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UNT Resource magazine >> Chancellor's Note

Many 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 future needs.
      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 biochemistry.
Before 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.
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Alfred F. Hurley

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