Comet Calendar, The Official Event Calendar for UT Dallas en-us This Day's Events at UT Dallas Comet Swing Society - Weekly Meeting Friday, Oct 20
(8 p.m. - 12 a.m.)

Our weekly club meeting, with a lesson followed by social dancing.

Algebra and Combinatorics Seminar by Nathan Williams Friday, Oct 20
(10 a.m. - 11 a.m.)

Nathan Williams

Mathematical Sciences

UT Dallas

Why the Fuss?

Spherical Artin groups (like braid groups) have two surprisingly different -- but equally natural--presentations. Briefly, their classical presentation arises from the chamber geometry their associated Coxeter group enjoys as a real reflection group, while their more recent dual presentation comes from interpreting the Coxeter group as a complex reflection group. In this dual presentation, certain elements of the Artin group are singled out, and these elements lead to a beautiful enumerative theory. In this talk, I will present work with C. Stump and H. Thomas that identifies a corresponding theory in the classical presentation.

Mathematical Sciences Colloquium by Augusto Visintin Friday, Oct 20
(11 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.)

Augusto Visintin

Trento, Italy

Compactness and Structural Stability of Nonlinear Flows

Parabolic equations are usually regarded as not representable by a minimization principle; however results of Brezis and Ekeland [1], Nayroles [3] and Fitzpatrick [4] provide evidence of the contrary. This can also be extended to the parabolic flow of pseudo-monotone operators.

Compactness and stability of the dependence of the solution on the data and the potential can be proved on the basis of De Giorgi's notion of Gamma-convergence [2]. Here by compactness we mean that any sequence of potentials has a Gamma-convergent subsequence. Stability means that, if the data converge and the potentials Gamma-converge, then the sequence of solutions converges to a solution, up to extracting a subsequence, [5]. This was already known for stationary problems, and is here extended to evolutionary problems via a novel notion of evolutionary Gamma-convergence.

These results can be extended in several directions, including doubly-nonlinear parabolic inclusions.

This research is surveyed in [6].

[1] H. Brezis, I. Ekeland: Un principe variationnel associe a certaines equations paraboliques. I. Le cas independant du temps, II. Le cas dependant du temps. C. R. Acad. Sci. Paris Ser. A-B 282 (1976) 971{974, and ibid. 1197{1198
[2] E. De Giorgi, T. Franzoni: Su un tipo di convergenza variazionale. Atti Accad. Naz. Lincei Rend. Cl. Sci. Fis. Mat. Natur. (8) 58 (1975) 842{850
[3] B. Nayroles: Deux theoremes de minimum pour certains systemes dissipatifs. C. R. Acad. Sci. Paris Ser. A-B 282 (1976) A1035{A1038
[4] S. Fitzpatrick: Representing monotone operators by convex functions. Workshop/Miniconference on Functional Analysis and Optimization (Canberra, 1988), 59{65, Proc. Centre Math. Anal. Austral. Nat. Univ., 20, Austral. Nat. Univ., Canberra, 1988
[5] A. Visintin: Variational formulation and structural stability of monotone equations. Calc. Var. Partial Di erential Equations 47 (2013), 273{317
[6] A. Visintin: On Fitzpatrick's theory and stability of flows. Rend. Lincei Mat. Appl. 27 (2016) 1{30


Coffee to be served in FN 2.102 at 10:30 AM.


Sponsored by the Department of Mathematical Sciences

AAUW Start Smart Salary Negotiations Workshop Friday, Oct 20
(9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.) Location: Galerstein Gender Center, Student Services Buidling 4.300.

The Office of Diversity and Community Engagement,  Galerstein Gender Center and Career Center presents "$mart $tart" Salary Workshop"

Presented by the UT Dallas Galerstein Gender Center and the Career Center, Start Smart is an interactive workshop designed to give college students the confidence and skills they need to earn fair compensation.

Register on Comet Careers under event ID: 6489

The event is open to UT Dallas students only.

