Comet Calendar, The Official Event Calendar for UT Dallas en-us This Day's Events at UT Dallas Student Engagement - SOFAB Meeting Friday, Oct 9
(8 a.m. - 10 a.m.)

SOFAB Meeting

Fall 2015 CALLIER FLASH Seminars presentsFriday Seminars in Speech, Language and Hearing Friday, Oct 9
(10 a.m. - 11 a.m.) Location: Callier Center Dallas, Inwood Rd. Dallas, TX 75235 Room A229.

"Interactive Book Reading to Accelerate Word Learning by Kindergarten Children with SLI", Holly Storkel, PhD., The University of Kansas

Dr. Storkel’s research program focuses on understanding why typically developing children learn words so rapidly and why children with language impairments learn words so slowly. Her completed research (K23DC004781, R03DC008095, R01DC008095) has provided evidence that certain words are easier to learn than others. Moreover, which words are easier to learn depends on the time point when learning is sampled (i.e., immediate learning during training versus retention following a gap in training) as well as the language skills of the child (R03DC008095, R01DC008095). Dr. Storkel’s ongoing research (R01DC012824) further investigates the different mechanisms that underlie word learning at different time points and attempts to translate what is known about the nature of word learning deficits in children with language impairments into an effective treatment. You can learn more about her research at her Word and Sound Learning laboratory website, including her currently funded project Kindergarten Children Acquiring Words through Storybook Reading (KAW Story).

Location: Callier Dallas – A229

Video link to UTD Main Campus room JO 4.306

10:00 am – 11:00 am

Lunch will be provided please RSVP to LaRuth Smith

See The School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences for more events

Microsoft Intermediate PowerPoint PART 1 Friday, Oct 9
(9 a.m. - 12 p.m.) Location: .

Prerequisite: Must be able to create a basic slide Presentation per Microsoft Beginner Office.

You will learn: Best practices, design, insert objects, presentation options:For  slide animation and transitions see PART 2.

For the details of what specific topics are covered in Beginner Office and Intermediate PowerPoint, please see the Microsoft Office Topics per Course located on the PeopleSoft and Related Training Page

This is a 3 hours class. The maximum registration is 15 per class in order to give as much attention to each participant.

Click here to register 


Warrior SMART - High Performance Brain Training Exclusively for Student Veterans Friday, Oct 9
(10 a.m. - 12 p.m.)

By evaluating brain fitness and applying proven brain-training methods, the Center for BrainHealth will train individuals to think smarter and exploit their greatest natural resource – their brain.

Student veterans complete the free 8-hour training over the course of four weeks, meeting two hours each week.

OCTOBER Training Schedule:

Fridays, October 2, 9, 16, 23

Time: 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: JSOM 11.305 (Oct. 2, 9, 16) & JSOM 12.108 (Oct. 23)

Sign-up at

Research Progress on 2D Materials at Atomic Scale using Aberration Corrected Transmission Electron Microscopy Friday, Oct 9
(11 a.m. - 12 p.m.)

The unique properties of 2D materials significantly rely on the atomic structure and defects. Thus study at atomic scale is crucial for in-depth understanding of 2D materials and provides insights into its future applications. Using aberration-corrected transmission electron microscopes, atomic resolution imaging of individual atoms has been achieved even at a low kV. Ongoing optimization of aberration correction improves the spatial resolution better than angstrom and moreover boosts the contrast of light atoms. I will present the recent progress on the modern TEMs and study on the atomic structure of monolayer and multilayer graphene, soft-hard interfaces, functionalized graphene, grain boundaries and furthermore the defect formation mechanism of hexagonal boron nitride and MoS2.

Professor Zonghoon Lee is currently an associate professor and head of School of Materials Science and Engineering at UNIST (Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology) in Korea and one of the leading scientists in the field of 2D materials characterization using aberration-corrected TEM. He graduated from Yonsei University with B.S. and M.S. and researched at KETI and then earned Ph.D. in 2003 from Materials Science Department at University of Southern California. Then he moved to National Center for Electron Microscopy at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory as a postdoctoral scientist fellow and became a senior staff member. After six years in Berkeley, he joined UNIST, S. Korea in 2011. He founded Atomic Imaging Center and Center for Multidimensional Programmable Matter at UNIST. There are FEI Titan G2 cube with image corrector, JEOL 2100F with probe corrector, two more JEOL TEMs, FIB and several FE-SEMs in the EM facility. He has published more than 80 journal papers with more than 2300 citations in the field of materials science and electron microscopy including several cover papers on Nano Letters, ACS Nano, Nanoscale, and Applied Microscopy. He is an editor for Applied Microscopy journal. His research interests are atomic-scale imaging and spectroscopy in aberration-corrected TEM and STEM for 2D crystals and their hybrid structures such as graphene, hBN and MoS2. He is also interested in the interfaces of advanced materials and soft/hard materials, and the imaging and spectroscopy of soft matter. He explores the structures, defects and atom dynamics at nano and atomic scale by using in situ TEM techniques.

