Comet Calendar, The Official Event Calendar for UT Dallas en-us This Day's Events at UT Dallas Underground Poetry Circus: Word War 10 Thursday, Apr 17 - Friday, Apr 18
(10 p.m. - 12 a.m.) Location: The Pub.

The final installment of the Underground Poetry Circus for the year of 2014 is here. Get ready for the battle of the mic between Dallas and Arlington Poetry Slam Teams. This will be a night to remember, the stage is set, the contemporary voices are ready, let the 'Word War' begin!

Warrior SMART - High Performance Brain Training Exclusively for Student Veterans Friday, Apr 18
(9 a.m. - 11 a.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.

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

APRIL Training Schedule:

Fridays, April 4, 11, 18 and 25

Time: 0900 - 1100

Location: UT Dallas Campus, McDermott Library

Contact Caleb Ferrell to sign up.  Sign-up is on a first-come, first-served basis. Classes are filling so don't delay!

*Check calendar for new classes each month.

(11 a.m.) Location: FO 2.706. ]]>
Self-assembly and Interface Structure Evolution in Perovskite Oxide Epitaxial Thin Films - Efstathios Stathis I. Meletis, University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX Friday, Apr 18
(10:45 a.m. - 12 p.m.)

Perovskite oxides belong to an important class of materials exhibiting excellent dielectric, ferroelectric, and piezoelectric properties. Furthermore, their thin film form exhibits enhance properties compared to their bulk counterpart and are highly desirable for advanced device applications. Several years ago, we first observed self-assembly of epitaxial La1-xSrxMnO3 into ordered nanoscale structures. Since then, we were able to achieve self-assembly in a wide variety of epitaxial perovskite-type oxides that can expand their field of applications into novel nanodevices. More recently, we have shown that the physical properties of such epitaxial oxides are strongly affected by their microstructure and interface structure and can be grown into a variety of architectures.  An overview will be presented of recent developments in BaTiO3-based epitaxial thin films and their microstructures and interface structures. The presentation will focus on (i) the effect of substrate surface structure (steps, terraces and kinks) on the microstructure of epitaxial (Ba,Sr)TiO3 films grown on miscut MgO substrates and their effect on physical properties; (ii) recent developments in understanding the interface structure of epitaxial thin films in a 2-D space using plan-view TEM; (iii) growth of nanofinger structures in Ba(Zr,Ti)O3-based epitaxial thin films formed via twin-coupling by sharing their {111}/{110} planes with respect to the epitaxial layer and the structure evolution mechanism from the epilayer to nanofingers; and (iv) development of interface regulated [Ba(Zr,Ti)O3]//(Ba,Sr)TiO3] multilayered films to achieve new properties that are not available in the individual film components.

Professor Meletis received his undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece and his M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Materials Science & Engineering (MSE) from Georgia Institute of Technology. He held appointments at Georgia Tech, IIT Research Institute, University of California, Davis and Louisiana State University where he was an Endowed Professor. He is currently Professor and Chair of MSE at The University of Texas, Arlington. His major research contributions are in the areas of surface engineering, multifunctional thin films, small-scale materials and material-environment interactions. He has more than 300 publications and a large number of plenary, keynote and invited talks. His recent work focuses on multifunctional nanocomposite thin films, scale effects on material properties, self-assembling in inorganic materials and nanofabrication. His research program has attracted more than $15M and has been funded by NSF, NASA, ARO, DARPA, Lockheed Martin and other federal and industrial sources. Dr. Meletis has been a recipient of the William Fulbright Scholar Award and is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Nano Research and Quantum Matters.

Student Development & Activities - Co-Curricular Transcript Friday, Apr 18
(11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.) Location: Libra Room.

Join Student Leadership Programs to learn more about how to keep track of your involvement with the co-curricular transcript!

Alpha Omega - Alpha Omega Bible Talk Friday, Apr 18
(12 p.m. - 1 p.m.) Location: Pegasus Room.

Small group guided discussion of a passage of Scripture with the students of Alpha Omega Campus Ministry!

Chemistry Seminar - Synthesis of Bioinspired Polymers and Their Application in Protein Drug Delivery Friday, Apr 18
(12 p.m. - 1 p.m.)

Spring 2014 Chemistry Seminar Series

Dr Heather Maynard from UCLA will be our speaker this Friday, Apr 18 2014

The title of her talk is "Synthesis of Bioinspired Polymers and Their Application in Protein Drug Delivery"

Development of Therapeutics that Protect Human Hearing, Colleen Le Prell Friday, Apr 18
(12 p.m. - 1 p.m.) Location: Callier Dallas—A 229.

