Professor earns grant to study plant lipids

Tue, Oct 18, 2016 - 10:06pm

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science is funding UNT professor Kent Chapman’s research on how plants store lipids in their cells. Chapman is a regents professor of biology science.

The $650,000 grant will fund Chapman’s latest research, “Elucidating the Cellular Machinery for Lipid Storage in Plants,” which looks at how to make oils in plant tissues. In turn, this oil could be used in fuels and chemicals.

The grant funding will help pay for his and his team’s research, labs and supplies.

Professor lectures on taking a Christian approach to interracial communication

Tue, Sep 20, 2016 - 12:22am

By Van Ngyuen

George Yancey, a sociology professor at the University of North Texas, held a lecture Monday on what Christianity can teach about increasing interracial communication on racism.

The event was sponsored by the Austin Institute for the Study of Family and Culture, whose mission statement is to create a more informed public through social science research.  

Yancey teaches a course on race and religion at UNT. During the lecture, he focused on the ways different races can talk to each other about racism and how taking a Christian approach promotes a healthy conversation.


New faculty to attend reading at UNT

Sat, Sep 17, 2016 - 8:53pm

Three new faculty will read from their work at the University of North Texas Visiting Writers Series at 8 p.m. on Sept. 28 in Room 116 of Sage Hall.

Jehanne Dubrow, Ian McGuire and Jill Talbot will be featured during the new faculty reading. Dubrow’s sixth book, Dots & Dashes, won the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry Open Competition Award and will be published in 2017. Her work has appeared in Virginia Quarterly ReviewThe New England Review,Ploughshares and The New York Times Magazine.

A native of England, McGuire writes criticism and fiction...

Hazard Warnings: Who Should Be Warned to Do What and When?

Fri, Jul 29, 2016

A group of risk experts is proposing a new framework to improve the effectiveness of public warnings when a hurricane, wildfire, toxic chemical spill or any other environmental hazard threatens safety.

Right now, “the potential for errors is high” when officials decide when to issue emergency warnings, who to send them to, and what safety measures to urge the public to take, says Thomas Cova, a professor in the University of Utah geography department.

That’s because “researchers tend to focus on one or two of those questions,” Cova says. “But it’s a challenge to think about all three,” which is necessary to avoid...

Meredith Clark: Fisher case reveals entitlement and superficial perspective

Tue, Jun 28, 2016 - 4:36pm

If you can control the narrative, I tell my journalism students, you can control reality.

Repeat certain phrases long enough, use words and images well, and you have the ability to take advantage of the limited attention span of the average American, spinning a story that appeals to emotion rather than fact.

Fisher v. University of Texas is a prime example.

At the root of Fisher's story are two issues that trouble me every day as a college professor: a sense of entitlement and superficial understanding of any perspective outside one's own.

From the outset, we were told that this case was...