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10 Terrific Tips for Web Design Beginners. by Justin Daniel

10 Terrific Tips for Web Design Beginners

When embarking on the daunting journey towards web design enlightenment it can be hard to know where to start. This short article is intended as a roadmap, outlining the significant tips all aspiring web designers should be made aware of. If you follow each of the following tips you will be well on your way to web design nirvana. However, you may possibly be an intermediate, or, hold your breath, advanced web designer well if that is the case, be humble my good friend, peruse the following tips and you may surprise yourself and pick up a thing or two. So saddle up to your computer chair, make yourself a coffee, drink some chai tea if it tickles your fancy (it's certainly not my cup of tea), assume the full lotus position and prepare to be digitally enlightened.

-- TECHNICAL TIPS --

1. LEARN XHTML - Extensible HyperText Markup Language.

If you don't already know, XHTML is the 'markup language' that every individual web page is made out of. Right click on your screen, and click on view source. Feel like Neo already? Yes, that's right folks; every web page you view is simply a plain text file full of code stored on some dudes computer (sometimes otherwise known as a web hosting server).

Don't be scared, XHTML is quite possibly the easiest programming language you can learn, so easy in fact XHTML isn't technically classed as a programming language. Don't take the 'red pill' and learn Dreamweaver it may seem the easier option at first, but being completely honest once you learn XHTML you can create web pages in half the amount of time it takes using Dreamweaver, and you have more control over the final layout. Additionally, Dreamweaver adds quite a lot of unnecessary code and as a result increase the file size of the page, slowing down the loading time for all those poor sods still on dial up Internet. You can write XHTML code in a plain text editor, such as notepad, or notepad++ (my favourite), however word processors such as Microsoft Word are entirely unsuitable.

If you're rich, unlike me, pick up a cheap (recent) XHTML book, otherwise browse Google for XHTML tutorials, or head over to http://www.w3.org/MarkUp/Guide/ for a brief introduction to writing XHTML by Dave Raggett.

2. LEARN CSS Cascading Style Sheets.

Stop torturing you with all these programming languages you say? Don't fret my friend, CSS is only a little more advanced than XHTML and most books on XHTML also cover CSS. CSS is the language that controls things such as the colour, background images, font attributes, and so on. The beauty of using CSS is you can control the aesthetic features of multiple web pages with a single CSS file.

If you would like another wonderful online tutorial, head over to http://www.w3.org/MarkUp/Guide/Style for a brief introduction to CSS, by Dave Raggett also.

3. LEARN PHOTOSHOP.

All web designers know how to use Photoshop. I was actually born with a Photoshop watermark on my upper left thigh. If you are aspiring for a web design career you are going to need to learn Photoshop, hell even my Nan knows how to use Photoshop. So Google away for Photoshop tutorials, or browse your local library to spice up your Photoshop skills.

The best piece of advice I can give you is to make up all of your web page designs in Photoshop first. Once you are entirely happy with the design start slicing and dicing your photoshop file for the images you will need, and coding the web page in XHTML and CSS. This saves stuffing around with markup code unnecessarily; it's much easier to make changes to layout and colours, etcetera, in Photoshop first.

4. USE CSS INSTEAD OF TABLES FOR YOUR DESIGNS.

If you already know a thing or two about web design you are probably sick to death of hearing about using CSS instead of tables for your layout. Well I'm going to give it a brief mention anyways, for all those web design n00bies out there. Use CSS to control your layout, don't use HTML tables for your design. Tables add tons of unnecessary code, are time consuming and expensive to make changes to once the site is completed, and only affect the layout of the single page you are working on as opposed to using a single CSS file that affects the layout of any page you want. Don't bust your knuckles by typing the same code over and over again.

5. USE VALID XHTML AND CSS.

Valid XHTML and valid CSS is code that validates with the World Wide Web Consortiums coding rules. There is plenty of information on how to ensure your code is valid over at http://www.w3.org. It is important to keep this in mind, as most web design employers will not touch web designers with a ten-foot clown pole unless their code adheres with the standards of the W3C.

-- THEORETICAL TIPS --

6. LEARN ABOUT GRID THEORY.

Grid theory is basically the design theory that suggests that works of art are more aesthetically pleasing if they adhere to some sort of grid that controls its layout. Additionally, the rule of thirds, which is a theory that is related to grid theory, (it's sort of like the relative that no one wants to speak to at family functions because of a foul and unpleasant body odour), suggests that designs are even more aesthetically pleasing if their visual form can be divided into thirds. When designing web pages in photoshop, I always start with a grid first to ensure my layouts align to the grid.

7. LEARN ABOUT TYPOGRAPHY.

Typography can be defined as the study of fonts. Learning about typography will teach you when and where to use fonts. Learning about letter spacing (kerning as they like to call it), line height, the serif and sans serif font categories, and more, you'll have a truly lethal understanding of fonts in your web design arsenal.

