people know the University of North Texas for our world-renowned College
of Music, which is home to the nation's first and leading jazz studies
program. Some know us as having one of the nation's largest visual arts
programs at a public university through our School of Visual Arts. Still
others know us as a leader in addressing the state and nation's shortage
of qualified public education teachers. UNT's College of Education is
fourth in the nation in the number of professional educators graduated
each year. It is also a fact that our many nationally accredited and ranked
programs make us a leader in academic excellence.
You may already know, or we hope you will soon
discover, that in addition to the arts and education, UNT is a leader
in other forms of scholarship and in research. Through Resource
magazine, we want to showcase the scientists, scholars and programs that
have positioned us at the forefront of educational leadership in the region.
At UNT, we are firm in our conviction that
demonstrating our leadership can never be a static process. Our entrepreneurial
tradition of partnerships with businesses, communities and other educational
enterprises helps explain why we have the greatest potential in the region
to grow academic and research programs that will address the most demanding
In this issue, we are featuring the outstanding
work of Professors Bruce Gnade and Robert Wallace in electronic materials
science and the efforts of Professors Ken Dickson, Tom LaPoint and Tom
Waller in their environmental research and educational activities focusing
on the quality of our drinking water. The U.S. Department of Commerce
has identified advanced materials science as one of five emerging technologies
the United States must master to remain competitive in the world marketplace;
and we all recognize that water quality and availability will be vitally
important issues in the 21st century.
In other stories, we bring you up to date
on our accomplishments in medical informatics; UNT's contribution in establishing
the age of the oldest known humans to venture out of Africa into Eurasia;
an achievement in musical composition; and, a new development in plant
closing, I also want to share the news that the 2000 edition of the Carnegie
Classification of Institutions of Higher Education has placed
UNT in its topmost classification of universities and colleges. We are
identified as a "Doctoral/Research University - Extensive" institution
based on our diverse strengths in doctoral education and its essential
connection to research.
Please explore this valuable Resource
and let us know what you think.
Alfred F. Hurley