Case Interviews and Critical Thinking Interview Questions Workshop, presented by JSOM Career Management Center Friday, Oct 20
(11 a.m. - 12 p.m.)

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The case interview is an integral part of the consulting recruiting process that demonstrates candidates’ critical thinking, quick decision-making and communication skills in a pressure-cooker situation. Even if you are not pursuing a consultant path, more and more companies are now implementing similar types of questioning in their interview process to determine the same skills.

Attend this interactive workshop to learn:

  • Case interview background and types
  • Approaches to solving critical thinking questions and case interviews
  • Effective techniques to communicate responses to these types of interviews.

 Additional Information:

  • Professional dress is not required to attend.
  • By registering for this event, I authorize The University of Texas at Dallas to record my participation and appearance on videotape, audiotape, film, photography (or other media) at this event and use it for educational or promotional purposes without further notice or remuneration to me.
  • NO SHOWS are unacceptable and may result in disciplinary actions including loss of CMC privileges. If you register for this event and can no longer attend, either cancel your registration on #HireJSOM or email to remove your registration.

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Dynamic Modeling and Controls for Building Energy Systems by Dr. Yaoyu Li Friday, Oct 20
(11 a.m. - 12 p.m.)


Buildings are responsible for about 40% of energy consumption in the U.S., in which a major portion is due to the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems that serve for thermal comfort and indoor air quality. Controls of HVAC systems thus has high impact on the energy efficiency for buildings and the society. In this talk, I will give an overview for two major aspects of research activities in my group related to the key challenges in HVAC control systems: 1) Modelica based dynamic simulation modeling of HVAC systems, and 2) model-free real-time optimization for energy efficiency via extremum seeking control (ESC).  Building HVAC systems feature complex processes that are nonlinear, time-varying and distributed, for which dynamic simulation modeling is challenged by large-scale differential algebraic equations. Modelica as an equation based multi-physical modeling platform has strong advantage than causal modeling platforms (such as Simulink). My group has developed Modelica based dynamic simulation models for various building HVAC systems, including air handling unit, chiller, heat pumps and variable refrigerant flow systems, as well as addressing some relevant research problems. For practical operation of HVAC systems, in addition to the regulation control at lower level, it is often desirable to optimize the setpoints of some manipulated variables at the supervisory level. Due to the process complexity, hard-to-quantify external disturbances from the ambient and occupancy as well as cost sensitive operation of HVAC systems, deployment of model based control strategies is severely limited due to the high cost of model acquisition process, while model-free control strategies are highly beneficial.  My group has successfully applied extremum seeking control (ESC) scheme as a model-free control framework to achieve efficient operation for various HVAC systems, from air-handling unit, chiller system, multi-chiller plant, heat pumps to variable refrigerant flow systems. 


Yaoyu Li received his Ph.D. degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue University in 2004. From 2004 to 2011, Dr. Li was assistant professor and then tenured associate professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. Since June 2011, he has been an associate professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at University of Texas at Dallas. With background in mechatronics, controls and energy systems, Dr. Li has research interests in control, optimization and dynamic modeling for mechanical and electromechanical systems, with strong emphasis on energy systems including HVAC systems, wind and solar energy systems, energy management and demand response associated with electrified vehicles. In addition to funding from National Science Foundation, Dr. Li’s research has been received extensive industrial collaboration, including Johnson Controls, We Energies, Honda, Eaton and Rockwell Automation. His technical contribution has led to 50 journal articles and 8 patents. Dr. Li received the 2007 Honda Initiation Grant Award for the work on Trip Based Optimal Power Management for Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles. He has served as associate editor for IFAC Mechatronics journal and IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics.

Resistive Memories Device Optimization Trends from Ab Initio Simulations, presented by Dr. Blanka Magyari-Kope as part of the Materials Science and Engineering Colloquium Series Friday, Oct 20
(11 a.m. - 12 p.m.)