It is important to keep in mind that there is only a small range of fonts that will display in people's web browsers, so don't rely on primarily using custom fonts in your designs, unless you plan on saving them all as images which can drastically increase the file size of your web site. Site visitors aren't going to download custom fonts just to view your website the way you want them to, even if you are super polite. If you stick to using the following fonts for the actual text in your web page, you will be safe: Arial, Arial Black, Comic Sans MS, Courier New, Georgia, Impact, Times New Roman, Trebuchet MS, and Verdana. If you want to be an extra lame nerd like me, you should print out all the variations of these fonts (in bold, italic, different sizes, etc) and stick it on your wall.

8. LEARN ABOUT COLOUR THEORY

Before I continue any further I must offer one small piece of advise. Please please please do not email me and tell me that I have spelled 'colour' wrong. If you do so, I will slap you with a salami. Every time I write one of these articles I seem to get at least one email from a silly sausage that doesn't realise words such as 'color' and 'optimize' are spelled differently in different parts of the world. Well, on with the show.

Colour Theory, is, well, the theory of colours. There are many theories on how to choose a nice colour palette, and these will help ensure your web site won't appear as if it was designed by a colour blind... blind-man. Without getting into too much detail, one nice colour scheme to use is a monochromatic colour scheme. A monochromatic colour scheme is a selection of colours that features a colour (lets say cerulean blue), tints of that colour (cerulean blue with more white), shades of that colour (cerulean blue with more black), black and white colours (yes black and white are classified as colours my learn-ed friends).

A nice little tool to help you choose your colour scheme can be located at http://wellstyled.com/tools/colorscheme2/index-en.html. Mmmm, free tool.

9. GET INSPIRED

Browse the net for good web designers, don't steal their designs, but analyse their designs and try to figure out what fonts, colour scheme, grids, and photoshop techniques they are using. A simple way to do this is search for web design in Google, and browse the portfolios of the top web design companies that come up in the search results. Digital art and poster websites also serve as good inspiration.

However you don't need to restrict your sources of inspiration to the Internet. On the rare occasion when I venture out of my web design cave to eat something other than baked beans on toast, I like to analyse what grid, colour scheme, and font types that restaurants like to use in their menus. But hey, put me in a sack and throw me down a river if you think I'm just crazy.

10. PRACTISE PRACTISE PRACTISE

I shouldn't have to say this but practise whenever you can. The more you practise, the sooner writing XHTML and CSS code will become a second nature to you, and you should also practise utilising the information from the various theories I have just mentioned too.

A good tip would be to make one web page template a week and submit it to http://www.oswd.org and other online free web page template directories. It's a great way to improve your skills, and develop a nice little portfolio too.

Well that's just about it for today, my avid readers. I hope the useful tips in this article have helped you well on your way towards web design enlightenment. If you need more information on any of the topics I have mentioned please don't forget that Google and Wikipedia are your friends. And finally, please, never let yourself forget 'There is a difference between knowing the path, and walking the path'.

This article was written by Justin Daniel, who operates his small web design business- NFX Web Design Newcastle, located in Newcastle, Australia. This article may be reproduced and published if it contains a link back to NFX Web Design, but not edited in any way without the permission of its author.

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University of Texas at Dallas by jojo

