UNT Opens Pettinger Center for Design and Innovation

Students in the College of Engineering have a new place to dream up their future innovations. The Pettinger Center for Design and Innovation at UNT's Discovery Park is a 7,429-square-foot center where engineering students can learn and have ample space and resources to create their North Texas Design senior projects. Renovation of the space was made possible by a donation from Wes and Hedwig Pettinger ('79 M.Ed.) — the largest gift ever made to the College of Engineering. Through its resources and programming, the center seeks to inspire the next generation of STEM professionals.

Collaboration Spotlight
Equitable Education Pathways

Chemistry faculty members Molly Atkinson, Adriana Corrales and Rebecca Weber are studying ways to build more equitable educational pathways in chemistry for underserved communities. Funded by a $75,000 Alfred P. Sloan Foundation grant, Atkinson and her team will identify programs and other support mechanisms that encourage Black, Indigenous and Latine students from two-year colleges to transfer to four-year universities and pursue graduate degrees in chemistry. Their work will look at current pathways and support for transfer students at Dallas College and UNT, gather data through interviews with students, staff and faculty in that transfer process and develop additional support structures through collaboration with these stakeholders.

Research News
Exploring Time Through Art

The ancient bristlecone pines at the top of Mount Washington in the southwestern U.S. are the latest witnesses to Alicia Eggert's art, thanks to her collaboration with The Long Now Foundation. Eggert, associate professor of studio art, sculpts neon, steel and time to make art that inspires reflection and wonder at the finite nature of human life within a seemingly infinite universe. Watch the videos covering the installation process and the impact of the mountain-top setting on the work by Eggert. "Each different location basically creates a different context for the message," she says, "and it's amazing to see how from one place to another the words can have very different meanings. … For me, those trees are the perfect example of what it means to be fully present."

Faculty Earn Top Honors

UNT faculty across disciplines have earned top honors for their positive contributions to their fields. Assistant Vice Provost for Faculty Success Angie Cartwright earned the 2022 Texas Counseling Association Research Award. In materials science and engineering, Narendra Dahotre was selected as the recipient of The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society Bruce Chalmers Award and Wonbong Choi will be inducted as a fellow in the National Academy of Inventors later this year. In English, Priscilla Ybarra and her co-editors from universities across the U.S. are the inaugural winners of the Modern Language Association Prize for an Edited Collection. And political science professor Marijke Breuning was elected incoming president of the International Studies Association — one of the largest associations of scholars of international relations in the world.

The Lab YouTube Series

Catch up on the latest episodes of The Lab, a YouTube series featuring UNT researchers describing how their groundbreaking research will impact the lives of people, business or culture. The most recent episode features Chanjuan Chen, associate professor of fashion design, talking about her modular fashion research. You'll also find episodes with Karine Narahara (anthropology), Vivek Virani (ethnomusicology) and more. Subscribe to the UNT YouTube Channel and stay up to date with the series.

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