Comet Calendar, The Official Event Calendar for UT Dallas en-us This Day's Events at UT Dallas Sales Alumni Breakfast Friday, Oct 28
(7 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.) Location: JSOM Executive Dining Room, #1.606.

Breakfast event with Jindal School Alumni working in the sales industry. Keynote speaker Dr. Howard Dover of Jindal School Professional Sales to provide an update on the State of Sales.

Comet Accelerator Friday, Oct 28
(8 a.m. - 11 a.m.) Location: Venture Development Center.

Formerly titled "Launchpad," the Comet Accelerator is a 10-week, experiential program that pulls faculty, staff and students into an environment that incubates ideas and engages prospective customers in preparation for the launch of a new business concept.

The program will work hands-on with 5-7 student teams who are pursuing the launch of a new business concept and will be offered twice annually on Friday mornings from 8:00 - 11:00 AM for 10 weeks in both the fall and spring.  All classes will be held in the Venture Development Center located inside the UT Dallas ROC Building.

Student Volunteerism - Garden Upkeep Friday, Oct 28
(9 a.m. - 11 a.m.) Location: Student Services Building (SSB) First Floor Lobby.

Join the Office of Student Volunteerism as we maintain the UT Dallas Community Garden, an on-campus resource for student volunteers to learn the benefits of community greening and organic gardening. Volunteers will work outdoors with garden and landscaping tasks. Manual labor such as weeding, planting, organizing garden tools, etc. may be required.

Students will meet at the Student Services Building (SSB) first-floor lobby at 9:00am and walk to the UT Dallas Community Garden. This is an on-campus event, so no transportation is necessary!

Volunteers are required to wear closed-toe shoes and weather appropriate clothing they do not mind getting dirty. OSV will provide water, gloves, sunscreen and hats for volunteers.

***This event is now full. Please select another event. We look forward to serving with you!***

Golf Cart Safety Training Friday, Oct 28
(10 a.m. - 11 a.m.)

This training provides basic safety awareness in the use of golf carts and utility carts. You are required to take this training if you need to transport visitors in University-owned carts as part of your job, or you plan to operate a golf cart during the UT Dallas Homecoming Parade. This training is limited to 10 people per class.

Register Online

BS-ITS Advising Session Friday, Oct 28
(10 a.m. - 12 p.m.)

Do you have questions about your degree plan and what Spring 2017 classes to register for.  Are you considering adding a minor or simply have questions about the ITS program.  Come to this advising session being held before registration opens up November 1st and speak with Dr. Owens.  This is a drop-in event, no appointment needed.  Please bring a copy of your degree plan.

NetKAT: A Formal System for the Verification of Networks Friday, Oct 28
(11 a.m. - 12 p.m.)

Department of Computer Science

Distinguished Lecture

Professor Dexter Kozen

Cornell University


Networks have received widespread attention in recent years as a target for domain-specific language design. The emergence of software-defined networking (SDN) as a popular paradigm for network programming has led to the appearance of a number of SDN programming languages that seek to provide high-level abstractions to simplify the task of specifying the packet-processing behavior of a network. Recent work by Anderson et al. (POPL 14) and Foster et al. (POPL 15) introduced NetKAT, a language and logic for reasoning about packet-switching networks. NetKAT provides general-purpose programming constructs such as parallel and sequential composition, conditional tests, and iteration, as well as special purpose primitives for querying and modifying packet headers and encoding network topologies. In contrast to competing approaches, NetKAT has a formal mathematical semantics and an equational deductive system that is sound and complete over that semantics, as well as an efficient decision procedure. It is based on Kleene algebra with tests (KAT), an algebraic system for propositional program verification that has been extensively studied for nearly two decades. Several practical applications of NetKAT have been developed, including algorithms for testing reachability and non-interference and a correctness proof for a compiler that translates programs to hardware instructions for SDN switches. In this talk I will present a survey of this recent work


Dexter Kozen is the Joseph Newton Pew, Jr. Professor in Engineering at Cornell University. He received his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College in mathematics in 1974 and his PhD from Cornell in computer science in 1977. After working as a member of the research staff at the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center for several years, he returned to Ithaca to join the Cornell faculty in computer science in 1985. He is a former Guggenheim fellow and a fellow of the Association of Computing Machinery, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the European Association of Theoretical Computer Science. He is a recipient of the John G. Kemeny Prize in Computing, an IBM Outstanding Innovation Award, the 2016 EATCS Award, and the 2016 IEEE Computer Society McDowell Award. Kozen's research interests span a variety of topics on the boundary of computer science and mathematics: design and analysis of algorithms, computational complexity theory, complexity of decision problems in logic and algebra, and logics and semantics of programming languages. He is the author of over 150 research articles and four books.


