Comet Calendar, The Official Event Calendar for UT Dallas en-us This Day's Events at UT Dallas Education Abroad Walk-in Advising Friday, Mar 6
(8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m.)

Thinking about studying abroad and need some guidance from an Education Abroad staff member?  Come to the International Center during our Education Abroad walk-in hours for advising without an appointment.  Students who need advising during other times may request an appointment at

Student Engagement - Advisor Coffee Friday, Mar 6
(9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.) Location: Galaxy Room.

Monthly advisor meeting and coffee.

ETS Workshop: OPEN LAB Friday, Mar 6
(9 a.m. - 11 a.m.)

During Open Lab sessions, faculty can receive hands-on assistance with creating and transfering content into the eLearning  system.

Please Note: These labs are not intended to replace training or scheduled appointments with the eLearning staff.  If you need training on the eLearning, please sign up for one of the group workshops listed above or email

Registration is not required. 

Pipelined Segmented Symbolic Taint Analysis with Incomplete Inputs Friday, Mar 6
(10 a.m. - 11 a.m.)

Dr. Dinghao Wu
Assistant Professor

College of Information Sciences and Technology

Pennsylvania State University


Taint analysis has many important applications such as software attacks prevention, data lifetime analysis, and information flow control. However, static taint analysis, in many scenarios, is not precise enough for certain applications such as attack provenance analysis, reverse engineering, and malware analysis. On the other hand, the high runtime overhead imposed by dynamic taint analysis makes its deployment impractical in production systems.

In this talk, I will present a hybrid static and dynamic taint analysis technique which improves the performance of dynamic taint analysis and yet is more precise than static taint analysis. We perform very lightweight logging of program execution flow to reconstruct the executed code, on which we perform pipelined segmented symbolic taint analysis. Our preliminary experiments show that our prototype implementation can achieve better performance with comparable precision.



Dinghao Wu is an Assistant Professor in the College of Information Sciences and Technology at The Pennsylvania State University. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Princeton University in 2005. He was a research engineer at Microsoft in the Center for Software Excellence and the Windows Azure Division before joined Penn State. Dinghao does research on software systems, including software security, analysis, verification, software engineering, and programming languages. He has worked on foundational proof-carrying code, typed assembly languages, program analysis, and software and systems security projects. His current projects include lock-free concurrent security monitoring, real-time concurrent information flow tracking, and semantics-based software plagiarism detection. He also leads a project on cloud computing for energy and environmental sustainability.


Integrating Structure and Control Design Using the Tensegrity Paradigm Friday, Mar 6
(11 a.m. - 12 p.m.)

TI Auditorium – ECSS 2.102 11 a.m. (refreshments at 10:45 a.m.)

ABSTRACT: I use the label Tensegrity to describe a structure whose configuration is stabilized by tension members. I will show why the tensegrity paradigm is the favored approach to integrate structure and control design. Examples of the tensegrity paradigm in action will include space structures, bridges, antennas, telescopes, and robotics.

Our motivation came from biological systems, starting from the internal structure of red blood cells, spider fiber, and from animal locomotion. So the structural paradigm we use is the architecture of life. We consider the design of structures at the nanoscale scale for new materials, the meso scale for mechanical engineering, the large scale for civil applications, and the mega scale for habitats in space and on earth. Research opportunities abound in the development of control strategies for tensegrity systems, described by non-minimal realizations in a matrix second-order form.

BIO: Dr. Robert Skelton is the Daniel L. Alspach Professor of Dynamic Systems and Controls and is Professor Emeritus of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of California, San Diego. A member of the National Academy of Engineering, he is world renowned for his work in control systems, systems engineering design optimization, structural dynamics and design, and Tensegrity structures and multi-scale Tensegrity in materials, and deployable structures.

