Comet Calendar, The Official Event Calendar for UT Dallas en-us This Day's Events at UT Dallas MS Finance Online Information Session Friday, Dec 2
(9 a.m. - 10 a.m.) Location: Online.

This free information session is for those interested in the Master of Science in Finance degree.  The session is open to all prospective students, including those nearing completion of their undergraduate degrees.  This session will cover application procedures, program curriculum, online and on-campus learning options as well as various degree requirements.

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UT Dallas Employee Resource Group Networking Breakfast Friday, Dec 2
(9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.)

This Networking Breakfast will lay a path for group membership and discuss proactive steps that members can take to attract and maintain success as an employee. Speakers will address what supervisors and employees should understand about ERGs and suggest some effective recruitment tools and resources.


Natl Soc of Leadership & Success (Sigma Alpha Pi) - E Board Meeting Friday, Dec 2
(9:45 a.m. - 11 a.m.)

Meeting for E Board Members

Comet Theater Company - CTC General Meeting Friday, Dec 2
(11 a.m. - 12 p.m.)

General meeting for CTC

Student Seminar Series: "Sequencing DNA with 2D Solid State Nanopores in Hexagonal Boron Nitride" by Juan Pablo Oviedo (Dr. Moon Kim's Group) Friday, Dec 2
(11 a.m. - 12 p.m.)

Recent advances in the synthesis and quality of 2D materials within the last decade, such as graphene and MoS2, have led to a new generation of solid state nanopore DNA sequencing devices with improved sub-nanometer spatial resolution. Among these, hexagonal boron nitride nanopores stand out, due to their excellent chemical stability and atomic layer thickness for identifying molecular features, such as nitrogen bases, by means of ionic current blockage patterns. By minimizing their suspended area to reduce 1/f noise, increasing their hydrophilicity through ALD titanium oxide coatings and UV-ozone treatments, and using viscosity gradients to decelerate DNA translocations across them, we have successfully optimized the spatiotemporal resolving power of hexagonal boron nitride nanopores down to the single nucleotide regime. Using these devices, we show that ssDNA translocations become sub-divided into concatenated saw-tooth pulse trains or “sub-translocations” of nitrogen bases, a pattern which can be described in terms of their characteristic blocked currents, dwell times, and sub-translocation slopes. These features provide critical information about a ssDNA analyte, such as its total number of nucleotides, their sub-translocation speed, and, under optimal conditions, can be matched to their corresponding nitrogen bases on a one-to-one basis. Our research opens thus the tantalizing prospect of solid state nanopore sequencing enabled purely by the identification of ionic current patterns.

How do multiple memory systems give rise to behavior? Friday, Dec 2
(11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.)

Dr. Catherine A Thorn Ph.D. - Faculty Candidate for Systems Neuroscience

This research aims to understand how synaptic level changes in basal ganglia and hippocampal circuits underlie memory encoding and behavioral learning, and how these processes break down in neurodegenerative and neurological diseases. 

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) - General Meeting Friday, Dec 2
(11 a.m. - 1 p.m.)

General Meeting provides events and opportunities for members.

How Does the Brain Learn to Read? - CALLIER FLASH Seminar Friday, Dec 2
(12 p.m. - 1 p.m.) Location: Callier Center Dallas, Inwood Rd. Dallas, TX 75235.

CALLIER FLASH Seminar in Speech, Language and Hearing

"How Does the Brain Learn to Read?" with James Booth, PhD, UT Austin.

Location: Callier Dallas – A229

Video link to Callier Richardson – 1.508

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Refreshments will be provided  please RSVP to LaRuth Smith

See The School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences for more events

Job Search Resources @ McDermott Library Friday, Dec 2
(12 p.m. - 1 p.m.) Location: MC 2.524.

McDermott Library has a wealth of expert resources for career searches, resumes and interviewing. There are also databases which will be helpful in creating lists of corporations, exploring company information and researching industries.