History
In late 2008 UT Dallas began an unofficial rebranding effort with a new visual style.
Before World War II, Eugene McDermott, Cecil Howard Green and J. Erik Jonsson, the founders of Geophysical Service Incorporated, established Texas Instruments in order to focus on designing instruments for tracking enemy aircraft and submarines. Because the company was forced to recruit engineering talent from other states during its expansion, the founders observed in 1959 that "To grow industrially, the region must grow academically; it must provide the intellectual atmosphere, which will allow it to compete in the new industries dependent on highly trained and creative minds."
In 1961, the institution began as a research arm of Texas Instruments, named the Graduate Research Center of the Southwest. The new institution recruited some of the best scientific talent in the nation. The institute, by then renamed the Southwest Center for Advanced Studies, was later donated to the University of Texas System. On June 13, 1969, Governor Preston Smith signed the bill creating the University of Texas at Dallas. By law, UTD conferred only graduate degrees until 1975. UTD started to enroll upper-division undergraduate students in 1974. In 1986, UTD established the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science, which currently possesses the largest undergraduate enrollment in the university.[citation needed] Eventually, freshmen and sophomores were allowed by legislative decree in 1990. More recently, the university established the Eugene McDermott Scholars Program in September 2000, which provides generous scholarships to twenty of the nation's brightest students attending the campus each year.
University presidents
Francis S. Johnson, interim (19691971)
Bryce Jordan (19711981)
Alexander L. Clark, interim (19811982)
Robert Rutford (19821994)
Franklyn Jenifer (19942005)
David E. Daniel (2005resent)
Campus
Although a relatively young institution, the university has grown quickly. Having a larger campus than the UT System's flagship school, University of Texas at Austin, there is plenty room for growth. The area controlled by UTD totals 866 acres (3.5 km), with half of that (460 acres or 1.9 km) designated as the real limit to "campus" development. The remainder is held and strategically subdivided and sold over time to increase the University's endowment.
Typical architecture
Natural Science and Engineering Research Laboratory
Early architecture on the campus exhibits typical characteristics of Brutalism which was a popular civic style when the structures were designed and built. In accordance with this style many of the early buildings are pale, off-white, precast concrete with repetitive structures. Later architecture exhibits late modern or postmodern features of bronze glass, bronze aluminum frames, and include unadorned geometric shapes. Examples of later modern styling on campus are the Engineering and Computer Science building, the School of Management, the activities center, Cecil and Ida Green Center, the administration building and the new Natural Science and Engineering Research Lab building. These are unique in appearance, with marbled floors, large glass windows, unorthodox layouts, and in the case of the Natural Science and Engineering Research Lab, rather colorful. Facilitating rapid growth, there are also two temporary prefabricated units that serve as classrooms for many of the advanced math and science courses.
Many of the buildings are connected by a series of aerial walkways, so it is possible to walk from one side of campus to the other without exiting the buildings. The layout of the Jonsson building is particularly unusual, as its first and second floors are split by the Jonsson Performance Hall, the location of all University theatrical performances until the recent addition of the University Theater.
Landscaping
Starting in September 2006, the 30-million dollar UTD Campus Landscape Enhancement Project, largely funded by the wife of founder Eugene McDermott, is meant to enhance the current feel of campus. The project will encompass all aspects of landscaping on the 500-acre (2.0 km2) campus.
The first of several enhancements to be made will involve UTD campus perimeter and entrance roads, as well as the central plaza, where the major north-south and east-west pedestrian routes meet. Additions to the campus perimeter and entrance roads could include planting, fencing, landscaping, lighting and signage.
World-renowned landscaping firm Peter Walker and Partners is spearheading the project. PWP is also known for creating the 1,000-acre (4.0 km2) Millennium Park in Sydney, Australia for the 2000 summer Olympics. They are also in charge of the World Trade Center Memorial Park. Other projects include the Nasher Sculpture Garden at the Dallas Museum of Arts.
Since the beginning of President Daniel's tenure at UTD, picnic tables were erected near the Multi Purpose building, new campus signs have been constructed at both Waterview Pkwy. and Floyd Rd. intersecting with Campbell Rd, and replacement of the walkway tiles has been completed.
Residential housing
On-campus housing is primarily in the form of apartments. The apartments are split into two areas; Buildings 1-37 are owned by the Utley Foundation and managed by University House under the name Waterview Park, while Buildings 38-67 and the Residence Hall are owned by the university and privately managed by American Campus Communities under the name University Village. Freshman who live on campus have the option to live in either the Residence Hall or in UV Phase VIII apartments. Apartments are shared by up to four students and have individual hygiene and cooking facilities. Leisure facilities, including clubhouses and pools, are shared between the residents of each building.
On August 12, 2009, a 148,000 square feet (13,700 m2) sq ft iving-learning facility opened, providing housing exclusively for freshmen. Each suite features individual rooms connected to a common bath and lounge area. On each wing and each floor are several communal study areas, and the ground floor features a sizeable lounge area for residents to interact. The building also boasts two classrooms for freshmen-level classes. The building falls under the management of University Village.
