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UNT Insider | October 2013

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President's Note


V. Lane Rawlins

V. Lane Rawlins

Dear Alum,

Our athletics program is stronger than ever since our move to Conference USA this fall.

UNT is a well-rounded university because of our high-quality academics, first-rate faculty and staff, growing athletics program, and focus on research, scholarship, creativity and service.

Athletics is a window that many see the university through, and the bigger our window the more name recognition UNT has. Being in Conference USA already has brought us a higher level of competition, more media exposure and some important wins.

Excellence is one of our strongest virtues, and there is no better representation of that than our student-athletes who are excelling on the field and in the classroom. Since 2000, Mean Green teams have won 24 championships while also achieving greatness in academics.

Five of UNT's 16 teams have posted perfect 1,000 single-year scores in the NCAA's annual Academic Progress Report, which measures academic success. And our women's swimming team is ranked No.1 in the nation for having the highest GPA among NCAA Division I women's swim teams.

UNT soccer team captain Kelsey Hodges also is making waves for her dedication to the sport and her academics. You can show your support for student-athletes like Kelsey and your Mean Green pride in a number of ways:

  • Attend home football games at Apogee Stadium to help celebrate 100 years since the start of Mean Green football and our inaugural season in Conference USA.
  • Celebrate UNT's star power at Homecoming Nov. 4-9 with the Hollywood theme "Mean Green on the Big Screen" and cheer the Mean Green to victory against UTEP.
  • Cheer on our basketball, soccer, swimming, tennis and volleyball teams throughout their seasons. Find their schedules at meangreensports.com.

I'm excited about what the future holds for Mean Green athletics and that we're giving students top-quality experiences to remember for years to come.

Sincerely,
V. Lane Rawlins
President

 


Features


2013 womens basketball

Mean Green women's basketball

Celebrate Mean Green basketball's first season in Conference USA

Starting in November, join Mean Green fans in the Super Pit to cheer on the men's and women's basketball teams in their first season in Conference USA. I'm giving away two tickets to any men's basketball home game and two tickets to any women's basketball home game. To participate, email your name, mailing address and T-shirt sizes to president@unt.edu with "Men's Basketball" or "Women's Basketball" in the subject line by 5 p.m. Oct. 23.



Kristin Farmer Autism Center

Kristin Farmer Autism Center

Moving Forward: $1.2 million grant to train autism teachers

Founded as a teacher's training college, UNT has a reputation for preparing highly skilled education professionals. UNT received a $1.2 million U.S. Department of Education grant to support the university's new Systematic Training for Autism Teachers program, also known as Project STArT. The program will provide full scholarships to 40 teachers seeking master's degrees in special education with a concentration in autism intervention and on-the-job training in implementing evidence-based practices for students with autism. Project STArT builds on UNT's efforts to become a leading resource for autism. In fall 2012, the UNT Kristin Farmer Autism Center opened to provide families with a resource for comprehensive autism spectrum disorders treatment, research and support.



Vladimir Shulaev and Ron Mittler

Vladimir Shulaev (left) and Ron Mittler

New study finds that stress triggers plant defenses

UNT has become a leading place for innovative plant science research, thanks to our growing number of distinguished plant science experts. Ron Mittler, professor of biological sciences, recently led a first-of-its-kind study outlining how plants identify stress factors, such as heat, disease or toxins, and trigger defenses against those incoming stressors. Dr. Mittler worked with Vladimir Shulaev, professor of biological sciences, and researchers from Bar-Ilan University on the study, which shows that plants have signaling mechanisms that are as fast as those in humans to help them survive. The research could enable farmers and others to one day control plant defenses and better protect crops from threats.



