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UNT Insider | July 2013

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President's Note


V. Lane Rawlins

V. Lane Rawlins

Dear Alum,

At UNT, we believe that learning can take place at any age and no matter what stage you're at in life, whether you want to travel the world or take a class on a new interest.

For more than 30 years, UNT's Center for Achievement and Lifelong Learning has been helping reinforce our belief that learning never stops. CALL is home to UNT's Emeritus College, which provides opportunities for adults 50 and older to learn and grow by taking noncredit classes here on campus. The program will gain more momentum this fall when the college starts offering classes at Texas Woman's University and Robson Ranch, a Denton retirement community.

Area and retired professionals will join current and former UNT faculty to teach the college's classes, which are offered September through May. We're proud to have Professor Emeritus Ken Dickson guiding the college's growth as dean. Dr. Dickson is an aquatic biologist and a former director of UNT's Institute of Applied Science. He also is the founding director of UNT's Elm Fork Education Center, which offers educational programs about the environment to pique children's interest in science. Learn more about Emeritus College at its open house Aug. 1.

CALL programs also are geared for families and alumni who want to experience new cultures. We recently hosted our Grandparents University, a fun program where grandparents and grandchildren experience college life together here on campus every summer. And if you like to travel, you can see the world through the Travel Learn program, which offers the opportunity to visit far-away destinations with UNT faculty experts on excursions that are educationally, culturally and socially enriching.

I'm proud that these programs are showing people that learning, creativity and cultural awareness can be lifelong experiences.

Sincerely,
V. Lane Rawlins
President

 


Features


UNT football

Mean Green football

Mean Green football kicks off first season in Conference USA, turns 100

The 2013 football season is a special one because we're celebrating a new era in Mean Green athletics as a member of Conference USA and 100 years since the start of Mean Green football at UNT. The move to Conference USA elevates Mean Green athletics by bringing us national exposure, higher-level competition and better recruiting opportunities. To get you excited about our centennial season, I'm giving away two pairs of tickets to the Aug. 31 Mean Green vs. Idaho game, our season opener at Apogee Stadium. To enter, email me at president@unt.edu with "Home Game" in the subject line by July 31 and include your name and mailing address.



Paul Gilna and Warren Burggren

Paul Gilna, director of the BioEnergy Science Center at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (left), and Warren Burggren, UNT provost, sign a research agreement.

Moving Forward: Federal agencies tap UNT's distinguished researchers for expertise

UNT's reputation as a hub for innovative plant science and military research has landed two new national research collaborations. UNT and the BioEnergy Science Center at Oak Ridge National Laboratory are partnering on a project to create cost-effective biofuels. Richard Dixon, UNT Distinguished Research Professor of biological sciences, will work with the U.S. Department of Energy's BioEnergy Science Center to develop genetically engineered switchgrass as a source of liquid biofuels to lessen the strain on the world's food resources. Marco Buongiorno Nardelli, professor of physics and chemistry, and a team of researchers were awarded $8.5 million from the U.S. Department of Defense to discover and design new materials. Their research could help the military revolutionize future technologies for advanced energy applications, faster electronic devices, and stronger and lighter structural materials.



Rendering of the new union

The new union will have 100,000 square feet more space than the former union.

New union to open in Fall 2015 with more space, services and programs

Our focus as a university is to give our students a great educational experience, in and out of the classroom. UNT's new union will enhance student and campus life by transforming the site of the old union into a new sustainable, technologically advanced center for the entire UNT community. When complete, the new union will embrace UNT's history and culture while offering ample socializing, studying, lounging, dining and meeting space. In the meantime, we've started to relocate services in the old union, such as the Barnes & Noble at UNT bookstore, to temporary places on campus to continue service and make way for construction.



smartphone screen capture show instructions on treating a patient.

A caller's view in the process of determining a victim's breaths per minute.

