debuted in this compelling new format last fall. Initially, our primary
goal in revitalizing the publication was to showcase the scholars, students
and programs that portray the commitment to research of the University
of North Texas, the Dallas-Fort Worth region's largest and most comprehensive
Now in 2001, we expand the scope of Resource
to include coverage of research throughout the newly established University
of North Texas System, the only university system fully located in the
North Texas region. Our system has numerous nationally known and regional
programs on its campuses, and our priorities include striving to increase
that number and making a contribution to the economic development and
cultural vitality of the dynamic North Texas region. A growing result
of these emphases on economic development and physical health is our stepped-up
research in science and technology.
With nearly 50 doctoral programs, and more on the horizon,
research must be an essential part of the UNT System's mission. Of course,
and very importantly, in addition to the already noted contributions to
research, this work helps students develop into thoughtful leaders and
accomplished professionals in their fields.
The immediate change you will find in this issue is
that nationally and internationally significant research and outstanding
researchers at the UNT Health Science Center at Fort Worth are now featured
alongside cutting-edge scholars and programs at the university. The issue
features two cardiovascular research projects (one at UNT and one at the
Health Science Center), ongoing Alzheimer's research, innovative applications
for newly developed polymers, economic research and, as a reminder of
the exceptionally strong liberal arts foundation of UNT, new insights
into French Renaissance literature.
As you read through this Resource, we hope the
articles, news briefs and faculty profiles will lead you to a new appreciation
of the diverse, high-quality scholarship in the UNT System.
Alfred F. Hurley, Ph.D.
Chancellor, UNT System