Waterview Park consists of 696 units across four hases of apartments. Each phase contains a clubhouse, a pool, and occasionally other recreational areas including volleyball courts and basketball courts. Floor plans vary from 1-bedroom efficiencies to 4-bedroom units. Waterview has attracted a certain amount of controversy, being dubbed "the Dorm from Hell" in an April 2005 article in The Dallas Observer. The article criticised the apartment complex as poorly designed, poorly maintained, and a hotbed of violent crime. The Dallas Observer's cover showed a man smothering a woman with chloroform, a reference to a rape that occurred in the apartment complex. The accuracy of the article has been called into question, since it was written by an investigative journalism class at nearby Southern Methodist University. University authorities took the allegations seriously enough to institute an internal inquiry. In 2006, $874,000 dollars in repairs were recommended by an inspection agency that was hired in response to this article. These repairs included things as simple as replacing bad smoke alarms. Most of the issues in that report have been remediated, as UTD Mercury covered in their report one year later. In part due to this controversy, beginning in late 2007, half of the campus apartments were moved under the management of a different company and renamed as University Village.
Dining on campus
Students have a selection of food sources on campus, the Student Union building houses The Pub and Comet Cafe. The first dining hall on campus opened August 12, 2009, in conjunction with the opening of the first residence hall. The dining hall houses a wide variety of options.
Building plans
In August 2006, the UT System Board of Regents allocated $27 million for the construction of a new facility that will focus on research-based education in mathematics, science and engineering. The groundbreaking ceremony for the new "Math, Science and Engineering Teaching-Learning Center" (MSET) was held on 28 October 2008.
A full renovation of the Founders Building, including new classrooms, offices, and a computer lab
A new student services building
A Greek Village; consisting of a Greek center to house offices, meeting rooms, guest quarters and study rooms, and Greek Lodgings
Expansion of classrooms and offices
The construction of a new, cutting-edge, arts and technology center
6,000 additional parking spaces, possibly including a parking garage on campus
A campus services building to house the bookstore, a visitor center, coffee shop, and technology store, along with a large multi-purpose room and gathering spaces (indoor and outdoor) situated along a mall-like corridor.
Renovation of a recently purchased office building directly adjacent to campus on Waterview Pkwy
Construction of a second residence hall for 400 freshmen, slated for completion in 2012
Campus Security
The UT Dallas Police Department is comprised of commissioned and non-commissioned personnel. All commissioned Police Officers are state certified through the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education (TCLEOSE). Non-commissioned officers enhance the services provided by assisting in calls for service; such as escorts and vehicle assists; traffic and parking control; building security checks and special events. The Department employs dozens of other professionals in the state-of-the-art Communications / 911 Dispatch Center as well as administrative support staff. The agency has a Patrol Division, Criminal Investigation Division, Communications Division, Crime Prevention Unit, Training Unit and several other important components.
The UT Dallas Police Department is a fully functional, modern law enforcement agency. The Department is open and operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. All Police Officers have broad jurisdiction and are empowered and equipped to respond and investigate all calls for service, criminal offenses and non-criminal incidents on campus; to include the nine apartment complexes of the Waterview Park Apartments A public crime log is available on the UTD Police website.
Research
In 2007, UT Dallas spent $46.5 million which currently places UTD research expenditure as the second highest, amongst non-medical institutions, in the University of Texas System for research funding. Current research is mostly centered in the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering & Computer Science and the School of Natural Sciences & Mathematics. Much of the funding and support comes from Texas Instruments, UT Southwestern Medical Center, UT System, National Science Foundation, and NASA. For its work on cybersecurity, the university was designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Research by the National Security Agency in 2008.
The Alan G. MacDiarmid NanoTech Institute was established in 2001 when Dr. Ray Baughman, a pioneering nanotechnologist, became the Robert A. Welch Distinguished Chair in Chemistry and director of the university's NanoTech Institute. In 2007, it was renamed in memory of the late Alan G. MacDiarmid, who shared the 2000 Nobel Prize in chemistry with Alan Heeger and Hideki Shirakawa. The research center is recognized for its work on carbon nanotube yarns, transparent electrically conducting sheets, and alcohol-powered artificial muscles.[citation needed]
Callier Center for Communication Disorders
Center for BrainHealth
Human Language Technology Research Institute
Center for Lithospheric Studies (CLS)
The Natural Science and Engineering Research Laboratory (NSERL), a four-story, 192,000-square-foot (17,800 m2) research facility, was completed in December 2006 after two years of construction. Including ISO 7 cleanroom facilities, the $85 million building provides space for research from the university's departments of chemistry, biology, physics, electrical engineering, materials science and engineering, and behavioral and brain sciences. It also houses the Nanoelectronics Materials Laboratory, which conducts research into materials for integrated circuits used in technologies such as computers, mobile phones, and research into low-cost materials for organic electronics . One of NSERL's unique architectural features are the colorful anodized stainless steel shingles that cover 15% of the building faade. The spectrum of colors on the shingles is produced by the play of light on an oxide layer, which also protects them from corrosion.
Sickle Cell Disease Research Center (SCDRC)
