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Jan. 14, 2014
Building Projects Changing Look of Campus
Bioengineering and Sciences Building

A groundbreaking ceremony for the new Bioengineering and Sciences Building is planned for 2 p.m., Jan. 23, in the courtyard of the Natural Science and Engineering Research Laboratory (NSERL). Faculty and staff are welcome to attend.

Renovation of the North Mall, which stretches from the Administration Building to the Trellis, began during winter break as part of the University’s Campus Landscape Enhancement Project. The area will remain closed during construction. Pedestrians will be able to use skybridges and perimeter entrances to access affected buildings.

Employees can expect higher noise levels, changes in parking and increased construction traffic on campus as the projects progress. READ MORE

Two Groups Open for Business in New Home

The Office of Development and Alumni Relations and UTDesign – where engineering and computer science students design new products and innovations for businesses – have moved into new spaces in the Synergy Park North building. The UT Dallas community is invited to drop by to visit during an open house from 3 to 5 p.m. on Jan. 16.

Talk to Open Family Series on Adolescence
Emily TobeyDr. Emily Tobey holds the Nelle C. Johnston Endowed Chair in Communication Disorders.

Dr. Emily Tobey will kick off the Center for Children and Families’ Spring Lecture Series on Jan. 17 with a talk on “The Bionic Ear: Challenges of Educating Deaf Teenagers in the 21st Century.”

This year’s lecture series invites parents and professionals to learn about “Surviving and Thriving in Adolescence.” The first talk will examine factors associated with increased performance levels in teenagers and explore how spoken language should continue to be a priority for teachers, therapists and families of children using cochlear implants.

The complete schedule for the series is available on the center’s website. All of the talks will last from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the Jindal School Room 2.106, with a reception to follow.

Research Office Offers Faculty-Staff Seminars

The Office of Research will offer guidance to faculty and staff members on the essentials of research administration in a series of seminars to be held throughout the spring semester. This series will take faculty and staff through the components of sponsored projects and the steps needed to administer research at UTD throughout the life of a project – from finding funding opportunities to closing out grant accounts. January sessions include:

National Institutes of Health K Awards
2 p.m., Jan. 17 – TI Auditorium (ECSS 2.102)

Dr. Michael Zhang will discuss the various types of NIH K awards and will share best practices for drafting a successful application. Zhang has mentored several K awardees including Dr. Min Chen, a new junior faculty of the Math Department and recipient of the K25 award. Chen will be present to join the discussion. Register online

Finding Funding (Certificate Series 2014S)
3 p.m., Jan. 23 – FO 1.202

Searching for funding can be overwhelming. In fact, there are more than 100 websites you could search. This presentation is designed to help make the task manageable. The Office of Research Development will lead this presentation and focus on comprehensive databases for finding federal/state/corporate funding, the internal system for finding foundation funding and resources for personalized assistance. Register online

Courses may be taken in any order, and the modules are offered two times each year. Online registration at https://explorer.utdallas.edu/classes is required.

Policy Restricts Tobacco Use on Campus

UT Dallas is committed to promoting a healthier work, research, educational and living environment. To help accomplish this goal and to ensure compliance with external cancer research grant requirements, the University’s Tobacco Free Building Policy prohibits the use of all tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes, inside University-owned or leased buildings or University vehicles, or within 33 feet of a building entry, air intake or window. For more information about the policy or cessation resources, visit www.utdallas.edu/tobaccofree.

Make a Resolution to Recycle

UT Dallas produces hundreds of thousands of pounds of recyclable materials each year. To help reduce the environmental impact, the Sustainability office asks employees to commit to recycling in 2014.

Recycling bins are located throughout the campus, and desk-side bins are available to anyone who wants one. The current campus program is to sort paper, bottles, cans and cardboard into different waste streams. Shredded paper can also be recycled if it is properly bagged.

Ink jet and toner cartridges are collected in Staff Council recycling stations around campus, and the proceeds are used to help fund staff scholarships. Metal is collected by Facilities Management and sent for recycling.

Environmental Health and Safety collects and recycles several hazardous waste items, including fluorescent bulbs, oil filters and batteries. Landscape material, tree trimmings and pre-consumer food waste from the dining hall are all collected and managed in an on-campus compost operation.

For more information and a detailed list of recyclable items that UT Dallas collects, please visit the University’s recycling web page. To obtain desk-side or community recycling bins, please fill out and submit a Facilities Management Work Request. No cost center is required on the form.

Save the Date

Jan. 23
The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Breakfast will be held Thursday, Jan. 23, 8:30-10 a.m. in the Student Union Galaxy Rooms. Register by Jan. 16.

Jan. 27

Fitness trainer Bobby Whisnand is scheduled to speak at this year’s Wellness Challenge kickoff.

The UT Dallas Wellness Committee will kick off the annual 10-Week Wellness Challenge with an indoor walk and lunch and learn event featuring speaker Bobby Whisnand, fitness professional and personal trainer. The walk will begin on the first floor of the Administration Building at 11:30 a.m. A healthy lunch will be served after the walk. To participate, register online at www.livehealthynorthtexas.org using the following code: LHDUTD.


To help managers and administrative staff prepare for upcoming changes related to the hiring process, the Office of Human Resources is offering a series of learning sessions through mid-February. View the schedule and make plans to attend.

UT System now requires that all employees have an annual appraisal completed during the fiscal year. The Office of Human Resources offers a list of guidelines to help departments follow the process. READ MORE