FLASH Friday Seminars in Speech, Language and Hearing at Callier Center Dallas

Please join us on Friday, April 18, 2014 from 12:00-1:00 in room A-229 at Callier-Dallas and video linked to Callier Richardson (1.508) for a presentation by Colleen Le Prell from the University of Florida.  Dr. Le Prell is interviewing for the position of Academic Program Head for Audiology.  Faculty, staff, and students are invited to attend.  The title of her presentation is:

“Development of therapeutics that protect human hearing”

Good Hearing, Steady Feet Developing Auditory Devices that Improve Hearing and Decrease the Risk for Falls , Linda Thibodeau, PhD Friday, Apr 18
(12 p.m. - 1 p.m.) Location: Callier Dallas—A 229 .

The School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences and The Callier Center for Communication Disorders welcomes Dr. Thibodeau.

The Callier Center for Communication Disorders presents FLASH – Friday Seminars in Speech, Language and Hearing.

Mark your calendars and come join us for this semester's FLASH (Friday Seminars in Speech, Language and Hearing) Brownbag Series.  All presentations will be held at Callier Center Dallas room A229 with videolink to Callier Center Richardson in 1.508 from 12:00-1:00pm, unless noted otherwise. REFRESHMENTS PROVIDED. Please RSVP to Linda Sensibaugh (214-905-3003).



Neuroscience Brownbag presented by Navid Khodaparast, PhD Friday, Apr 18
(1 p.m. - 2 p.m.) Location: JO 4.306.

Dr. Khodaparast will present the April 18th brownbag talk.


Mark your calendars and come join us for this semester's NSC Brown Bag Series.  All presentations will be held in JO 4.306 from 1:00-2:00pm, unless noted otherwise. REFRESHMENTS PROVIDED.



Muslim Students Association - Friday Prayer Friday, Apr 18
(1 p.m. - 3 p.m.) Location: Galaxy Room.

Friday mandatory prayer for Muslims.

Statistics Colloquium by Peng Wei Friday, Apr 18
(2 p.m. - 3 p.m.)

Peng Wei

Assistant Professor, Division of Biostatistics, School of Public Health

University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Functional data analysis approach to detecting gene by longitudinal environmental exposure interaction

Most complex diseases are likely the consequence of the joint actions of genetic and environmental factors. Identification of gene-environment (GxE) interactions not only contributes to a better understanding of the disease mechanisms, but also improves disease risk prediction and targeted intervention. In contrast to the large number of genetic susceptibility loci discovered by genome-wide association studies, there have been very few successes in identifying GxE interactions which may be partly due to limited statistical power and inaccurately measured exposures.  While existing statistical methods only consider interactions between genes and static environmental exposures, many environmental factors, such as air pollution and diet, change over time, and cannot be accurately captured at one measurement time point. Here we propose a powerful functional logistic regression (FLR) approach to model the time-varying effect of longitudinal environmental exposure and its interaction with genetic factors on disease risk. Capitalizing on the powerful functional data analysis framework, our proposed FLR model is capable of accommodating longitudinal exposures measured at irregular time points and contaminated by measurement errors.  We use simulations to show that the proposed method can control the Type I error and is more powerful than alternative ad hoc methods. We demonstrate the utility of this new method using data from a case-control study of pancreatic cancer to identify the windows of vulnerability of lifetime body mass index (BMI) on the risk of pancreatic cancer as well as genes which may modify this association.


Sponsored by the Department of Mathematical Sciences


Admitted Comet Experience (ACE Day) Friday, Apr 18
(8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.)

ACE Day is a program for selected high school seniors who have been admitted to UT Dallas.  This event will provide students a real-life view of their future as a UT Dallas student. During the event, students will be offered an opportunity to meet faculty/staff members along with current UT Dallas students and satisfy their five senses by seeing, hearing and feeling the campus during campus and housing tours…. then smelling and tasting by experiencing a meal by our talented dining staff.   The day will end with these students having the special opportunity to lock in with UT Dallas by registering early for their fall semester classes.


Career Center - CPT Information Session Friday, Apr 18
(2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.)

Required for all international students except ECS majors.  Learn about the UT Dallas Internship program including the registration process, eligibility requirements, and finding appropriate opportunities.

You must register in CometCareers to reserve your seat for this session. Please arrive 15 minutes early. If you are not in your seat 5 minutes before the start of the session, your seat may be given away.

For more information about the Career Center, go to

Eugene McDermott Library Scavenger Hunt Monday, Apr 14 - Friday, Apr 18
(9 a.m. - 4 p.m.) Location: Eugene McDermott Library.

This week, we're celebrating National Library Week (April 13-19). Starting today, McDermott Library is hosting several events to celebrate the powerful and positive impact of libraries and reading. Each day, students can participate in our scavenger hunt, learn new things about the library, attend new workshops and win cool prizes. For your first clue of the day, keep an eye on our Facebook page. Follow the clues and see just how much you learn about the library. To be eligible for a prize, students must post a picture of themselves when they complete the hunt with a staff member from that area.  The first three to complete the hunt each day win. To see the full schedule of events, like our Facebook page.

