Exclusive: DFW ‘creative economy’ is biggest in state at $34B

By Bill Hethcock

Austin may be weird and all, but it’s not as creative as Dallas Fort Worth, according to a new report.

North Texas’ creative economy – the performing and visuals arts, music studios, museums, architectural firms and advertising agencies for example – contribute roughly 205,000 jobs and $34 billion annually to the region, and it’s growing fast.

That’s the conclusion of a report from...

Denton's League of Women Voters to discuss latest from Texas Legislature

Mon, Mar 20, 2017 - 6:08pm

Two local political experts are scheduled to deliver an update on the 85th session of the Texas Legislature at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Denton Senior Center, 509 N. Bell Ave.

The local chapter of the League of Women Voters is opening its regular monthly meeting to the public, organizing the discussion with Gloria Cox, a University of North Texas political science professor, and Eddie Meaders, a principal lecturer in political science at UNT. The league's priorities this legislative session include election law and voting rights, women's health and public education. 


University of North Texas names next provost

Mon, Mar 20, 2017 - 4:32pm

By Jenna Duncan

Jennifer Evans-Cowley is heading back to the University of North Texas to serve as the school's provost and vice president for academic affairs. 

Evans-Cowley graduated from UNT with a master's degree in public administration in 1997 and will return to campus the first week of July to oversee the academic side of the university. 

"I was really impressed by all the great things UNT has been doing over the last decade," she said Monday. "There's been tremendous progress in their recognition, like becoming a Tier One research university and recognition of their academic programs."...

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.