Founding Leader of Math, Physics Departments Dies

Ivor Robinson
Ivor Robinson was an eminent mathematical physicist noted for his contributions to the development of Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity.
UT Dallas professor emeritus Ivor Robinson died May 27 at his home in Dallas. He was 92.

As professor and founding head of the Graduate Research Center of the Southwest’s Division of Mathematics and Mathematical Physics, Robinson recruited distinguished experts in the fields of mathematics, relativity theory and cosmology to join him at the fledgling research institute that would become UT Dallas in 1969.

“Ivor Robinson made a powerful impression on all with whom he interacted, through his intellectual prowess, his distinctive personality and presence, and by his unchallenged role in defining the standards expected of UT Dallas faculty,” said Dr. Hobson Wildenthal, UT Dallas president ad interim. read more

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Benefits Enrollment Begins July 15; Info Fair Set for July 18

During the annual benefits enrollment period — Friday, July 15, to Sunday, July 31 — you will be able to:

  • Make changes to your benefits
  • Enroll or re-enroll in UT FLEX (employees only; enrollment does not automatically renew)
  • Add or remove dependents from your coverage plan

Highlights of the Plan Year 2016-2017 benefit changes have been announced. Visit the benefits website for more details. The UT System Office of Employee Benefits also will feature the changes in the A Matter of Health newsletter in early July. Please monitor your University email account for this information and for campus-specific details.

An email containing a summary of your coverage and a link to the annual enrollment website will be sent to all benefits-eligible employees by Friday, July 15. After you receive the email, log in to MyUTBenefits and follow the on-screen instructions to make your selections. You will receive an email confirming your changes in approximately 24 hours. If you don’t receive it, contact the benefits services staff in the UT Dallas Office of Human Resources at [email protected].

Benefits-eligible employees also may attend a Benefits Fair from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, July 18, in the Student Union Galaxy Rooms (SU 2.602) to learn more.

Benefits enrollment must be completed before midnight on Sunday, July 31.

For assistance or more information, email the benefits services staff in the Office of Human Resources.

Dance for Fitness at Employee Wellness Event

Frankie Branham
Faculty and staff are invited to attend HIT the Dance Floor from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday in the Student Union Galaxy Rooms (SU 2.602). Recreational Sports fitness coordinator Frankie Branham will lead the class presented by the Office of Administration and the Employee Wellness Committee.

Save the Date: Staff Council to Meet July 13

The Staff Council holds its regular meetings on the second Wednesday of each month. The next meeting will be at 9 a.m. July 13 in JSOM 1.517.


Get Free Rides in Zagster Bike Program with New Promotion
For a limited time, students, faculty and staff who join the Zagster bike sharing program using promo code COMETS15 will receive $15 worth of free rides. In addition, the first hour of each bike rental is free. After the first hour, regular rates will apply. Zagster’s annual membership is $15, and rides cost $1 per hour, up to $8 per ride. Bikes can be rented and returned to any of the five locations on campus. Learn more about joining the program here.

Walk-Ins Welcome for Today’s Blood Drive
The Office of Student Volunteerism is partnering with Carter BloodCare for a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today. The Carter BloodCare bus will be parked between the Physics Building and Visual Arts Studio. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are encouraged. Carter BloodCare is offering participants 50 percent off select seats to a Texas Rangers baseball game

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