Research in space science has been a hallmark of the university since its inception as the Southwest Center for Advanced Studies in 1964. The William B. Hanson Center for Space Studies (CSS), affiliated with the Department of Physics, conducts research in space plasma physics. It has its roots in the Earth and Planetary Sciences Laboratory of the university's predecessor. The center also conducts a NASA-sponsored mission, Coupled Ion-Neutral Dynamics Investigation (CINDI), which was launched in April 2008 in cooperation with the United States Air Force. CINDI, which is part of the payload for the Communication and Navigation Outage Forecast System program, seeks to uncover information about the equatorial plasma bubbles that interrupt radio signals. Furthermore, under the leadership of Dr. John H. Hoffman, the center designed the mass spectrometer for the Phoenix Mars Lander as part of the Thermal and Evolved Gas Analyzer (TEGA) experiment in cooperation with the University of Arizona.
Student life
Activities
The University of Texas at Dallas has many activities and organizations
The Billiard team was organized by a group of students known as the BOC Crew. They spent most of their free time in the Student Union and PUB playing pool. They organized this group to help bring competition to the University. The UTD Billiard team has won numerous trophies in all divisions, including A, B and C ranks. They have competed in tournaments held at various universities throughout Texas. Other events that the team has attended include the ACUI, NAC, and intramural tournaments. Their winning trophies are on display at the Student Union Building lower level next to the pool tables.[citation needed]
Operating under the auspices of the Office of Undergraduate Education, the UTD Debate Team has won the Cross Examination Debate Association's "Brady Lee Garrison Newcomer Sweepstakes Award" in Spring 1997. The team hosted its first annual 'Fear and Loathing in Dallas' tournament in January 2004. It is now the largest annual regular season college tournament in the region with over 325 participants, coaches, and judges in attendance. UTD first qualified a team for the National Debate Tournament in 2004 and has qualified each year since. Members of UTD debate team come from across the country and most receive some level of merit-based scholarship.[citation needed]
The internationally top-ranked UT Dallas chess team was launched nearly a decade ago under the direction of Timothy Redman, and has contended for many recent national championships. UTD's chess players have won or tied for the Pan American Intercollegiate Team Chess Championship title for four out of the last five years. The university recruits worldwide for its chess team and has been able to attract many International Master level players. Currently, the team includes two Grandmaster level players, Alejandro Ramirez and Magesh Panchanathan. The UTD chess team won the Southwest Collegiate Championship in 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, and 2008. It also won the Transatlantic Cup in 2007 and 2008, defeating University of Belgrade in an international chess match.
Student Government
The UT-Dallas Student Government is the official voice of the student body and acts on its behalf as authorized by the University of Texas System Board of Regents. As a "recognized forum of student opinion," Student Government makes recommendations to the Board of Regents and the University, takes positions on non-University issues pertinent to students, obtains feedback from students, and performs other services as needed.
The business of Student Government is carried about by a Student Senate that is elected annually during the Spring semester. There are 44 members of Senate: the President, Vice President, seven freshmen Senators appointed from Residential Senate, seven sophomores elected at-large, one junior and one senior from each of the University's seven schools, and fourteen graduate students. The Executive Committee comprises the President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Chairmen of each standing committee. Any seats unfilled after elections or vacated during the year are filled by Presidential appointment and Senate confirmation.
The Senate meets monthly during the summer and bimonthly during the Fall and Spring semesters. It conducts business formally according to Robert's Rules of Order. Visitors are permitted to speak at the beginning of each meeting and always permitted to observe.
Student media
The UTD Mercury is the official student newspaper of the University of Texas at Dallas since 1980. The UTD Mercury is published in 7,000 copies at two week intervals on Mondays during the fall and spring semesters except holidays and exam periods, and once every three weeks during the summer. Copies of the current publication can be picked up for free around campus or by stopping in the newsroom for additional copies. The UTD Mercury also publishes online at utdmercury.com.
In 2004, another student newspaper named A Modest Proposal (AMP) was formed. In contrast to The UTD Mercury which is almost all news articles, AMP features mostly editorial content. AMP is published once a month, eight times a year. Any student, faculty, or staff of UTD can contribute to the paper. Up to five editors are selected in each semester by the contributing body of AMP, and they serve the duration of the semester. Copies of AMP are available for free at the first of each month around the campus, and can also be downloaded in PDF format from their website.
Radio UTD, the university's student-run radio station, is a young but growing force in college radio. It offers streaming music 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and also broadcasts UTD sports games. The station has been nominated three times for College Music Journal (CMJ) awards. Radio UTD has also been featured on XM Satellite Radio Channel 43 (XMU) on The Student Exchange Program. They are the youngest station to be chosen to "take over" the airwaves for this two hour show.
In 2009, UTD TV: http://tv.utdallas.edu/, an internet-based campus TV station was founded and launched by students. Still in its infancy, it has already webcast a range of student-interest programs from campus news and amusing serial stories to student affairs coverage and more.
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University of Texas at Dallas by jojo