Register to attend.


SIAM Student Chapter Friday, Dec 2
(12 p.m. - 1 p.m.)

SIAM Student Chapter

Professional Webpage Workshop

Jonathan Popa, Francis B. Darku and Kusha Nezafati

Intro to Webpage design with HTML, Microsoft Word and Rmarkdown

The UTD/SMU SIAM Student Chapter will hold a workshop to introduce graduate students to methods for developing their individual professional webpages.

$5 Spirit Friday Lunch @ DHW Friday, Dec 2
(11 a.m. - 2 p.m.) Location: Dining Hall West.

The Spirit of Spirit Friday is to encourage community and school spirit here at UTD, In an effort to grow that Spirit anyone who is wearing UTD gear, green or orange will get their lunch for $5 plus tax. Thank you for helping to build a tradition where UTD is a sea of green and orange each Friday! GO COMETS!

College Republicans - Weekly Meeting Friday, Dec 2
(1 p.m. - 2 p.m.)

Weekly meetings to conduct club business, disseminate information and discuss politics and ideas

JSOM Texas Instruments Site Visit Friday, Dec 2
(1 p.m. - 3 p.m.) Location: (Offsite) Texas Instruments Site Visit.

Event ID: 5903

Marketing students, students with an interest in marketing, and the AMA are invited to visit TEXAS INSTRUMENTS!

Please arrive (in carpools if possible due to limited parking) at 1 p.m. The tour will include visiting the office, TI studios and innovation center. UTD alums and marketing managers will also participate in a panel discussion regarding careers at TI. 

Please wear comfortable shoes. Business casual dress required.

******Details and directions will be sent by email before the event.

Career Center - Conducting an Effective Job Search Friday, Dec 2
(2 p.m. - 3 p.m.)

In this seminar, students will learn how to identify potential employers, strategize their job search efforts, and prepare their approach.

View this event on Comet Careers—Event #5565

NOTE: Registration is available two weeks prior to the event’s start date, and students may not register for events before this time.

A limited number of seats may be available for events.

Please RSVP for this event via Comet Careers!   

Please be considerate of employers and presenters time and effort to visit campus. If you register for this event and can no longer attend, please cancel your registration within 48 hours of the event. NO SHOWS have a negative impact on events, and do not display consideration or professionalism.

Mathematical Sciences Colloquium by Dimitri Volchenkov Friday, Dec 2
(2 p.m. - 3 p.m.)

Dimitri Volchenkov

Bielefield University, Germany

An introduction to Probability Models of Social Structure and Evolution

Stochastic modeling is used to estimate survival chances under uncertainty when factors responsible for the objective type of uncertainty (arising due to volatile environments) and for the subjective type of uncertainty (arising from subjective imperfections) may evolve on different time scales. The most favorable survival statistics of subsistence under uncertainty obeys the Zipf power law, however survival is always fleeting in precarious environments, in line with the observations of Leigh Van Valen on that all groups of species go extinct (in million years) at a rate that is constant for a given group. Similar probability models may be used in order to understand the temporal patterns of interaction in daily human communications, as well as in searching and hunting behavior. We also demonstrate that the risk averse behavior (concavity of the utility function) naturally leads to the Pareto-like distributions of income (inequality) over the society. We report on the world-wide economic growth- inequality relation (U-curve) observed by us in the historical trends (1870-2014) for the first time. The observed trend in state secession suggests that half of presently extant states might break up by the end of the century. Perhaps, we are on the edge of global uncertainty.

Sponsored by the Department of Mathematical Sciences

The Philosopher's Society - Weekly Meeting Friday, Dec 2
(2 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.)

The Philosopher's Society weekly meetings consist of discussions relating to ethics, logic, meaning and other related topics that philosophers quibble about.

Operations Management Seminar Series - Visiting Guest Speaker Friday, Dec 2
(2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.)

