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Center for Applied Cultural Anthropology

Many organizations, such as corporations and educational institutions, need help addressing issues that arise from interactions among members of different cultures.

The Center for Applied Cultural Anthropology brings together specialists from a broad spectrum of the university community to provide training and conduct research to help increase multicultural understanding, appreciation and communication at the local, state, national and international levels.

The center provides intercultural and cross-culturally sensitive consultation, research, training, education, program development, distance learning opportunities, community service projects, Spanish bilingual support services, multicultural program services, ethnic minority program activities and documentation support to local, regional, state and federal agencies; health and medical care organizations; social service agencies; housing authorities; private and nonprofit businesses; legal and regulatory agencies; and educational institutions.

Specialists from various disciplines are included to ensure that the center maintains its holistic approach to resolve issues related to differences in cultural communication and behavior. For more information, call the center's director, Tyson Gibbs, Ph.D., associate professor and chair of the Department of Anthropology, at (940) 565-2290 or send e-mail to

Center for Environmental Archaeology

The Center for Environmental Archaeology was created to provide resources for interdisciplinary research on past cultures and environments.

Emphasizing archaeology, geology and zooarchaeology, the center conducts research locally and around the world to reconstruct past landscapes and the ecology of human populations.

Though officially created in 1996, the center had already been operating as a research network for more than a decade. It receives funding from major federal agencies, including the National Science Foundation, as well as private sources, such as the National Geographic Society and the Leakey Foundation. Field and laboratory projects provide opportunities for student training and collaboration with scientists from other departments and institutions.

Though one of the smaller centers on campus, the Center for Environmental Archaeology has conducted $4 million worth of research around the world. In 1989, researchers from what is today the center studied remains of the Clovis people found near Aubrey by Reid Ferring, Ph.D., center director and professor and chair of UNT's Department of Geography. The Clovis people, who inhabited the Southern Plains region roughly 12,000 years ago, are believed to be some of the first inhabitants of North America. The Aubrey site is now the oldest well-documented archaeological site in North America.

Since 1993, Ferring has been studying the Dmanisi site in the Republic of Georgia. Fossil finds there have forced the scientific community to rethink theories of early human evolution and migration out of Africa (related news brief in this issue).

For more information about the center, visit its web site at, call (940) 565-2091 or e-mail Ferring at

Center for Osteoporosis Prevention and Treatment

Susan Bitner, right, radiologic technologist gives a bone density test.
Susan Bitner, right, radiologic technologist at the UNT Health Science Center, gives a bone density test. The screening of the services of the Center for Osteoporosis Prevention and Treatment.  

The Center for Osteoporosis Prevention and Treatment at the UNT Health Science Center combines diagnostic and treatment facilities with progressive research to treat patients with osteoporosis.

Osteoporosis, known as the silent disease because bone loss occurs without symptoms, leads to fragile bones and an increased risk of fractures. According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, this disease poses a health threat to more than 28 million Americans, with women accounting for 80 percent of the total.

Center patients are given an osteoporosis health assessment and have their bone density measured to determine any bone deterioration.

Center staff regularly conduct off-campus screenings for people who may be at risk for the disease. Community presentations raise awareness of the seriousness of osteoporosis and educate people about the latest advances in treatment of the disease.

Recent clinical trials examined the use of new medications to decrease the incidence of osteoporosis associated with rheumatoid arthritis and assessed the bone density of women who were participating in a breast cancer prevention study.

Bernard Rubin, D.O., chief rheumatologist, is the center director.

To set up an appointment to be screened for osteoporosis, call the center at (817) 735-2660.

Center for Quality and Productivity

The Center for Quality and Productivity at UNT serves as a focal point for the exchange of knowledge and applied research that increases the productivity of business and government organizations in North Texas.

Jerry L. Dake meets with students at the Center  
Jerry L. Dake, left, managing director of the Center for Quality and Productivity at UNT, meets with students to exchange information about the quality sciences.    

The center furthers advancements in quality and productivity through the work of its researchers, whose projects include the development of more efficient ways to measure productivity; statistical sampling models and procedures for directing audit and supply chain activities; analyses relating the ergonomics of work activities to productivity; and methodologies for managing supply chain activities.

