Planner, Corps of Engineers
chief of the Environmental Resources Branch of the U.S. Army Corps of
Engineers in Fort Worth, Marty Hathorn combines his love of the environment
with a career he believes in.
Hathorn, who earned his master's degree
in interdisciplinary studies from UNT in 1987, oversees environmental
planning for water resources projects. Two proposed projects are designed
to prevent flood damage by removing manmade structures in the flood plains
along Salt Creek in Graham and near Johnson Creek in Arlington
eliminating damage and allowing water to flow more efficiently. The plans
then call for restoration of natural vegetation adjacent to the creeks.
"We will replant enough natural vegetation
to get a good start and, with conservation and management efforts, the
natural systems will begin taking care of themselves," Hathorn says. "Recreation
features such as trails and open space are also incorporated into these
In addition, Hathorn's staff is working
to re-establish wooded streamside areas and other wetlands in 29 counties
in the Mid-Brazos Basin to improve water quality and quantity. Because
dairies, feedlots and other agricultural enterprises are prominent in
this area, nitrogen and phosphorous are washed into rivers and lakes.
Hathorn says the wetland areas will serve as natural filters, keeping
those nutrients from contaminating the water supply. This project, still
in an early planning stage, will be one of the first of its kind implemented
on such a large scale, he adds.
Several years ago, Hathorn helped plan
the Greenbelt Corridor, a multi-use nature area between Lake Ray Roberts
and Lake Lewisville. The joint project between the Corps of Engineers
and the cities of Dallas and Denton now allows residents to enjoy equestrian
trails, canoeing, hiking and other outdoor activities along 14 miles of
the Elm Fork of the Trinity River. Hathorn has also worked with UNT graduate
students to develop wetlands areas at Lake Ray Roberts.
Hathorn received the 1999 Planning Excellence
Award from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for his leadership in emphasizing
non-structural flood damage reduction and environmental restoration projects.
"I love what I do," he says. "My undergraduate
degree is in fisheries, but going to UNT for my master's helped firm up
environmental concepts and applications."
National Cancer Institute
Chong became interested in cancer research while earning her doctoral
degree at UNT in 1999. Now, she is a postdoctoral research fellow at the
National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Md.
Although chemistry has fascinated Chong
since her high school years, her UNT research on macrocyclic compounds
her interest in cancer research. In her eight months at the National Cancer
Institute, Chong has been working with the synthesis of chelating agents.
The agents bind with metals and then are linked to antibodies to transport
radiation to tumors.
After receiving her bachelor's and master's
degrees in her hometown of Seoul, South Korea, Chong decided to travel
to the United States to earn her doctorate. She says UNT's chemistry department
helped prepare her for her cancer research.
"I am especially thankful for Professor
Marchand, an excellent adviser who gave never-ending encouragement and
assistance," Chong says. Regents Professor Alan Marchand built a special
bond with Chong, and the two still keep in contact.
In the future, Chong would like to return
to South Korea to teach and continue her research.
and assistant professor, University of Texas-Pan American
Eyambe has traveled the world doing research. Now he helps others do the
In June, the 1991 UNT doctoral graduate
established the Office of Biomedical Research at the University of Texas-Pan
American in Edinburg.
"I wanted to provide faculty with different
types of research opportunities and to help them write proposals for grants,"
says Eyambe, who developed his expertise in grant administration during
a residency at the National Institutes of Health.
His own public health research began at
UNT where he studied earthworms' immune systems to detect pollutant levels
research he continues today.
After teaching at Texas Tech University
Health Sciences Center in Lubbock, Eyambe traveled as a Fulbright Fellow
to Africa where he taught students how to create blood banks free of HIV
and other contaminants. He also taught at a Saudi Arabian university.
He returned to the United States three
years ago to join UTPA. He teaches immunology and microbiology, and he
continues to add new research projects. The Diabetes Registry, a monitoring
group, has found a high number of diabetics in the Rio Grande Valley,
and Eyambe is studying the correlation.