Dr. Skelton joined UC San Diego in 1996, after serving as a professor of aeronautics and astronautics at Purdue University from 1975-1996. He has been involved with spacecraft control (SKLAB and Hubble Space Telescope) for many years and has served on the National Research Council's Aeronautics and Engineering Board. Skelton is a Fellow of AIAA and IEEE. He held the Russell Severance Springer Distinguished Visiting Professorship at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1991. Dr. Skelton received the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Award in 1986, the Humboldt Foundation Senior US Scientist Award in 1991, the Norman Medal from the American Society of Civil Engineers in 1999, and the Humboldt Foundation Research Award in 2011. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration recognized Skelton in 1974 with the SKYLAB Achievement Award and again in 2005 with a NASA Appreciation Award for his service to the Hubble repair missions. He is a Texas A&M TIAS Faculty Fellow, and a member of the Thomas Green Clemson Academy of Engineering. He has published approximately two hundred journal papers and four books.

International Christian Fellowship (ICF) - ICF Leadership Meeting Friday, Mar 6
(11 a.m. - 12 p.m.) Location: Pegasus Room.

This is a weekly meeting for ICF to discuss and plan for coming events and activities.

Education Abroad Walk-in Advising Friday, Mar 6
(11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.)

Thinking about studying abroad and need some guidance from an Education Abroad staff member?  Come to the International Center during our Education Abroad walk-in hours for advising without an appointment.  Students who need advising during other times may request an appointment at

Career Center - Career Advice and a Slice Friday, Mar 6
(12 p.m. - 1 p.m.) Location: SU - Galaxy Rooms B & C.

What do you get when you mix pizza with a room full of students, and 8 industry professionals?

Career Advice and a Slice!

Join the Career Center and industry professionals on Friday, March 6th from 12-1PM in the SU Galaxy Rooms. We will be serving pizza and career advice beginning promptly at 12PM. There will be three 15-minute rotations during which you will have the opportunity to visit with representatives from 3 different industries.

No need for business attire at this event - come as you are!

The event will begin promptly at 12:00PM and works in a rotation process. If you are late, you may be denied admittance until the next round begins.

There is no cost to attend, but you are required to register for this event through CometCareers. By registering, you are committing yourself to attend.

As space permits, walk-ins will be admitted, but there is no guarantee.


SRYE: Career Advice and A Slice Friday, Mar 6
(12 p.m. - 1 p.m.)

Seniors can enjoy free pizza while networking with professionals.   This casual setting allows students to pepper employers with questions about specific careers.  Students need to register to attend “Career Advice and A Slice” event through CometCareers. 

Registration will open approximately one month before the event.  Limited Seating!

Friday, March 6, 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Student Union Galaxy Rooms

Fully-Integrated CMOS Platforms for Microwave-Based Label-Free Chemical/Biochemical Sensing - Dr. Kamran Entesari (TAMU) Friday, Mar 6
(1 p.m. - 2 p.m.)

The use of Broadband Dielectric Spectroscopy (BDS) for label-free bio-sensing applications at radio and microwave frequencies has been already demonstrated.  BDS is also a valuable technique for industrial applications in material characterization at radio and microwave frequencies, e.g. detection of concentration, bulk density, structure, moisture content, etc. However, the instruments used in the mentioned biomedical and industrial applications are bulky and expensive, while also requiring large sample sizes. The potential system cost and size reduction motivates the development of fully integrated BDS systems in CMOS for point-of-care medical diagnosis platforms and for lab-on-chip industrial sensors. This talk presents realization of self-sustained, fully-integrated PLL-based BDS systems for precise complex permittivity measurement of chemicals/bio-chemicals over a broad frequency range. A novel measurement procedure is proposed to enable quantitative detection of both real and imaginary permittivity components over 0.7-6 GHz with only a simple digital counter for frequency shift measurements.

Kamran Entesari received his Ph.D. degree from The University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, in 2005. In 2006, he joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Texas A&M University, College Station, where he is currently an Associate Professor. His research interests include microwave chemical/biochemical sensing for lab-on-chip applications, RF/microwave/mm-wave integrated circuits and systems, reconfigurable RF/microwave antennas and filters, and RF MEMS.

 Prof. Entesari was the recipient of the 2011 National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award. He was the co-recipient of the 2009 Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) Design Contest Second Project Award for his work on dual-band millimeter-wave receivers on silicon. He was also the co-recipient of Best Student Paper Awards at the IEEE RFIC Symposium in 2014 (second place) , IEEE MTT-S in 2011 (third place), and IEEE AP-S in 2013 (honorable mention) . He is currently on the TPC of IEEE RFIC Symposium.