Students, businesses and government organizations benefit from the work of the center. It involves students in its activities, develops educational programs for industry and government, and fosters collaboration and idea exchange with its working partners.

Victor Prybutok, Ph.D., Regents Professor of business computer information systems, is the center director. For more information, visit the web site at or contact the managing director, Jerry L. Dake, Ph.D., at (940) 369-7218 or

North Texas Eye Research Institute

Patrick R. Cammarata
Patrick R. Cammarata, director of the North Texas Eye Research Institute, is a pioneer in the field of diabetic cataract research.  

The North Texas Eye Research Institute was founded in 1992 to seek remedies for and preventive measures against some of the most prevalent destroyers of sight. Its researchers focus on three debilitating conditions: glaucoma, cataracts and retinal disease.

The institute provides an academic and research focus for basic and clinical science activities. Its members constitute one of the largest groups of vision experts in the country, including researchers from several disciplines at the UNT Health Science Center and Alcon Research Laboratories and practicing ophthalmologists from throughout North Texas.

NTERI's innovative research programs have elicited support from a variety of private and federal sources, including the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the Glaucoma Research Foundation, the National Retinitis Pigmentosa Foundation, Fight for Sight and the Texas Advanced Research Program.

The institute's researchers investigate the cause and treatment of eye diseases, with special emphasis on vision problems related to aging and injury and the vision-related complications of conditions such as diabetes. Members also conduct clinical research to measure the effectiveness of new therapies. Additionally, NTERI provides medical education for clinicians and scientists involved in the battle against blindness.

Patrick R. Cammarata, Ph.D., a pioneer in the field of diabetic cataract research, is the director of NTERI. For more information about the institute and its research, call (817) 735-2045

Texas Center for Digital Knowledge

The Texas Center for Digital Knowledge, which opened in 2001, is one of UNT's newest centers.

Computer lab with large image on television screen  
The Texas Center for Digital Knowledge at UNT focuses on research in such areas as digital imaging and information organization and retrieval.    

Its purpose is to bring together top researchers in information science, business information systems, communication, computer science, security, technology and cognition by providing a collaborative environment for the advancement of digital knowledge management in the 21st century.

The goal of the center is to innovatively approach interdisciplinary research by identifying the theoretical frameworks and practical applications that can enhance the creation, storage, organization, retrieval, use and evaluation of information in a wide variety of digital formats.

Key areas of research include digital imaging, information policy, information security and law, knowledge architecture, distributed learning, human information behavior, and information identification, organization and retrieval.

The founding fellows of the center are faculty researchers from the information science doctoral program.

For more information about the center, contact its director, Phil Turner, Ph.D., professor and dean of the School of Library and Information Sciences and associate vice president for academic affairs for distance education, at (940) 565-2731 or

Texas Center for Music and Medicine

Interior of the Murchison  Performing  Arts Center
Among the projects at the Texas Center for Music and Medicine, researchers are studying ways to prevent hearing loss in musicians.  

The Texas Center for Music and Medicine was conceived during the 1996 Music and Medicine Conference at the University of North Texas and formally approved in 1999. As a joint effort between UNT and the UNT Health Science Center at Fort Worth, the center provides unique opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration.

The center conducts basic and applied research that focuses on the epidemiology of musicians' health, the identification and quantification of biomechanical risk factors related to music performance, hearing loss prevention and mental health issues including performance anxiety. The center offers two graduate courses and an optional related field of study in music medicine for students pursuing the doctor of musical arts degree.

At the Health Science Center in Fort Worth, the center provides clinical services including physical exams, care for acute and chronic injuries and illnesses, diagnostic laboratory services, injury prevention and access to specialists. Musicians also benefit from clinical services such as hearing testing, evaluation of noise exposure levels, voice therapy and examination of vocal cords through the UNT Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences in Denton.

For additional information about the center, including updates on new initiatives, visit its web site at or contact directors Kris Chesky, Ph.D., research assistant professor in the UNT College of Music, at or Bernard Rubin, D.O., chief of rheumatology and professor of medicine at the Health Science Center, at


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