Ceremony to announce the new UNT NetDragon Digital Research Centre photographed in the HUB Club at Apogee Stadium

UNT launches NetDragon Digital Research Centre

UNT joined forces with Digital Train Limited, a leader in internet and mobile internet educational content and delivery, to launch its NetDragon Digital Research Centre. Through industry partners, it will provide additional opportunities for student internships and faculty training, sponsored research across multiple disciplines, technology development and deployment of online courses to further enrich student learning experiences. Digital Train Limited, one of the many companies owned by NetDragon's founder Dejian Liu, provided $500,000 as startup funding to launch the centre and provide seed money for initiatives.

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Jon McCarryMurphy Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

UNT is leading an initiative to grow a sustainable, business accelerator platform throughout the North Texas region, thanks to new leadership for UNT's Murphy Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Jon McCarry, a UNT alumnus with a wide breadth of experience in private equity, was tapped as the senior director for the center, which is housed in UNT's College of Business. McCarry will spearhead the center's efforts to spur entrepreneurial creativity on campus and in surrounding communities.

Research News
Richard Dixon
Earning election into the Royal Society

UNT professor Richard Dixon recently was elected into the Royal Society. The United Kingdom's Royal Society is similar to the United States' National Academy of Sciences of which Dixon also is a member. Both are prestigious organizations dedicated to the understanding and advancement of science. "There is no checklist of achievement to become a member," says Dixon, Distinguished Research Professor in UNT's Department of Biological Sciences. "You do your best and work with those around you. I have collaborated with scientists from around the world as well as those right here at UNT. The more brains you can put on a problem, the easier it is to solve."

Narendra Dahotre
Recognizing lifetime achievement

Narendra Dahotre, interim vice president of research and innovation and a Distinguished Professor with UNT's College of Engineering, recently earned the Society of Manufacturing Engineers Eli Whitney Productivity Award for lifetime achievement in the area of manufacturing engineering. "Receiving such recognition from the international manufacturing community was a moment of great pride for me,"  Dahotre says. "I've spent my entire career developing laser-based surface engineering for advanced materials. You could say that I was using laser technology before laser technology was cool."

Dan Kim
Studying how cultural norms impact online innovation

A UNT business professor earned a Fulbright U.S. Scholar grant to travel to the Korea University Business School to research how the creation of new online technologies is affected by different cultural norms – the shared system of beliefs that characterize a particular group – and whether that's changed in today's technology-driven environment.

Angie Cartwright
Earning Early Career Award

Angie (Wilson) Cartwright, an assistant professor in the Department of Counseling and Higher Education in the College of Education, was selected as UNT's inaugural Presidential Early Career Professor. Cartwright, who joined the faculty in 2015, will receive $50,000 in research support as part of her new designation. She will use the funds to continue her work of promoting mental health and multicultural competencies among underserved communities including people of color and offender populations.

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