(1 p.m. - 2 p.m.)

"Post-herpetic Neuralgia: Pathobiological Insights from Rodent Models", Vaskar Das, Research Associate

Mark your calendars and come join us for this semester's NSC Brown Bag Series.  All presentations will be held in GR 4.428 from 1:00-2:00pm, unless noted otherwise. REFRESHMENTS PROVIDED.

See The School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences for more events

League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) - General Meeting Friday, Mar 6
(12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.) Location: Phoenix Room.

General Meeting to update members on Lulac events.

"Knowledge Dependence and the Formation of Director Interlocks. Friday, Mar 6
(1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.)

Michael Howard (website), Assistant Professor of Management, Mays Business School, Texas A & M University 

Muslim Students Association (MSA) - Friday Prayer Friday, Mar 6
(1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.) Location: Galaxy Room A.

Friday Prayer for Muslim students and faculty on campus

An Expanding And Expansive View Of Computing Friday, Mar 6
(2 p.m. - 3 p.m.)

Computer Science Distinguished Lecturer Series


“An Expanding And Expansive View Of Computing”


Dr. James Kurose

Distinguished University Professor

University of Massachusetts

Assistant Director, CISE Division

The National Science Foundation




Advances in computer and information science and engineering (CISE) are providing unprecedented opportunities for research and education – often at the interfaces between these disciplines and many others.  I will provide a general overview of CISE at the National Science Foundation and include a discussion of current trends that are shaping the future of our discipline.  I will also discuss the opportunities as well as the challenges that lay ahead for our community and for CISE.




Dr. Jim Kurose is the Assistant Director of the National Science Foundation (NSF) for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE).  He leads the CISE Directorate, with an annual budget of more than $850 million, in its mission to uphold the nation's leadership in scientific discovery and engineering innovation through its support of fundamental research in computer and information science and engineering and transformative advances in cyberinfrastructure.

Dr. Kurose is on leave from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (UMass Amherst), where he has served as Distinguished Professor at the School of Computer Science since 2004.  He has also served in a number of administrative roles at UMass and has been a Visiting Scientist at IBM Research, INRIA, Institut EURECOM , the University of Paris, the Laboratory for Information, Network and Communication Sciences, and Technicolor Research Labs.

His research interests include network protocols and architecture, network measurement, sensor networks, multimedia communication, and modeling and performance evaluation. Dr. Kurose has served on many national and international advisory boards and panels and has received numerous awards for his research and teaching.  With Keith Ross, he is the co-author of the textbook, Computer Networking, a top down approach (6th edition) published by Addison-Wesley/Pearson.

Dr. Kurose received his Ph.D. in computer science from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in physics from Wesleyan University. He is a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE).

The Philosopher's Society - Meeting Friday, Mar 6
(1:45 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.) Location: Libra Room.

This is a Philosophy book club meeting to discuss philosophy.

Pre-Departure Orientation Friday, Mar 6
(2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.) Location: SSB 3.107.

Education Abroad invites all students who plan to study abroad in the next semester to attend a Pre-Departure Orientation before your departure.  This is a required component of the application process, and will include valuable information to help you prepare for your study abroad experience.  Topics include: Final Paperwork, Health & Insurance, Safety and ISOS, Culture Shock, Money Matters, What to Pack, and Arrival Tips.  You will also get the chance to meet other students who will studying abroad. 

Please register on the OrgSync form  Each session will last 1.5 hours, and snacks will be provided.  We look forward to seeing you there.

Geosciences Seminar Friday, Mar 6
(3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.)

Dr. Tatiana Chichinina is a candidate for the faculty position in the Department of Geosciences in the field of Geophysics.  Dr. Chichinina will be giving a lecture on Friday, March 6, 2015 at 3:30 p.m. in ROC 2.103.  The title of her presentation "Anisotropic Models for Unconventional Oil/Gas Reservoirs".

Admission is free and refreshments will be served after the lecture in ROC 2.107.  We hope you will plan to attend.



JSOM CMC Mock Interviews: BSBA, HCM, Mktg and SCM Majors Friday, Mar 6
(9 a.m. - 5 p.m.)