Researcher develops 911 software to make saving lives easier

Life-saving technology can be at 911 callers' fingertips thanks to the research of Ram Dantu, professor of computer science and engineering. The National Science Foundation recently featured Dr. Dantu's NSF-funded research, which uses smartphone technology to virtually place 911 operators at an emergency scene, helping them gather the most accurate information to assist victims and the people trying to help them. Dr. Dantu's 911 software can accurately gauge a victim's breathing, heart rate and blood pressure -- information that the operator can monitor remotely for safety and coaching. It allows operators to remotely control smartphone cameras so they can view an emergency scene. The software also gives instructions for administering CPR.



Kevin Curran

Kevin Curran

Faculty Focus: Kevin Curran

An article by Kevin Curran, associate professor of English, analyzing treason in an early 17th century play earned him the 2013 Martin Stevens Award for Best Essay in Early Drama. In Treasonous Silence: The Tragedy of Philotas and Legal Epistemology, Dr. Curran examines the critical and imaginative treatment of treason during the Renaissance period through English poet and playwright Samuel Daniel's play, The Tragedy of Philotas. The Medieval and Renaissance Drama Society's Martin Stevens award recognizes essays that exemplify excellence in humanities scholarship. Dr. Curran, whose research interests include Shakespeare and law, is currently completing his book Legal Ecologies: Law and Selfhood in Shakespeare.



UNT Career Center

UNT Career Center staff help students and alumni with career advising.

Traditions: UNT Career Center

UNT's Career Center supports and serves our students while they're attending UNT and long after they graduate. The center, which recently named Bonita Vinson as its new director, gives our students and graduates an edge in the job market by providing career advising, job search tips, mentoring opportunities and networking. The center's staff and services are there to assist students and alumni, whether they're just starting out or thinking about a career change. By providing comprehensive career services through the center, we're equipping our students and alumni with job search skills and opportunities to reach their career goals. Learn more about Career Center services for alumni.



Möbius Journal

Featured Link: UNT's Möbius journal explores international art trends

UNT produces journals in a wide range of disciplines to support the exchange of faculty research and scholarly works. Möbius is the latest UNT-produced journal, which is a collaborative effort of faculty from the College of Music, College of Visual Arts and Design, College of Arts and Sciences and College of Engineering. Launched in 2012, Möbius features a variety of approaches to and forms of critical and creative practices of new media art, from peer-reviewed scholarly articles and photos to video documentaries of live performances and multimedia installations. Möbius is published twice a year, digitally and in print. It is produced in partnership with UNT Libraries and UNT's Initiative for Advanced Research in Technology and the Arts research cluster. Read some of the entries in the inaugural issue.



UNT Alumni Association

UNT Alumni Association

Celebrate our first year in Conference USA with fellow alumni and the UNT Alumni Association. Alumni association members and their guests are invited to tailgate three hours before home games throughout the season at the UNT Alumni Association Pavilion at Apogee Stadium. Nonmembers can purchase a one-day pass for $10 to mingle on the pavilion's 3,200-square-foot patio with high definition TVs. Beginning this season, the UNT Student Alumni Association is joining in the tailgating fun by hosting a cookout to raise money to support its scholarship fund. Learn more about the UNT Alumni Association by visiting www.UNTalumni.com or contact the association at alumni@unt.edu or 940-565-2834.


 
 
 

July 2013

At a Glance

Mean Green football kicks off first season in Conference USA, turns 100

Moving Forward: Federal agencies tap UNT's distinguished researchers for expertise

New union to open in Fall 2015 with more space, services and programs

Researcher develops 911 software to make saving lives easier

Faculty Focus: Kevin Curran

Traditions: UNT Career Center

Featured Link: UNT's Möbius journal explores international art trends

UNT Alumni Association


Congrats!

Jenny Wakefield, a doctoral student in learning technologies, earned a 2013 Joseph E. Pryor Graduate Fellowship.

Leslie Jimenez, a master's student in higher education, is serving as an education advocate in the national GEAR UP Alumni Leadership Academy.

Rachael Kennedy, senior merchandising major, was named a Ray M. Greenly Scholar by the National Retail Federation Foundation.

Jon Savage, a McNair Scholar and Honors College graduate, earned the 2013 Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Arts Award.


Don't Forget

Homecoming 2013 festivities start Nov. 4 and culminate with the Nov. 9 Mean Green vs. UT El Paso football game.


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