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UNT is collaborating with Inspire Frisco to provide mentoring, education and networking events for entrepreneurs at UNT’s Inspire Park in Frisco. UNT is a founding member of Inspire Frisco, a group of organizations and businesses in the Frisco entrepreneurial ecosystem working to invigorate North Texas entrepreneurs to take initiative, engage and guide the region’s growing startup community. Since taking ownership of its Inspire Park facility in October, UNT has begun hosting free monthly talks for entrepreneurs across industries, in partnership with Inspire Frisco. “We are trying to...
UNT brought blockchain to the classroom. Business professionals and College of Business students learned about the financial, technological, legal and governance aspects of blockchain for organizations and how it can be used to improve processes, lower costs, increase security and speed transactions. Blockchain for Business (BCIS 4900 and BCIS 5900) is back by popular demand for the Spring semester. The course is just one way UNT’s Department of Information Technology and Decision Sciences is preparing the current and future workforce. On Jan. 24, one of the course’s instructors Cijoy...
Regents Professor Stephen Jackson was recently accepted as a fellow by the American Mathematical Society.  The Fellows of the AMS designation recognizes members who have made outstanding contributions to the creation, exposition, advancement, communication and utilization of mathematics.  Jackson’s decade-plus work with definable set theory is one of the reasons he was honored by the society. In August, he shared his findings on the theory at the International Congress of Mathematicians in Rio de Janeiro. “The theory of definable sets is on the very forefront of mathematical logic theory. It...
UNT has appointed Hanchen Huang as its new dean of the College of Engineering. Huang’s appointment begins Jan. 1, 2019. In his role at UNT, he will have authority over research, outreach and curriculum. “I’m excited that Dr. Huang chose to lead UNT’s College of Engineering as it continues to grow its student body and expand its reach as a nationally recognized engineering program,” says UNT Provost Jennifer Cowley. “Dr. Huang brings with him a wealth of research and educational experience in mechanical and nuclear engineering that will help him in guiding and supporting our faculty and...
A new master’s degree fellowship at UNT will immerse one graduate student in the field of food history. Funds from the Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and the Culinary Arts will support a $5,000 annual stipend for two years of the student research fellowship. Food has a story to tell, says UNT history professor Jennifer Wallach. It plays a fundamental role in the history of all things.  “It’s a building block to all human behavior. If we want to understand anything, we want to think about food,” says Wallach, who specializes in African-American history and has been both author or editor...
To develop unparalleled educational opportunities for students in fields related to sport entertainment management, UNT and the Professional Golfers' Association of America signed a memorandum of understanding on education, research and branding initiatives for both entities. The signing of the memorandum follows the PGA of America's announced intent to relocate its headquarters to Frisco, a hotbed of sport entertainment activity and the location of UNT's Frisco campus, including its sport entertainment management program. "By partnering with the PGA of America, UNT hopes to develop unique...
Doctoral students studying everything from educational psychology to computer science competed in Toulouse Graduate School’s annual Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition on Nov. 17. Each contestant fiercely condensed years of research into a concise three-minute presentation to a non-specialist audience of 120 people. The competition challenged students to convey technical details and abstract ideas using only one PowerPoint slide without any additional props or visual aids. “The goal of the Three Minute Thesis competition is to help students talk about their research using nontechnical...
FAVORITE QUOTE:  “Be the first to change, be the first to take the challenge, be the first one to overcome the difficulties,” by Jack Ma, philanthropist and internet and technology entrepreneur. WHAT I LOVE MOST ABOUT MY JOB:  Supporting my students continuously and to be able to prepare them for individual successes. Over the years, my research has focused on maximizing the effectiveness of learning and personalizing the learning experience in and out of the classroom. I love that I have the possibility to ensure those aspects in my job. THE COLLEGE'S LATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT:  The ongoing...
Richard Dixon, University Distinguished Research Professor in UNT’s Department of Biological Sciences, was recently elected into the United Kingdom’s Royal Society, the oldest scientific organization in the world dedicated to the understanding and advancement of science. The Royal Society is similar to the United States’ National Academy of Sciences, of which Dixon also is a member. Only 14 Texans are fellows of the Royal Society. “I am originally from the U.K. so my election into the Royal Society is especially exciting for me,” says Dixon, who over the past three decades has become known...
MIT biology professor Jing-Ke Weng studies metabolic evolution in plants and explores the remarkable plant chemodiversity for new commodity chemicals and medicines. The UNT Postdoctoral Association will hold its first research symposium Wednesday, Oct. 31. The program’s major symposium will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Willis Library Forum, Room 140. This event will showcase the depth, breadth and variety of research conducted by post-docs at UNT and will include presentations by William Chan from the Department of Mathematics, Srinivas Mantri from the Department of Materials...
College of Engineering Professor Nourredine Boubekri will speak at the ninth annual American Manufacturing Strategies Summit in San Diego, California, Oct. 22 – 23, 2018.  An expert on technology innovation, Boubekri will speak on new developments in robotics, artificial intelligence, 3D/4D printing, quantum computing and other emerging technologies. He will address the challenges in technology development, implementation and diffusion in many sectors, including higher education. “Since the ‘80s, technology has been advancing at an amazing rate,” says Boubekri, a faculty member in the ...
Educational psychology professor Darrell Hull has been named an award winner in the prestigious Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program.  For his Fulbright research, Hull will travel to Jamaica to study “unattached” youth — young people who are unemployed and are not in school or any training programs.  In Jamaica, “unattached” youth make up about 30 percent of the total youth population and have the highest unemployment rate at 22 percent. “They don’t have the skills to get a job,” says Hull. “They’d like to work, but they don’t have the ability to get any traction.” Hull will examine the long-term...
Four UNT faculty members were among the educators celebrated for their dedication to excellence through research, service and education. The awards were presented during the seventh annual Salute to Faculty Excellence Awards Dinner and Ceremony Oct. 5 at the University Union’s Emerald Ballroom. The ceremony was supported by the UNT Foundation, which accepts, invests and manages private gifts, endowed funds and other assets for the benefit of the university, including faculty and students. John G. Peters Peters, a University Distinguished Research Professor of English, was awarded the...
Pictured from left to right: Nathan Wright (QV Partners), Jerry Browder (Signet Health), Jon McCarry (Director of UNT's Murphy Center), Heather Gregory (Stoke Denton), Ryan Davenport (Trestle Partners) and Marshall Culpeper (Kubos Corp) photographed inside Stoke Denton, a co-working space for entrepreneurs and startups in Denton, Texas. The Murphy Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of North Texas is collaborating with the Denton community to launch a new investment group in the North Texas region. The Denton Angel Investment Group — whose founders include several...
Pamela Padilla, professor in biological sciences and associate dean of research and graduate studies in the College of Science, has been named interim associate vice president for research and innovation at UNT. Padilla began her new role Sept. 1. Padilla replaces Narendra Dahotre, who is currently serving as interim vice president of research and innovation. In her new role, Padilla will help oversee the management of UNT’s shared instrumentation facilities across campus and work with the advisory groups and directors for each facility. She also will serve on the new Research Space...