Warrior SMART - High Performance Brain Training Exclusively for Student Veterans Friday, Oct 28
(9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.) Location: JSOM 12.108.

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 training over the course of three weeks, meeting 3 hours each week.

October Training Schedule:

Fridays, October 14, 21, and 28

Time: 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Location: JSOM 12.108

Sign-up at

GOOD BAD PEOPLE: Methamphetamine Use on Sand Mountain, Marshall County, Alabama. Friday, Oct 28
(11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.)

The Criminology Program in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences will host Dr. Heith Copes and Mr. Jared Ragland of the University of Alabama at Birmingham in the first lecture of the 2016-2017 Distinguished Lecture Series in Criminology. 

Lecture Title: "GOOD BAD PEOPLE: Methamphetamine Use on Sand Mountain, Marshall County, Alabama."

Description: Photographer Jared Ragland and Criminologist Heith Copes’yearlong collaborative project, GOOD BAD PEOPLE, aims to provide a considered, contextualized portrait of those who live in rural poverty and struggle with addiction to methamphetamine.  Using traditional ethnographic methods (interviews, observation) and photographs (traditional documentary and portrait photographs, alongside images from family albums, social media pages, and texts) of more than 50 participants from Marshall County, Alabama, Copes and Ragland document how meth users construct personal narratives, social identities, and symbolic boundaries to gain a sense of agency amidst diminished social status and tumultuous familial and romantic relationships.

Actuarial Student Association (ASA) - General Meeting 2 Friday, Oct 28
(11 a.m. - 1 p.m.)

We will be discussing different actuarial study materials and giving away free merchandise.

Actuarial Student Association (ASA) meeting Friday, Oct 28
(11 a.m. - 1 p.m.)

We are happy to announce that the Actuarial Student Association will be holding our second meeting of this semester this Friday October 28th, from 11am-1pm in the Phoenix room (SU 2.508). 

Topics of discussion will include opinions of different exam study materials effectiveness/difficulty level and tutorials of the Coaching Actuaries software (ADAPT, Video Lessons etc.), Infinite Actuary software, as well as access to study manuals and free merchandise.

We will be raffling off some of the merchandise that is limited in stock such as T-shirts and exam software. Also, we will be providing promotional codes for more exam resources which will be available for all that attend. As it is relevant, we will begin by briefly addressing the changes that are being made to the Actuarial exams.

If you have passed an exam and would like to sell/donate your manual, you can do so at the end of the meeting, time permitting.

Assessing Brain Health via Sensory Percept - Frontiers of BrainHealth Lecture Friday, Oct 28
(12 p.m. - 1 p.m.) Location: 2200 West Mockingbird Lane Dallas, TX 75235 International Reception Hall.

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, 10/28/2016 at noon

Mark Tommerdahl, PhD

Topic is Assessing Brain Health via Sensory Percept​

About Mark Tommerdahl

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

See The School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences for more events

Computational Science Seminar by G. Stuart and M. McChesney Friday, Oct 28
(12 p.m. - 1 p.m.)

This week we reprise two 20 minute talks from the Society of Exploratoin Geophysics Annual Meeting which was held last week in Dallas.

Georgia Stuart 

Mathematics, UTD

A two-stage Markov chain Monte Carlo method for velocity estimation and uncertainty quantification

Bayesian seismic inversion can be used to sample from the posterior distribution of the velocity field, thus allowing for uncertainty quantification. However, Bayesian techniques like Markov chain Monte Carlo (McMC) can be extremely computationally expensive. We propose a two-stage McMC method where an upscaled wave equation solver is used to quickly filter out unacceptable velocity fields, thus reducing the computational expense. We have found that the data generated by the full fine-grid solver is correlated with the data generated by the upscaled solver, so the upscaled solver is a valid filter.

