Comet Calendar, The Official Event Calendar for UT Dallas en-us This Day's Events at UT Dallas Evidence for Common Cognitive Underpinnings of Language and Motor Disorders in Children with Specific Language Impairment - BBS Colloquium Friday, Feb 5
(9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.)

"Evidence for Common Cognitive Underpinnings of Language and Motor Disorders in Children with Specific Language Impairment", Lisa Goffman, PhD.

The School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences Colloquium Series 2015-2016

Exploring Behavior and the Brain Colloquium with Lisa Goffman, PhD., Purdue University.

Dr. Goffman: The major objective of my research program is to provide an empirical foundation for understanding developmental speech and language disorders, one that incorporates findings about shared language and motor substrates. To this end, in my laboratory we use a combination of approaches from psychology, linguistics and motor control. We record physiological signals (e.g., movement, muscle activity) while children produce words or sentences or engage in manual motor activity, such as the production of gestures and sequences. These physiological measures are integrated with behavioral analyses. The goal is to develop a theoretical account of developmental language disorders that integrates motor and cognitive components and to apply findings to intervention practices.

Refreshments Provided

Student Fee Advisory Committee Friday, Feb 5
(9 a.m. - 11 a.m.)

The UT Dallas Student Fee Advisory Committee will convene meetings during January and February to consider budget requests for fiscal year 2016-2017. Meetings will be held in the Student Union Gemini Room (SU2.504) from 9-11 a.m.

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Neuroscience Brownbag Series - Amanda Alvarez speaking Friday, Feb 5
(10 a.m. - 11 a.m.)

Neuroscience Brownbag Series with Amanda Alvarez speaking. The title is "The Effects of Vagus Nerve Stimulation on Abnormal Emotional Learning and Social Anxiety in an Animal Model of Autism."

Talk to be held in GR 4.428.

Refreshments provided.

Light Harvesting Molecules: Theoretical Models of Exciton Topology and Binding presented by Dr. Luis Montero-Cabrera, Universidad de La Habana as part of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering Colloquium Series Friday, Feb 5
(11 a.m. - 12 p.m.)

Light interaction properties of large molecular systems can be reliably calculated by means of approximate and “a priori” Hartree – Fock Hamiltonians. Examples of model fullerene clusters, single walled nanotubes, large condensed hydrocarbons and rhodopsin are provided. Some derived properties as exciton binding terms after single excited configuration interaction (CIS) are also used to interpret results and predicting properties of interesting nanoscopic light harvesting systems. Charge density maps of molecular electronic ground and excited states allow visualization of multielectronic features of excitations, as shown in Fig. 1. The simplicity of formulae for electronic integrals allows the calculation of very large systems in comparison with other quantum methods. The main improvements are all based on variational optimizations of wave functions both originated in the large implicit basis sets because the nature of most nanoscopic systems and the large number of terms in configuration interactions of single excited determinants (CIS) that provide multielectronic state wave functions.

Dr. Montero-Cabrera is professor of Physical Chemistry working on computational chemistry and science policy. He accumulates near to 40 years of experience of working in the fields of Molecular Modeling, Computational Chemistry, UV-Vis Spectroscopy, Programming and applications to Biology, Medicine, and Material Sciences together with some efforts on the policy of research management and promotion of higher education. He holds a BA in Chemistry from the Universidad de La Habana (1968), Dr.rer.nat. in Chemistry (PhD) from the Technische Universität Dresden (1980) and Dr.Sc. from the Universidad de La Habana (2012). He was granted for postdoctoral research fellowships and visiting professorships at 30 prestigious institutions worldwide, including a Santander Scholarship at the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies of Harvard University.  He supervised 20 PhD successful PhD theses in Chemistry, Medicine and Physics. He delivered more than 110 invited conferences in more than 15 foreign countries and Cuba and also organizes the “Seminars of Advanced Studies in Molecular Design and Bioinformatics”, every two years in Cuba. He has published more than 160 scientific papers, the great majority in high impact journals. He is a founding member of the Cuban Chemical Society since 1978, being elected as its president in October 2012. He is also member of the Cuban Physical Society. He has been member of the American Chemical Society and is current member of the Cuban Academy of Sciences and elected member of the Board and coordinator of the Section of Natural and Exact Sciences. He also chairs the Scientific Council of the University of Havana in the present term (since 2005), the “Laboratory of Computational and Theoretical Chemistry” (since 1986) and the “Virtual Center of Bioinformatics” (since 2001) in the Faculty of Chemistry. He was awarded with both the Cuban Orders “Carlos J. Finlay” and “Frank País”, the highest recognition in Cuba for science and education, respectively.