International Christian Fellowship (ICF) - Weekly Meeting Friday, Oct 9
(11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.) Location: Pegasus Room.

ICF Weekly Meetings

Public and Nonprofit Management Brown Bag Lecture Series Friday, Oct 9
(11 a.m. - 1 p.m.)

Analyzing Policy Implementation occurring in Strategic Action Fields:  Local Implementation of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) with Dr. Jodi Standfort (University of Minnesota).

Dr. Jodi Sandfort is an Associate Professor at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs, and Chair of the school’s Management and Leadership Area.  Her work focuses on improving the implementation of social policy, particularly those policies designed to support low-income children and their families.

Dr. Sandfort has spent her career moving back and forth between professional practice and academic posts.  She directed the human service program at the McKnight Foundation in Minneapolis, where she managed a portfolio of $20 million in annual giving. She is a Family Self-Sufficiency Scholar funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  She is also the Academic Director of the Hubert Project, a global initiative promoting interactive teaching and learning through use of multi-media learning materials (see  She is currently engaged in a multi-year partnership with the Minnesota Department of Human Services to support the development of a more effective welfare system.

Fall 2015 Frontiers of Brain Health Lunch Lecture Series Friday, Oct 9
(12 p.m. - 1 p.m.) Location: 2200 West Mockingbird Lane Dallas, Texas 75235 International Reception Hall.

"Using Technology to Build Good Brain Health", Joaquin Anguera, Ph.D.

Dr. Anguera, University of California San Francisco

The overarching goal of Joaquin’s research in the lab is to examine how unique aspects of cognitive & motor performance contribute to the process of skill acquisition. This involves not only characterizing healthy (young adults, older adults, children) and/or impaired individuals (autistic, ADHD, depression), but also developing cognitive training interventions to remediate targeted deficits. Joaquin's expertise in the examination of motor-related deficits provides a unique perspective given the Gazzaley lab's focus on perceptual suppression in cognitive paradigms. Using behavioral, EEG, and fMRI methodologies, Joaquin's research interests include:

  • Developing cognitive training interventions for healthy and/or impaired children, younger & older adults (** See Joaquin's NeuroRacer study featured in Nature **)
  • Interrogating how skill acquisition and interference resolution abilities are affected in different populations
  • Defining the role of cognitive processes (working memory, attention, inhibition) during distinct motor actions
  • Integrating mobile technologies (tablet, phone) into existing interventions and experimental paradigms to leverage data collection outside of the laboratory
  • The use of different neuroimaging techniques (EEG, fMRI) to elucidate brain structure-function relationships

The Center for BrainHealth invites scientists to share their scientific study with students and other researchers at the BrainHealth Frontiers Lunch Lectures. The lectures are heavily science focused and are not intended for a lay audience. All lectures are held at the Center for BrainHealth, 2200 West Mockingbird Lane, in the International Reception Hall.

Friday 10/9 at Noon

Topic is Using Technology to Build Good Brain Health

Lunch Available at 11:45am lecture from 12:00 to 1:00 pm
RSVP to  214-905-3007

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Political Science Club - Officer Elections Friday, Oct 9
(12 p.m. - 1 p.m.) Location: Galaxy Room.

Holding elections for new officers.

School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences presents: ROADMAP to GRADUATE SCHOOL Friday, Oct 9
(12 p.m. - 1 p.m.)


Presented by: Amy Pinkham, PhD

Friday, October 9, 12:00 - 1:00pm, GR 4.428
In this workshop, Dr. Amy Pinkham will discuss various types of graduate programs for those students with a special interest in clinical or counseling. 
For more information, check the BBS Information Center on eLearning.
Refreshments will be served.

Phi Theta Kappa - Meeting Friday, Oct 9
(12 p.m. - 2 p.m.) Location: Phoenix Room.


Career Center - International Internships Information Session Friday, Oct 9
(12:30 p.m. - 2 p.m.)