A promising technology, the resistive random-access memory (RRAM) is currently actively explored for multiple applications as on-chip memories, 3D-FPGA and neuromorphic computing systems. For the large scale integration of RRAM devices, however, in addition to the advanced functionalities, it is necessary to achieve a superior control of the device characteristics in the desired design space. Therefore, device level challenges as switching-parameter variability, cycling endurance, and data retention will need to show significant improvements within a short period of time. To cope with these challenges, doping effects on the ionic migration in the switching material have been recently proposed to enhance device performance and data retention. By identifying the major factors affecting the device characteristics of doped transition metal oxides and employing a systematic evaluation of dopants effects on the electronic and kinetic properties, in this talk I will address the opportunities and challenges of achieving desired RRAM performance based on extensive first principles simulations.

Blanka Magyari-Köpe received her Ph.D. degree in Physics from the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden in 2003, and she is currently a Senior Research Engineer in the Department of Electrical Engineering at Stanford University. Prior to this position she was a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles.

Her research interests include adapting and applying high-precision and efficient quantum mechanical modeling to emerging applications. She had been working on the analysis and fundamental understanding of electronic properties of novel, technologically relevant materials like perovskites, metal alloys, hydrogen storage materials, metal gate/high-k MOS structures and RRAM device materials. Currently she is involved in various projects aimed to increase the performance of electronic devices including the understanding of switching characteristics of resistive memory devices and control of nanointerfaces between metallic, insulating, and semiconducting materials for design solutions at atomic level. She has given over 30 invited talks and has published over 80 refereed scientific papers.

A Longitudinal Study of Language Growth and Deceleration in Bilingual Preschoolers - CALLIER FLASH Seminar Friday, Oct 20
(12 p.m. - 1 p.m.) Location: Callier Center Dallas, Inwood Rd. Dallas, TX 75235.

CALLIER FLASH Seminar in Speech, Language and Hearing

"A Longitudinal Study of Language Growth and Deceleration in Bilingual Preschoolers" with Lindsey Hiebert, UT Dallas doctoral student.

Location: Callier Dallas – A229

Video link to Callier Richardson – 11.601

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Lunch will be provided  please RSVP to LaRuth Smith

See The School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences for more events

Campus Chinese Christian Fellowship - CCCF Bible study Friday, Oct 20
(12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.) Location: Pegasus Room.

To enjoy the riches of Jesus Christ and receive life by reading His holy word.

Center for Children and Families' Eighth Annual Forum 2017 - Biobehavioral Effects of Early Adversity: Implications for Prevention and Intervention Friday, Oct 20
(9 a.m. - 2 p.m.) Location: Communities Foundation of Texas (5500 Caruth Haven Lane, Dallas TX 75225).

Join us for the Center for Children and Families' eighth annual Forum on Friday, October 20th, 2017 at Communities Foundation of Texas. 

This year's Forum on Biobehavioral Effects of Early Adversity: Implications for Prevention and Intervention. The Forum will feature Dr. Seth Pollak from The University of Wisconsin, Madison, as the keynote speaker. 

See the CCF website page for additional details. 

Library Pop-Up: Newspapers and Business Journals Friday, Oct 20
(1 p.m. - 2 p.m.) Location: JSOM Atrium.

The Eugene McDermott Library provides a variety of newspapers and business journals that strongly support the research and classwork of all University of Texas at Dallas students, faculty, and staff. This pop-up session is an introduction to what newspapers and journals are available and how to get access.

Stop by to meet Loreen Henry and Chris Edwards, the JSOM Business Research Librarians and receive a special treat.

Homecoming Parade Hands-On Golf Cart Safety Training Friday, Oct 20
(2 p.m. - 3 p.m.)

This training provides basic safety awareness in the use of golf carts and utility carts, which includes a hands-on driving test. You are required to take this training if you plan to operate a golf cart during the UT Dallas Homecoming Parade. This training is limited to 10 people per class, and is only for those who will be driving in this year's parade.

