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Research, Scholarship & the Arts at the University of North Texas

The 2003-04 Cover Story

Opong and staff with at-risk children in the western region of Ghana

On the cover: UNT medical geographer Joseph Oppong uses geographic information systems and computer models to predict where infectious diseases, such as SARS and Buruli ulcer, will spread worldwide. His research has taken him to Ghana, among other countries. Photo by Courtney Queen.




Heart research

Protein study may provide therapies for common cause of heart-related sudden death.

by James Naples

Douglas Root, Ph.D., associate professor of biological sciences

Art simply

Piano homework, postal string and to-do lists find a place in artist’s work.

by Kelley Reese

Annette Lawrence, associate professor of visual arts

Mapping outbreaks

Medical geographer on the trail of infectious diseases predicts their next move.

by Cathy Cashio

Medical geographer Joseph Oppong, Ph.D.

Masters of the stage

Mark Twain and other 19th-century literary comedians make humor history.

by Nancy Kolsti

David Kesterson, Ph.D.

Shrinking chips

Copper deposition research leads to smaller, faster, cheaper computing.

by Sally Bell

Jeffry Kelber, Regents Professor of chemistry

About UNT

The University of North Texas is the leading university in the North Texas region — a premier educational, intellectual, research and cultural resource for the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area.

UNT serves people across the state, but it is focused primarily on serving the residents of the 216 municipalities in the 12 North Texas counties that comprise the Dallas-Fort Worth consolidated metropolitan statistical area.

UNT is the state’s fourth-largest university and enrolls more students than any other university in the region. The university’s Fall 2003 enrollment of 31,065 students was an all-time record. Graduate students comprise about 25 percent of the enrollment.

UNT offers more undergraduate and graduate degree programs than any other university in North Texas — 98 bachelor’s, 128 master’s and 48 doctoral degree programs. UNT also is leading the way among the region’s universities with more distance learning classes, a larger residential population and the largest university library system in the region.

UNT is classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a Doctoral/Research University — Extensive. This classification includes America’s outstanding educational institutions and only five other Texas public universities. All institutions included in this category award 50 or more doctoral degrees per year in at least 15 academic disciplines. In 2003-04, UNT awarded 140 doctorates.

UNT is the flagship of the UNT System, which also includes the UNT Health Science Center at Fort Worth and the UNT Dallas Campus.