April 20, 2014


General interest media coverage of UT Dallas students, faculty, staff and leadership and their achievements.


UTD Professor Explains How the Human Brain Changes with Age

April 16, 2014

“Certain parts of the brain can also communicate like the way people in a neighborhood might interact with each other: They’re friendly and talkative to some, while less social with others." — Dr. Gagan Wig, assistant professor at UT Dallas' Center for Vital Longevity read more


UTD Professor, Student Crack Heartbleed Bug

April 15, 2014

"What it does is not only does it fix the vulnerability, but it actually sets a trap for anyone who might be seeking to exploit it — to steal these passwords or secret information." — Dr. Kevin Hamlen, associate professor of computer science read more

Artificial Muscle Spun From Fishing Line And Thread

April 9, 2014

"Our artificial muscles can generate about 100 times the amount of mechanical power that a natural muscle can generate." — Dr. Ray H. Baughman, director of the Alan G. MacDiarmid NanoTech Institute read more


No Clear Security Fixes For Fort Hood Violence

April 4, 2014

"Trying to secure a base from guns is a very, very difficult proposition at best — probably impossible." — Dr. Robert Taylor, program head for Public Affairs read more

Legalizing Medical Marijuana Doesnt Cause Crime, New Study Shows

April 1, 2014

"Some studies have shown when medical marijuana becomes available legally we have reductions in alcohol misuse, and since we have an association between alcohol misuse and crime, when people substitute the marijuana for the alcohol the crime that would have followed declines." — Robert G. Morris, associate professor of criminology read more


Study Finds Legalized Medical Marijuana Reduces Violent Crime

March 27, 2014

"We know plenty of research that suggests once you legalize marijuana, alcohol sales go down and that could be for the fact that there is less involvement with the criminal market and so forth or the side effects of the drug itself and there is just no involvement with crime." — Dr. Robert Morris, associate professor of criminology read more


How Math Solved the Mystery of the Missing Malaysian Jet's Path

March 25, 2014

"The math involved is really just a little bit more than the trigonometry you'd have in high school." — Dr. John Zweck, professor in the Department of Mathematical Sciences read more


Testing A New Device To Diagnose Concussions

March 19, 2014

"We're trying to provide quantitative data to allow people to make informed decisions about their health care choices." — Dr. Robert Rennaker, head of the Department of Bioengineering read more


First Scorecard for United 2020 Shows Progress, Needs

March 19, 2014

"This is a community set of goals. Really, what they’re doing is setting a stage for all of the good work other people are doing so they can come together to move these needles." — Timothy Bray, director of the Institute for Urban Policy Research read more

Ask Me About My Grandchildren and Their iPhones

March 9, 2014

"I cannot see one single benefit from a young child messing around with an iPhone or an iPad. I don’t see any good that comes of that, and I see a lot of bad." — Dr. Marion K. Underwood, Ashbel Smith Professor of Psychological Sciences. read more

Bullying: A Search for Solutions

March 9, 2014

"Sometimes adults forget that there are a lot of bad examples of adults out there. We are giving children a language and a script to then take to the schoolyard. It's really important as adults that we model the behavior we want to see." — Dr. Nadine Connell, criminology professor read more


UTDs Callier Center Begins Trial for New Tinnitus Treatment

March 7, 2014

"Each time that you present a tone you stimulate the vagus nerve and you tell the brain that all these tones are important except the tinnitus tone." Dr. Sven Vanneste, associate professor at the Callier Center for Communication Disorders read more


Challenging Your Brain Keeps It Sharp as You Age

March 3, 2014

“Being deeply engaged is key to maintaining the health of the mind.” — Dr. Denise Park, co-director of the Center for Vital Longevity read more


How to Get Bieber to Follow You on Twitter

Feb. 26, 2014

“These adolescents are at an age where they’re so desperate for connectedness with their peer group. They have this way that they can just lob out information, lob out communication to their whole group of peers and then get something back.” — Dr. Marion K. Underwood, Ashbel Smith Professor of Psychological Sciences read more


Texas Public Colleges Freeze Tuition — What Does That Mean For Students And Families?