Register Online

Criminology Graduate Student Association (CGSA) - Brown Bag Friday, Oct 20
(1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.)

The unlock time that you requested is not available. There is an event immediately prior to yours in the room.

Transfer Orientation Spring 2018 Friday, Oct 20
(7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.)

All students and guests must be pre-registered to attend a Transfer Orientation.  We do not allow walk-in students or guests to attend.

 At Transfer Orientation, students will learn about UT Dallas resources, meet with academic advising, and begin the process of registering for classes. This is an event for admitted incoming transfer students for  Spring 2018. Students can find more information on how to register for Transfer Orientation at

Students must pre-register to attend Transfer Orientation. Registered students will receive a confirmation email with more information including the location of their orientation session and a campus parking pass. All communication regarding Transfer Orientation will be sent to the student's UTD email address.

Education Abroad: Peer Advising Friday, Oct 20
(1 p.m. - 4 p.m.)

Education Abroad Peer advisors are ambassadors fo the Education Abroad office.  They work closely with the team to assist students in navigating the Comets Abroad portal, help students learn how to distinguish one program from another and share their personal study abroad experience to expose students to the growing global community.  We invite all students interested in studying abroad to speak with a peer advisor for a student perspective of the study abroad experience.

For Autistic Empowerment - General Meeting Friday, Oct 20
(4 p.m. - 5 p.m.)

A general, weekly meeting of For Autistic Empowerment.

Pokemon League at UTD - Meeting Friday, Oct 20
(5 p.m. - 7 p.m.)

Meeting for members of the Pokemon League.

Pre-Dental Association - DAT/Dentistry Social Game Night Friday, Oct 20
(5 p.m. - 7 p.m.) Location: Pegasus Room.

Pre Dental Association members will get together to socialize and play DAT related games to familiarize themselves with the exam.

Pride - General Meeting Friday, Oct 20
(5 p.m. - 7 p.m.)

Pride General Meetings are a place where members of the UTD LGBTQIA+ community and allies can have a safe space to make friends, learn about each other's experiences, and discuss issues relating to them.

Inter Collegiate Prayer Fellowship - Meeting Friday, Oct 20
(6 p.m. - 8 p.m.)

We will host weekly bible studies with games, songs and time spent in the word

Intercultural Women's Society - Introductory Social Friday, Oct 20
(6 p.m. - 8 p.m.) Location: Phoenix Room.

An introductory social to welcome both present and potential members of the Intercultural Women's Society at UTD through a fun evening of games and food.

Newman Catholic Ministry - Book Club Friday, Oct 20
(7 p.m. - 8 p.m.) Location: RHS 1.001.

The Newman Catholic Ministry has a book club that focuses on a new book each semester. The book for fall 2017 will be The Everlasting Man by G.K. Chesterton.


Alturas Duo Friday, Oct 20
(8 p.m.)

The Alturas Duo was formed to bring together the worlds of South American folk, traditional classical and new music with the unusual combination of viola, charango and guitar. Founded by Canadian guitarist, Scott Hill, and Chilean violist and charango player, Carlos Boltes, the Alturas Duo returns as Trio with flutist. The Alturas Duo has performed extensively in Europe as well as North, Central and South America.

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Artificial Intelligence Society - Student Webcast Friday, Oct 20
(6:15 p.m. - 8:15 p.m.)

UTD students will gather to watch and participate in a live webcast demonstration provided by Intel computer company

The Philosopher's Society - Weekly Meetings Friday, Oct 20
(7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.)

Weekly meeting of the Philosopher's Society.

Baruch HaBa - Sabbath Celebration Friday, Oct 20
(7 p.m. - 9 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 the 1st and 3rd Fridays of each month over selected passages/topics of the Bible. Fellowships nights will consist of song, dance and fun! They will occur the 2nd and 4th Fridays of each month.

