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Asia Center allows chance to bring Asian culture to UTD

The opening of the new Asia Center will herald in an era of cooperation between UTD and developing economies of the East such as China, India and Japan, UTD officials said. Previously, the well-established Confucius Center on campus, under the guidance of Arts and Humanities Professor Ming Gu, was the only platform that had brought the culture and traditions of China to students and faculty. Now, the Asia Center will be able to bring the...
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‘Universe’ exhibit debuts at gallery

‘Universe’ exhibit debuts at gallery

MFA student uses rust, recycled materials to make asteroid-like installations Visitors to the McKinney Avenue Contemporary were led through a small hallway into a white room that flowed with rust-colored asteroids suspended from the ceiling to lacquered waste objects reaching up to the sky in universal spirals. Val Curry stood behind one of the asteroids that hung from the ceiling as he spoke about his latest exhibit. Curry, who is currently...
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Islamic Arts Revival Series

Islamic Arts Revival Series

The Islamic Art Revival Series lit up the Charles W. Eisemann Center in Richardson Satureday, Sept. 21, with displays of Islamic influenced art, calligraphy, movies and a fashion show. “We want to project the beauty of Islamic art in our program today and this is our way of supporting local artists,” said Mona Kafeel, the chief operating officer at the Texas Muslim Woman’s Foundation, a group that organized the event. The foundation which has...
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Student researcher beats tough odds

Student researcher beats tough odds

Being an 18-year old single parent and living through a dangerous childhood did not stop one student from achieving his goal of pursuing a university education. “I have always wanted to be a doctor since I was eight and have never given up on my dream,” neuroscience senior Matt Hosek said. In the second and third grade, Hosek had serious problems with keeping his attention in the classroom. The problems continued until 1986, when a doctor with...
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Culinary Night: the one stop spot for Vietnamese cuisine

Culinary Night: the one stop spot for Vietnamese cuisine

The Vietnamese students association organised a culinary night to teach students how to make popular dishes as a part of the Viet Week activities. The dishes featured included the spring rolls, vermicelli noodle bowl and Che, a traditional dessert drink. At the workshop, students learned how to make these dishes from the beginning. The spring rolls made of rice paper took a little more skill than the vermicelli bowl. Volunteers showed students...
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Indian food you’ve never eaten

Indian food you’ve never eaten

A three-hour evening class on a Friday evening till ten makes the stomach yearn for tasty food that brings back memories of home cooked meals. For me, that is the cuisine specifically made from the northern region of Kerala, a small state facing the Arabian Sea in south India. I get into the car and my mind is beset with images of coconut milk filled savory curries and intricately spiced meat and fish dishes served on a bed of long grained...
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Guitar fest attracts int’l talent

Guitar fest attracts int’l talent

School of Arts & Humanities/CourtesyOman Kaminsky took first place, from a pool of 60 players, in the finals round of the International Guitarist Competition on Feb. 28. 13th annual Texas Guitar Festival features performances from Grammy-winning musicians, entrants from Mexico, the Netherlands The sounds of classical guitar strummed by local and international players filled different venues on campus at the 13th annual Texas Guitar...
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TV reporter reflects on interview with Dean Novak

As seen on UTDTV To see this story on UTDTV, tune in to ‘Newscast 313’ on Dec. 5 at www.utdtv.com.   When I walked into Bruce Novak’s office on a chilly autumn morning, I expected a quick review of the dean’s many accomplishments and his goals for the future of the faculty of the School of Natural Sciences & Mathematics at UTD. What I got instead was the chance to spend time with a wise man. They say that when the student is ready, the...
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“Beyond Right or Wrong” tells a tale of forgiveness

“Beyond Right or Wrong” tells a tale of forgiveness

A young man walks up to a woman in a Rwandan village and confesses to killing her children, and then, he asks for forgiveness. The woman, Beata, had lost her five children to a mass genocide in 1994, and the film “Beyond Right or Wrong” traces the journey of people like her in war-torn areas like Rwanda, Israel-Palestine and Northern Ireland. Seven years in the making, the film is a collection of conversations between people who have committed...
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Family, classes, country

How one student finds time for pre-K classmates, late-night study sessions and pumping jet fuel The sound of scantrons shuffling reverberated through the room for Test 3 in Marco Atzori’s Cellular Neuroscience class. A young boy, just four years old, sat quietly in the corner with headphones adorning his ears as he colored away. His mother sat next to him filling out the scantron while papers were passed out. It was early Monday morning after...
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