Prof. Felipe Caro
Associate Professor of Decisions, Operations and Technology Management
University of California, Los Angeles, Anderson School of Management

Mathematical Sciences Colloquium by Yuan Yuan Friday, Dec 2
(3 p.m. - 4 p.m.)

Yuan Yuan

Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John’s, CANADA

Effect of Time Delays in an HIV Virotherapy Model with Nonlinear Incidence

In this talk, we propose a mathematical model for HIV infection with delays in cell infection and virus production. The model examines a viral-therapy for controlling infections through recombining HIV virus with a genetically modified virus. For this model, we derive two biologically insightful quantities (reproduction numbers) $\mathcal{R}_0$ and $\mathcal{R}_z$, and their threshold properties are discussed. When $\mathcal{R}_0 < 1$, the infection-free equilibrium $E_0$ is globally asymptotically stable. If $\mathcal{R}_0 > 1$ and $\mathcal{R}_z<1$, the single-infection equilibrium $E_s$ is globally asymptotically stable. When $\mathcal{R}_z>1$, there occurs the double-infection equilibrium $E_d$, and there exists a constant $R_b$ such that $E_d$ is asymptotically stable if $1<\mathcal R_z < R_b$. Some simulations are performed to support and complement the theoretical results.


Sponsored by the Department of Mathematical Sciences

Faculty/Staff Holiday Party Friday, Dec 2
(3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.) Location: Galaxy Rooms A, B, & C.

Annual Faculty Staff Holiday Party.

MS Finance Q & A Session Friday, Dec 2
(4 p.m. - 5 p.m.) Location: 14.206.

Whether you have already applied, or are preparing to apply, you will not want to miss this opportunity to get your questions answered by the MS Finance program director. This Q & A session is for those interested in the Master of Science in Finance degree. 

The session is open to all prospective students, including those nearing completion of their undergraduate degrees. Learn about test scores, getting great letters of recommendation, and more. Ask the program director your application questions and learn about career prospects within the MS Finance field! 

Rookie Preview Friday, Dec 2
(8 a.m. - 6 p.m.)

Rookie Preview is an exciting internal role play competition for introductory Sales students with corporate volunteers serving as judges and buyers.

When the students and the corporate judges come together, the Rookie Preview becomes a win-win opportunity! Students get a real world sales experience and feedback from corporate judges as well as an opportunity to be recruited by companies who attend the event. Corporate sales organizations get the opportunity to identify talent for their sales recruitment pipeline for both internships and entry-level sales positions. 

At the end of the event, top performing students in each room and the overall top 10 students are acknowledged at the Sales Banquet.

Musicians Network - Jam Sessions Friday, Dec 2
(4 p.m. - 7 p.m.)

Weekly jam sessions for our members to practice for performances and network with other members.

Financial Leadership Association (FLA) - General Event Friday, Dec 2
(5 p.m. - 7 p.m.)

General Meeting where we educate students, and possibly introduce a speaker.

Pride - General Meeting Friday, Dec 2
(5 p.m. - 7 p.m.)

Pride at UTD is a social group that helps lgbtqia students meet each other and learn about their identities. We also sometimes volunteer. This will be just a general mixer/educational meeting.

Pokemon League at UTD - Meeting Friday, Dec 2
(6 p.m. - 8 p.m.)

Meeting for members to relax and play games.

Baruch HaBa - Bible Study Friday, Dec 2
(7 p.m. - 8 p.m.) Location: Phase 4 Lounge.

We will open Shabbat (the Sabbath) with prayer and worship. We will then transition into our Bible study.

Musica Nova: Bach Meets the Moderns Friday, Dec 2
(8 p.m.)

Students from the University’s Advanced Orchestra and Chamber Music Ensemble (Musica Nova) perform with UT Dallas faculty and other professional musicians under the direction of composer-conductor Robert Xavier Rodríguez. The program will feature alternating works by Bach and 20th-century composers:   

J.S. Bach – Brandenburg Concerto VI in B-Flat
Bohuslav Martinů – Quartet for Oboe, Violin, Cello and Piano
J.S. Bach – Brandenburg Concerto III in G
Paul Hindemith – The Four Temperaments for Piano and Strings

View event poster.



