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Dr. Norval Pohl Dear Alum,

This fall, we've made significant strides in our push toward being recognized as a student-centered research institution.

Several faculty members, who are doing an excellent job of creating new knowledge in their classrooms and laboratories, recently earned grants. Here's a look at some of the exciting projects happening on our campus:

  • Rebecca Dickstein, associate professor of biology and principal researcher, received $450,000 of a $560,000 National Science Foundation grant for biological research on a plant that produces its own nitrogen.
  • Dr. Dickstein also was part of a Department of Biological Sciences team that earned a $438,382 Excellence Fund grant from UNT's Office of Research. The grant funds a workstation to help biology researchers see microscopic images that are more sharp and crisp. Dr. Dickstein worked with Douglas Root and Harris Schwark, associate professors of biology; and Brian Ayre and Pamela Padilla, assistant professors of biology.
  • UNT recently received $250,000 from the U.S. Department of Education for a one-year grant to set up the Center for Advanced Scientific Computing and Modeling (CASCaM). Tom Cundari, professor of chemistry and Angela Wilson, associate professor of chemistry, will be co-directors of CASCaM.
  • Rada Mihalcea, assistant professor of computer science and engineering, received $107,112 from Google Inc. in support of her research, "Finding Important Information in Unstructured Text: Algorithms for Keyphrase and Sentence Extraction."

I hope you are as proud of our excellent and dedicated faculty as I am. I know their efforts will help us continue to make strides toward our research goals.



October 2005

Get into the spirit of Homecoming

New UNT license plates available now

Construction update

College of Education luncheon Nov. 7

Help the UNT Foundation raise scholarship money

Cool link of the month: UNT spirit and traditions

What interesting historical materials are online at the UNT Libraries' Portal to Texas History?

Join the Exes' tailgating parties


Get into the spirit of Homecoming
It's so close to Homecoming (Nov. 19), I can almost smell burgers smoldering on grills at the Mean Green Village, hear the fans cheer and see the players take the field. To get you into the spirit, I'll be giving away an array of UNT goodies, including tickets to the game, tailgating supplies for a barbecue and tickets to the Exes' pre-game party. All you have to do to be entered in my drawing is share your favorite Homecoming story at
. To learn more about Homecoming, click the link below.

New UNT license plates available
You can be among the first to spread your green pride across Texas' highways with our new license plates, which showcase our updated brand and new marks. The best part is that sporting your pride benefits UNT students, since $22 of your $30 fee goes directly to scholarships. Learn how to get your UNT license plate at

Chestnut Hall construction update
The dirt is about to start flying on campus again. We'll break ground in November on Chestnut Hall, the future home of our Health Center, Career Center and our Counseling and Testing Services. The new building is expected to open in spring 2007. Learn more at

Clarice Tinsley to emcee education luncheon
Clarice Tinsley, longtime anchor and reporter for KDFW/Fox 4, will join keynote speaker Tom Luce, who now serves as U.S. assistant secretary of education, for the College of Education's "Education: The Key to Success for North Texans" luncheon Nov. 7 at the Westin Galleria. The luncheon raises scholarship money for students pursuing careers in education and supports our educated North Texas workforce. To purchase tickets ($60) or table sponsorships ($500-$10,000), contact Mary Westfall at (214) 969-0090 by Nov. 1. To learn more, visit

Help the UNT Foundation raise scholarship money
The UNT Foundation is sponsoring a drawing that will land one lucky sports fan two tickets and parking passes to four fabulous athletic events: Dallas Cowboys vs. Denver Broncos Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 24), Dallas Mavericks vs. L.A. Lakers Dec. 12, Mean Green football vs. Arkansas State Nov. 26, and Mean Green basketball vs. New Orleans Jan. 7. Tickets cost $50 each and all proceeds will benefit the Division of Equity and Diversity Scholarships and Programs. Get your tickets quickly as only 500 will be sold. Winners will be announced at the Nov. 5 Mean Green football game (you don't have to be present to win). To purchase tickets, contact Reginald Johnson at (940) 369-7388. To learn more about the division's programs, visit

Cool link of the month: UNT spirit and traditions
Since it's only a few weeks until you come back for Homecoming, I thought I'd help you brush up on your UNT traditions. The dean of students has done an excellent job of putting together a rundown of our most revered traditions. Learn more about UNT spirit and traditions (or just refresh your memory so you can share a Homecoming story) at

UNT Trivia

UNTRIVIA: What interesting historical materials are online at the UNT Libraries' Portal to Texas History?

a. photographs of hatchet-wielding prohibitionist Carry Nation
b. a bird's-eye view of Denton map, 1883
c. a pamphlet, "How to Conquer Texas, Before Texas Conquers Us, 1845"
d. All of the above


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Join the Exes' tailgating fun
The North Texas Exes hope you'll join them for pre-game tailgating parties at the Alumni Center in the Gateway Center, 801 North Texas Blvd. Upcoming parties are set for 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Nov. 5 before the Mean Green game against Louisiana-Lafayette, 1 to 5:30 p.m. Nov. 19 before our Homecoming game and 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Nov. 26 before the UNT vs. Arkansas State game. To learn more, call (940) 565-2834 or visit

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