enters the 21st century with both a mission statement and a new vision
statement that place considerable emphasis on the importance of research
Our mission statement, most recently affirmed
by the UNT Board of Regents in May of this year, defines what UNT is today.
It states, "The University of North Texas is the largest and most comprehensive
research and doctoral degree-granting institution in the North Texas area
and the flagship of the UNT System. The university is committed to excellence
in teaching and the discovery and application of knowledge through research
and creative activities. ..."
Now, thanks to intensive universitywide planning inspired and led by Chancellor
Alfred F. Hurley, a new vision will guide the direction, development and
growth of UNT's facilities, programs and enrollments between now and the
Vision is a look forward that speaks to
UNT's future. The outcomes we are seeking with our visionary planning
are expressed by our vision statement: "The University of North Texas
will be one of the state's top-tier universities
educational, intellectual, research and cultural resource. As the flagship
of a multi-institutional university system and the leading university
of its region, UNT will be recognized for education, research, creative
activities and public service, and for advancing innovations in the enhancement
of learning. ..."
UNT is a comprehensive university, the word "research" is an umbrella
term that includes scientific research, academic and original scholarship
of all forms, and artistic creativity.
1985, UNT research has moved forward on many levels. However, UNT's ultimate
success in realizing its foremost objectives (set forth in its 21st-century
mission statement and its new vision statement) is inexorably connected
to its ability to take a strong leadership role in research that will
help drive the economy of the Metroplex and the state of Texas. The research
capabilities of the university that are expanding most quickly are those
driven by cross-disciplinary team efforts and research partnerships.
Two areas highlighted in this magazine,
electronic materials and devices and environmental science, showcase the
success and potential of cross-disciplinary research at UNT.
Cutting-edge research in UNT's new Laboratory
for Electronic Materials and Devices centers on fundamental properties
of materials associated with electronic devices of all kinds. Opened in
the spring of 1999, the laboratory houses materials growth and characterization
equipment in a unique configuration enabling a wide range of materials
science studies. The laboratory apparatus was made possible by a gift
from Texas Instruments (valued at $3.5 million). Work in the new lab involves
faculty and students from several academic departments, including chemistry,
engineering technology, materials science, mathematics and physics.
Our future vision in this area calls for
the establishment of a Center for Solid State Chemistry that will focus
on fundamental research in solid-state materials with a special emphasis
on nanotechnology the
creation of materials and devices atom by atom. National recognition of
the importance of this new technology is exemplified by a projected 83
percent federal increase in funding for nanotechnology research for fiscal
year 2001. The center will perform basic and applied research to create
new knowledge, and the university will transfer technology through patent
licensing to enhance the Texas knowledge-based technology economy.
Institute of Applied Sciences is UNT's oldest and largest interdisciplinary
research consortium. Here, faculty and students from scientific disciplines
ranging from astronomy to zoology come together with faculty and students
from philosophy and environmental journalism to pursue research and issues
related to such important topics as water resource analysis and management
in Texas and the impact of mass transportation systems on the air quality
of the Metroplex.
We plan for research on one of the most
critical issues for the North Texas region in the 21st century
to carry our future vision for environmental studies to the establishment
of a new Center for Watershed Analysis and Management. While no other
Texas university has focused on this important topic, UNT has a 30-year
record of research and public service in analyzing watershed and watershed
for the future
message we are sending is that research is an extremely important component
in UNT's vision for the future. We hope that the citizens, communities,
non-profit organizations and businesses of the North Texas region will
support and become partners in our endeavors so that all citizens of Texas
can reap increasing benefits from our growing commitment to research and