Matthew McChesney

Geophysics, UTD

Rate and state flow and deformation simulation of microseismicity with elastic emission wavefield synthesis 

Understanding the flow and deformation that occurs in a reservoir during fluid injection for enhanced oil recovery is critical for maximizing the efficiency of production from unconventional reservoirs. A one-way coupled model for flow and defromation simulation is used for microseismic nucleation and subsequent wavefield modeling of elastic emissions from the microseismic events.

The Auditory Brainstem Response in Various Vertebrate (mostly mammalian) Species - CALLIER FLASH Seminar Friday, Oct 28
(12 p.m. - 1 p.m.) Location: Callier Center Dallas, Inwood Rd. Dallas, TX 75235.

CALLIER FLASH Seminar in Speech, Language and Hearing

"The Auditory Brainstem Response in Various Vertebrate (mostly mammalian) Species" with Robert Burkard, PhD, University of Buffalo.

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

Jonsson School 30th Anniversary Distinguished Lecture by Richard K. Templeton Friday, Oct 28
(12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.) Location: TI Auditorium, ECSS 2.102 and Overflow viewing will be in ECSS 2.412.

The Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science will host Mr. Richard K. Templeton, Chairman, President, and CEO of Texas Instruments in this installment of the 2016-2017 Jonsson School 30th Anniversary Distinguished Lecture Series.  

Lecture Title: "Yes, Industry. There is a Future for Semiconductors"

$5 Spirit Friday Lunch @ DHW Friday, Oct 28
(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!

How to Change to F-1 Status Webinar Friday, Oct 28
(1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.) Location: eLearning.

Learn everything you need to know about changing your visa status to F-1.  ISSO international student advisors will explain the application process, advantages and disadvantages, as well as considerations when changing to F-1 from specific visa types. Have your change of status questions answered in real time via eLearning. Click here to to access the webinar. Please note, you can only join the webinar 1 hour prior to the start time. It is suggested you allow 30 to 45 minutes for software download and installation.

JSOM IT and Analytics Careers Panel and Networking Friday, Oct 28
(1 p.m. - 3 p.m.) Location: 1.117 and Atrium.


Organized by the
JSOM Career Management Center

Employer Partners:
UT Dallas

To attend, you must register on #hireJSOM / CometCareers:

Undergaduate Event ID 5336

Graduate Event ID 5343


Do you know what you'll be doing in the fields of IT and analytics? Come meet with various industry professionals and discover how to unveil your own potential.

The objectives for this workshop are to:
-Learn about different IT opportunities
-Improve your self-presentation
-Network with experienced professionals.

This session is for Information Technology and Management and Business Analytics students.
You MUST have an updated résumé in your #hireJSOM/CometCareers profile.

Registration will remain open until it fills up!

For questions, please email

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.

Stay updated on your career information! Join us on:
Facebook - UTD JSOM Career Management Center
LinkedIn - UT Dallas Career Management Center Group
Twitter - @JindalCMC
Pinterest - JSOM Careers

Founders Day: Campus-wide Celebration Friday, Oct 28
(1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.) Location: North Mall & Founders Building.

Students, faculty, and staff are invited to come enjoy free food, giveaways, and entertainment in the North Mall.

Founders Day T-shirts will be given out at 1:30pm on the North Mall. TI technology demonstrations will start in the Founders Building first floor atrium.

Following, join President Benson and TI CEO Richard Templeton as they dedicate TI Plaza.

Stay for a photo to salute our Founders at 2pm and be sure to get your food truck ticket at this time.

Follow and contribute on social media using #UTDFounders

Operations Management Seminar Series - Visiting Guest Speaker Friday, Oct 28
(2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.)

Prof. Adam Mersereau
Associate Professor of Operations
University of North Carolina, Kenan-Flagler Business School

Optimal Merchandise Testing with Limited Inventory
We consider the allocation of inventory to stores in a “merchandise test,” whereby a fashion retailer deploys a new product to stores in limited quantities in order to learn about demand prior to the main selling season. Our problem formulation includes practical considerations like fixed costs and multiperiod inventory considerations but is challenging to analyze directly. Instead, we take a bounding approach that isolates the novel aspect of our problem: the impact of test inventory allocation on demand learning. We specifically examine a tradeoff between the quantity of stores tested and the quality of observations, which can be impacted by demand censoring due to inventory stockouts. We find that the visibility into the timing of each sales transaction has a pivotal impact on the allocation decisions that optimize learning. When such timing information is unobservable, the retailer may need to consolidate inventory in few stores to increase service levels during the test and thereby to minimize the negative impacts of demand censoring. When sales timing information is observable, the retailer optimizes learning by maximizing the number of sales during the test period without regard to stockouts in individual stores. In a numerical study, we show that heuristics motivated by our analyses are near-optimal and that inefficient allocations can considerably reduce the learning value of the merchandise test. We also examine the interplay between the retailer's learning incentive and the natural incentives brought by fixed costs and profits earned during the test itself. We find that that it is sufficient for the retailer to consider only the learning incentive when the main selling period is relatively long compared with the testing period.