History
In late 2008 UT Dallas began an unofficial rebranding effort with a new visual style.
Before World War II, Eugene McDermott, Cecil Howard Green and J. Erik Jonsson, the founders of Geophysical Service Incorporated, established Texas Instruments in order to focus on designing instruments for tracking enemy aircraft and submarines. Because the company was forced to recruit engineering talent from other states during its expansion, the founders observed in 1959 that "To grow industrially, the region must grow academically; it must provide the intellectual atmosphere, which will allow it to compete in the new industries dependent on highly trained and creative minds."
In 1961, the institution began as a research arm of Texas Instruments, named the Graduate Research Center of the Southwest. The new institution recruited some of the best scientific talent in the nation. The institute, by then renamed the Southwest Center for Advanced Studies, was later donated to the University of Texas System. On June 13, 1969, Governor Preston Smith signed the bill creating the University of Texas at Dallas. By law, UTD conferred only graduate degrees until 1975. UTD started to enroll upper-division undergraduate students in 1974. In 1986, UTD established the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science, which currently possesses the largest undergraduate enrollment in the university.[citation needed] Eventually, freshmen and sophomores were allowed by legislative decree in 1990. More recently, the university established the Eugene McDermott Scholars Program in September 2000, which provides generous scholarships to twenty of the nation's brightest students attending the campus each year.
University presidents
Francis S. Johnson, interim (19691971)
Bryce Jordan (19711981)
Alexander L. Clark, interim (19811982)
Robert Rutford (19821994)
Franklyn Jenifer (19942005)
David E. Daniel (2005resent)
Campus
Although a relatively young institution, the university has grown quickly. Having a larger campus than the UT System's flagship school, University of Texas at Austin, there is plenty room for growth. The area controlled by UTD totals 866 acres (3.5 km), with half of that (460 acres or 1.9 km) designated as the real limit to "campus" development. The remainder is held and strategically subdivided and sold over time to increase the University's endowment.
Typical architecture
Natural Science and Engineering Research Laboratory
Early architecture on the campus exhibits typical characteristics of Brutalism which was a popular civic style when the structures were designed and built. In accordance with this style many of the early buildings are pale, off-white, precast concrete with repetitive structures. Later architecture exhibits late modern or postmodern features of bronze glass, bronze aluminum frames, and include unadorned geometric shapes. Examples of later modern styling on campus are the Engineering and Computer Science building, the School of Management, the activities center, Cecil and Ida Green Center, the administration building and the new Natural Science and Engineering Research Lab building. These are unique in appearance, with marbled floors, large glass windows, unorthodox layouts, and in the case of the Natural Science and Engineering Research Lab, rather colorful. Facilitating rapid growth, there are also two temporary prefabricated units that serve as classrooms for many of the advanced math and science courses.
Many of the buildings are connected by a series of aerial walkways, so it is possible to walk from one side of campus to the other without exiting the buildings. The layout of the Jonsson building is particularly unusual, as its first and second floors are split by the Jonsson Performance Hall, the location of all University theatrical performances until the recent addition of the University Theater.
Landscaping
Starting in September 2006, the 30-million dollar UTD Campus Landscape Enhancement Project, largely funded by the wife of founder Eugene McDermott, is meant to enhance the current feel of campus. The project will encompass all aspects of landscaping on the 500-acre (2.0 km2) campus.
The first of several enhancements to be made will involve UTD campus perimeter and entrance roads, as well as the central plaza, where the major north-south and east-west pedestrian routes meet. Additions to the campus perimeter and entrance roads could include planting, fencing, landscaping, lighting and signage.
World-renowned landscaping firm Peter Walker and Partners is spearheading the project. PWP is also known for creating the 1,000-acre (4.0 km2) Millennium Park in Sydney, Australia for the 2000 summer Olympics. They are also in charge of the World Trade Center Memorial Park. Other projects include the Nasher Sculpture Garden at the Dallas Museum of Arts.
Since the beginning of President Daniel's tenure at UTD, picnic tables were erected near the Multi Purpose building, new campus signs have been constructed at both Waterview Pkwy. and Floyd Rd. intersecting with Campbell Rd, and replacement of the walkway tiles has been completed.
Residential housing
On-campus housing is primarily in the form of apartments. The apartments are split into two areas; Buildings 1-37 are owned by the Utley Foundation and managed by University House under the name Waterview Park, while Buildings 38-67 and the Residence Hall are owned by the university and privately managed by American Campus Communities under the name University Village. Freshman who live on campus have the option to live in either the Residence Hall or in UV Phase VIII apartments. Apartments are shared by up to four students and have individual hygiene and cooking facilities. Leisure facilities, including clubhouses and pools, are shared between the residents of each building.
On August 12, 2009, a 148,000 square feet (13,700 m2) sq ft iving-learning facility opened, providing housing exclusively for freshmen. Each suite features individual rooms connected to a common bath and lounge area. On each wing and each floor are several communal study areas, and the ground floor features a sizeable lounge area for residents to interact. The building also boasts two classrooms for freshmen-level classes. The building falls under the management of University Village.
