2019 Faculty Excellence ceremony

Honoring top research, teaching and service

UNT faculty members were recently celebrated for their dedication to excellence through research, service and education. Awards were presented during the Salute to Faculty Excellence Awards Celebration April 25, supported by the UNT Foundation. The four top honorees were Janice Miner Holden, professor of counseling; Karen Weiller Abels, associate professor of kinesiology, health promotion and recreation; Bradford Charles Leali, professor of jazz saxophone; and S. Michael Sexton, senior lecturer of management. Watch a video honoring Holden, UNT's Eminent Faculty Award winner and view the complete list of faculty members who were lauded for their accomplishments.

Collaboration Spotlight
Code Launch presented by UNT FriscoLaunching software startups

UNT at Frisco is the presenting sponsor for CodeLaunch 2019, an annual startup expo and pitch competition to accelerate startup ideas. The competition, open to all early-stage technology startups needing software development, will result in finalists squaring off in a pitch competition judged by a panel of distinguished entrepreneurs and the audience July 31 in Frisco. Last year startups were awarded more than $67,000 in services including software development, product design, legal counsel and a capital raising workshop. Learn more about the event and how to apply for the competition before the May 31 deadline.

Research News
Eduardo Blanco
Helping computers understand negation

"Never" doesn't always mean "no," and it's a perplexing problem for computers trying to understand human language. Eduardo Blanco, assistant professor of computer science and engineering, is the recipient of a $500,000 National Science Foundation CAREER award to teach computers the intricacies of negation. His work could help smart devices and computers carry on more natural conversations with humans and provide better language translations. Blanco is one of 13 UNT researchers to receive the prestigious CAREER award supporting early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education.

Yu-Luen Ma
Studying safe driving data

Do Usage-Based Insurance or Pay-As-You-Drive-And-You-Save programs save drivers or the companies that offer them money? The answer, is yes, according to Yu-Luen Ma, professor of insurance and risk management. However, the driver, or more specifically, their data, could save individuals even more, says Ma. In her latest study, funded by a $300,000 grant from the U.S. Federal Highway Administration, Ma and her team studied safe driving plans. Read about their significant findings.

Young Hoon
Bringing together two Koreas

Sixty-plus years after the Korean Peninsula was officially split into two separate governments, Young Hoon Kim, associate professor of hospitality and tourism management, is looking for ways to bring the two countries together. Kim, who was born in South Korea, is studying how travel through sustainable tourism and destination development can encourage citizens from both nations to interact and build relationships with one another. For his efforts, Kim and his research team were recently awarded a grant from the Korea Institute for International Economic Policy for their research project. As part of his effort, Kim will lead a group of students on a study abroad trip to the Korean demilitarized zone during UNT's 2019 Maymester.

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