faculty members of the University of North Texas System institutions are
contributing to the system's stature as a premier educational, intellectual,
research and cultural resource for the North Texas region. The faculty
members pictured here are a few among hundreds who have made significant
advancements in research, scholarship and the arts.
UNT professor of geography
ecology through technology
funding from the National Science Foundation and other sponsors,
Acevedo and collaborators link information from real-time sensors,
satellites and geographic information systems to computer simulations
of ecosystems. The results are used to analyze changes in water
quality in reservoirs and in habitat and land use in tropical rainforests.
UNT associate professor of foreign languages and literatures
recognition to Latin American literature
native of Mexico City, Beckman researches medieval and Golden Age
Spanish literature and Latin American female writers. She is the
author of El valor literario del Lázaro
de 1555: género,
in which she discusses characters in three Spanish novels.
to the world of poetry
an award-winning poet, was one of 34 people in the United States
to receive a Creative Writing Fellowship in Poetry for 2001 from
the National Endowment for the Arts. He is using the $20,000 to
start a book of critical essays on contemporary poetry and to begin
his fifth book of poetry, which will include a centerpiece poem
about Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich.
UNT Health Science Center research assistant professor of integrative
the effects of obesity on heart function
received a $900,000 grant from the National Institutes of
Health to expand her research. She seeks to determine mechanisms
by which obesity causes reduced heart function,
both in the presence and absence of hypertension. She is also studying
whether exercise training can reduce obesity's negative effects
on the heart.
Lye Chng, Ph.D.
UNT Regents Professor of kinesiology, health promotion and recreation
prevent disease through education
studies have resulted in a clearer understanding of human sexual
behavior as it relates to the human immunodeficiency virus and its
prevention, as well as a deeper appreciation of the role of culture
in HIV prevention. His research and teaching promote
healthy lifestyles and behaviors.
UNT Regents Professor of physics
has influenced three decades of students at UNT. His research is
primarily focused on experiments related to the semi-conductor
industry. He conducts his research in UNT's 7,500-square-foot accelerator
the largest in Texas that analyzes materials. He has organized 16
International Conferences on the Application of Accelerators in
Research and Industry.
UNT professor of sociology
health insurance of low-income workers
received more than $70,000 from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating
Board's Advanced Research Program to examine health insurance of
low-income workers in Tarrant County. The research is being conducted
with faculty from the UNT Health Science Center at Fort Worth and
the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.
Galvan, M.P.H., M.S.
UNT Health Science Center associate dean of the School of Public
public health training
is leading the Health Science Center's involvement in a nationwide
network of Public Health Training Centers. Texas schools of public
health are collaborating to enhance training opportunities for public
health professionals and to educate officials about the role of
UNT professor and chair of the Department of Computer Sciences
focuses his research on computer systems architecture, hoping to
design better, faster computers and hardware that consumes very
little power. He also is researching ways to better manage computer
memories for Java-based applications. The National Science Foundation,
the Texas Advanced Research Program and NASA have funded his research.
UNT associate professor of sociology
ways to improve the lives of newborns
received $180,000 from the March of Dimes to conduct smoking intervention
projects for pregnant smokers. Women who smoke during pregnancy
suffer more miscarriages and stillbirths and are more likely to
have premature infants than women who don't smoke during pregnancy,
E. Ledgerwood, Ph.D.
UNT associate professor of management
students and businesses understand employment practices
each year Ledgerwood presents the Employer's Update, a workshop
in which state and federal agencies define new employment requirements
for Metroplex businesses. In class, her students serve as human
resource auditors for local businesses and institutions.
UNT associate professor of history
World War II military strategy
is the author of Omaha Beach: A Flawed Victory. In the book,
he explains how the high casualty rate at Omaha Beach during the
Allied invasion of Normandy should be seen as the fault of the operational
and strategic commanders of the invasion, rather than of the tactical
leaders traditionally cited by historians.
UNT Health Science Center assistant professor of molecular biology
new weapon in cancer fight
with a molecule in natural killer cells he discovered almost a decade
ago, Mathew recently identified the ligand, or partner, to the molecule.
It could be the key to activating natural killer cells that kill
cancerous cells and other autoimmune diseases.