OPT Workshop for F-1 Students Friday, Oct 28
(2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.) Location: SSB 3.107.

Completion of in-person or eLearning OPT workshop is now required to apply for Post-Completion OPT. Learn about the OPT application process, employment and travel considerations, and reporting requirements.  For application information visit the ISSO Optional Practical Training webpage.

Business English Immersion Program Friday, Oct 28
(1 p.m. - 4 p.m.)

Business English Immersion Program (BEIP)

Sep.16, 23 & 30 1pm - 4pm

Oct. 7, 14, 21 & 28 1pm - 4pm

Nov. 4 & 11 1pm - 4pm

Enhance your written and spoken communication skills in the Business English Immersion Program (BEIP). This certificate program will teach you to communicate professionally and confidently in a dynamic and informative environment.

You will learn the following upon successful program completion:

  • U.S. American writing style and development
  • Academic and business English grammar
  • Accent improvement techniques
  • Cross-cultural, presentational, and telephone skills

BEIP Requirements:

  • Program director or professor recommendation
  • Brief on-site language interview and writing sample

For more information, please email or call 972-883-5063.

Office of Research Open House Friday, Oct 28
(2 p.m. - 4 p.m.)

The Office of Research will hold its annual Open House. Talk to Research staff, meet new team members and enjoy light refreshments.

(Administration Building Offices: 3.204, 3.210, 3.218) 

Turning Point Cloud - Setup Friday, Oct 28
(2 p.m. - 4 p.m.)

Target Audience: 

Faculty who have signed up to use Turning Point Polling in their classes.

What will be covered:

This 1 hour session provides a hands-on demonstration on how to integrate Turning Point Polling for classroom use. It includes initial account setup, software download/ upgrade,  roster synchronization, hardware checks and upgrades, and Q & As.

Registration is required:

Nonlinear Analysis Seminar by Hao-Pin Wu Friday, Oct 28
(3 p.m. - 4 p.m.)

Hao-Pin Wu

 Department of Mathematical Sciences

UT Dallas

Brouwer degrees of equivariant maps for solvable and 2-transitive groups revisited

For more information:

Film Club - General Meeting Friday, Oct 28
(3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.)

General Meetings

International Center: Spouse & Family Pumpkin Carving Event Friday, Oct 28
(4 p.m. - 6 p.m.)

This event is for international students with spouse and family ONLY.

Please email for registration details and more information.

The University of Texas at Dallas International Center will not take custodial responsibility of minors while participating in the Spouse & Family Pumpkin Carving Event. Custodial responsibility will remain with teachers, parents, legal guardians, and chaperones.

Sound Design Club at UT Dallas - Film Screening Sound Design Club - Alien (1979) Friday, Oct 28
(4 p.m. - 6 p.m.)

A casual Halloween-themed film screening of the 1979 film Alien and a discussion of the film's innovative use of sound and music.

JSOM CMC and Graduate Business Society Presents: "Sogeti Consulting Networking" Workshop Friday, Oct 28
(5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.)

Event ID: 5882

Please join the Graduate Business Society’s workshop where professionals from Sogeti Consulting, a leading provider of technology and software solutions, will be presenting on fostering sustainable professional relationships, networking and connecting beyond the purpose of finding a job. Light food and drinks will be provided. Business professional attire recommended and registration is required.

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.

Stay updated on your career information! Join us on
Facebook - UTD JSOM Career Management Center
LinkedIn - UT Dallas Career Management Center Group
Twitter - @JindalCMC
Pinterest - JSOM Careers

Trunk or Treat Friday, Oct 28
(6 p.m. - 8 p.m.) Location: Northwest Parking Lot T and Residence Hall Northwest.