Geosciences Seminar Friday, Apr 18
(3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.)

The Department of Geosciences is pleased to announce the upcoming seminar and invite you to join us on Friday, April 18 2014 at 3:30 p.m. in ROC 2.103.  Our distinguished guest speaker will be Dr. Mousumi Roy from University of New Mexico.  The title of his presentation will be: "How Cenozoic Magmatic Patterns in the Western US and their Relation to Evolution of the Colorado Plateau".

Admission is free and refreshments will be served after the seminar in ROC 2.301, the Geosciences Office.  We hope you will plan to attend.

League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) - UTD LULAC General Meeting Friday, Apr 18
(4 p.m. - 5 p.m.) Location: Phoenix Room.

We will have general LULAC council meetings.

Phi Theta Kappa - Meeting Friday, Apr 18
(5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.) Location: Libra Room.

Phi Theta Kappa will have its fourth meeting of the semester to educate members about different opportunities that are offered to them.

Japanese Student Association - Officer Meeting Friday, Apr 18
(5 p.m. - 7 p.m.) Location: Gemini Room.

Officer meeting for the officers of the Japanese Student Association.

Atheists, Skeptics, and Humanists - Weekly Meeting Friday, Apr 18
(6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.) Location: Phoenix Room.

Weekly meeting for Atheists, Skeptics, and Humanists at UT Dallas. We discuss various topics related to our organization's name.

Fellowship of Christian University Students (FOCUS) Friday, Apr 18
(7 p.m. - 9 p.m.)

General FOCUS meeting.

ANIM3 - A3 Spring Festival Friday, Apr 18
(4 p.m. - 11:45 p.m.) Location: Galaxy Room.

We will be having a fair with games in "booths" and a video game tournament at the same time.

Spring 2014 "Signature Required" Period to Withdraw from UG Courses 2nd 8-week Session Tuesday, Mar 25 - Monday, Apr 21 ]]> Code Yellow Friday, Mar 28 - Saturday, Apr 26

March 28 - April 26, 2014
Reception: Friday, March 28, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Visual Arts Building, Main Gallery


In a co-curatorial expose’, six nationally/internationally acclaimed artists compare and contrast how the reality of a ‘presumed crisis’ is reflected through various interpretive mediums of visual stylization, including: editorial propaganda, documentary appropriation, image filtration, social media, personal narrative, scientific interpretation and statistical analysis. Curatorial collaborators include Janeil Engelstad, Kael Alford, Maxmillian Schich, Mona Kasra, Laray Polk and Greg Metz.

Gallery Hours:
Monday - Friday 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Girls Galore Friday, Mar 28 - Saturday, Apr 26 Location: Visual Arts Building, Mezzanine Gallery.

Karleen Hesselbacher Senior Honors Thesis Exhibition

Opening Reception Friday, March 28, 2014, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.


Karleen Hesselbacher's projections, moving video paintings, question the representation of conventions of sexuality surrounding the contemporary woman. Traditionally, corsets are used to change the appearance of a woman's body and, in the past,  represented a symbol of the woman who fits the norms of society.  In today’s world, the corset can symbolize overt sexuality or what is commonly known as a kink/fetish/BDSM. The artist uses superimposed, manipulated video clips of a chorus line to project onto a mannequin torso. The secondary projection of white noise will be interrupted by the silhouettes of the viewer, forming another visual layer in the work. Static is symbolic of a failed signal giving the piece a sense of control, lost.

Comer Collection Exhibition Friday, Apr 4 - Saturday, May 3 Location: Edith O'Donnell Arts and Technology Building Gallery.

Physical Labor: Photographs of Workers, 1940 to the Present
(Comer Photography Collection / curated by Lupita Murillo Tinnen)


EXHIBITION description:

"Physical Labor: Photographs of Workers, 1940 to the Present" features documentary photographs by Ken Light, complemented by a range of works from the Comer Collection. These images represent a broad cross section of laborers from around the world, celebrating their strength and commitment. The exhibition also includes photographs by Sebastião Salgado, Joel Leivick, Marcus Bleasdale, George “Elfie” Ballis, Ernest Lowe, Arthur Leipzig, Gordon Parks, and Luis Mallo.


