UNT music professor caps year of milestones with Carnegie concert

Jeff Bradetich is having a year of milestones. The University of North Texas Regents Professor of Double Bass turned 60, his double bass turned 250 years old and he marked his 50th years playing double bass, the largest string instrument in the orchestra pit.

He just saw the competition his foundation launched stage its second international solo bass competition, and his summer strings institute turned 30.

Bradetich will celebrate the milestones with an 8 p.m. concert on Friday, Nov. 17 in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City. UNT visiting professor Christoph Hammer will accompany him on...

UNT professor earns conservation award

The Wildlife Society of Mexico will award Ricardo Rozzi, a professor at the University of North Texas, with the 2017 Enrique Beltran Prize for the Conservation of Natural Resources. 

Rozzi, a professor in the Department of Philosophy and Religion, conducts environmental ethics and conservation research. He also co-founded the Sub-Antarctic Biocultural Conservation Program, based out of his home country in Chile.

The prize was presented during the 2017 International Congress for Natural Resources, in conjunction with the International Council on Natural Resources. The prize, named for the founder of the Mexican...

With 'Force Awakens,' 'Star Wars' expands its universe

Thu, Dec 17, 2015 - 12:00pm

by Stephen Humphries

In 2015, people across the world are divided over gun control, terrorism, immigration, and whether the term “Christmas” should come with a trigger warning.

But there is one thing that can unite almost everyone: the release of “Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens.”

The resumption of George Lucas’s space opera offers a shared cultural experience that transcends generations, gender, race, and politics. These days, that’s rarer than water on Tatooine. The popularity of “The Force Awakens”– ticket pre-sales are $100...

Coppell tech program celebrates first graduation

Fri, Dec 18, 2015 - 8:00am

by Mike Albanese

Students sat around the rectangular table on Saturday at the First United Methodist Church. 

Their faces fixated on the screen, illuminated by the light emitting from their devices. 

Thirty students, ranging from fourth grade to as young as first grade, graduated from the Colaberry Kids STEM Community Initiative on Saturday. 

“We did not expect it would grow this much,” said Colaberry CEO and founder Ram Kotamaraja.

Kotamaraja founded the program a year ago and it began with 10 people. 

He said the program helps encourage children to be involved in...

Tags: faculty, STEM, TAMS

Professor: Invest in housing market

Fri, Dec 11, 2015 - 11:46pm

by Jullian Gill

John Baen, Ph.D., a real estate professor at the University of North Texas, stood on a chair several times Friday afternoon as he presented his five-year economic forecast to a banquet room full of city officials and political candidates at a Denton Chamber of Commerce luncheon.

He was not shy about delivering his advice in a dramatic way.

It had been more than 10 years since the lively professor was the featured speaker at a chamber event, and this year he emphasized the importance of investing in a hot North Texas housing market with rapidly increasing values.

“The city of Denton...