exposure (San Francisco); Transformer Gallery (Washington, D.C.); and the Contemporary Art Center (Las Vegas). He also holds a fellowship at Provisions Library in Washington, D.C.

Buddhist Discussion Club - Meeting Friday, Feb 23
(3 p.m. - 4 p.m.) Location: Gemini Room.

Buddhist Discussion Club meets every 2 weeks on Friday (except in March) to discuss various aspects about buddhism and how it applies to today.


Fourth Friday Research Forum and Social Hour Friday, Feb 23
(4 p.m. - 5 p.m.)

The Office of Graduate Studies is excited to announce our new graduate student research forum. This forum provides an opportunity for graduate students to present their research in a casual, supportive environment. Come listen to exciting new research on a variety of topics while creating interdisciplinary connections with students from across campus.

Friday, February 23


Location: FA 2.206
(followed by optional social hour at Northside Drafthouse and Eatery;

3000 Northside Boulevard, Suite 800)

On the agenda for this upcoming Fourth Friday Research Forum:

  • Nate Steinle (NSM), “Gravitational Waves and the Evolution of Black Hole Binaries”
  • David Allen (ECS), “Stretchable, conductive fabrics enable simplified manufacturing of low-resistance dielectric-elastomer-system electrodes”

Are you interested in honing your presentation skills by speaking at the next Fourth Friday Research Forum? We are seeking volunteers to deliver up to 20-minute presentations in any format on future dates. Please email with your name, program, and title of your presentation in order to be considered.

Super Smash Brothers Tournament Friday, Feb 23
(5 p.m.) Location: TI Auditorium.

Join ACM at 5pm,  for a Super Smash Brothers tournament! Socialize with your fellow ECS students while showing off your mad Smash skills. Food will be included.

College Republicans - General Meeting Friday, Feb 23
(5 p.m. - 6 p.m.) Location: Gemini Room.

UT College Republicans General Meeting

ALL: Comet World Session 2 Friday, Feb 23
(5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.) Location: Residence Hall West Multipurpose Room 2.400, 2.402, Northwest 2.002.

A continuation of our LLC table top game! Whether this is your first time playing or you attended the first session, we invite you to come out and play Comet World with your peers and PAs. RSVP by Feb. 20 at 12 p.m. to let us know you are coming. Dinner will be provided.

Baruch HaBa - Sabbath Celebration Friday, Feb 23
(5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.)

Shabbat Shalom! Join us for a time celebration as we welcome in the Sabbath together. In the Bible, Yeshua (Jesus) the Messiah teaches us, "But an hour is coming—it is here now—when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people as His worshipers." (John 4:23). With this in mind, we usher in God's set apart day by worshiping him in spirit (through fun and fellowship) as well as in truth (through a Torah study). Fellowship nights and Torah studies will be on alternating Fridays. Torah studies will be over selected passages/topics of the Bible. Fellowships nights will consist of song, dance and fun!

Atheists, Skeptics, and Humanists - General Meeting Friday, Feb 23
(6 p.m. - 8 p.m.) Location: Phoenix Room.

ASH's weekly general meetings


Biomedical Engineering Society - Research Mixer Friday, Feb 23
(6 p.m. - 8 p.m.) Location: Atrium.

Opportunity for undergraduate students to meet graduate students from different research labs in need of research assistants for the remaining spring semester and over the summer.

Inter Collegiate Prayer Fellowship - Bible Study Friday, Feb 23
(6 p.m. - 8 p.m.)

We will host weekly bible studies and fellowships

Living Water Student Fellowship - Living Water Chinese Bible Study Friday, Feb 23
(6 p.m. - 8 p.m.)

The event is about Bible study and group discussion within Chinese students on UTD campus. The event targets at helping each student learn God's Words and apply His Words to lead their normal life.

Pokemon League at UTD - Meeting Friday, Feb 23
(6 p.m. - 8 p.m.)

Meeting for members of the Pokemon League.

Believer's Love World Campus Ministry - Friday Services Friday, Feb 23
(7 p.m. - 8 p.m.)

The event is the Believers' Love World Campus Ministry weekly Friday service of praise & worship and prayer.

No Labels - General Body Meeting Friday, Feb 23
(7 p.m. - 8 p.m.) Location: RHS 2.002.

No Labels General Body Meetings

Soka Gakkai International Group - Buddhism General Meeting Friday, Feb 23
(6:45 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.)

Give a description about Buddhism and our peace activities. Study some Buddhism concepts that are applicable for our daily life.

Fellowship of Christian University Students - Friday Night Focus Friday, Feb 23
(5 p.m. - 9 p.m.)