Kiki Smith

Kiki Smith

Sculptor and printmaker Kiki Smith UNT's artist-in-residence

Internationally renowned sculptor and printmaker Kiki Smith was selected as the UNT Institute for the Advancement of the Arts' artist-in-residence for the 2013-14 academic year. Smith is known for creating empathetic, intimate and figurative works of art. Her work also is deeply spiritual and politically charged, addressing philosophical, social and spiritual aspects of human nature. While at UNT, Smith -- a U.S. Department of State Medal of the Arts recipient -- will interact with students and work on a large-scale print. She will present pieces of her artwork in an exhibition hosted by UNT on the Square.



Ione Hunt von Herbing

Ione Hunt von Herbing

Faculty Focus: Ione Hunt von Herbing

Ione Hunt von Herbing, associate professor of biological sciences and director of UNT's Marine Conservation and Aquatic Physiology Laboratory, conducts research to support marine biodiversity and ocean sustainability. Her research areas include the study of the importance of probiotics to fish development and growth and the use of probiotics as an alternative to antibiotics, which can pollute watersheds and be harmful to the health of humans and ecosystems. She also researches the effects of using genetically altered probiotics in the treatment of human diseases. Dr. Hunt von Herbing has more than 30 years of experience as an aquatic developmental physiologist. She also is a member of UNT's Developmental Integrative Biology research cluster.



Merrill Ellis

Merrill Ellis

Traditions: Center for Experimental Music and Intermedia turns 50

UNT's Center for Experimental Music and Intermedia grew out the College of Music's electronic music program, which was established in 1963 as one of the first in the country. In its early years, the center concentrated on compositions for magnetic tape and live performances using analog synthesizers. This year, the center celebrates 50 years since faculty composer Merrill Ellis created the program. Today, CEMI students and faculty produce works that explore the frontiers of music and intermedia technology, including interactive computer music, immersive video and sound spatialization. In 2015, the center will host the annual International Computer Music Conference.



North Texan, Fall 2013

Featured Link: The Eagle Feather celebrates 10th annual issue

The first issue of The Eagle Feather, the UNT Honors College's online journal that showcases student research, featured then-student Chris Hensen's research paper on defendants using orders and duress from superior officers as their defense during the United Nations' International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. Hensen, a graduate, is now a Veterans Health Administration attorney and The Eagle Feather is celebrating its 10th annual issue. The journal helps prepare students for publishing research in peer-reviewed journals as graduate students and professionals. Read issues of The Eagle Feather online.



2013 Alumni Association holiday ornament

UNT Alumni Association

The UNT Alumni Association's new holiday ornament rings with UNT tradition. Finished in green and white and trimmed in 24-karat gold, the association's 2013 ornament features the university's seal. I'm giving away eight 2013 ornaments in a random drawing. To participate, email me your name and mailing address to president@unt.edu with "Seal Ornament" in the subject line by 5 p.m. Oct. 23. You also can buy the association's past ornaments. A portion of the proceeds benefits the association's scholarship fund. Learn more by visiting UNTalumni.com or contact the association at alumni@unt.edu, 940-565-2834 or 800-UNT-1153.


 
 
 

October 2013

At a Glance

Celebrate Mean Green basketball's first season in Conference USA

Moving Forward: $1.2 million grant to train autism teachers

New study finds that stress triggers plant defenses

Sculptor and printmaker Kiki Smith UNT's artist-in-residence

Faculty Focus: Ione Hunt von Herbing

Traditions: Center for Experimental Music and Intermedia turns 50

Featured Link: The Eagle Feather celebrates 10th annual issue

UNT Alumni Association


Congrats!

Kyle Weddle, an adjunct faculty member in risk management, was named one of DFW's top risk managers by D CEO Magazine and the international Risk Management Society.

Four library science master's students were named 2013 Spectrum Scholars by the American Library Association.

Tyler Brewer, an M.P.A. student, earned an Edwin O. Stene Academic Scholarship from the International City/County Management Association.


Don't Forget

UNT's 2013 Murphy Center for Entrepreneurship Leadership Luncheon Nov. 8 will feature "For Us By Us" fashion icon Daymond John as the keynote speaker, and will honor alumnus and Interstate Batteries chairman Norm Miller.


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