With $1.75M U.S. Department of Energy Grant, UNT Adds Industrial Assessment Center

UNT is set to help regional manufacturers bring more effectiveness and sustainability to their operations as the first university in the North Texas region to join the U.S. Department of Energy's Industrial Assessment Center program. The UNT Industrial Assessment Center (UNTIAC) housed in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Discovery Park is funded through a $1.75 million U.S. Department of Energy grant that will be eligible for renewal every five years. In addition to providing assessments and conducting research in the energy and manufacturing areas, the center also will involve undergraduate and graduate students in conducting its work, training the next generation of engineers and leaders in these areas. UNTIAC complements the existing Center for Agile and Adaptive Additive Manufacturing at the university.

Collaboration Spotlight
Accelerating Latino Student Success

UNT is now a member of Presidents for Latino Student Success, a network of college and university leaders created by Excelencia in Education, the nation's premier authority in efforts accelerating Latino student success in higher education. This new partnership comes just three months after UNT announced its founding membership in the Alliance of Hispanic Serving Research Universities. As a Hispanic-Serving and Minority-Serving Institution, UNT leadership is committed to cultivating a learning environment where Latino students thrive. Working with Excelencia's network will bolster UNT's progress to transform higher education. It will provide opportunities to collaborate with more than 175 affiliate institutions while also pursuing the Seal of Excelencia, a national certification held by only 24 institutions striving to shift their focus from enrolling Hispanic and Latino students to finding meaningful and multidimensional ways to support their success.

Research News
Tech's Influence in Urban Forest Planning

Alexandra Ponette-González and Matthew Fry, faculty members in the Department of Geography and the Environment, will soon launch a five-year study — backed by a $1.5 million National Science Foundation grant — to examine how technology influences urban forest sustainability and equity. Ponette-González is leading an interdisciplinary team of researchers from around the U.S. focused on looking at how urban forest assessment and valuation tools — and the people using them — are impacting decisions made about our urban forests.

UNT Named HSI Fulbright Leader

UNT is one of 43 Hispanic-Serving Institutions nationwide to be named a Fulbright HSI Leader by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. This is the first time UNT has earned this designation, which is given to HSI universities who have demonstrated noteworthy engagement with Fulbright exchange participants during the 2021-22 academic year and have promoted Fulbright Program opportunities on campus. In total, 11 faculty members and students from UNT have earned awards from the Fulbright Program for the 2022-23 awards cycle. These include former students from the College of Music and the College of Merchandising, Hospitality and Tourism, who will be traveling abroad in the next year for research.

Bridging the Education STEM Gap

Sarah Evans, assistant professor in UNT's College of Information, has created a new program to help bridge the STEM education gap in rural areas. Raise Up Radio will use local radio stations to broadcast STEM content produced by local libraries to families who may not have access to internet at home. The radio broadcasts will connect to activity kits that community members can check out from the library, creating further learning opportunities. Raise Up Radio will focus on one library to start, with plans to expand to more in the years to come. The work is being funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services' Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program.

The Lab Research YouTube Series Premieres

The first few episodes of The Lab, a new UNT YouTube series, are now available. The series features UNT researchers describing how their groundbreaking research will impact the lives of people, business or culture. So far, the series has featured Aleshia Hayes in the Department of Learning Technologies explaining how her VR game Stemming from Disaster creates empathy while helping students discover a STEM career path and Arkadii Krokhin, a professor in the Department of Physics, sharing how phononic crystals can be used to block traffic noise. Subscribe to the UNT YouTube Channel and stay up to date with the series.

College of Science SMART Talk

The College of Science will feature Pudur Jagadeeswaran, University Distinguished Research Professor of Biological Sciences, in the next installment of its SMART Talk lecture series at 4 p.m. Oct. 26 in the UNT Union Lyceum. Jagadeeswaran will discuss his research on blood clotting. The SMART Talk series highlights outstanding scholarly work of College of Science faculty and the Tier One research happening at UNT, while bringing the community together to discuss scientific breakthroughs and learn about the building blocks of the world around us.

Innovator of Jazz Education

The internationally ranked UNT College of Music debuted the world's first Jazz Studies degree program 75 years ago. The college continues to develop unique academic programs that prepare students for the music industry's changing needs. Students learn from faculty who are highly accomplished music professionals and have opportunities to perform in award-winning ensembles as well as conduct research in the field. The Jazz Studies 75th Anniversary Reunion Oct. 20-22 will celebrate UNT's program with alumni performances, current ensembles, a celebration of alumnus and Grammy Award-winner Lyle Mays' life and more. For tickets, visit jazz.unt.edu/unt-jazz-75th-anniversary.

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