Q&A Posts

Q&A with NSF Fellowship Awardee, PhD Chemistry Student

March 28, 2017
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Over 13,000 students applied to the Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) from the National Science Foundation (NSF), but only 2,000 succeeded. Candace Benjamin, UT Dallas PhD student and “super scientist” in the Gassensmith Lab, shines among those winners. Candace will receive three years of financial support towards a research-based… read more


Q&A: Neuroscience Expert Shares Addiction Research

December 6, 2016
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Dr. Francesca Filbey has made a name for herself through her research on the cognitive neuroscience of addiction. A graduate of King’s College in London, Dr. Filbey is an associate professor in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences (BBS) at UT Dallas and the Director of Cognitive Neuroscience of Addictive Behaviors at the Center… read more



Q&A with ATEC Educator and Game Lab Creator

September 6, 2016
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If you’ve ever wondered who the first ever Ph.D. graduate from UT Dallas’ School of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication (ATEC) is, the answer is faculty member Dr. Monica Evans. Since graduating in 2007, her contributions in developing the game studies program on campus has played a part in the success of UT Dallas’ top… read more


Q&A with AVS Chair, Process Engineer, & Neuroscientist

August 23, 2016
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A doctoral student in the School of Natural Sciences & Mathematics at UT Dallas, Audrey Hammack’s research with Dr. Bruce Gnade is shedding light on neural networks in the brain. With an internship at Qorvo, her current project with microelectrode arrays (MEAs) aims to answer questions that can potentially assist patients with brain… read more


Q&A: TEMOC Space Industries returns from the Johnson Space Center

July 19, 2016
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In early April, members of the Temoc Space Industries team at UT Dallas were busy at work designing an asteroid anchoring device for an educational competition hosted by NASA called Micro-g NExT. The team, made up of eight undergraduate students from various STEM disciplines, had a month to tweak their prototype design, the SCooping AsteRoid… read more


Q&A with Social Scientist Vito D’Orazio

June 20, 2016
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Dr. Vito D’Orazio is an assistant professor of political science in the School of Economic, Political, and Policy Sciences. Last fall, shortly after arriving at the university, Dr. D’Orazio was awarded a grant by the National Science Foundation to update a database that documents the use of military force and threats of force in… read more



Q&A with EMAC Professor Dr. Kristin Drogos

May 31, 2016
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In the Fall of 2014, UT Dallas welcomed Dr. Kristin Drogos into the Emerging Media and Communication program. Dr. Drogos, whose educational background includes degrees in psychology and communication, focuses her research on how new forms of media affect the way children and young adults learn how to socialize and develop. Recently, she gave a… read more


Q&A with Computer Scientist Ryan McMahan

May 10, 2016
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Dr. Ryan McMahan is an assistant professor in the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science and the School of Arts, Technology and Emerging Communications. His research focuses on the “effects of system fidelity for virtual reality (VR) applications and systems.” Recently, Dr. McMahan was awarded a National Science… read more