Officials: No new plans to clean up air

Mon, Apr 21, 2014 - 2:01pm

ARLINGTON — State environmental officials reaffirmed Thursday that they have no plans to add new control measures to clean up North Texas air, insisting that air quality will meet federal standards by 2018.

Members of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality staff told the North Texas Clean Air Steering Committee that new federal standards for cleaner gasoline and “fleet turnover” — more North Texans trading in old cars for new, cleaner cars — would be enough to see a drastic improvement in the region’s poor air quality over the next three years.

The state’s announcement came after the presentation of two...

UNT gender-neutral housing plan hits roadblock

Mon, Apr 21, 2014 - 1:50pm

DENTON — Students at the University of North Texas hoped to see discussions begin this semester for creating gender-neutral housing.

But Taylor Evans, one of the organizers of the proposal, said this week the effect is “definitely stalled” after housing officials never followed through on their promises to research the options for implementing gender-neutral housing.

But the university says officials have met with students and will continue the discussion about adopting a gender-neutral housing option.

Evans, a sophomore economics major, said she and a few classmates in a women’s studies class launched the...

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...