UNT counseling faculty members earn national awards

Thu, Apr 17, 2014 - 1:15pm

Two University of North Texas College of Education faculty members — Sue Bratton and Amanda Giordano — earned awards from the American Counseling Association for their contributions to the field.

Sue Bratton, professor of counseling, earned the ACA Extended Research Award for two decades of research on play therapy and Child Parent Relationship Therapy, or CPRT. Bratton also serves as director of the renowned Center for Play Therapy at UNT, the largest play therapy training program in the world. In play therapy, counselors use play materials to help children express their experiences, feelings and thoughts.

She is a...

New study links declining North Texas ozone to oil and gas production

Wed, Apr 16, 2014 - 2:39pm

Andependent researcher has found evidence of ill effects of fracking in the Barnett Shale that challenges optimistic claims from government officials.

Mahdi Ahmadi, a University of North Texas graduate student, pored over more millions of data points from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) to determine if there is a link between declining ozone and oil and gas production.

As first reported by the Denton Record-Chronicle, Ahmadi's research shows that areas...

UNT prof felt a duty to study the West explosion

Wed, Apr 16, 2014 - 2:36pm

Before the West Fertilizer plant explosion a year ago, not much thought had been given to the devastating effects of such a catastrophe.

The blast, which was equivalent to 15,000 to 20,000 pounds of TNT, damaged 350 homes, destroying 130 and leaving 51 with major damage. The explosion killed 15 and injured at least 200.

So it’s not surprising that University of North Texas professor Zhenhua Huang, an assistant professor of construction engineering technology, felt it was urgent that he study the deadly blast’s effect...

Mayoral candidates weigh in on top issues, tout their experience

Mon, Apr 14, 2014 - 2:24pm

A spirited race for Denton mayor has three veteran campaigners vying to differentiate themselves to voters.

Jean Schaake, 70, an associate dean at the University of North Texas; Chris Watts, 52, an attorney and real estate developer and investor; and talk show host Donna Woodfork, 44, have all filed for the seat. Outgoing Mayor Mark Burroughs has reached his term limit under the city charter.

Schaake said she is a leader with a proven track record, including years of service with the Denton school board and the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission, who will work collaboratively with other council members to address...

Campus hosts Eastern Pennsylvania Philosophical Association Meeting

Wed, Apr 9, 2014 - 2:11pm

The Misericordia University Department of Philosophy and the Living Philosophy Project recently hosted Irene J. Klaver, Ph.D., professor of philosophy at the University of North Texas, and other guest presenters for the spring meeting of the Eastern Pennsylvania Philosophical Association (EPPA) .

Dr. Klaver is director of the Philosophy of Water Project and professor of philosophy at the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas. Her specialization is environmental philosophy, particularly the philosophy of water. Her research and teaching focus on social-political and cultural dimensions of water from the global to local...