has selected Howard C. Johnson of Syracuse University as its
new provost and vice president for academic affairs. Johnson,
who was executive vice provost for academic affairs at Syracuse,
served that university in a number of teaching, scholarly and
administrative roles for 30 years. At UNT he will oversee the
academic side of the university and reports directly to President
Norval Pohl. He replaces David Kesterson, a professor of English
who became provost in 1998 and is returning to the classroom.
Johnson's accomplishments at Syracuse include enhancing the quality of
doctoral programs, developing new professional master's programs, encouraging
program improvement through rigorous review, creating aggressive graduate student
recruitment strategies and implementing programs to attract outstanding faculty.
Charged with increasing the diversity of the Syracuse faculty, he played a
major role in the recruitment, retention and mentoring of at least 55 new African
and Latino faculty and professional staff members.
Johnson, a professor of mathematics and mathematics education, earned his bachelor's
degree from Chicago State University, master's degrees from the University
of Illinois and Chicago State, and a doctorate in mathematics education from
in part to the passage of Texas House Bill 1363, the Texas Academy
of Mathematics and Science welcomed 214 new students and 162
returning students this fall after months of uncertainty about
the academy's funding. The bill, authored in the Texas
House of Representatives by Rep. Myra Crownover and sponsored
in the Senate by Sen. Craig Estes, was signed by Gov. Rick Perry
in Austin July 23. The academy's legislative funding, which
was in jeopardy because of the state's $9.9 billion budget
shortfall, was eventually cut by 12.5 percent.
also faced a decrease in the money it receives from the Foundation
School Program of the Texas Education Agency, which allocates
funding to districts based
on property values and school attendance. House Bill 1363 separated TAMS' funding
rate from that of the Denton Independent School District, providing the academy
with $1.3 million for the 2003-04 academic year.
at Dallas progress
passed in the Texas Legislature's 78th session and approved
by Gov. Rick Perry in late June bring UNT at Dallas — the
first public university within the Dallas city limits — closer
to reality. Senate Bill 1297, authored by Sen. Steve Ogden, makes
previously authorized funds available for the first UNT at Dallas
building and allows construction to begin as early as late next
year in order to handle the current UNT Dallas Campus student
enrollment — even before the new university is officially
established. The UNT Dallas Campus, also known as the System
Center, is an extension of UNT.
Senate Bill 1652, authored by Sen. Florence Shapiro and co-authored by Sen. Royce
West, declares that once the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board certifies
enrollment at the UNT Dallas Campus has reached 1,000 full-time equivalent students
(rather than the 2,500 previously required), the UNT System may begin securing
approvals and accreditation to offer courses and grant degrees through UNT at
Dallas as a freestanding university.
On Oct. 30, the UNT System plans to celebrate at the future site of UNT at Dallas
(Camp Wisdom and Houston School roads) with Texas House Speaker Tom Craddick
and other key legislators responsible for authoring and sponsoring the bills.
has received a $992,000 National Science Foundation grant, in
collaboration with Texas Instruments Inc., for research designed
to improve the speed and reliability of integrated circuits like
those used in computers and cell phones. When support from UNT
and TI is added to the grant, the project — Nanoscale Characterization
and Development of Ultra Low-k Dielectric Xerogel Films — will
be funded for a total of $2.2 million over four years.
With the grant, UNT faculty members Richard F. Reidy, assistant professor of
materials science; Moon J. Kim, research professor of materials science; and
Dennis W. Mueller, professor of physics, along with TI scientist Phillip D. Matz,
will conduct studies on materials used to insulate copper wires in integrated
university recently received $900,000 from the Welch Foundation
for the support of research into some of chemistry's most
complex issues. The money will be divided among six professors
who will each receive $50,000 a year for three years.
The faculty members and their areas of research are: Paul Braterman, Regents
Professor of chemistry, control of structure and reactivity in layered double
hydroxides; Witold Brostow, Regents Professor of materials science and engineering,
uncrosslinked and crosslinked macromolecular systems; Jeffry A. Kelber, Regents
Professor of chemistry, reactions of ultrathin ordered oxides in non-UHV environments;
Floyd D. McDaniel, Regents Professor of physics, impurity characterization in
compound semiconductor materials; Martin Schwartz, Regents Professor of chemistry,
electronic structure and properties of conducting polymers; and Ruthanne Thomas,
professor and chair of the Department of Chemistry, organolithium clusters.
room physician Jerri Nielsen, who discovered a tumor in her breast
while serving as the only medical officer at Amundsen-Scott South
Pole Station in Antarctica in 1999, will be the featured speaker
at the UNT College of Business Administration Leadership Luncheon
Nov. 14. Nielsen could not be evacuated for eight months due
to weather conditions, so with the help of e-mail instructions,
jury-rigged equipment, air-dropped supplies and friends, she
performed a biopsy on herself, diagnosed her cancer and began
chemotherapy to ensure her survival.
Tickets to the luncheon, which begins at 11:30 a.m. at the Hotel Inter-Continental
in Addison, are $150 per person. Tables of 10 are $1,250. For tickets, call (940)
Staples Shockley, 95, Professor Emeritus of English who was at
North Texas from 1950 to 1974, died Aug. 6 in Colorado. Born
in Stuart, Va., he received his bachelor's degree from
the University of Richmond, a master's from Duke University
and his doctorate from the University of North Carolina.
Before joining the North Texas faculty, he taught at numerous schools,
including the Citadel, the University of Oklahoma, Carleton College
and Evansville College. He also was a Fulbright professor of American
literature at the University of Capetown in South Africa and a visiting
professor of English at Sul Ross University.
Shockley, who was especially interested in the literature of the Southwest, served
as president of the Poetry Society of Texas, the Texas Folklore Society, the
Texas American Studies Association and the Texas Conference of College Teachers
of English. He also chaired the Texas and Southwest conferences of the American
Association of University Professors and was a member and officer of numerous
other organizations. He wrote two widely used textbooks and published poetry,
fiction, essays and scholarly articles. Among his most successful students is
novelist and UNT alumnus Larry McMurtry.