Comet Calendar, The Official Event Calendar for UT Dallas en-us This Day's Events at UT Dallas Warrior SMART - High Performance Brain Training Exclusively for Student Veterans Friday, Jul 31
(10 a.m. - 12:30 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 three weeks, meeting two and a half hours each week.

July Training Schedule:

Fridays, July 17, 24, & 31

Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Location: MC 1.608

Sign-up is in the Veteran Services Center and is on a first-come, first-served basis. Classes are filling so don't delay!

*Check calendar for new classes each semester.

Simulation and Macromodeling of DC-DC Converters by Dr. Peng Li (TAMU) Friday, Jul 31
(1 p.m. - 2 p.m.)

Highly efficient DC-DC converters are indispensable in today's low power microprocessors, embedded systems and portable devices. However, converter circuits are generally very challenging to simulate and model due to the existence of rich dynamics, strong nonlinearity, and complex module schemes. These challenges present significant bottlenecks to design and optimization of DC-DC converters.

I will first present an efficient envelope-following (EF) method for time-domain analysis of DC-DC converters based upon a numerically robust time-delayed phase condition to track the envelope of the circuit state under a varying switching frequency. This EF technique is extended to be applicable to both fixed and varying switching frequency operations, thereby providing a unifying solution to converters with pulse-width modulation (PWM) and/or pulse-frequency modulation (PFM). Second, I will present an efficient macromodeling technique for PWM DC-DC converters. The proposed model captures output ripples by using multiple harmonics and accounts for important device non-idealities of diodes and MOS switches with noticeable improved accuracy. This model is general, and can be applied to buck, boost and buck-boost converters operating in both CCM and DCM.

Peng Li is an associate professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Texas A&M University.  He received the Ph. D. degree in electrical and computer engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, M.E. degree and B.E. degree from Xi’an Jiaotong University, respectively. His research interests are in integrated circuits and systems, electronic design automation, and aspects of computational neuroscience. 

His work has been recognized by various distinctions including an IEEE/ACM William J. McCalla ICCAD Best Paper Award, three IEEE/ACM Design Automation Conference Best Paper Awards, an IEEE/ACM two SRC Inventor Recognition Awards, two MARCO Inventor Recognition Awards, The National Science Foundation CAREER Award.  At Texas A&M University, he received the ECE Outstanding Professor Award and was named a TEES Fellow and a William O. and Montine P. Head Faculty Fellow. He edited two books and is an author and co-author of over 160 publications. He has served on the editorial boards of IEEE Transactions on Computer-Aided Design of Integrated Circuits and Systems and IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems II.

Indian Students Association (ISA) - ISA Orientations Friday, Jul 31
(2:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.)

ISA Orientation Session for the Fall 2015 Students

Living Water Student Fellowship - Bible Study Friday, Jul 31
(6 p.m. - 8 p.m.)

Bible Study Group

International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology Conference (some BBS faculty will attend) Tuesday, Jul 28 - Friday, Jul 31 Location: Mexico. ]]> Comet Camp 2015 - Session Green Wednesday, Jul 29 - Friday, Jul 31 Location: Camp Glen Lake - Glen Rose, Texas.

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Texas Transgender Nondiscrimination Summit Friday, Jul 31 - Saturday, Aug 1
(8 a.m. - 8 p.m.) Location: Galaxy Rooms A, B, C.

The Texas Transgender Nondiscrimination Summit is a grassroots effort to look at strategic approaches to the issues of social justice and policy implementation as regards the concepts of gender identity and gender expression. The Texas Transgender Nondiscrimination Summit invites interested parties in higher education to discuss what works and what does not work in regards to codifying inclusion of "gender identity and expression" into institutional policy.

Visit to register. To receive free admission to the Summit, UTD individuals may register for free by using their email address at

Local Premiere of Disney's MARY POPPINS Friday, Jul 24 - Sunday, Aug 2 Location: University Theatre.

Shows Friday 7:30 p.m., Saturday 7:30 p.m. and Sunday 2:00 p.m..

Tickets: $25 adults, $20 seniors, $14 youth, group rates available. For tickets call 972-690-5029.  