Learn about the Career Center’s Summer 2016 Internship Programs in Dublin, Ireland and Buenos Aires, Argentina!

The program is open to all majors, undergraduate and graduate students.  It will take place during summer 2016 in Dublin or Buenos Aires.  Students will spend 8 weeks completing a customized internship related to their major and/or field of interest.  Additional details including dates, academic credit, and program costs will be discussed at this session.

A limited number of seats may be available for events.

Please RSVP for this event via CometCareers!

View this event on Comet Careers—Event #4559

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.

JSOM Elevator Speech Workshop Friday, Oct 9
(2 p.m. - 3 p.m.)

JSOM Elevator Speech Workshop

Presented by the JSOM Career Management Center  Event ID 4724

Attend this workshop to learn the essential parts of your elevator speech. The primary instructional method for this workshop is lecture and small group interaction. One of the most helpful tasks you can undertake is to create your 30 second speech to introduce yourself. Once you understand who you are, you can better introduce and sell yourself to others.

The objectives for this workshop are to:
- Understand the key discussion topics
- See how it is done
- Practice

Seminar Series in Operations Management Friday, Oct 9
(2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.)

John R. Birge

Jerry W. and Carol Lee Levin Professor of Operations Management

The University of Chicago Booth School of Business

JSOM Mock Interview Day for DMHP Friday, Oct 9
(9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.)

Organized by the JSOM Career Management Center and...
Various employers  Event ID 4484

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 self-presentation
-Network with real professionals

This session is for DMHP Students
You MUST have an updated resume in your CometCareers profile.

Remember Interview Practice Makes Perfect!

There are a limited number of spaces, so please register as soon as possible and make sure your resume is up to date.

**Please note, you will not be required to stay at the event all day. Your interview will be less than 30 minutes. The CMC will create a random schedule and email you your time slot (ex. 10-10:30am).
For questions, please call the CMC at 972-883-6916.

ATEC Watering Hole - Friday, Oct. 9 Friday, Oct 9
(2 p.m. - 4 p.m.)

Dhruba Deb, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Researcher

Hamon Center for Therapeutic Oncology Research University of Texas

Southwestern Medical Center Dallas, TX

Scientist-by-day and artist-at-night, Dhruba Deb is interested in understanding the unpredictability of cancer and its therapeutic implications. During the day, he works as a post doctoral researcher on lung cancer at UT Southwestern Medical Center. During the evenings and weekends, he works on art projects towards a BA visual art degree at University of Herdfordshire.

Dhru's current obsession is growing his "Cancer ART-SCI Network" connecting cancer research, art and business in Dallas and New York City. This network connects para-disciplinary sci-artists who are interested in and can contribute to both cancer research and art.


Maryam Baig

Artist and Performer

Barlow, Borremans, and Talbot Walk into Dallas, TX and Find a Tollroad!

Maryam will be examining how Dallas is being branded as Big D when it comes to marketing, while the citizens of Dallas have not caught up with the brand yet (and why.)

Born and raised in Pakistan, she received a B.A in Art and Performance and an MFA in Arts and Technology at University of Texas at Dallas. While her academic endeavors span across several fields of expression, visual and performing arts, writing, poetry, her studies have found their focus on Gesture, Memory and Performance in Storytelling.

Baig is a 2014-15 D Academy fellow and an active team member for Big D Reads initiative. Recently, Baig has been invited to perform her writings and short stories at different venues around Dallas, such as Ignite DFW, The Naked Stage and Margo Jones Theatre at Magnolia Lounge.

Eugene McDermott Library Tours Friday, Oct 9
(3 p.m. - 4 p.m.) Location: Meet at the Information Desk.

Join us for a tour of Eugene McDermott Library and learn about the history, resources, and services on each floor. Discover the quiet and group study areas, government documents and popular magazine reading area. The tour guide will also show the Information Desk, Services Desk and Reference Desk, and you'll find out how to check out laptops, Leisure Reading titles, audiobooks and DVDs. Please register to attend:

Delta Zeta - Study Hours Friday, Oct 9
(4 p.m. - 6 p.m.) Location: Phoenix Room.

Study hours for Delta Zeta

Space Exploration Society - Meeting Friday, Oct 9
(5 p.m. - 6 p.m.)

Group meeting

Rainbow Guard - General Meeting Friday, Oct 9
(5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.) Location: Galaxy Room A.

General meeting for Rainbow Guard

Muslimahs for Change - inspirational nights Friday, Oct 9
(5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.)

