Volume 17 - 2008
UNT - University of North Texas - Discover the Power of Ideas

Science, Scholarship &
the Arts at the University of North Texas

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President's Note

Gretchen M. Bataille

Gretchen M. Bataille is the 14th president in the 118-year history of the University of North Texas. She joined UNT in August 2006.

At the University of North Texas, a student-centered public research university, more than 34,000 students discover the power of ideas each day. Ideas are the foundation of knowledge and the catalyst for change and advancement. And UNT's faculty and student scholars seek to understand, to advance human knowledge and to tackle society's challenges by exploring and nurturing ideas.

This exploration is the foundation for a bold research agenda that will expand our strengths in science and technology while continuing to build our nationally and internationally recognized programs in music, art and the humanities. It also will support our tradition of developing teachers and reaching out to make a difference in our communities through applied research.

Dr. Vishwanath "Vish" Prasad, who became UNT's vice president for research and economic development in fall 2007, will lead this expansion of our research, original scholarship and creative activity. He also will guide the development of Discovery Park, UNT's 285-acre research park.

And while I am certain his experience in securing funding for research programs and developing partnerships with industry will serve UNT well, he also is charged with maintaining UNT's existing centers of excellence. For example, our Texas Center for Music and Medicine is dedicated to studying, treating and preventing musicians' health problems, and at UNT's Polymer Mechanical and Rheology Laboratory, researchers are working on the next generation of bioplastics.

You can learn more about Dr. Prasad and UNT's new provost, Dr. Wendy K. Wilkins, read about them news briefs. And by reading this magazine, you'll get a sample of the many and varied ways that UNT scholars are making a difference.

With green pride,

Gretchen M. Bataille

Gretchen M. Bataille


President's Note

Exploration of ideas provides the foundation for a bold research agenda.

News Briefs

New leaders set a new course, and awards and grants help develop materials, save endangered languages, protect the environment.

New Faculty

Researchers bring work in accounting, photography, plant pathology and thermal-fluid sciences to UNT.

Student Researchers

Student research covers medical physics, human rights, computational chemistry, music education, ethics.

Faculty Books

UNT authors write about higher education, cost control, police patrol, copyright law.

End Note

Interdisciplinary collaborations advance the greater good.

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