of North Texas
J. Priest Center for Community College Education
that one-third of all community college educators will retire within the
next five years, but student enrollment continues to increase. To address
this issue, the UNT College of Education established the Bill J. Priest
Center for Community College Education through the Department of Counseling,
Development and Higher Education in 1999. The center prepares graduate
students for leadership positions as administrators or faculty members
in community colleges.
A $1 million gift from Dallas businessman and UNT alumnus Don A. Buchholz,
who served for 18 years as a member of the Dallas County Community College
Board of Trustees, created the center. Its namesake, Bill J. Priest, was
the founding chancellor of the seven-campus Dallas County Community College
Besides preparing students for teaching and administration,
the center conducts research on community college policy and administrative
issues. It builds upon existing College of Education initiatives such
as the Community College Journal of Research and Practice, which
has been edited at the college for more than 20 years, and the North Texas
Community College Consortium, which includes community colleges throughout
Stephen Katsinas, Ph.D., is the Don A. Buchholz Chair
in Higher Education and director of the center. For more information,
visit the center's web site at www.unt.edu/highered/Priest
or call (940) 565-2045.
for Schenkerian Studies
Center for Schenkerian Studies —
the first of its kind in the world —
was established at the UNT College of Music in 2001 with the donation
of the Reinhard Oppel Memorial Collection. The center promotes music theory
and is working to resurrect the music of renowned 20th-century music theorist
Heinrich Schenker and his associates.
Although the center focuses on Schenkerian theory, it also sponsors research,
teaching activities and events in other areas of music theory, the history
of music theory and the history of musical culture in pre-World War II
Vienna. It sponsors guest lectures and last year hosted its first Fulbright
scholar, Margus Pärtlas
from the Estonian Academy of Music.
Currently, Timothy Jackson, Ph.D., the center's director,
is working with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra to bring the music of Paul
Kletzki back to life. Kletzki buried his music in Italy and fled during
World War II. After the war, believing his music destroyed, he stopped
composing. The chest of music was discovered in the early 1970s, but it
was not until after Kletzki's death that his widow had it opened and found
his music perfectly preserved.
UNT received copies last summer. In conjunction with
the center, the DSO will perform and record for Ondine Records all three
of Kletzki's symphonies and his Capriccio for Orchestra. The center
will organize a conference on the theme "Music that Survived the
For more information about the center, call (940) 565-3748
or e-mail email@example.com.
for Spatial Analysis and Mapping
Center for Spatial Analysis and Mapping is an instructional and research
center that uses geographic information systems (GIS) technology. Administered
through the Department of Geography and the Institute of Applied Sciences,
CSAM uses state-of-the-art computer software for managing information
tied to geographic location. Using multiple layers of digital information,
such as soil type, land ownership, rainfall, pesticide use, transportation
lines and census data, CSAM conducts analyses in such areas as water pollution,
disease distribution, resource management and business locations.
The center works with federal, state and local resource managers describing
agricultural activities, pollution threats, real estate locations and
emergency response. It maintains numerous geographic databases for research
by faculty and students and also has close ties with a network of GIS
departments in municipalities, government agencies, universities and community
colleges, and businesses. Many area GIS professionals are UNT alumni,
providing the basis for a strong student internship program.
The center has played an active role as a GIS training
center for governmental agencies and businesses, presenting short courses
to individuals from such organizations as Texas Parks and Wildlife, the
U.S. Forest Service, the Environmental Protection Agency and area universities
In 1996, Bruce Hunter, M.S., director of the center,
received the Founders Award from the South Central Arc Users Group, a
five-state regional association. The award recognized Hunter "for
being instrumental in changing the future of GIS in Texas."
For more information about the center, visit its web
site at www.ias.unt.edu/departments/csam.html
or call (940) 565-2991.
for the Study of Work Teams
Center for the Study of Work Teams was created in 1991 to provide education
and conduct research in collaborative work systems through partnerships
with businesses, government agencies, nonprofit organizations and other
universities. Such systems, designed to capitalize on collaborative work
practices, require that the organization be set up deliberately to create
opportunities for people to work together effectively.
The center's educational programs include an annual
spring symposium, intensive workshops and, each fall, the International
Conference on Work Teams —
the world's largest and most comprehensive learning opportunity of its
kind, where leading experts share work team practices, tools and techniques.
The center also provides information resources through publications and
research papers, its web page and TeamNet, a group e-mail list for team-related
In partnership with organizations, the center offers
assistance with organizational change and research projects for the design,
development and implementation of collaborative work systems. Projects
are led by UNT industrial-organizational psychology faculty. Team members
include faculty from other UNT departments and educational institutions,
doctoral students and center affiliates who are independent practitioners.
Types of projects include transformation to team-based organizations,
team development, team selection systems, employee involvement strategies,
team performance measurement and team assessment readiness.
Corporate sponsorships enable organizations interested
in forming a business-university alliance to share in the growth of the
center and ensure high-quality service and future programs. Sponsors include
such organizations as Boeing Co., Shell, First American Financial, S.C.
Johnson and MBNA.
For more information, visit the center's web site at
(940) 565-3096 or send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Science Center at Fort Worth
Institute for Cancer Research at the UNT Health Science Center was established
in 1999 to study all aspects of cancer. It contributes to new approaches
for cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment.
The institute explores new anti-cancer therapies and
cancer prevention methods through a multi-disciplinary team of researchers.
Among the ICR's members are basic science, clinical and public health
faculty from the Health Science Center, UNT at Denton, Texas Christian
University, the University of Texas at Arlington, Texas Wesleyan University
and Texas Woman's University. Ronald Goldfarb, Ph.D., a tumor immunologist
renowned in the field of cancer research, was recruited by the Health
Science Center to develop and lead the ICR.
This collaborative group of cancer experts is gaining
national recognition as an emerging force in the fight against cancer.
The institute was one of a handful across the nation to receive an Institutional
Research Grant from the American Cancer Society. According to the society's
review board, the ICR's application for funding ranked second among 26
applications from many of the major cancer centers across the United States.
Other funding for research projects comes from the
National Cancer Institute, the National Institute on Aging and the Department
of Defense breast cancer and prostate cancer research programs.
For more information about the Institute for Cancer
Research, visit its web site at www.hsc.unt.edu/research/icr.cfm
or call (817) 735-2113.
that forgetfulness can be no laughing matter, the UNT Health Science Center
operates a Memory Clinic for people who are concerned about their memory
but haven't been diagnosed with dementia. The clinic is the only one of
its kind in North Texas for the general public.
The Memory Clinic uses specialists in neurology, clinical neuropsychology,
geriatric psychology, geriatric medicine, geriatric nursing and geriatric
social work for its team approach to memory disorders. It is operated
by the Health Science Center's Physicians and Surgeons Medical Group,
one of the largest physician practices in North Texas.
Memory Clinic patients undergo a thorough assessment
to determine if their memory problems are due to normal changes that occur
with aging, treatable physical causes or chronic changes in brain function.
Memory loss can be linked to a variety of causes, including certain medications,
tumors, diabetes, stroke, depression, vision or hearing loss, cardiac
or pulmonary complications, vitamin deficiencies, Alzheimer's disease
or simple stress, according to Health Science Center specialists.
Immediately after the assessment, patients review the
results with a psychologist and discuss specific recommendations and strategies
to improve their memory. Patients can also have a report of this assessment
sent to their doctor.
Memory Clinic patients are seen in the new six-story
Patient Care Center on the UNT Health Science Center campus.
For more information, call Barbara Harty at (817) 735-2193.