Feb. 24, 2014

“Our four-year graduation rate has risen from 32 percent when I came in 2005 to about 50 percent now. I expect it to continue to rise.” — Dr. David E. Daniel, UT Dallas president read more

In Killers Minds, Love Never Left

Feb. 23, 2014

“None of us are perfect. Even if the victim did things — they were taking drugs or they cheated on their partner — that doesn’t mean that you deserve to die.” — Dr. Denise Paquette Boots, associate professor of criminology read more


Scientists Just Created Some of the Most Powerful Muscles in Existence

Feb. 20, 2014

"The energy per cycle that we obtain from these artificial muscles, and their weightlifting abilities, are extraordinary." — Dr. Ray H. Baughman, director of the Alan G. MacDiarmid NanoTech Institute read more


In Tough Times, the Fix Is In

Feb. 20, 2014

"Their expectations in the tenure of their house may have changed. No one wanted to sell in 2007, and people have thought they would invest." — Dr. Tammy Leonard, clinical assistant professor of economics read more

Putting More Students on the PhD Path is UTD Prof's Goal

Feb. 20, 2014

“When I go to the conferences, I hang out and I schmooze, particularly with young faculty and doctoral students. I really try to encourage them to take this thing seriously. I tell them, ‘If you don’t dream it, you aren’t likely to go down that path.’” — Dr. David Ford, Naveen Jindal School of Management professor read more


Men Who Work Longer Hours Have Healthier Wives

Feb. 20, 2014

“If we think about the fact that workers are in families, and they’re not just isolated units, is there some way that that work is not only affecting yourself, but other members of your family?” — Dr. Sibyl Kleiner, post-doctoral research associate read more


Seeking A Moment Of Silence: Treatment For Tinnitus On The Horizon

Feb. 19, 2014

“For a long time, people thought tinnitus was really an ear problem, but it’s really a brain problem.” — Dr. Sven Vanneste, associate professor at the Callier Center for Communication Disorders read more


Texas Instruments, UT Dallas Tackle Sports Concussions Head-On

Feb. 8, 2014

“If we can detect [concussions] early, then we can provide early treatment. I’m out to help people and help protect our young athletes.” — Dr. Robert Rennaker, head of the Department of Bioengineering read more


Texas Motor Speedway Courts Controversy Again with Duck Commander Sponsorship

Feb. 6, 2014

“I would think that it could result in some repercussions. Something this controversial could have a negative effect. … This is a lot more emotional than Coke vs. Pepsi.” — Dr. Gregory Dess, Andrew R. Cecil Chair in Applied Ethics read more


Super Bowl Ads Preview

Jan. 31, 2014

"[Budweiser's commercial] is absolutely the winner so far, at least leading up to the Super Bowl." — Abhijit Biswas, clinical professor of marketing read more


President Determined for UTD to Reach Tier One

Jan. 28, 2014

“Our goal is to be the creative revolution piece of the metroplex. Let’s put the pedal to the metal and get this done.” — Dr. David E. Daniel, UT Dallas president read more

An Aging Brain Is Still Pretty Smart

Jan. 28, 2014

"It may be true that knowledge slows down the system, but that doesn't mean that the system, as it ages, doesn't also operate more slowly." — Dr. Denise Park, co-director of the Center for Vital Longevity read more

A preview of the Super Bowl XLVIII ads

Jan. 27, 2014

“Companies are trying to have their cake and eat it, too. So they want to get the social media buzz, but at the same time they want to have the unveiling moment.” — Abhijit Biswas, clinical professor of marketing read more


SMU Alumni Remember Visit by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

Jan. 18, 2014

"Whenever I get a chance, I tell the story about being Martin Luther King’s chauffeur."— Dr. Bert Moore, dean of the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences read more

$100 Million Impressionist Gift for Denver

Jan. 12, 2014

"Gifts of this sort have really transformed the museums to which they're given because, like it or not, Impressionism is pretty much universally loved by the museum-going populace and people are more likely to go to an art museum if it has a respectable and large and important collection of Impressionist paintings." — Dr. Richard Brettell, Margaret M. McDermott Distinguished Chair of Art and Aesthetic Studies read more

Dallas Hails Unprecedented Decade-Long Drop in Crime

Jan. 11, 2014

"To me, the actual crime rates do give a picture, but what matters is people’s perception of how safe the places they frequent are" — Dr. Denise Paquette Boots, associate professor of criminology read more

The Dallas Morning News

Deadly Affection: Yearlong Series Taking Closer Look at Domestic Violence Deaths

Jan. 5, 2014

"People that come from violent backgrounds are significantly more likely to commit violent crime at some point during their adult life." — Dr. Denise Paquette Boots, associate professor of criminology read more


The 8 Best Moments in Classical Music and Opera in 2013

Dec. 26, 2013

Local music lovers were reminded that one of America’s greatest living composers is in our midst when The University of Texas at Dallas presented a concert devoted to piano works of professor Robert Xavier Rodríguez. read more

Taking A Magnifying Glass To The Brown Faces In Medieval Art

Dec. 13, 2013

"There's never been more scholarly interest in these things than right now. I do think one of the positive effects is that we're often now discovering that images of Africans have always been right in front of our face." — Dr. Mark Rosen, assistant professor of aesthetic studies read more

UTD Program Offers Young Children, Parents a Casual Learning Environment

Dec. 13, 2013

“In some ways, I like to think of Juega Conmigo as a program that can help the children better benefit from early childhood developmental programs made available to them.” — Dr. Margaret Tresch Owen, director of the Center for Children and Families and Robinson Family Professor read more