This exhibition marks the first decade of the Comer Collection in the School of Arts and Humanities at UT-Dallas; the collection was initiated in 2004 through the gracious donation of Marilyn and Jerry Comer.  This wide-ranging archive, comprised of over 300 photographs and hundreds of books and journals serves as a resource for graduate students pursuing research in the area of photographic practice and contemporary art.  Documentation of exhibitions organized from the collection is available at 


Curated by Lupita Murillo Tinnen, Ph.D. candidate in Aesthetic Studies



Lupita Murillo Tinnen is currently a Professor of Photography and Humanities at Collin College and the faculty advisor for the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) council #4780. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Humanities with a major in Aesthetic Studies from the University of Texas at Dallas. She holds an MFA in photography from the University of North Texas and a BA in photography from Texas A&M Commerce. Tinnen serves on the National Board of Directors for the Society for Photographic Education. As a practicing artist, her work deals primarily with cultural and personal issues stemming from her background as a first generation Mexican American. She is currently using photography to promote advocacy for the DREAM Act, a bi-partisan legislation that would allow undocumented college students a path toward citizenship. Her work has been exhibited widely throughout the US.



Thursday, April 10, 6:00 - 7:30 pm, O'Donnell Building Gallery, first floor

Code Yellow Saturday, Apr 12 - Saturday, May 17 Location: CentralTrak.

Code Yellow Caution-Crisis-Critique: A curatorial exercise exploring systems of real and perceived warnings

April 12 – May 17, 2014
Reception: Saturday, April 12, 8-10 p.m.


 "Code Yellow", an exhibition being displayed in a joint show between the CentralTrak gallery and UTD Visual Arts Building, brings together six curators from various fields (art, journalism, network analysis, social activism) investigating issues of vulnerability, struggle and crisis. Works in the exhibition use humor, irony, empathy, direct or indirect action, data, graphic depiction, media manipulation, and social engagement to convey the various means humans express societal dilemma and moral anxiety. The wide ranging exhibition will include such artist as Spike Johnson, Andrew Blanton, Kayla Escobedo, Trenton Doyle Hancock, Gary Panter, Marian Henley, Mike Presley, David Cotterrell, Didier Sornette, Tom.š Rafa, Rudolf Sikora,V.clav Vašků and Jana Želibsk.




Kael Alford,

American photojournalist and documentary photographer and videographer. Kael commenced her media career during the tumultuous wars in the Balkans between 1996 and 2003 that occurred with the fracturing of Yugoslavia. She is a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University (2009) and has taught in the art department of Southern Methodist University (2011-2013). In 2011 she won the highly competitive Knight Luce Fellowship for Reporting on Global Religion.


Janeil Engelstad,

The founder of MAP (Make Art with Purpose) and producer of the ‘Dallas MAP Project’, a festival and exhibition of projects that restore and preserve the environment, promote social justice, and advance human knowledge and well-being in the Dallas - Fort Worth metroplex. She is an internationally known Artist, lecturer, social practitioner, Fulbright Scholar and an advocate for critical cultural development through the arts.


Laray Polk,

A multimedia artist and writer living in Dallas. Her articles and investigative reports have appeared in the Dallas Morning News, D Magazine, and In These Times. As a 2009 grant recipient from The Investigative Fund at The Nation Institute, she produced stories on the political entanglements and compromised science behind the establishment of a radioactive waste disposal site in Texas, situated in close proximity to the Ogallala Aquifer. Just published as Co-author with Noam Chomsky ‘Nuclear War and Environmental Catastrophe’



Mona Kasra,

A new media artist and educator currently pursuing a PhD at University of Texas at Dallas with a focus in Arts & Technology and Emerging Media & Communication. is interested in evaluating the impact, power, and politics of the image in the digital networked era by analyzing pivotal images of social change that received wide attention in the past few years. She is this years Chair of the international ‘Siggraph’ Conference.


Maxmillian Schich,

Schich's current research focuses on Complex Networks in Art History and related disciplines. His approach is based on the fact that many key phenomena in Art History, ranging from classification to the development of visual motifs (Memnosyne), exhibit true complex network structure and dynamics. Besides his Ph.D. on 'Reception and Visual Citation as Complex Networks', Max has over a decade of experience as a research consultant working with semantic network data.


Greg Metz,

A social/political artist who works in various mediums, primarily sculptural installation in non traditional situations.  He teaches gallery and exhibition studies, interventionist art and serves as Gallery Coordinator at UTD where he has curated many exhibitions.  Mr. Metz has exhibited works nationally in a variety of venues including L.A.C.E. (Las Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions), National Mall in Washington D.C., Dallas Museum of Art, San Antonio Museum, and Arlington Museum among others.



The University of Texas at Dallas Artists Residency – 

For assistance, call 214-824-9302 or Texas Relay Operator 1-800-RELAYTX. UT Dallas is an equal opportunity/affirmative action university.  

800 Exposition Ave., Dallas, TX 75226

Gallery Hours: Saturday, 12 - 5 p.m. and by appointment, 214-824-9302