Students will meet to worship God through singing and a speaker will present a message on following Jesus.

Intelligence and Analytic Society - IAS Kickoff Spring 2018 Friday, Feb 23
(5 p.m. - 9 p.m.)

This is a kick off event used to host new Fall 17 students. We will be discussing our club activities with prospective new comers.

Filipino Students Association - FSA Spirit Practice Friday, Feb 23
(7 p.m. - 10 p.m.) Location: Galaxy Room.

Practice Time for the Spirit Team of UTD-FSA

Love in Full Effect - Bible Study Friday, Feb 23
(8 p.m. - 10 p.m.) Location: Gemini Room.

Bible study/game night

Spring 2018 Last Day to change your primary name which will be printed on your diploma Friday, Feb 23 ]]> Comet Swing Society - Weekly Dance Friday, Feb 23 - Saturday, Feb 24
(8 p.m. - 12 a.m.) Location: Galaxy Room.

The Comet Swing Dance Society weekly dance.

For the first hour of our meetings, we will have both beginner and more advanced lessons.

This is followed by social dancing for the rest of the night.

Comet Swing Society - Weekly Dance Friday, Feb 23 - Saturday, Feb 24
(8 p.m. - 12 a.m.) Location: Galaxy Rooms.

The Comet Swing Dance Society weekly dance.

For the first hour of our meetings, we will have both beginner and more advanced lessons.

This is followed by social dancing for the rest of the night.

Harvest by Manjula Padmanabhan Thursday, Feb 22 - Saturday, Feb 24
(8 p.m. - 8 p.m.) Location: University Theatre.

Harvest, recipient of the 1997 Onassis Award for best new international play, is an ironic sci-fi examination of the relations between developing and developed countries in a not too distant future when desperate people can sell their body parts to wealthy clients in return for food, water, shelter and riches.

Directed by Shelby Hibbs

Show contains: Adult language and content, fog and smoke.

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Engineering Week 2018 Saturday, Feb 17 - Saturday, Feb 24 Location: UTD campus.

February 17 - 24, 2018

Lots of opportunities to engage and explore engineering at UTD.

More info at


OSV February Cleaning Supply Drive Thursday, Feb 1 - Wednesday, Feb 28 Location: Locations vary.

Youth leaving the foster care system often face significant challenges and barriers as they transition out of state care when they turn 18. CitySquare’s TRAC program provides these young people with individualized support, planning, and access to community services so they can achieve self-sufficiency.

Throughout the month of February, the OSV will be collecting cleaning supplies for youth in the TRAC program. Cleaning supplies such as sponges, hand soap, paper towels, and detergent are especially needed!

Donation boxes are located in the OSV Office (SSA 14.431T), the AD 2nd-floor lobby near the elevators, the SU 1st floor lobby, RHN lobby, and the ECSS Student Services Office (ECSS 2.502).  Thank you!

Comer Collection: Memory: Mystery, Magic and Make-believe (Event Overview) Monday, Feb 12 - Friday, Mar 9 Location: University Theatre.

February 12 – March 9:

Art Exhibition: University Theatre Gallery (lobby)  

The photographs in this exhibition speak to memory and the past while connecting the viewer to the present. Memories are unreliable, like dreams and déjà vu. They can be hyper-real and surreal at the same time, creating mysterious visions, imagery, and emotions. 

February 19:

Gallery Talk: Anna Fritzel, 4:30 p.m., University Theatre Gallery (lobby)

Reception to follow.

February 27:

Reception: 6:00 p.m., University Theatre Gallery (lobby)

Honored Photographer Lecture: 

LECTURE TITLE: Cig Harvey - Her Work and Process, 7:00 p.m., University Theatre Gallery (lobby)

Comer Collection: Memory: Mystery, Magic and Make-believe: Art Exhibition Monday, Feb 12 - Friday, Mar 9 Location: University Theatre.

February 12 – March 9:

Art Exhibition: University Theatre Gallery (lobby)  

The photographs in this exhibition speak to memory and the past while connecting the viewer to the present. Memories are unreliable, like dreams and déjà vu. They can be hyper-real and surreal at the same time, creating mysterious visions, imagery, and emotions.

Spring 2018 "Signature Required" Period to Withdraw from UG Courses Full-Term Session Thursday, Jan 25 - Monday, Mar 26 ]]> Health Services - Free Dental Screening for UT Dallas Students Wednesday, Feb 14 - Wednesday, Apr 4
(9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.) Location: Galaxy Room.

Free Dental Screening for UT Dallas Students

Please call the Student Health Center to make an appointment.