Real-Time Hand Posture Recognition for Human-Robot Interaction Tasks Friday, Feb 5
(11 a.m. - 12 p.m.)

Computer Science Department

“Real-Time Hand Posture Recognition for Human-Robot Interaction Tasks “

Dr. Victor Ayala-Ramirez

Universidad de Guanajuato

Guanajuato, Mexico


In this talk, a multi-class hand posture classifier useful for human-robot interaction tasks is presented. The proposed system is based exclusively on visual sensors, and it achieves a real-time performance, whilst detecting and recognizing an alphabet of four hand postures. The proposed approach is based on the real-time deformable detector, a boosting trained classifier. The methodology to design the ensemble of real-time deformable detectors (one for each hand posture that can be classified) is described. Given the lack of standard procedures for performance evaluation, we also propose the use of full image evaluation for this purpose. Such an evaluation methodology provides us with a more realistic estimation of the performance of the method. We have measured the performance of the proposed system and compared it to the one obtained by using only the sampled window approach. We present detailed results of such tests using a benchmark dataset. Our results show that the system can operate in real time at about a 10-fps frame rate. Some ideas for the improvement of the overall performance of the classifier will be also discussed.



        Victor Ayala-Ramirez received his BEng in electronics and the MEng in electrical engineering from the Universidad de Guanajuato in 1989 and 1994, respectively, and the PhD degree in industrial computer science from Universit Paul Sabatier (Toulouse, France) in 2000. He has been a tenure track professor at the Universidad de Guanajuato, Mexico, since 1993. His main research interest is the design and development of soft computing techniques for applications in computer vision and mobile robotics.

Warrior SMART - High Performance Brain Training Exclusively for Student Veterans Friday, Feb 5
(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 training over the course of three weeks, meeting 2-1/2 hours each week.

FEBRUARY Training Schedule:

Fridays, February 5, 12, and 19

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

Location: JSOM 12.108

Sign-up at ebvDe7b032Hu9kF


International Christian Fellowship (ICF) - weekly meeting Friday, Feb 5
(11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.) Location: Pegasus Room.

ICF Weekly Meetings

Alpha Omega Campus Ministry - Awesome Bible Talk Friday, Feb 5
(12 p.m. - 1 p.m.)

Group discussion on bible topics.

Campus Chinese Christian Fellowship - Campus Prayer Meeting Friday, Feb 5
(12 p.m. - 1 p.m.)

Christians on campus get together to pray for Lord's gospel and move on UTD and have fellowship/bible study together.

Eating by Choice Support group for Staff/Faculty Friday, Feb 5
(12 p.m. - 1 p.m.) Location: Galerstein Women's Center, SSB 4.300.

Eating by Choice Support group for Faculty/Staff

Space is limited, you must pre-register by Friday, January 15th, 2016

To register, please contact:  Deborah Hamlin, Faculty/Staff Wellness Manager


fMRI Studies of Tobacco Cue Reactivity - Frontiers of BrainHealth Lecture Friday, Feb 5
(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 2/5/16 at Noon

Jeffrey M. Englemann, PhD

Topic is fMRI Studies of Tobacco Cue Reactivity

About Jeffrey M. Englemann

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

Sigma Lambda Alpha - SLA Information Session Friday, Feb 5
(12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.)

Recruitment information session

The Philosopher's Society - General Meeting Friday, Feb 5
(1 p.m. - 2 p.m.)

This is a general meeting to discuss logic.

Career Center - Resume Workshop - Think like a Resume Editor Friday, Feb 5
(1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.)

This interactive workshop puts students in the driver's seat, and provides them with hands-on experience on how to develop an “eye-catching” resume.