Waterview Park consists of 696 units across four hases of apartments. Each phase contains a clubhouse, a pool, and occasionally other recreational areas including volleyball courts and basketball courts. Floor plans vary from 1-bedroom efficiencies to 4-bedroom units. Waterview has attracted a certain amount of controversy, being dubbed "the Dorm from Hell" in an April 2005 article in The Dallas Observer. The article criticised the apartment complex as poorly designed, poorly maintained, and a hotbed of violent crime. The Dallas Observer's cover showed a man smothering a woman with chloroform, a reference to a rape that occurred in the apartment complex. The accuracy of the article has been called into question, since it was written by an investigative journalism class at nearby Southern Methodist University. University authorities took the allegations seriously enough to institute an internal inquiry. In 2006, $874,000 dollars in repairs were recommended by an inspection agency that was hired in response to this article. These repairs included things as simple as replacing bad smoke alarms. Most of the issues in that report have been remediated, as UTD Mercury covered in their report one year later. In part due to this controversy, beginning in late 2007, half of the campus apartments were moved under the management of a different company and renamed as University Village.
Dining on campus
Students have a selection of food sources on campus, the Student Union building houses The Pub and Comet Cafe. The first dining hall on campus opened August 12, 2009, in conjunction with the opening of the first residence hall. The dining hall houses a wide variety of options.
Building plans
In August 2006, the UT System Board of Regents allocated $27 million for the construction of a new facility that will focus on research-based education in mathematics, science and engineering. The groundbreaking ceremony for the new "Math, Science and Engineering Teaching-Learning Center" (MSET) was held on 28 October 2008.
A full renovation of the Founders Building, including new classrooms, offices, and a computer lab
A new student services building
A Greek Village; consisting of a Greek center to house offices, meeting rooms, guest quarters and study rooms, and Greek Lodgings
Expansion of classrooms and offices
The construction of a new, cutting-edge, arts and technology center
6,000 additional parking spaces, possibly including a parking garage on campus
A campus services building to house the bookstore, a visitor center, coffee shop, and technology store, along with a large multi-purpose room and gathering spaces (indoor and outdoor) situated along a mall-like corridor.
Renovation of a recently purchased office building directly adjacent to campus on Waterview Pkwy
Construction of a second residence hall for 400 freshmen, slated for completion in 2012
Campus Security
The UT Dallas Police Department is comprised of commissioned and non-commissioned personnel. All commissioned Police Officers are state certified through the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education (TCLEOSE). Non-commissioned officers enhance the services provided by assisting in calls for service; such as escorts and vehicle assists; traffic and parking control; building security checks and special events. The Department employs dozens of other professionals in the state-of-the-art Communications / 911 Dispatch Center as well as administrative support staff. The agency has a Patrol Division, Criminal Investigation Division, Communications Division, Crime Prevention Unit, Training Unit and several other important components.
The UT Dallas Police Department is a fully functional, modern law enforcement agency. The Department is open and operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. All Police Officers have broad jurisdiction and are empowered and equipped to respond and investigate all calls for service, criminal offenses and non-criminal incidents on campus; to include the nine apartment complexes of the Waterview Park Apartments A public crime log is available on the UTD Police website.
Research
In 2007, UT Dallas spent $46.5 million which currently places UTD research expenditure as the second highest, amongst non-medical institutions, in the University of Texas System for research funding. Current research is mostly centered in the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering & Computer Science and the School of Natural Sciences & Mathematics. Much of the funding and support comes from Texas Instruments, UT Southwestern Medical Center, UT System, National Science Foundation, and NASA. For its work on cybersecurity, the university was designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Research by the National Security Agency in 2008.
The Alan G. MacDiarmid NanoTech Institute was established in 2001 when Dr. Ray Baughman, a pioneering nanotechnologist, became the Robert A. Welch Distinguished Chair in Chemistry and director of the university's NanoTech Institute. In 2007, it was renamed in memory of the late Alan G. MacDiarmid, who shared the 2000 Nobel Prize in chemistry with Alan Heeger and Hideki Shirakawa. The research center is recognized for its work on carbon nanotube yarns, transparent electrically conducting sheets, and alcohol-powered artificial muscles.[citation needed]
Callier Center for Communication Disorders
Center for BrainHealth
Human Language Technology Research Institute
Center for Lithospheric Studies (CLS)
The Natural Science and Engineering Research Laboratory (NSERL), a four-story, 192,000-square-foot (17,800 m2) research facility, was completed in December 2006 after two years of construction. Including ISO 7 cleanroom facilities, the $85 million building provides space for research from the university's departments of chemistry, biology, physics, electrical engineering, materials science and engineering, and behavioral and brain sciences. It also houses the Nanoelectronics Materials Laboratory, which conducts research into materials for integrated circuits used in technologies such as computers, mobile phones, and research into low-cost materials for organic electronics . One of NSERL's unique architectural features are the colorful anodized stainless steel shingles that cover 15% of the building faade. The spectrum of colors on the shingles is produced by the play of light on an oxide layer, which also protects them from corrosion.
Sickle Cell Disease Research Center (SCDRC)
