Researcher at UNT fine-tunes chemical analyzer to create crime-fighting tool

Tue, Aug 19, 2014 - 12:01pm

A researcher at the University of North Texas has reinvented his own invention, fine-tuning a chemical analyzer to create a crime-fighting tool.

Guido Verbeck developed the nanomanipulator in 2006 to extract and analyze chemicals at the nanoscopic scale. He recently tailored the device to help investigators spot counterfeit documents, as well as identifying unknown drugs and explosives.

“You can generate an incredible number of ideas if you just know what the other person is missing,” said Verbeck, an associate professor of chemistry.

Verbeck’s device was funded by a $380,000 grant from the National Institute...

Budding mariachis fine-tune their skills at UNT camp

Fri, Jul 25, 2014 - 11:29am

DENTON — Jose Hernandez wanted more emotion from the musicians.

They were rehearsing “Mi Amante Perfecta,” a ballad that unfolds like a love letter, and the high school mariachis were playing it too rigidly, too much like a classical piece.

“Now, that’s very, very super light because we could overpower the violins,” Hernandez told the trumpet section.

“Always start down-bow,” he told the violinists. In orchestral music, violins play softer, smoother, “but in mariachi we have to compete with the trumpets.”

Hernandez was instructing and inspiring the group at a weeklong camp for middle and high school...

Local principals learn valuable lessons

Mon, Jun 30, 2014 - 1:18pm

Great schools have leaders with a laser-like focus on what they need to do well.

For example, an elementary school may decide its success will hinge on increasing time to teach reading skills — and incorporate reading in every project in all content areas.

If they use technology, they use it only for reading remediation — not product production.

“A narrow, laser-like focus on what you need to do — that’s what great schools are doing,” said Jeff Blacklock.

The Midwestern State University professor from the West College of Education taught Thursday’s session of the Principal Leadership Academy, a three-...

A little more about Stephen Fuller's heir apparent

Thu, Jun 26, 2014 - 2:01pm

They've got Cowboys, we've got Redskins.

They've got 6.8 million people, we've got just over 6 million, but packed into about 60 percent as much space as the Texas plains.

They've got the energy industry, we've got the federal government.

Those are some of the differences facingTerry Clower as he prepares to joinGeorge Mason University in August as...

UNT Professor Ruth West Is Linking Art and Science to Make Both Easier to Understand

Thu, Jun 26, 2014 - 1:52pm

UNT professor Ruth West is showing me a diagram of branching lines that resembles a March Madness bracket. It's Darwin's handiwork. The scientist sketched the visual tool in order to reclassify earth's living genealogy, as informed by evolution. It's just one artful rendering, but it represents a total change of perspective in how we view and understand the world. Ruth West likes that. A lot.

This sweet spot, the intersection of aesthetics and research, is where West digs in. She moved to Denton from Los Angeles last year to educate across four of UNT's colleges -- Information, Visual Arts and...