The best way to improve your interview skills is to practice.The more you interview, the more confident you will become. A mock interview lets you make mistakes before they count. Come practice and get feedback from professionals in a safe environment.

The objectives for this workshop are to:
- Learn what is expected in a job interview
- Improve your presentation
- Practice the STAR or PARL method of responding to interview questions

This session is for BSBA, HCM, Marketing and SCM majors.

Interview Practice Makes Perfect!

Bronies of UTD - BUTD Meeting Friday, Mar 6
(4 p.m. - 6 p.m.) Location: Libra Room.

General meeting

InterVarsity Christian Fellowship (IVCF) - Hope Proxe Training (1) Friday, Mar 6
(5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.) Location: Phoenix Room.

We will be going over the basis of evangelism, basic evangelism training, and the mechanics of how to work the Hope Proxe.

ASCEND - Stories About Your First Job Friday, Mar 6
(2:30 p.m. - 6:45 p.m.) Location: Galaxy Room C.

We have invited alumni from various companies to give presentations, and provide networking opportunities to students.

Atheists, Skeptics, and Humanists - General Meeting Friday, Mar 6
(6 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.)

General meeting

Living Water Student Fellowship - Meeting Friday, Mar 6
(6 p.m. - 8 p.m.) Location: Gemini Room.


Fellowship of Christian University Students - Friday Night FOCUS Spring Friday, Mar 6
(7 p.m. - 9 p.m.)

This will be our general meetings every week.

Newman Catholic Ministry - Mass on Campus Friday, Mar 6
(7 p.m. - 9 p.m.) Location: Libra Room.

Come celebrate First Friday Mass with Newman Catholic Ministry. Confession will be provided before Mass. Food and social time will follow Mass.

March GRE Prep Course - (Strategy Session) Friday, Mar 6
(6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.)

The Naveen Jindal School of Management offers a GRE exam preparation course to all current and prospective students. Courses meet on weekends and are offered several times a year. For more information, please visit:

Buddhist Association - English Study--Inner Peace and Wisdom Friday, Mar 6
(7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.) Location: Phoenix Room.

UTD Buddhist Association is offering English Buddhist study. The classes are informal and consist of learning, discussion and meditation, and are presented in English by invited speakers. Anyone interested in learning the Buddha’s teachings is welcome to join us!

Omega Delta Phi - ODPhi and Tri Delta Mixer Friday, Mar 6
(8 p.m. - 10 p.m.)

ODPhi and Tri Delta will host a members only mixer to get to know each other better.

Comet Swing Society - Swing Dancing Friday, Mar 6
(8 p.m. - 11:59 p.m.) Location: Galaxy Room C.

Swing Dancing

Spring 2015 Final Exams 1st 8-week Session Monday, Mar 2 - Saturday, Mar 7 ]]> 14th Annual Texas Guitar Competition and Festival Thursday, Mar 5 - Saturday, Mar 7 Location: Locations Vary.

March 6

International Concert Guitarist Competition – 8 p.m., free
Alexander Clark Center
Come listen to the top four finalists compete and pick your favorite.

March 7

Youth Competition – 9 a.m. 
(open only to parents and teachers of competitors)

Fabio Montomoli – 4 p.m., Free
Alexander Clark Center
Italian Fabio Montomoli’s “repertoire is unusual and the approach is personal and deeply felt” (Eliot Fisk).

Xuefei Yang – 8 p.m., $25
Alexander Clark Center
International sensation Xuefei Yang, admired for her ability to weave Asian and western musical traditions, returns by popular demand to perform the featured concert of this year’s competition and festival.

The Traumatic Brain Injury Conference (some BBS faculty will attend) Friday, Mar 6 - Saturday, Mar 7 Location: Chicago, IL. ]]> President's Volunteer Service Award Reception Tuesday, Mar 3 - Tuesday, Mar 10
(2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.) Location: 2nd Floor Atrium.

The President's Volunteer Service Awards have been developed to thank and honor Americans who engage in volunteer service and, in doing so, inspire others to volunteer their time and energy. Any individual, family or group can receive the President's recognition for annual commitments to volunteer service. Awards are based on length of service. Individuals who serve a minimum of 100 hours in a 1-year period are eligible to receive awards. The reception honors the recipients of the 2014 Award.