Research in space science has been a hallmark of the university since its inception as the Southwest Center for Advanced Studies in 1964. The William B. Hanson Center for Space Studies (CSS), affiliated with the Department of Physics, conducts research in space plasma physics. It has its roots in the Earth and Planetary Sciences Laboratory of the university's predecessor. The center also conducts a NASA-sponsored mission, Coupled Ion-Neutral Dynamics Investigation (CINDI), which was launched in April 2008 in cooperation with the United States Air Force. CINDI, which is part of the payload for the Communication and Navigation Outage Forecast System program, seeks to uncover information about the equatorial plasma bubbles that interrupt radio signals. Furthermore, under the leadership of Dr. John H. Hoffman, the center designed the mass spectrometer for the Phoenix Mars Lander as part of the Thermal and Evolved Gas Analyzer (TEGA) experiment in cooperation with the University of Arizona.
Student life
Activities
The University of Texas at Dallas has many activities and organizations
The Billiard team was organized by a group of students known as the BOC Crew. They spent most of their free time in the Student Union and PUB playing pool. They organized this group to help bring competition to the University. The UTD Billiard team has won numerous trophies in all divisions, including A, B and C ranks. They have competed in tournaments held at various universities throughout Texas. Other events that the team has attended include the ACUI, NAC, and intramural tournaments. Their winning trophies are on display at the Student Union Building lower level next to the pool tables.[citation needed]
Operating under the auspices of the Office of Undergraduate Education, the UTD Debate Team has won the Cross Examination Debate Association's "Brady Lee Garrison Newcomer Sweepstakes Award" in Spring 1997. The team hosted its first annual 'Fear and Loathing in Dallas' tournament in January 2004. It is now the largest annual regular season college tournament in the region with over 325 participants, coaches, and judges in attendance. UTD first qualified a team for the National Debate Tournament in 2004 and has qualified each year since. Members of UTD debate team come from across the country and most receive some level of merit-based scholarship.[citation needed]
The internationally top-ranked UT Dallas chess team was launched nearly a decade ago under the direction of Timothy Redman, and has contended for many recent national championships. UTD's chess players have won or tied for the Pan American Intercollegiate Team Chess Championship title for four out of the last five years. The university recruits worldwide for its chess team and has been able to attract many International Master level players. Currently, the team includes two Grandmaster level players, Alejandro Ramirez and Magesh Panchanathan. The UTD chess team won the Southwest Collegiate Championship in 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, and 2008. It also won the Transatlantic Cup in 2007 and 2008, defeating University of Belgrade in an international chess match.
Student Government
The UT-Dallas Student Government is the official voice of the student body and acts on its behalf as authorized by the University of Texas System Board of Regents. As a "recognized forum of student opinion," Student Government makes recommendations to the Board of Regents and the University, takes positions on non-University issues pertinent to students, obtains feedback from students, and performs other services as needed.
The business of Student Government is carried about by a Student Senate that is elected annually during the Spring semester. There are 44 members of Senate: the President, Vice President, seven freshmen Senators appointed from Residential Senate, seven sophomores elected at-large, one junior and one senior from each of the University's seven schools, and fourteen graduate students. The Executive Committee comprises the President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Chairmen of each standing committee. Any seats unfilled after elections or vacated during the year are filled by Presidential appointment and Senate confirmation.
The Senate meets monthly during the summer and bimonthly during the Fall and Spring semesters. It conducts business formally according to Robert's Rules of Order. Visitors are permitted to speak at the beginning of each meeting and always permitted to observe.
Student media
The UTD Mercury is the official student newspaper of the University of Texas at Dallas since 1980. The UTD Mercury is published in 7,000 copies at two week intervals on Mondays during the fall and spring semesters except holidays and exam periods, and once every three weeks during the summer. Copies of the current publication can be picked up for free around campus or by stopping in the newsroom for additional copies. The UTD Mercury also publishes online at utdmercury.com.
In 2004, another student newspaper named A Modest Proposal (AMP) was formed. In contrast to The UTD Mercury which is almost all news articles, AMP features mostly editorial content. AMP is published once a month, eight times a year. Any student, faculty, or staff of UTD can contribute to the paper. Up to five editors are selected in each semester by the contributing body of AMP, and they serve the duration of the semester. Copies of AMP are available for free at the first of each month around the campus, and can also be downloaded in PDF format from their website.
Radio UTD, the university's student-run radio station, is a young but growing force in college radio. It offers streaming music 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and also broadcasts UTD sports games. The station has been nominated three times for College Music Journal (CMJ) awards. Radio UTD has also been featured on XM Satellite Radio Channel 43 (XMU) on The Student Exchange Program. They are the youngest station to be chosen to "take over" the airwaves for this two hour show.
In 2009, UTD TV: http://tv.utdallas.edu/, an internet-based campus TV station was founded and launched by students. Still in its infancy, it has already webcast a range of student-interest programs from campus news and amusing serial stories to student affairs coverage and more.
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