UT Dallas Students receive 1/2 price tickets to these shows.  Present student ID at box office

Download Parking Passes here:
for Friday, July 31
for Saturday, August 1
for Sunday, August 2

Parking Map

Using a little bit of discipline, a spoonful of sugar and a whole lot of magic, the quintessential nanny reacquaints the Banks family with the things that really matter in life.  This Disney classic is fun for all ages.  With “Chim Chim Cher-ee,” “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,” “Step In Time. 

Mary Poppins is the lead character in a series of eight children’s books written by P. L. Travers. The Mary Poppins series, which was published over the period 1934 to 1988. The books centre on a magical English nanny, Mary Poppins

Show Sponsors: Dwan & Carlos Diaz

Space Launch: Rocketry & Weather Balloon Camp Monday, Jul 27 - Friday, Aug 7
(9 a.m. - 4 p.m.) Location: UT Design in SPN- Synergy Park North.

During this 2-week session, campers will learn about the basics of space flight using a launch simulator, various rockets, and a weather balloon. Participants will design, build, and fly a model rocket built from scratch as they learn about the physics of rocket flight with the aid of the Kerbal Space Program, a rocket launch simulation software program. They will then send a weather balloon up to 30,000 feet and monitor the temperature and pressure of the atmosphere as the balloon rises through the atmosphere. All students will receive a certificate of completion to add to their academic portfolio.

SUMMER CODING CAMPS AT UT DALLAS Monday, Jun 8 - Friday, Aug 21
(9 a.m. - 4 p.m.) Location: ECSS and SPN Buildings.

Computer Science Education & Outreach Program Presents:


Location: ECSS and SPN Buildings

Period: Eleven Weeks

From: June, 08 - August, 21

  • Some of the programs include:
  • Animate, Draw & Explore using Scratch Jr!
  • Explore Coding Tools
  • Animations using Scratch
  • Playing with Robots
  • Learning with Minecraft
  • Kodu Game Lab
  • Enjoyable Programming using Alice/ Alice (CHAMPS)
  • Advanced drawings & animations with Processing
  • Web page design
  • Programming in Java; in C++ and in Python
  • Robotic Art


Times:  M - Morning (9-12)

            A - Afternoon (1-4)

            W - Whole day (9-4),

Fees: Advance registration fee is $ 125.00 for half-day one week camp

       $ 250.00 for full-day one-week camp.

Fees will go up by $ 25/$50 during final 2 weeks before each camp.

Fee reduction for low income families available.

Discount codes for immediate families of UTD faculty/staff/students: UTDFAMILY - UTD email address should be used for registration.

Lunch will be provided.           

For more details, please visit the link below:

The Crawfish Circuit Friday, Jul 31 - Friday, Aug 28 Location: Visual Arts Building, Main Gallery.

ARTIST: Giraud Polite
RECEPTION:  Friday, July 31st, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

The Crawfish Circuit addresses the process and implications of documenting a musical soundscape from an insider’s perspective. Giraud Polite's research interrogates the photographer’s privilege within a cultural, historical, and artistic framework. His study of southwest Louisiana’s culture examines the relationship between music and social welfare, and explores the messages between the photographic image, sound, and memory.


"The nutritional value of the Crawfish Circuit exhibit inspires conversation through its photographic micro - narratives, all the while energizing the installation space with jubilant and haunting sounds of the southwest Louisiana soundscape."  

-Giraud Polite‚Äč



As an artist and recipient of the Creative Ph.D. in Humanities-Aesthetic Studies from the University of Texas at Dallas Giraud Polite has more than 15+ years of visual communications experience and has spent the past ten years visually documenting and researching a variety of ethnic groups on five different continents.

He is currently a member of the Society of Photographic Education and the Urban Creative Network where he attends conferences and participates in panel discussions about current photographic and design shifts and trends. Giraud also serves as member, mentor, and adviser to programs such as Making Connections and the Brookhaven College Film Club. As a Louisiana/Texas artist, Giraud has exhibited works extending from digital photography to multimedia arts in a variety of museums, cultural centers, and educational institutions.


Artist Statement:

Working in the areas of digital photography and multimedia arts, my projects explore themes such as cultural ritual and memory. Photographically my current work explores the photograph as a sacred and reproducible object. Presented as relic or artifact and departing from the conventional photograph on paper, I choose to use industrial materials, such as aluminum, wood, and plexiglas in an attempt to create permanence within the story of the image, in a sense to fix the image by adding weight and mass, to affirm the existence of the photograph as a sculptural object.

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.