Love Us for Good Friday, Feb 27 - Friday, Mar 13 Location: Edith O’Donnell Arts & Technology Building 1st floor Gallery .

For the past 14 years, 500X has been the not-quite-official art incubator of Dallas. It’s an artist-run co-op that nurtures new members by providing moral support and a challenging exhibit space, while its old members have gone on to become some off the most prodigious life forms active in the Dallas art scene. — Dallas Observer, Best of Dallas, October 29, 1992

In 1975, Will Hipps moved from Massachusetts to teach at The University of Texas at Dallas and, with Richard Childers, purchased the old air conditioning warehouse and tire factory at 500 Exposition Ave in Fair Park. The rest, literally, is history. Twenty artists filled out the initial roster for the new co-op and the gallery officially incorporated in 1977. Its first show, New Spaces, opened in February of 1978. For the three and a half decades since, through shows like the juried Expo and outside invitationals like X-Select or XXX, to the still-popular Open Show (now aptly called Hot ‘N’ Sweaty as it’s staged in the sweltering summer heat), or the more recently added College Expo and co|action invitational, the members-run space has fostered and encouraged and uplifted and shoved into the Great Big World the next generation of artists. And I should know.

Eager yet unassuming in 2011, fresh off of more life changes than I care to list, I submitted an application to become a member of 500X after making it into the annual juried Expo earlier in the year. At the opening reception, Scott Hilton, 500Xer and fellow photographer, put a small flyer in my hand and said, “You should apply.” I had no idea what I was doing. Thomas Fulmer, 500X member and Director of Educational Programming at Rachofsky House had curated New Texas Talent at Craighead Green that previous Fall, and fortunate to be included in the show, I felt like I knew him well enough to smile and nod if I saw him at a hypothetical grocery store (whether that’s accurate or not, I’m unsure.) But other than these two gentlemen and a few hours spent at an opening reception, I didn’t know 500X. I barely knew which way was up. I was a PhD student trying to make my way toward a relevant dissertation, wanted to make work that people wanted to see, and had nothing to lose. So I jumped right in. 500X felt like the kind of place that could give me somewhere to land.

When the phone rang in May of that year, I felt like I’d been accepted into an elite society. I’d already been in one of those at Baylor in my undergrad years, so the pride and delighted grin was familiar. And it wouldn’t stop. I was giddy with excitement and I didn’t even know all of the whys: the rich history; the traditions; the camaraderie that you hold in perfect tension with the, er, tension; the late nights coming together in true communal fashion to patch and paint walls that once held work by some of your most admired art-heroes; the early mornings patching and painting those same walls because, well, somebody has to do it.

I often talk about how much of an honor it has been to work alongside folks who have become dear friends and art partners and general inspirations. And it’s equally as humbling to note that nearly 40 years later, UT Dallas still has a strong presence in and commitment to the Dallas art scene through its support of and affiliation with 500X. Several UT Dallas students have work in this year’s College Expo juried by Susan Romans Roth and Jordan Roth of Ro2 Gallery, and a myriad have been accepted in years past. Adjunct professor Paul Booker mounted work in the 500X 35th Anniversary Show last December. Greg Metz, former 500Xer, offices just down the hall from me on the third floor of the Edith O’Donnell Arts and Technology Building, which is also home to Joan Davidow’s recently gifted contemporary art collection. In 1992, Davidow juried the first Expo at 500X and her collection includes work by several former 500X members. 

