Spotlight Posts

January 23rd, 2018

Superheroes Among Us: Dr. Michael Burton Battles Pain

Upon meeting Dr. Michael Burton, assistant professor in the Department of Behavioral and Brain Sciences, you immediately know you’re in the presence of someone special. On first glance, he’s a gentle giant with an easy-going laugh, and his humble, Clark Kent-like identity is only the surface layer of a multifaceted character. Like Kent who wields …read more

December 12th, 2017

‘A Market for Change’: Art and the Workplace

I’ve heard it said that art is a time traveler. It’s true. Art leaps through history and across continents, through reality and the surreal, moving faster than any car or flight. It’s a time traveler who allows us to sit at its windows and visit destinations that awaken, challenge, and inspire. Yet, to call Dr. …read more

October 17th, 2017

Descendants of the Old Forest

The son of peanut farmers, Dr. Anthony Cummings, assistant professor in the geospatial information sciences program at UT Dallas, walked the forests of Guyana, South America as a boy. In the tropics of the Caribbean, he learned to use a bow and arrow, and entertained the dream of becoming a professional cricketer. While he pursued …read more

August 22nd, 2017

Dr. Stoneback is Rocking It: Light Guitar and Space Science

Dr. Russell Stoneback spent his childhood with lots of questions needing answers, developing an avid interest in the physical properties and phenomena of the world around him. He went on to pursue those physics interests at UT Austin, where he also started playing music and supported himself by working in construction. That harmonious combination of …read more

November 29th, 2016

Discover Opportunities by Stepping Outside Your Comfort Zone

College is a great time for self-discovery and creating new experiences. You can take part in one or a few of the hundreds of student organizations on campus and start new friendships by meeting people. The undergraduate experience at UT Dallas is no exception. With new student organizations being created every semester and various, new …read more

September 27th, 2016

Advancing the Field: Dr. Dussor Tackles Migraine Research

Dr. Gregory Dussor’s career in migraine research isn’t built on hope. As a leader in migraine studies, and Associate Professor in Behavioral Brain Sciences at UT Dallas, his playbook is built with a desire to make the quality of life more fulfilling for others who suffer from this debilitating disease. As a 2008 recipient of the Future Leaders in Pain Research Award from the American Pain Society, Dr. Dussor’s dedication and effort created the exposure to propel his team to continue advancing the field of migraine education.

August 30th, 2016

Joe Burnett and the Next Generation of Materials Science

Helping shape his generations knowledge of materials science is Joe Burnett, a Senior physics student in the school of Natural Science and Mathematics and a member of Dr. Julia Chan’s Solid State Laboratory Team. Concurrently earning his MS in Mathematics, Joe uses main group elements, rare earth metals, and transition metals (chromium, manganese, iron, cobalt, and nickel, to name a few) to synthesize new materials in crystalline form and create new classes of compounds for energy applications. He aims to determine structure and properties in the inorganic materials that measure the magnetic and electrical properties.

June 28th, 2016

Gaming Gets ‘Serious’: Unlocking the Legend of Pain Management

Known as electronic games for psychotherapy (EGP), or ‘serious games,’ UT Dallas assistant professor Dr. Marjorie Zielke and her team in the ATEC program are able to deepen their knowledge and critical insight to better diagnose patients who suffer from chronic back pain. Serious games employ the use of virtual reality (VR) to simulate a recreation of real life events wherein patients can interact kinetically during rehabilitation.