Join Residential Life as we host an opportunity for the UT Dallas and surrounding communities to bring their families for a safe, fun alternative to Trick or Treating. Lots of candy, games, and fun is to be had trunk to trunk! This year's theme is Pixar movies. 


Chinese Student Association - CSA Halloween Party Friday, Oct 28
(6 p.m. - 10 p.m.) Location: Phase 2 Lounge.

Halloween Party for CSA to celebrate the holiday and for members and non-members to meet and socialize.

Chamber Singers: A Renaissance Faire Friday, Oct 28 - Saturday, Oct 29
(8 p.m. - 8 p.m.)

Join the UT Dallas Chamber Singers and students from Advanced Voice as they present “A Renaissance Faire.”

Conducted by Kathryn Evans, with Michael McVay, accompanist.

Microsoft Classes for October: Open to Students Saturday, Oct 1 (TBA) -
Monday, Oct 31 (TBA) Location: Various times and locations.

For details of what is covered in each class, please refer to www.utdallas.ed/OIT/training/

To register, please email your Name and NetID to

Class, date, time, location

  • Word, Interm,  10/5, 2:00-5:00pm, FO1.206c
  • PowerPoint, Intm 2, 10/7, 9:00am-12:00pm, FO1.206c
  • Outlook,10/12, 2:30-5:00pm, SB1.104
  • Microsoft Beginner, 10/19, 2:00-5:00pm, FO1.206c


OSV October Gift Wrap & Wrapping Paper Drive Saturday, Oct 1 - Monday, Oct 31
(8 a.m. - 5 p.m.) Location: Locations Vary.

Assist the Office of Student Volunteerism to bring joy to homeless children through the magic of birthdays! 

Donate colorful wrapping paper and new or gently used gift bags throughout the month of October. Collected items will be donated to The Birthday Party Project, a local organization that hosts birthday parties for homeless children.

Collection bins will be located in the OSV office (SSB 3.600), the SU 1st floor lobby and the AD 2nd-floor lobby near the elevators. 

Fall 2016 "Signature Required" Period to Withdraw from UG Courses Full-Term Session Thursday, Sep 8 - Monday, Oct 31 ]]> Halloween Canned Food drive Monday, Oct 10 - Monday, Oct 31 Location: UTD Tech Store.

The UT Dallas Technology store, located in the visitor's center, will be collecting canned good and other non-perishables from Oct. 10-31st. 


Donations will go to the Resource Center, an organization in Dallas that provides food, medical assistance, and other services to those impacted by HIV and AIDS. They also provide assistance and resources to the LGBTQIA Community of Dallas.

Problem Solving in Romantic Relationships: The Role of Attachment-Related Individual Differences in Goal Adoption for Serial Arguments - DCS Brownbag Talk Tuesday, Oct 18 - Tuesday, Nov 1
(2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.)

Developmental, Cognitive, and Social/Personality Brownbag Series.

Title - Problem Solving in Romantic Relationships: The Role of Attachment-Related Individual Differences in Goal Adoption for Serial Arguments

Please bring a bag lunch. Drinks and light sides will be provided.

Walktober Monday, Oct 3 - Friday, Nov 4
(8 a.m. - 8 p.m.) Location: Anywhere.

UT SELECT Medical plan members ages 18 and above, including employees, retirees, and dependents are encouraged to Register for this year’s Physical Activity Challenge - Walktober!

From October 31 through November 31, challenge yourself to walk between 6000-10,000 steps or 30-60 minutes a day, and develop a healthy walking habit for a lifetime. Track your activity using anything from a paper chart to a mobile app and earn challenge rewards.

Download the Flyer

The Art of [CONTENT] Friday, Oct 21 - Saturday, Nov 19

Reception: Friday, October 21, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Visual Arts Building

This show is gathering talented artists with new ideas and concepts, backgrounds in character development and analogue/digital research!

Fall 2016 "Signature Required" Period to Withdraw from UG Courses 2nd 8-Week Session Tuesday, Oct 25 - Monday, Nov 21 ]]> Collect/Preserve/Change: A Tracy Hicks Retrospective *POSTPONED* Friday, Oct 14 - Saturday, Nov 26

**Exhibition Postponed**

**Reception Postponed**

Reception: Friday, October 14, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

This exhibition presents the Dallas-based, interdisciplinary artist Tracy Hicks, through works reflecting his lifetime practice as researcher, artist, photographer, naturalist, collector and teacher.

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.