Researchers study effects of marijuana

New long-term studies tackle the neurological, socio-economic impact UTD professors are making new discoveries on the scientific and socio-economic effects of marijuana. Francesca Filbey, associate professor in Behavioral and Brain Sciences, is taking part in a federally funded consortium studying the effects of marijuana on the brain. The consortium is...

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New electronics flexible in more ways than one

New electronics flexible in more ways than one

Cutting-edge circuitry has numerous applications in multiple fields including medicine, homeland security Flexible electronics, with applications from consumer to military, have the potential to improve the quality of life and safety for all people. Flexible electronics specifically refer to electronic circuits that are mounted or built on a pliable substrate, or base...

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User experience org fuses tech, design, interactivity

User experience org fuses tech, design, interactivity

Behind every electronic screen, there’s a team of designers, architects and engineers perfecting a seamless experience for consumers. Students have taken notice and are working to gain traction in the field of user experience.  The User Experience Club, or UX Club, became an official organization in February and is working...

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SSB addition, alumni center underway

SSB addition, alumni center underway

Major construction projects on campus are slated to continue well into 2016, including an expansion for the Student Services Building. Kelly Kinnard, director of physical plant services, said the programming phase for the SSB expansion is finished, and the building is scheduled to open in 2016. The exact location is...

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Campaign hits $200 million fundraising goal

After more than four years and 22,000 total contributions, UTD has met its goal of raising $200 million for the Realize the Vision campaign. The campaign, which began in 2009, seeks to propel UTD to Tier One status. The $200 million was achieved about eight months ahead of schedule. Aaron...

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404 Page Not Found: University erases Ulbricht

404 Page Not Found: University erases Ulbricht

The University of Texas at Dallas is attempting to shove Ross Ulbricht down the memory hole. Official university pages that reference the accused alumnus have been edited to remove all mention of him, or have been deleted altogether. While we on The Mercury editorial board understand that this action is by...

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Research lab closes, leaves question marks

The Center for Behavioral and Experimental Economic Science, or CBEES, was abruptly closed last month, leaving at least one faculty member without a job and displacing student research. Former director of CBEES, Catherine Eckel, moved to teach at Texas A&M University in May and had been assured that the lab...

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Students settle into new Res Hall

As UTD welcomes freshmen into its newest residence hall, planning has already begun for Residence Hall Three.  The upcoming hall is expected to be extremely similar to the second hall in design, said Richard Dempsey, associate vice president for Facilities Management.  One major change will be found in the hall’s...

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Dining Hall earns near-‘excellent’ rating

Dining Hall earns near-‘excellent’ rating

Students may feel more comfortable eating at UTD’s Dining Hall now that its health rating is two points away from “excellent.” The hall received a “good” rating of 88 out of 100 after the most recent health inspection conducted by the Richardson Health Department in May, according to the department’s...

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Surviving the sizzle: University copes with record heat

Surviving the sizzle: University copes with record heat

Record-breaking temperatures in Texas this summer have significantly raised electricity and water demand, but UTD officials say the university has been working hard to prevent any disruption to campus life. While Richardson is coping with a water shortage and electricity grids are running at full capacity, other cities in the...

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