Living Water Student Fellowship - Bible Study Friday, Oct 20
(7 p.m. - 9 p.m.)

We will have Bible group study together.

Fellowship of Christian University Students - FNF Friday, Oct 20
(5:15 p.m. - 9:15 p.m.)

UTD student fellowship

Alpha Omega Campus Ministry - Devo. Friday, Oct 20
(6 p.m. - 10 p.m.)

These Friday will be used for our fun events such as game nights, Karaoke nights, etc.

Zombie Run Friday, Oct 20
(8 p.m. - 10 p.m.) Location: Phase 8 Clubhouse.

Do you think you can outrun the living dead? Come out to Phase 8-9 to test your zombie apocalypse readiness. Groups of runners will be sent from the Phase 8 Clubhouse with a map and will try to outsmart zombies. The first 50 people who complete the course with at least one life left will get a T-shirt!

Alcohol Awareness Week Monday, Oct 16 - Friday, Oct 20 Location: UT Dallas Main Campus.

Participate in National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week events.

Joint Fall 2017 Meeting of the Texas Section of the APS, Texas Section of the AAPT, and Zone 13 of the Society of Physics Students Friday, Oct 20 - Saturday, Oct 21
(8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.)

The University of Texas at Dallas' Department of Physics has been selected to host the Joint Fall 2017 Meeting of the Texas Section of the APS, Texas Section of the AAPT, and Zone 13 of the Society of Physics Students. 

Featuring guest speakers, student and faculty oral and poster presentations to showcase their research and finding, as well as, a great opportunity to network with fellow peers from all over the state of Texas. This year's Joint Fall 2017 Meeting will focus on a variety of topics pertaining to research initiatives, educational development, and career development. 

For more information visit: 

Fall 2017 Late Registration 2nd 8-week Session Friday, Oct 13 - Monday, Oct 23 ]]> Fall 2017 "Signature Required" Period to Withdraw from UG Courses Full-Term Session Thursday, Sep 7 - Thursday, Oct 26 ]]> Student Volunteerism & Galerstein Gender Center-October Clothing Drive Tuesday, Oct 3 - Tuesday, Oct 31
(8 a.m. - 5 p.m.) Location: Locations vary.

Join the Office of Student Volunteerism and Galerstein Gender Center in collecting gently used clothes for Out of the Closet Retail, whose proceeds benefit the AIDS Healthcare Foundation.

Collection bins will be located in the OSV office (14.431T), AD 2nd floor lobby, the SU 1st floor lobby, and Gender Center.

National Biosafety Month Sunday, Oct 1 - Tuesday, Oct 31

The NIH has designated October as National Biosafety Stewardship Month. This is an occasion for institutions to develop initiatives to bring awareness to and reinforce the best practices of biosafety.

Look for our postings around campus with the QR code to scan and win!

Biological Sciences Fall 2017 Lecture Series begins Thursday August 31, 2017 Thursday, Aug 31 - Thursday, Nov 2
(3 p.m. - 4 p.m.)

August 31, 2017             Dr. Shanta Dhar, Associate Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Miller School of Medicine, University of Miami    

September 14, 2017      Lab Safety by Office of Research Compliance - Laboratory Safety  – UT Dallas  (mandatory for Biology lab personnel)

September 28, 2017      Dr. Jeff Schertzer, Assistant Professor, Dept of Biological Sciences, Binghamton University, New York

October 12, 2017           Dr. Sumin Kang, Assistant Professor,  Winship Cancer Institute, Dept of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Emory University

October 26, 2017           Dr. Caitlin Pepperell, MD, FRCP, Assistant Professor, Medicine and Medical Microbiology & Immunology, University of Wisconsin-Madison

November 2, 2017         Dr. David Shackelford, Associate Professor, Dept of Molecular and Medical Pharmacology, University of California, Los Angeles







SP/N Gallery unveiling: Critical Mass: A UT Dallas Artist Alumni Exhibition Sunday, Oct 1 - Saturday, Nov 11 Location: The new SP/N Gallery at Synergy Park North 2.