Inviting professionals from the community to inspire young women

Atheists, Skeptics, and Humanists - General Meeting Friday, Oct 9
(6 p.m. - 8 p.m.) Location: Libra Room.

Atheists, Skeptics, and Humanists General Meeting

Living Water Student Fellowship - Bible Study Friday, Oct 9
(6 p.m. - 8 p.m.) Location: Gemini Room.

Bible Study

en_Coded Friday, Sep 18 - Friday, Oct 9
(9 a.m. - 9 p.m.)

Reception: Friday, Sep.18, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

This three-person exhibition features large paintings and video from local artist Scott Barber, who died of complications from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2005. Most known for its visual depiction of cancer cells, Barber’s work is joined by work from artists David Sunshine and Luke Harden.

REUNION: The Dallas Review - Volume V Launch Party Friday, Oct 9
(7 p.m. - 9 p.m.)

For over two decades, REUNION: The Dallas Review has been dedicated to finding and publishing exceptional examples of short fiction, drama, visual art, poetry, translation work, non-fiction, and interviews. You may remember Reunion by its former name, Sojourn. We have a new look and a new name, but our mission remains cultivating the arts community in Dallas, Texas, and promoting the work of talented writers and artists both locally and across the globe. Join us as we celebrate the launch of REUNION: The Dallas Review - Volume V with live performances and readings. Food and drinks will be provided.

Event poster.

REUNION: The Dallas Review is a publication of the Creative Writing Program in the School of Arts and Humanities at the University of Texas at Dallas

Comet Swing Society - Lesson Friday, Oct 9
(8 p.m. - 11:45 p.m.) Location: Galaxy Room.

We will be hosting a social dance with a brief introductory lesson.

Breast Cancer Awareness Week Monday, Oct 5 - Friday, Oct 9 Location: UT Dallas Campus.

The Student Wellness Center will be offering free educational materials regarding preventative measures and awareness for Breast Cancer Awareness month.

Big Love by Charles L. Mee Thursday, Oct 8 - Saturday, Oct 10
(8 p.m. - 8 p.m.) Location: University Theatre.

Directed by Shelby Hibbs 

Big Love by Charles L. Mee is an extremely loose adaptation of Aeschylus’ tragedy, The Suppliant Women. A collage of the ancient and contemporary, the play presents a chaotic wedding party as 50 women are commanded to marry 50 brothers. The women seek refuge in an Italian villa, as they attempt to escape their marriages. This visceral battle between the sexes raises timely issues of gender politics and domestic violence.

This play contains mature content, adult language, and use of strobe lights and a fog machine.

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Cognitive Development Society Conference (some BBS faculty will attend) Thursday, Oct 8 - Saturday, Oct 10 ]]> BBS Faculty attend the Cognitive Development Society Conference (CDS2015) Friday, Oct 9 - Saturday, Oct 10 Location: Columbus, OH.

CDS2015 will be held Oct. 9-10, 2015 in Columbus, OH.

The best way to stay informed about the meeting (as well as other topics relevant to CDS) is to join the CDS listserv.

Out For Work:11th Annual National LGBTQ & Ally College Student Career Conference Friday, Oct 9 - Sunday, Oct 11
(7 p.m. - 4 p.m.) Location: Various Campus Locations .

OUT for Work proudly presents our 11th Annual National LGBTQ & Ally College Student Career Conference at the University of Texas at Dallas, October 9-11, 2015.

Our previous conferences brought together more than 300 attendees from college campuses across the country and featured breakout sessions, workshops, and keynote speeches presented by companies, organizations, and individuals leading the way in LGBTQA workplace inclusion.

The conferences have given undergraduate and graduate students an opportunity to network one-on-one with LGBTQA employees and representatives to discuss being out and open in various industries, organizations, being out on resumes, being out in interviews, being out on social media, and more! The PRIDE Career Fair at the conclusion of the conference included over 30 companies from a variety of industries promoting their career and internship opportunities.

For more information:

Registration link:

Corporate Challenge 2015: Calendar of Events Friday, Aug 14 - Friday, Oct 16
(6 p.m. - 9 p.m.) Location: A variety of Richardson-area venues, including UT Dallas...Check calendar for details.