Since its inception, 500X has championed the likes of Tom Orr, Francis Bagley, Nic Nicosia, Vernon Fisher, Vincent Falsetta and others who have gone on to run university art programs, open their own galleries, curate shows that have traveled the country, and simply make money making art. In 1992, The Dallas Observer named 500X Gallery as the “Gallery Most Supportive of Local Artists.” Earlier this month, Darryl Radcliff named 500X number 10 in Canvassing, his power rankings of the top 25 non-museum art spaces in Dallas, which is just as much about the art on the walls as the gallery’s firm foundation in the community itself— another longstanding tradition—from DARE (Dallas Artists Research and Exhibition) and the McKinney Avenue Contemporary and Gray Matters and Connemara in its first 20 years to present associations with other groups such as Art Conspiracy, aphophenia underground, Deep Ellum Windows, Hatch Show Print, Homecoming! Committee, Performance SW, The Junior Ward, and Wild Pony Editions. Though in its early years many members came from the University of North Texas, today’s members spread over the entire Metroplex working in the community as educators, coaches, professionals, and mentors involved with institutions such as the Dallas Museum of Art, UNT, UT Dallas, UT Arlington, Tarleton State University, Collin College, Dallas Public Library, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Gallery Project in Detroit, Urban Outfitters, and Transit Bike Company. The gallery itself is also neighbors with CentralTrak, UT Dallas’ artist residency on Exposition, and is a member of the Contemporary Art Dealers of Dallas.

No matter the ups and downs and stresses and challenges of maintaining an artist-run space, 500X endures, and the work on display in Love Us For Good shows how far 500X has come while maintaining firm roots in the raw, honest, gritty rafters of 500 Exposition—of those who have come before. From photography, printmaking, textile and painting, to installation, video, performance, and conceptual art, this new roster of 16 artists continues to embody the spirit of 500X and push visual, political, conceptual and even physical boundaries. Though other galleries and alternative exhibition spaces have come and gone, 500X has found a way to sustain art-life and continue to foster new growth. If you loved us then, love us now. If you loved us at one time, love as again—for goodness sake, for the good of art, love us. Love us for good.

Diane Durant, PhD 
President, 500X Gallery 
Senior Lecturer in Photography, The University of Texas at Dallas


Current members:

Sheryl Anaya (Special Exhibitions), Clint Bargers, Bernardo Cantu, Kate Colin, Diane Durant (President), Thomas Fedele, Jessica Fuentes, Michael Furrh, Laura Garcia, Timothy Harding (Vice President), M. Kate Helmes, H. Schenck (PR), Jennifer Seibert (Secretary), Justin Strickland, John Taylor, and Syd Webb (Treasurer).

Spring 2015 Late Registration 2nd 8-week Session Friday, Mar 6 - Monday, Mar 23 ]]> Spring 2015 "Signature Required" Period to Withdraw from UG Courses Full Term Session Thursday, Jan 29 - Friday, Mar 27 ]]> Helen Suzman Exhibition Monday, Feb 23 - Friday, Mar 27 Location: Edith O'Donnell Arts and Technology Building.

Helen Suzman Forum on Life Under Apartheid
Panelists: Peter Lewin, Warren Harmel, Peter Anderson, Lorimer Arendse, Pradeep Lalloobhai, Harshad Lalloobhai and Dr. Kimberly Hill (UT Dallas)
Moderator: Jill Kelly, Asst. Professor, South African History at SMU

Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Edith O’Donnell Arts and Technology Building, Free
6:00-7:30 p.m. Reception & opportunity to view the exhibition
7:30-9:00 p.m. Panel Discussion & Forum

Parking for Forum

For free parking please print a parking permit (print permit) and park on the second, third or fourth levels of Parking Structure 1 (view map). Those wishing to park on the first level may pay for their own parking $2/1st hour, $1/hour thereafter (view map).

The M.B. & Edna Zale Foundation is sponsoring a traveling exhibition highlighting the inspiring work of Helen Suzman, a former South African Parliamentarian who devoted her life to fighting apartheid laws, earning two Nobel Peace Prize nominations and worldwide respect. Opening Monday, February, 23, at the University of Texas at Dallas. the exhibition will also visit Austin College just north of Dallas in Sherman, Paul Quinn College, and SMU Meadows School of the Arts in collaboration with the Embrey Human Rights Program. 

The “Helen Suzman: Fighter for Human Rights” exhibition showcases four decades of photographs, personal letters, speeches and news articles, which enables attendees to discover the tremendous strength Suzman demonstrated despite facing constant animosity, anti-Semitism and intimidation from her South African colleagues and citizens. 

“The Helen Suzman exhibition vividly shows how the vision and steadfast work of one individual can truly make a difference, and how true leadership can have a multiplier effect for good,” said Jill Vexler, the “Helen Suzman: Fighter for Human Rights” exhibition manager. “We look forward to seeing the impact this story will have on conversations about today’s injustices.”

