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March 11, 2014
Dean Fair to Serve as Interim VP for Diversity
After Dr. Magaly Spector Takes New Role

Dr. Magaly Spector

Dr. George Fair

Dr. Magaly Spector, vice president for Diversity and Community Engagement since 2008, will take on a new role as professor in practice and assistant to the president for strategic initiatives. Dr. George Fair, dean of the School of Interdisciplinary Studies, will serve as interim vice president for Diversity and Community Engagement.

"I am grateful that I will continue to have the benefit of Dr. Spector's advice and guidance and that she will remain part of the team of people who work to support and inspire members of our University family," said UT Dallas President David E. Daniel. READ MORE

Event to Feature Experts on Brain Plasticity

Brain scientists will share and learn about the latest breakthroughs in brain plasticity when the Center for BrainHealth hosts its Reprogramming the Brain to Health Symposium on April 10. The symposium is designed to engage cognitive scientists, neuroscientists, physicians, psychologists, rehabilitation specialists, researchers, educators and students. The event will be held at the Center for BrainHealth beginning at 8 a.m.

Attendees can register online. Contact Shelly Kirkland for more information, or view the symposium website.

Info Security Classes Teach Computer Safety

The Information Security Office offers classes to teach University employees how to handle computer security threats, both on campus and at home. The sessions listed on the Classes for Staff and Faculty page are available to student employees and research and teaching assistants as well. REGISTER

Research Office Classes

The Office of Sponsored Projects continues its Research Certificate Series. Read more and register online.

Finding Funding
March 18, 10-11 a.m. (FN 2.106)
The Office of Research Development will explain the comprehensive databases for finding federal, state and corporate funding.

March 20, 3-4 p.m. (FO 1.202)
The Office of Sponsored Projects will discuss the different types of research contracts commonly used at UTD and the administrative process behind them.

Proposal Budgets
April 1, 10-11 a.m. (FN 2.106)
The budget is one of the first things a researcher should think about when considering applying for a research grant. The offices of Sponsored Projects and Post-award Management will outline important considerations and common pitfalls in the process of drafting a budget.

Key Figure in Internet History
to Speak as Part of ATEC Series

Vinton G. Cerf, recognized as one of the "fathers of the Internet" and currently vice president and chief Internet evangelist at Google, will headline the third lecture in the new Arts and Technology Distinguished Lecture Series.

Cerf's talk will be on Wednesday, March 26, at 7 p.m. in the lecture hall of the Edith O'Donnell Arts and Technology Building. A limited number of complimentary tickets are available to faculty and staff. Register online.

The ATEC series brings renowned figures to campus to share their insights on engaging topics in art, science and technology. Visit the lecture series Web page for more information.

Dr. Cy Cantrell Honored
in Grant Presentations

The UT Dallas chapter of the Phi Kappa Phi honor society recently announced the fall 2013 recipients of the Cyrus D. Cantrell III Academic Travel Grant.

Each recipient received a $500 grant to help offset expenses incurred by academic travel:

• Mario Burbano-Salazar.
• Benjamin Farnia.
• Katherine Huston.
• Michael Lau.
• Katelyn McWilliams.

Phi Kappi Phi renamed the academic travel grant last fall for Cantrell, a longtime faculty member in the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science. He was the president-elect of Phi Kappa Phi when he died in June and was known, in part, for advocating travel as a means of educational and personal enrichment.

To celebrate National Nutrition Month, the UT Dallas Wellness Committee will host a Lunch and Learn session featuring fitness professional and personal trainer Bobby Whisnand, who will discuss simple steps you can take to make smarter eating choices and reach your wellness goals. The presentation will be held in the Student Union Galaxy Rooms at noon, Tuesday, March 25. A healthy lunch will be provided.