Resources for Preserving Culture

A team of researchers from the UNT College of Information and UNT Libraries will comprehensively examine the landscape of Minority-Serving Institution archives and special collections, using a combination of qualitative, quantitative and document-based research methods to better understand what resources are available to these departments, what resources they need and the current status of digitization efforts. The UNT team's grant proposal was one of only seven recently selected for funding by the U.S. National Endowment for Humanities as part of its Research and Development Grant Program and its special initiative, American Tapestry: Weaving Together Past, Present, and Future.

Collaboration Spotlight
Grammy Winners

UNT has a global and diverse musical impact, which was underscored at the 66th Annual Grammy Awards this week. Four UNT alumni earned awards in five categories, including: Lecrae for Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song and Best Contemporary Christian Music Album; Latonia Moore for Best Opera Recording for Blanchard's Champion; and Thann Scoggin and Cameron Beauchamp (Roomful of Teeth) for Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance. UNT alum Frank Green played trumpet on album Basie Swings the Blues, which won Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album. Also, UNT College of Music alumna Annie Ray received the Grammy Educator of the Year award. Read a full list of UNT nominees.

Research News
State Honor

UNT professor Shengqian Ma, a global leader in nanoporous materials research, earned the 2024 Edith and Peter O'Donnell Award in Physical Sciences from the Texas Academy of Medicine, Engineering, Science and Technology (TAMEST). Ma, the Welch Chair in UNT's Department of Chemistry, is the first-ever UNT recipient of this award. In addressing Earth's growing environmental concerns, Ma's research, sparked by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, focuses on water-related challenges. Specifically, he's exploring solutions for removing oil from the ocean, aiming first to understand the complex environment.

Everybody's Bolos

Professor Ana M. Lopez, who teaches metalsmithing and jewelry in the College of Visual Arts and Design, explored the expressive potential of the bolo tie, its history in relation to marginalized communities and its current relevance as a gender-neutral form of adornment as an Institute for the Advancement of the Arts Faculty Fellow this past year. Through her research, she created a new art piece and co-curated the exhibition "Everybody's Bolos" on contemporary interpretations of the bolo tie featuring the works of 30 artists. It's on display through May 10 on the UNT campus and an accompanying symposium event will be held Feb. 24.

Business Research Productivity

UNT earned a global ranking of No. 25 out of 98 universities worldwide whose faculty have published in the top three family business journals between 2018-2022. The inaugural Texas State University Family Business Research Productivity Ranking aims to spotlight institutions and scholars leading the way in family business research. Rankings were determined by the cumulative number of articles published in the top three academic journals dedicated to family business research: Family Business Review, Journal of Family Business Strategy and Journal of Family Business Management. G. Brint Ryan College of Business faculty contributed a total of five publications to these top journals, including research by Christopher Penney, Jeffrey Chandler, Danielle Cooper and Jeremy Short. Penney, who co-authored three of the five publications referenced, also was highlighted individually as a top family business scholar in the rankings.

Researchers in the News

UNT faculty researchers from various disciplines were tapped as experts in local news coverage this past month. Professor Ram Dantu, who serves as director for UNT's Center for Information and Cyber Security, spoke with The Dallas Morning News about how the string of data breaches at major companies unveiled a deficiency in their cybersecurity defenses. Assistant professor Soona Park, who studies consumer behavior, told CBS DFW that more companies are encouraging tipping to cut down on labor costs. And professor Han Wen, who is co-director of UNT's Center for Consumer Insights and Innovation and an expert in the food and beverage industry, explained the consumer-driven push for zero-proof cocktails in this Denton Record-Chronicle story.

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