Robert Xavier Rodríguez is "one of the major American composers of his generation" (Texas Monthly).  His music has been described as "romantically dramatic" (Washington Post), "richly lyrical" (Musical America) and "glowing with a physical animation and delicate balance of moods that combine seductively with his all-encompassing sense of humor" (Los Angeles Times). 

Rodríguez's works have been performed by conductors such as Sir Neville Marriner, Antal Dorati, Eduardo Mata, James DePriest, Sir Raymond Leppard, Keith Lockhart, Andrew Litton and Leonard Slatkin and by such organizations as the New York City Opera, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Dallas Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Vienna Schauspielhaus, Israel Philharmonic, Mexico City Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra and the Seattle, Houston, Dallas, Pittsburgh, Indianapolis, Knoxville, Baltimore, St. Louis, National, Boston and Chicago Symphonies. 

He has studied with Jacob Druckman, Elliot Carter and Nadia Boulanger, and he has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Goddard Lieberson Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Prix Lili Boulangerand the Prix de Composition Prince Pierre de Monaco. Rodríguez has served as Composer-in-Residence with the San Antonio Symphony and the Dallas Symphony.  Seventeen CDs featuring his music have been recorded (1999 Grammy nomination), and his music is published exclusively by G. Schirmer. He is a University Professor at the University of Texas at Dallas, where he holds an Endowed Chair of Art and Aesthetic Studies and is Director of the Musica Nova ensemble.

Michael McVay holds degrees from the University of Missouri/Kansas City Conservatory (piano), the Royal College of Music in London (piano) and the University of North Texas (music theory/piano). He performs regularly in the Dallas/Fort Worth area in a variety of styles and venues, and his CD Michael McVay and Friends can be heard on Dallas radio station KAAM. Previous academic positions include Lecturer at LaSalle/SIA College of the Arts in Singapore, Assistant Professor of Music Theory at Austin College, visiting faculty member in music theory at the University of North Texas and Staff Accompanist at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. McVay is currently Clinical Assistant Professor at UT Dallas, where he also teaches music theory and serves as pianist and Assistant Director of the Musica Nova ensemble. 

Living Water Student Fellowship - Bible Study Friday, Dec 2
(6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.)

We will have Bible group study together.

South Asian InterVarsity - SAIV Large Group Friday, Dec 2
(5 p.m. - 9 p.m.)

Weekly large group gathering for our members consisting of music, small games, bible study, and other activities.

Fellowship of Christian University Students - Friday Night Fellowship Friday, Dec 2
(7 p.m. - 9 p.m.)

Students will gather for a time of worship

Newman Catholic Ministry - Mass On Campus Friday, Dec 2
(7 p.m. - 9 p.m.)

We will be having a mass on campus for our members.

Nigerian Student Association - NSA Meeting Friday, Dec 2
(7 p.m. - 9 p.m.)

NSA Meeting

Comet Swing Society - Advanced Swing Lesson Friday, Dec 2
(8 p.m. - 9 p.m.)

East coast swing dancing lessons for those who know the basics

Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) - Hack UTD Final Workshop Friday, Dec 2
(8 p.m. - 10 p.m.)

The last workshop leading up to HackUTD hosted by ACM. This workshop will be all about hardware and new technologies students can use at hackathons. The speaker will be ACM's Cyrus Roshan.

Comet Swing Society - Comet Swing Dance Friday, Dec 2
(8 p.m. - 11:45 p.m.)

Social dance

Fall Student Arts Festival Monday, Nov 28 - Tuesday, Dec 13 Location: Various locations.

The Fall Student Arts Festival features the work of over 600 students from more than 40 courses. The festival offers audiences the opportunity to roam from one building to another, taking in art exhibitions and classical, jazz, theater, dance, guitar, piano and vocal performances.

