Volume 18, No. 1 - Spring 2009
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President's Note

Gretchen M. Bataille

Gretchen M. Bataille is the 14th president in the 119-year history of the University of North Texas. She joined UNT in August 2006.

With nearly 35,000 students, the University of North Texas is a place where vision, science and technology converge every day as our faculty and student researchers solve real-world problems.

Whether they are working to revolutionize the way we light our world, overhauling the 911 infrastructure to handle emerging technology or preserving one of the world's last great wildernesses, our faculty are at the forefront of important issues. We also are leading efforts to modernize the classroom through our Next Generation courses, designing classes that use technology to improve the way students learn in large-enrollment courses.

These are just a few examples of the exciting research conducted on our campus — research that is addressing the world's most pressing needs and advancing our communities.

Last fall, we announced that we will invest at least $25 million in six collaborative research clusters to allow our faculty to pool their knowledge and interests. Our faculty members are among the nation's best in what they do, and our new clusters initiative is designed to attract new senior faculty to join us. For example, Alan Needleman, who committed this fall to being a full-time UNT researcher, is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and was elected last year to the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Through our investment, we will expand our expertise, and we will do even more to advance understanding and discovery.

We were founded in 1890 as a teacher's training college that evolved into a broad-based public research university that has one of the nation's most revered music schools. Today, UNT also boasts emerging strengths in computational chemistry, bio/nano devices and systems, materials science and engineering. Nurturing these strengths will secure our status as a top-flight university for years to come.

With green pride,

Gretchen M. Bataille

Gretchen M. Bataille


President's Note

Emerging strengths, expanding expertise


Research funding, Discovery Park, new deans


Honors for research and creativity

News Briefs

Solutions and scholarship across disciplines

New Faculty

Experts in conducting, Latino political behavior, tinnitus, materials science

Student Researchers

Projects in education, science, social science, art, business, music

Faculty Books

Poetry, justice, Aztec history and more

End Note

A growing research agenda

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