Suzman served in the South African Parliament for 36 years (1953-1989), including a 13-year period (1961-1973) as the governing body’s only member of the Progressive Party, and the sole opposition condemning apartheid. The exhibition also highlights Suzman’s enduring friendship with Nelson Mandela, which began in 1967 when the two met at the infamous Robben Island Prison. 

“There is a lot we can learn from Helen Suzman’s unwavering passion and commitment to social justice,” said Leonard Krasnow, president of the M.B. & Edna Zale Foundation. “Our board is very excited to bring this exhibition to four outstanding collegiate campuses in North Texas.”

The exhibition was conceptualized, researched and written by Millie Pimstone and graphically designed by Linda Bester. The exhibition’s U.S. tour is sponsored by the Dobkin Family Foundation and the Tolan Family Foundation, and was organized by the Isaac and Jessie Kaplan Centre for Jewish Studies and Research at the University of Cape Town, under director Dr. Milton Shain.

For more information about the “Helen Suzman: Fighter for Human Rights” exhibition in North Texas, visit 

About M.B. and Edna Zale Foundation
The M.B. and Edna Zale Foundation is a private family foundation with a mission to support individuals and families as they build productive and meaningful lives. The Foundation provides grants for education, early childhood development, job training, hunger and homelessness relief, health care, and Jewish culture and continuity in areas where family members live, work, or have interests. 

Whos Afraid of Chuck and George? Friday, Feb 13 - Saturday, Apr 4 Location: CentralTrak.

Opening Reception: Friday, Feb 13, 8 - 10 pm  

A visual arts roast of the artists duo Brian Jones and Brian Scott

“The Brians” as they are collectively known by the Dallas arts community have been living, loving and working together for the past 25 years.  Though they each make art works of their own, when they work collaboratively, they use the moniker “Chuck & George”.  As Chuck & George, Brian Jones and Brian Scott are alternately the protagonists and antagonists in a campy universe of their own creation.  The artists present themselves as sexy and grotesque caricatures sharing real and fabricated misadventures.  Chuck & George are a quirky and unflattering version of the Romantic Comedy.

Individually and separately, Brian Jones and Brian Scott are incredible artists.  They live, breathe and sleep art/music/film and exude a joy de vivre.  And they have legendary Halloween parties.  Their home is a funky nest that they’ve assembled from all things wonderful and wacky, mixing naughty tchotchkes with fine art within the hand-painted walls and furniture.

Recognizing the universally adored “Brians” as enormous and unique talents, curator and Director of CentralTrak Heyd Fontenot had the idea of assembling their friends for an homage exhibition.  Nearly a hundred artists were given the task of immortalizing Chuck & George.  And most have answered the call.  So, this Spring CentralTrak will host the group exhibition “Who’s Afraid of Chuck & George?” (Title borrowed from the Edward Albee play, about another alternative marriage)



CentralTrak, The University of Texas at Dallas Artists Residency, established in 2008, is dedicated to the creation, presentation, and advancement of the contemporary arts.  As a live/work space for eight artists, it serves as a community center in the North Texas area for broad intellectual discourse around the arts.  While the residency promotes artistic experimentation through its support of production, the companion gallery encourages critical engagement in a local urban context through exhibitions and related programs. By building on the forward-thinking academic resources of the School of Arts & Humanities at The University of Texas at Dallas, CentralTrak unites artists from an expansive range of creative disciplines to extend and challenge contemporary notions of artistic practice, creative expression, and the role technology plays in these processes.


CentralTrak is supported in part by the generosity of numerous donors and partners from the North Texas area and The University of Texas at Dallas.




Address: 800 Exposition, Dallas, TX 75226

Hours: Saturday 12:00 – 5:00 during exhibitions, tours available by appointment call (469) 232-7298.

Admission: Free

Alpha Kappa Psi - Induction Ceremony. Saturday, Feb 7 - Sunday, Sep 27
(6 p.m. - 8 p.m.) Location: Phoenix Room.

This event is to formally induct pledges into the Alpha Kappa Psi fraternity.