Students will learn insider tips and how to put them in to practice.

Students will also learn how to:

Address the challenges of creating or updating an impactful and strategic resume

Catch common mistakes when editing your resume

Develop a resume with relevant and professional content for industry readiness

Join us and learn how to target and refine your resume the RIGHT way!

View this event on Comet Careers—Event #4867

NOTE: Registration is available two weeks prior to the event’s start date, and students may not register for events before this time.

A limited number of seats may be available for events.

Please RSVP for this event via CometCareers! 

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.

CodeWarmers Club Friday, Feb 5
(1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.) Location: ECSS Building.

Computer Science Education and Outreach Program presents:

CodeWarmers Club

Location: ECSS Building

Dates: From: 01.22 - 04.22.2016 (Fridays)

Times: From: 1:30PM - 3:30PM

CodeWarmer sessions (improving programming skills by solving Programming Competition problems). We will start with a few simple programming contest problems & we will use auto-grader to test the accuracy and efficiency of our solutions. We are going to do little bit differently this time.

You should register @ and submit each week's solutions there - once you submit for all 14 weeks, we will generate a certificate for you!

Math Club - Meeting Friday, Feb 5
(2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.)

A place for math people to discuss math concepts and solve problems.

Doctoral Student Advisory Council Friday, Feb 5
(3:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.)

This will be the second meeting of the Doctoral Student Advisory Council.

The overall topic will be Health and Wellness, and guests will include Dr. Jim Cannici to discuss what the Counseling Center offers for doctoral students, and Dr. Lea Aubrey, Director of the Student Health Center and Colleen Dutton, Associate VP for Human Resources, to talk about health insurance options for graduate students. 

All doctoral students are welcome, and refreshments will be served. 

Internship and Research Resume Workshop for BBS Undergraduates - Career Roadmap Series Friday, Feb 5
(3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.) Location: SSB - Student Services Building 3.107.

Join us for the talk - Internship and Research Resume Workshop for BBS Undergraduates, which is part of the BBS Career Roadmap Series.

Need help adding it all on your resume? We can help – this workshop is for you!

If you are considering an internship or directed research this semester — or have completed one — you will want to show that on your resume. This interactive session will help you learn how to highlight those experiences and emphasize what you accomplished.

Space is limited – RSVP for Event ID 4941 in CometCareers or contact Janie Shipman at and ask to be registered for the workshop. 

Geosciences Seminar Friday, Feb 5
(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, February 5th, 2016 at 3:30 p.m. in ROC 2.103.  Our distinguished guest speaker will be Dr. Mark Zoback from Stanford University.  The title of his presentation will be Earthquakes Triggered by Unconverntional Oil and Gas Development - How to Stop Them".  Please visit his website at:

Admission is free and refreshments will be served after the seminar in ROC 2.107.  We hope you will plan to join us.



iFriend Program and Matching Mixer presented by the International Center and Student Volunteerism Friday, Feb 5
(3 p.m. - 5 p.m.)

The iFriend program is a cultural exchange program that allows students to learn about new cultures and make new friends! Each American student will be paired with one international student. You and your iFriend will meet once per week for eight weeks to discuss cultural topics and to take part in cultural activities.

The program will start on February 5 with the iFriend Kick-off and Matching Mixer where you will meet and mingle with your new iFriend!

Registration closed at 12:00pm (noon), Friday, January 29.

Rainbow Guard - Queerness and Intersectionality Forum Friday, Feb 5
(5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.) Location: Phoenix Room.

Forum Meeting

Intelligence and Analytic Society - Bi Weekly Learner Series Friday, Feb 5
(4 p.m. - 7 p.m.)

Bi Weekly Learner Series

Atheists, Skeptics, and Humanists - General Meeting Friday, Feb 5
(6 p.m. - 8 p.m.) Location: Libra Room.

General Meeting

Living Water Student Fellowship - Bible Study Friday, Feb 5
(6 p.m. - 8 p.m.) Location: Gemini Room.

Bible Study

Sigma Lambda Alpha - SLA Event Friday, Feb 5
(7 p.m. - 8 p.m.)