Come out and support UT Dallas teams as they compete in a variety of sports and events for this year's 10-week Corporate Challenge campaign. From the Opening Ceremony and Great Walk on Friday, Aug. 14 through the Cake Competition and Closing Ceremony on Friday, Oct. 16, there will be opportunities galore for fun. Check out what's happening, when and where here:

Let's go Comets! Game on!! Whoosh

Fall 2015 "Signature Required" Period to Withdraw from UG Courses Full Term Session Thursday, Sep 10 - Thursday, Oct 29 ]]> Comemory Friday, Sep 25 - Saturday, Oct 31
(9 a.m. - 9 p.m.)

Opening reception: October 2, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Artbeef is a dallas based group of artists working cooperatively to challenge conventional notions of artistic production and exhibition. Over the last few years this semi-anonymous collective has staged performances and curated events that de-emphasize authorial value, alternating strategies of sole proprietorship and lending agency to the sometimes nebulous arrangement of community. Recently this loosely organized collective has welcomed additional participants who will take part in a new installation that will be made especially for the UT Dallas Visual Arts Building. Along with a catalog of previous work this newly energized group will offer a special look into the history of its endeavors as well as the trajectory for its future. 

Catch Comet Pride - Service Excellence Series (Register for the Complete Series) Tuesday, Sep 22 - Tuesday, Nov 10
(2 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.) Location: Synergy Park North - UTDesign Seminar (SPN 1.121).

Description:  The "Catch Comet Pride" certificate program consists of four (4) sessions. The sessions are approximately 2-2 ½ hours in length. Once a new series is launched, a session will be offered approximately every every two weeks. Listed below is a brief description for each session in the series.


Session 1 (Sept 22): Catching Comet Pride -- The participants will begin to understand the rationale and reasoning behind providing excellent customer service in higher education. They will also be introduced to five (5) Guiding Principles that were created to shape and direct the services we provide to both internal and external customers of UT Dallas. The participants will also be introduced to our service model, which will serve as our framework for series and the sessions that follow.


Session 2 (Oct 13): Practice Makes Perfect (I) --The participants will be re-introduced to the customer service model and exposed to customer service best practices & common barriers to providing good service. This session will also discuss and practice simulated customer service transactions and situations with special focus on welcoming behaviors.


Session 3 (Oct 27): Practice Makes Perfect (II) -- Participants will continue to look at how to deliver good service to both happy and angry customers. Building on the skills emphasized in session 2, participants will learn about delivering good customer service under stress (i.e. when the customer is frustrated, upset or angry). Additional topics of discussion will focus on customer service etiquette skills--in person, by email and over the phone We will also identify important transitioning behaviors for those times when we must refer a customer to someone else or are unable to deliver what the customer expects or wants from us.


Session 4 (Nov 10): Making It Work, Making It Personal – The participants will identify and create strategies for ensuring ongoing, excellent customer service at UT Dallas (start to finish.) This will include learning a model that can be used to evaluate our customer service efforts in each department and work unit. Then each participant will be asked to develop a personal action plan they can implement immediately to provide excellent customer service in their work area. This session also includes certificate presentations to class participants who have attended all four (4) sessions.

Click Here to Register for the Complete Series


Managers/Supervisors' Certificate Series Wednesday, Oct 7 - Wednesday, Dec 16
(2 p.m. - 4 p.m.) Location: Synergy Park North - UTDesign Seminar (SPN 1.121).

Description:  Each session is two hours in length and focuses on basic supervision and management skills. Participants completing all six modules will receive certificates of completion.

Module 1 – Communication and Listening Skills – Participants will examine different communication styles and discuss ways to deal with the different styles of communication. Participants will discuss and explore other communication issues that greatly impact the success of the manager/supervisor to employee relationship. (Oct 7)

Module 2 – EEO Laws – Participants will gain a better understanding of Equal Employment Opportunity laws and the implications they hold for the manager, supervisor and the university as it relates to hiring, discipline and termination. (Oct 21)

Module 3 – Performance Management – Participants will discuss all aspects of an effective performance management system and the different methods for managing the performance of those they supervise. (Nov 4)

Module 4 – Conflict Resolution – Participants will learn about the nature of conflict, common approaches we adopt when in conflict and the importance of supervisors and managers taking appropriate action in response to workplace conflict.  (Nov 18)

Module 5 – Dynamic Discipline– In this session, managers and supervisors will learn the full range of the University’s discipline process and how to use that process legally, appropriately and effectively.  (Dec 2)

Module 6 – Motivating and Recognizing Employees – Participants will explore key concepts behind employee motivation and learn the importance of using recognition and praise to honor employees and benefit the productivity of the work group. (Dec 16)

Click Here to Register for the Complete Series