Click here to view the program, containing more information for many of the events below.

MONDAY 11/28   

Vocal Instruction I, William Hughes, 7:30 p.m., Jonsson Performance Hall



Readers Theater, Kathy Lingo, 7:00 p.m., University Theatre


THURSDAY 12/1     

Guitar Courses, Madriguera/Healy/Hodan, 6:00 p.m., Jonsson Performance Hall

Dance Student Maria Emilia Lasso de la Vega, Micki Saba, 6:00 p.m., University Theatre

Improv, Kathy Lingo, 7:00 p.m., University Theatre

Jazz Band, Kelly Durbin, 8:00 p.m., Jonsson Performance Hall     


FRIDAY 12/2     

Art Exhibition opens and reception, 6:30 p.m., Visual Arts Building

Musica Nova, Rodriguez, 8:00 p.m., Jonsson Performance Hall


SATURDAY 12/3     

Piano I-III, Medrick, 2:00 p.m., Jonsson Performance Hall

Holiday Sing, Evans/Stone/Salisbury, 7:00 p.m., Arts and Technology Lecture Hall



Wind Ensemble and Orchestra Concert, Hustis/Ming/Salisbury, 2:00 p.m., Arts and Technology Lecture Hall



Chamber Music and Brass Ensemble Concert, Stone/Salisbury, 6:15 p.m., University Theatre


FRIDAY 12/9     

Creative Writing, Clay Reynolds, 6:15 p.m., Jonsson Performance Hall. This semester’s Creative Writing section of the Fall Arts Festival will have an impressive line-up of student readers. Included will be award-winning writers Susan Norman and Brian DiNuzzo as well as other fiction writers, poets and a screenwriter. These students were chosen by faculty to participate in this semester’s event, and, while they are only a handful of the excellent possibilities the faculty had to choose from, they will be providing samplings of their work in a celebration of the best of creative writing at UTD. Slated to read: Sarah Duncan—Screenwriting, Tiffany Tran—Poetry, Andrea Kibel—Poetry, Molly Harras—Poetry, Marcus McEvoy--Poetry, Jennifer Budd—Prose, Susan Norman—Prose, Brian DiNuzzo—Prose

Advanced Voice, Kathryn Evans, 8:00 p.m., Jonsson Performance Hall. Students from the Advanced Voice class will perform art songs, opera arias and works from musical theatre.     


TUESDAY 12/13    

Languages of the Body, Shelby Hibbs, 7:00 p.m., Rehearsal Hall (JO 1.216). This event will present an acting/theatre workshop of scenes from Complicite’s "A Disappearing Number." This play examines the meaning of infinity through the lives of Indian mathematical prodigy Ramanujan and London mathematician G.H. Hardy. Parallel to that story, Al and Ruth are a couple to attempt to create their own kind of infinity: a baby. This piece culminates our exploration of physical and vocal theatre work through numerous voiceovers, ensemble work, and attention to the actor’s physical vessel for performance.

Entrepreneurial Development Series Friday, Sep 23 - Friday, Sep 23, 2017
(12:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.) Location: Venture Development Center.

The Venture Development Center is partnering up with Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship to provide a formal training program for startup companies founded by UTD students, faculty and alumni as well as for the entrepreneurial community of Dallas. The series will cover how to better equipped for building, leading and operating your startup venture.

If you’re an aspiring or early-stage entrepreneur wanting to increase your chances of success, and wanting to avoid making some common mistakes that can cost thousands of dollars, and years of your time, the Entrepreneur Development Series is for you. Just imagine being able to avoid all the time spent on trying to figure out all the details of launching and growing your business on your own and instead improve your success rate with our course.

The Entrepreneurial Development Series will be held once a month beginning on September 23, 2016 through May 19, 2017 and will consist of 8 four-hour speaker/lecture sessions that tackle key issues in the launch of a new business.