Lunchtime Lectures is a new series of events intended to give alumni a taste of their college days. Lectures are $25 for members or $35 for nonmembers, and lunch is provided.


Dr. Courtney Byrd

learn how our university is changing the world for the better for people who stutter

January 16, 2019

11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Etter-Harbin Alumni Center

Courtney T. Byrd is an Associate Professor at The University of Texas at Austin. She received her bachelor’s degree from Louisiana State University-Shreveport, her master’s degree from Texas Christian University and her Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University.

In 2006, upon completion of two years as an NIH Post-Doctoral Fellow, she joined the faculty in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. Her research interests include the study of speech-language contributions to childhood stuttering and the development of innovative treatment and clinical training tools. Her research laboratory received an endowment in 2012 and was renamed the Dr. Jennifer and Emanuel Bodner Developmental Stuttering Laboratory.

Dr. Bartholomew Sparrow

 Brent Scowcroft and the call of national security 

March 7, 2019

11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Etter-Harbin Alumni Center

Professor Sparrow studies American political development and, in particular, the conjunction between the American state and the international system. He teaches courses on American territorial expansion, American political institutions, and processes (graduate), American politics and government (introductory), political communication, and the politics of food in America.

He has received fellowships from the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard University, and Harry S. Truman Library Institute. He has been awarded the Leonard D. White and the Franklin L. Burdette/Pi Sigma Alpha prizes from the American Political Science Association.

He has been recognized as one of the Texas Ten, 2018, an "annual list of inspiring professors, nominated by alumni and selected by the Alcalde magazine," and received the Department of Government's "2017 Graduate Student Outstanding Faculty Award for Distinguished Service to Graduate Students." 

Dr. Patricia Carter

sleeping your way to health and happiness 

May 1, 2019

11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Etter-Harbin Alumni Center

Sleep is as important as air and water to our survival, yet millions of people around the globe can’t seem to get what they need. Dr. Carter will discuss the role sleep plays in health and happiness and provide evidence-based ways we can all learn to use sleep to improve our quality of life.  

Dr. Pat Carter has been a member of the UT Austin School of Nursing faculty since 1999. She is an award-winning teacher and speaker in the areas of sleep and health. Over the past 19 years, she has led a productive research and service career that has focused on promoting quality sleep across populations. She has particular expertise in evaluating the effects poor sleep has on physical, psychological, and emotional outcomes. 

Dr. Carlos Torres-Verdin Cater

September 12, 2019

11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Etter-Harbin Alumni Center

Dr. Torres-Verdín is currently the Zarrow Centennial Professor in Petroleum Engineering, and Frank W. Jessen Professor in Petroleum Engineering in Petroleum Engineering at the University of Texas Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering Department and Program Director of the Formation Evaluation Joint Industry Research Consortium. He holds a Ph.D. in Engineering Geoscience from the University of California Berkely May 1991 and is the Zarrow Centennial Professor of Petroleum Engineering.

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