Critical Mass: A UT Dallas Artist Alumni Exhibition

This inaugural show celebrates the grand opening of the SP/N Gallery and features two decades of artists who have successfully pursued their creative practice after receiving their degrees from the School of Arts and Humanities.

Work from more than 40 alumni will be on display and special programing will be announced.

The Critical Mass exhibition will be on display from October 1st to November 11th.

Reception: October 1, 4:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Please join us Sunday, October 1st for a reception introducing our new exhibition space and the alumni artists whose work is on display. Enjoy visiting with old and new friends while viewing the art and experiencing the new gallery.

About the new SP/N Gallery:

Located on the far northwest corner of campus in Synergy Park North building 2 (known as SPN2 or SP2), our new 6,000 sq. ft. gallery complex consists of two conjoined exhibition spaces, two project rooms, a reception area, an office, a prep area, and serves as the new home for the Comer Collection of Photography.


3020 Stewart Dr., Richardson, TX 75080


Exhibiting alumni artists:

Kimberly Alexander
Nicole Arendt
Willie Baronet
Spencer Brown-Pearn
Lisa Cardenas
Val Curry
Gabriel Dawe
Cristina de Gennaro
Stephen Duke
Diane Durant
Bryan Florentin
Brian Fridge
Jessica Fuentes
Sally Glass
Devyn Gaudet
David Hanson
Steph Hargrove
Luke Harnden
Hillary Holsonback
Jin-Ya Huang
Neel Kar
Mona Kasra
Tim Kolczak
Pierre Krause
Yuni Lee
Emily Loving
Kirsten Macy
Lauren Marek
Shawn Mayer
Cynthia Miró
Ruben Nieto
Brent Ozaeta
Giraud Polite
Adrienne Rosenberg
Aqsa Shakil
Paul Slocum
Erica Stephens
Raychael Stine
Tim Stokes
Lupita Murillo Tinnen
Kevin Todora
Liz Trosper
Joachim West
Zeke Williams
Carlo Zinzi

SP/N Gallery hours:

Sunday - Monday: Closed
Tuesday - Wednesday: 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Thursday - Friday: 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday: 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

JSOM BCC Accent Improvement Monday, Sep 11 - Monday, Nov 13
(5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.)

Improve your accent while speaking US American English. Gain the confidence you need to interact in academic, social, and professional settings!

Speak clearly while enhancing the following:

  • Workplace Communication Skills
  • Telephone & Interview Skills
  • Conversational & Presentational Skills

Walk-ins are welcomed!  Seating is limited, so please arrive early to reserve your spot!

Wellness - Freedom from Smoking Class Wednesday, Oct 4 - Wednesday, Nov 15
(1 p.m. - 3 p.m.)

In eight sessions across seven weeks, this free class can help you end your smoking habits. This class is open to all UT Dallas faculty, staff, and students. To attend, register online or call 972.883.2213.

Session dates:

  • October 4
  • October 11
  • October 18
  • October 25
  • October 27
  • November 1
  • November 8
  • November 15
Callier Center - Autism Spectrum Disorders - Young Adult Social Communication Group - Monday, Sep 11 - Monday, Dec 4
(4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.) Location: Callier Center Richardson (CRA).

The Young Adult Social Communication Group supports young adults ages 18 to 30 in developing important skills necessary in the college and work settings. The program is led by a licensed speech-language pathologist with the support of graduate student clinicians. The group meets weekly. For more information please visit:

Topics include:

• Independent living skills

• Problem-solving in daily life

• Planning and keeping a schedule

• Considering the future

• Professional communication

• Self-advocacy

• Creating and deepening friendships

• Planning for a career

To enroll: Enrollment is free for UT Dallas students. Please sign up by contacting Christina Gollis at


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