Late-life tune up for musicians

Mon, Sep 7, 2015 - 2:09pm

By Kathleen Green

Missed the chance to join band in middle school? Have an instrument collecting dust in the closet?

The Denton New Horizons Bands, where high school and college music students mentor young seniors and retirees, offer the chance for a musical do-over.

The Denton bands are part of New Horizons International Music Association, the brainchild of Dr. Roy Ernst, an Eastman School of Music professor. Dr. Debbie Rohwer, an Eastman grad and now professor of music and chair of music education at the University of North Texas, formed the first Texas New Horizons band in 1997. The band’s first notes were...

Wheaton College's Humanitarian Disaster Institute Awarded $1.9 Million John Templeton Foundation Grant

Fri, Sep 4, 2015

WHEATON, Ill., Sept. 4, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ -- Wheaton College's Humanitarian Disaster Institute (HDI) launched a $2.4 million research project, supported by a $1.9 million grant from the John Templeton Foundation, to explore how adversity fosters human resilience and growth.HDI's multi-year research project, "Earth as a School: Finding Meaning, Relating to God, and Experiencing Growth After a Natural Disaster," will focus on the effects of natural disasters on people's spiritual and psychological lives. It will further examine Sir John Templeton's idea that adversity is one...

The Willis Conover archive is online


The music program at the University of North Texas has graduated hundreds of jazz artists who went on to successful careers as professionals. Woody Herman populated virtually an entire edition of his Thundering Herd of the 1970s with North Texas graduates, and they keep coming. Jimmy Giuffre, Herb Ellis, Billy Harper, Marvin Stamm, Bob Belden, Norah Jones, Dee Barton, Gene Roland, Marc Johnson, James Chirillo and Jim Snidero are a few of the musicians that UNT has sent into the jazz world. Now, UNT is making another kind of contribution to the preservation of jazz.Under Maristella Feustle of the university’s...

Technology focus makes UNT analytics graduates work-ready

By Susan Madrak

Like many analytics programs, the current program at the University of North Texas Denton campus started out as something else.

It started as an MS in Information Technology and Decision Sciences in 2011,” said Dr. Mary Jones, who chairs the Information Technology and Decision Science department in the school’s Department of Business.

The idea was to create a master’s degree that focused on business analytics to meet the needs of area companies. When the program began, the school offered three courses specifically focused in that area: data mining, predictive analytics, and a survey of...

New nanomaterial maintains conductivity in 3-D

An international team of scientists has developed what may be the first one-step process for making seamless carbon-based nanomaterials that possess superior thermal, electrical and mechanical properties in three dimensions.

The research holds potential for increased energy storage in high efficiency batteries and supercapacitors, increasing the efficiency of energy conversion in solar cells, for lightweight thermal coatings and more. The study is published today in the online journal Science Advances.

In early testing, a three-dimensional (3D) fiber-like supercapacitor made with the uninterrupted fibers of...