Update on the universe: Top scientists gather in Dallas to dissect space, matter, time

Dec. 7, 2013

“The decision was taken that Dallas would be better off to keep the meeting, that it will be one of the rays of light that point to the future.” — Dr. Wolfgang Rindler,  professor of physics read more

Anonymous Sports Fans Spread Hate Online

Dec. 3, 2013

“I think it's just like us being in our living room ranting and raving — only now we have someone who’s listening.” — Dr. Janet Johnson, clinical assistant professor for the School of Arts and Humanities read more


Computer Scientists Create New 3-D Technique

Nov. 19, 2013

"The underlying mathematics we used to solve this problem is rigorous and beautiful. Finding a way to use the theory in a practical application will have great impact in the field." — Dr. Xiaohu Guo, associate professor of computer science read more

Panel Weighing Changes to Ohio Constitution May Also Take on Redistricting

Nov. 18, 2013

“Was the benefit of having this competitive election, does that offset all these other costs of having all these voters not well represented in the assembly or in Congress? In my mind, they don’t.”  — Tom Brunell, professor of political science read more


RadioShack: Opening on Thanksgiving Day Isn't Worth It

Nov. 18, 2013

“Especially when you consider most of these retailers count 30 to 40 percent of annual retail sales during [holiday shopping season]. If you take out a big chunk, that’s a huge hit to their bottom-line potential.” — Abhijit Biswas, clinical professor of marketing read more


Aerobic Exercise Boosts Memory In Older Adults After As Little As 6 Weeks Of Working Out

Nov. 12, 2013

"Physical exercise may be one of the most beneficial and cost-effective therapies widely available to everyone, to elevate memory performance.” — Dr. Sandra Bond Chapman, founder and chief director of the Center for BrainHealth read more


Killer Moms in Texas Left Behind More Questions Than Answers

Nov. 8, 2013

“There are very few things left in society that still shock. And when females annihilate their whole family, that still shocks.” — Denise Paquette Boots, associate criminology professor read more

Childhood Music Lessons May Offer Lifelong Benefits

Nov. 5, 2013

"Being a millisecond faster may not seem like much, but the brain is very sensitive to timing and a millisecond compounded over millions of neurons can make a real difference in the lives of older adults." — Dr. Michael Kilgard, a professor at the School of Behavioral And Brain Sciences read more

dallas news

Kennedy symposium Examines Impact of Assassination on Dallas

Nov. 3, 2013

“Dallas actually accepted the blame, accepted the shame because in some way it matched something that Dallas realized about itself." — Dr. Frederick Turner, Founders Professor of Arts and Humanities read more

Securing your identity: Plano PD seminar offers tips to keep residents safe

Oct. 27, 2013

“If you are worried, you can place a freeze on your credit so that anyone applying for credit in your name will have to get your approval.” — Dr. Lynne Vieraitis, a criminology professor read more

Parent Accuses High School Football Coach of Bullying

Oct. 23, 2013

“My fear is that if this type of reporting continues, we’ll overburden a system that is there to protect our students, not to arbitrate parents who are upset over sporting events or losing something.” — Dr. Nadine Connell, assistant professor in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences read more


New Study Finds 100,000 Idle Youth In Dallas

Oct. 22, 2013

“We know from research about geographic isolation of communities, subgroups within communities that are very isolated in terms of their ability to develop networks that are important for jobs and also understanding the importance of an education.” — Dr. Sheryl Skaggs, head of the department of Public Affairs and Sociology read more


Take a Vacation From Your Devices

Oct. 20, 2013

"Giving your brain some downtime will help make room for your next inspired idea because a halt in constant thinking slows the mind's rhythms to allow more innovative aha moments." — Sandra Bond Chapman, founder and director of the Center for BrainHealth read more

Ex-NFL Players Show Abnormal Brain Activity, Study Finds

Oct. 17, 2013

"Return-to-play rules need to be outlined and enacted if a head injury is suspected. If you don't let the brain rest and heal after a concussion and then a second concussion occurs, the brain disruption from the second concussion is greatly amplified.” — Dr. John Hart Jr., medical science director of the Center for BrainHealth read more

Charging Young Girls for Bullying Classmate Who Killed Herself Called Uncharted Territory

Oct. 16, 2013

“The decision to charge them almost seems to take responsibility away from the adults.” — Nadine Connell, assistant professor of criminology read more


Veterans With Gulf War Illness Show Brain Changes Linked to Memory Deficits

Oct. 15, 2013

"Implementing interventions that improve working memory could have positive effects on many aspects of daily life from the ability to complete a shopping list, match names with faces, all the way to elevating mood." — Bart Rypma, principal investigator at the Center for BrainHealth read more

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