Recruitment event

Enric Madriguera & Friends: Remembering Sabine Madriguera Friday, Feb 5
(8 p.m.)

Guitarists including Enric Madriguera and the Radiant Guitar Ensemble honor Sabine Madriguera, a gifted teacher and performer who passed away in 2012. The evening will include works by Francisco Tarrega, Andres Segovia, Heitor Villa-Lobos and Robert Xavier Rodríguez.

Proceeds from the sale of Enric Madriguera's new CD "Remembranzas de mi Guitarra" (available to order here) will flow into the Sabine Scholarship Fund.

Buy tickets now.

Phi Beta Lambda - Alumni Panel Friday, Feb 5
(5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.)

Come ask a panel of successful PBL Alumni for tips and tricks on career choices, competitive events, Nationals, and more!

SUAAB Variety Show: Party World Rasslin' Friday, Feb 5
(7 p.m. - 10 p.m.)

What is Party WORLD Rasslin?! Good question! PWR is a gigantic party and wrestling show where the most RIDICULOUS competitors PUNCH, THROW, and FALL DOWN! Cheer your favorites and boo your enemies! Yell as loud as you want: we're taking over the VISITOR'S ATRIUM and begging you to yell your loudest and party your hardest!

 Robot wrestlers, insane pizza chefs, men made out of pasta, they're all here, and they're all wrestling each other!

 Do -you- have what it takes to experience PWR?! You definitely do!

West Texas: Feast and Famine Monday, Jan 11 - Friday, Feb 12
(9 a.m. - 9 p.m.)

Artist: ATEC MFA student Mitzi Hallmark

Reception: Friday, January 15, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

In the installation West Texas: Feast and Famine, organic sculptural forms, photographs, and haunting sounds together create an immersive experience for viewers. The oil and gas business in West Texas has been booming. While the economy flourished, the natural environment remained under siege. The introduction of hundreds of miles of pipeline, hydraulic fracking, and other assaults on the landscape are destroying habitats and water sources for families and wildlife. The starkness of the sculptures, complemented by a photographic panorama, evokes an unavoidable and palpable urgency. One witnesses an intensity that is symbolic of the current situation in West Texas, a landscape that in its present-day condition represents a disparity of feast and famine.

Bio: Mitzi Hallmark is a Dallas based artist, published author, and West Texas native who has exhibited her photography throughout North Texas. To expose the relationship between the vulnerability of the economy and the fragility of the environment, over the past several years she has been spending time in West Texas, studying and documenting the changing landscape. She is pursuing the Master of Fine Arts in Art and Technology at the University of Texas at Dallas.

Drawing Quote Unquote Friday, Jan 15 - Friday, Feb 12
(9 a.m. - 9 p.m.)

Through the work of local and emerging artists, Drawing Quote Unquote explores various ways to interpret the notion of drawing. Plans or diagrams distill intent much differently than a doodle, but both draw a line. One may draw a line in space with movement, a piece of wire or thread, or pour light through celluloid, projecting a line. The exhibition also highlights traditional mark-making and drawing processes such as working values on toned paper, staining, stamping, inking and frottage. The contemporary artists in Drawing Quote Unquote continue the dynamic history of “drawing” to humor, communicate, express, and politicize.

Spring 2016 "Signature Required" Period to Withdraw from UG Courses 1st 8-week Session Wednesday, Jan 20 - Monday, Feb 15 ]]> Spring 2016 "Signature Required" Period to Withdraw from UG Courses Full Term Session Thursday, Jan 28 - Monday, Mar 28 ]]> Live Healthy North Texas 10-Week Wellness Challenge Monday, Jan 25 - Friday, Apr 1
(8 a.m. - 5 p.m.)

Mark your calendars! The Live Healthy North Texas 10-Week Wellness Challenge will begin Jan. 25 and go through April 1. Registration is open online and faculty, staff and students are eligible to sign-up.

The challenge is conducted in teams of up to 10 people. To sign up online, team captains should go to, click “join today” and enter the Group ID: LHDUTD to create a team and add team members. Team members will then receive an email with a username and password to log in and complete their profiles.