Spotlight Posts

October 14th, 2019

Q&A with Seed Grant Winner, Dr. Bart Rypma

Dr. Bart Rypma was recently awarded the Major Extramural Grant Award (MEGA) for Development of Calibrated fMRI at the UT Dallas Center for BrainHealth Imaging Center. Dr. Rypma’s research is aimed at exploring the cognitive and neurobiological mechanisms of human memory and how those mechanisms are affected by aging and disease. Dr. Rypma is a …read more

September 30th, 2019

Big Cat Conflicts in Guyana with Andrew Stoeckel

Last summer, Andrew Stoeckl traveled to Guyana with Dr. Anthony Cummings of the Geospatial Information Science department at UT Dallas to look at human-wildcat interactions. Since returning, he has been analyzing obtained data to be included in various publications. During our conversation, Andrew reflected on his favorite aspect of research and lends advice to students …read more

August 22nd, 2019

The Future of Medicine in Virtual Reality with Joel Rizzo

Joel Rizzo is a student programmer in the Center for Modeling and Simulation, humans and synthetics lab with Dr. Majorie Zielke. He is currently working on an Emotive Virtual Patient (EVP) project which is a collaborative research effort between UT Dallas and UT Southwestern to create an augmented-reality patient with natural language processing (NLP) that …read more

August 1st, 2019

R.O.A.D. to DC: Dr. Catherine Thorn

Dr. Catherine Thorn is an Assistant Professor in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences at UT Dallas. Her research examines how learning-related changes in neural activity within the cortex and basal ganglia support memory encoding and behavioral performance improvement. We caught up with Dr. Thorn to discuss current progress with her research as well …read more

February 27th, 2019

R.O.A.D. to DC: Dr. Ruths

Dr. Justin Ruths first joined UT Dallas as an Assistant Professor in 2016 after working for five years as a faculty member at the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD).  With a central focus on control theory, Dr. Ruths divides his research efforts into two categories: security of cyber-physical systems and control of networks. …read more

August 7th, 2018

Organizing the Muse: How Kara Oropallo Keeps Creativity on Track

If you’re a creative type, you’re probably familiar with the phrase, “The Muse is visiting.” If you’re unfamiliar with the Muses, they are the nine daughters of Zeus; goddesses who are regarded for inspiring creativity in the arts, literary forms, and science. If you’ve ever dropped by Senior Lecturer Kara Oropallo’s office in ATEC, you’ll …read more

June 12th, 2018

Changing the Conversation: Turning Disabilities into Abilities

During the AMC drama Mad Men, fictional character Don Draper says: “If you don’t like what’s being said, then change the conversation.” That’s exactly what happened in December of 2016, when Margaret Scholl announced that she would start a mobility ministry—Early Wheels—to improve the lives of children with disabilities through interactive experiences. Infants and small …read more

May 9th, 2018

Dr. Seth Hays: Neuroplasticity and the Wandering Nerve

There is a famous poetic line from Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings which addresses the Rangers of the North and the Rangers of Ithilien: “Not all those who wander are lost.” Thought to be vagabonds, the Rangers true identity revealed them to be great hunters and warriors. Through their sharp sense of the world …read more