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Dr. Norval Pohl Dear Alum,

Do you remember sitting in your chemistry class, recreating experiments with your lab partner, tinkering with all the laboratory paraphernalia and learning the vocabulary? Beakers. Bunsen burners. Boiling points. Organic chemistry. Analytical chemistry. Biochemistry.

Well, add another word to that list. Computational chemistry — a branch of chemistry in which computers are used to explain and predict the properties of molecules and the rates of their reactions. The impact of computational chemistry is far reaching — from designing new pharmaceuticals to reducing emissions. Sounds intriguing, doesn't it?

UNT's computational chemistry group already is an area of strength for the university. Come Nov. 1, it grows stronger still. Another world expert on computational chemistry, Dr. Weston Borden, will join our faculty as the first Welch Chair in Chemistry at UNT, a prestigious position endowed by $2 million in gifts from the Robert A. Welch Foundation and matching contributors.

Dr. Borden couldn't come at a better time. Chemistry students will learn and conduct research in a new, state-of-the-art Chemistry Building beginning this fall. With UNT's strong foundation in science, I expect chemistry at UNT to continue to grow and prosper.

Until next time,



July 2004


Historic football footage

Airport essentials

Stronger armor 

Curious summer jobs

Marketing to Generation Y

UNT cool link of the month:
WFAA news coverage

How many Greek fraternities and sororities are on the UNT campus?


Fifties football

If you are a diehard fan of North Texas football like I am, then you'll enjoy these video highlights from the 1957 and 1958 seasons. See our former Eagles, AFL record holder Abner Haynes and educator Leon King, score touchdowns against Drake, Texas Western and New Mexico.

Play areas coming soon?

Traveling by air can be hectic, especially if you're traveling with small children. Between keeping little ones entertained and going through the airport check-in process, travelers can find time in the terminal stressful. However, at the request of DFW airport, a UNT anthropology class researched the conveniences travelers want added. Click the link below to determine if the students' discoveries match your airport wish list.

Security vest invention

Body armor may one day bear the marketing lingo "new and improved." A UNT assistant professor of materials science and engineering and two Johns Hopkins researchers are in the process of patenting a lightweight security vest that will provide even greater flexibility and protection from assault weapons, saving more lives of soldiers and law enforcement personnel. The trio earned a 2003 Invention of the Year recognition from Johns Hopkins University.

Summer research program

Typical summer job or splice DNA? Hang out at the pool or map out a plan for a manned mission to the moon? These are the type of decisions teen-age science enthusiasts in the UNT Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science make each summer before they apply for research stipends. This year the TAMS program received a federal grant that allowed more student researchers to work in such laboratories as those at NASA, UT Southwestern Medical Center and UNT.

Students know best
How do you market to people age 18 to 24? Ask college students. That's exactly what General Motors did when it launched three new vehicles aimed at Generation Y. A team of marketing and logistics students from UNT won first place in a competition against other university business schools for developing a marketing plan based on hard research data, including a day-long event on campus during which any student could inspect and comment on the vehicles.

Cool link: WFAA news coverage

I hope you find the special issue of The North Texan on 50 Years of Progress and Opportunity a fascinating read. As you know, UNT is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its desegregation this year. ABC's Dallas affiliate, WFAA, took notice. Check out what they had to say in their news coverage about the first African American students at North Texas.

UNT Trivia

UNTrivia: How many Greek fraternities and sororities are on the UNT campus?

a. 22
b. 25
c. 29


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North Texas Exes football bus trips
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