Faculty/Staff

Three deans receive temporary terms
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Three new deans were appointed to temporary terms for the beginning of the school year.

David Holderman, who has led the College of Arts and Sciences since November, will continue for two more years as dean. Before he was appointed, he was the chairman of the Department of English.

The College of Business will continue to be led by Marilyn Wiley for the next three years, since she took over for Finley Graves in March. Graves is still with UNT, and is currently serving as provost.

Additionally, Greg Jones will serve as interim dean of the College of Information, as the retiring dean’s last day was Monday.

How the hover effect strands some children
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New York author and blogger Lenore Skenazy asks what feels like a question tailor-made for the parents of the 21st century: “How come it’s unusual or frowned upon or illegal to let your kid be out of your sight?”

 

For families today, the world seems riddled with dangers — from real terrors, such as pedophile teachers, to more abstract worries like which activities will best suit children for college in a far-off future.

Parental anxieties work their way into institutions, too. In 2014, a South Carolina woman was...

New Media program at UNT to give studio a digital-age makeover
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By Lucinda Breeding

Professors Liss LaFleur and Martin Back say the students in the University of North Texas New Media program are “astronauts.”

“I told my students that just the other day,” LaFleur said. “They’re charting new territory. They’re explorers.”

New Media is a fledgling program in the College of Visual Arts and Design. It’s a heady name for a program that merges the theoretical and conceptual with the long-standing disciplines within visual art: painting, drawing, photography, ceramics, craft and sculpture.

But New Media, they said, is also about tying ideas and fine arts to the digital...

People: Honors & Awards
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University of North Texas Distinguished Research Professor Richard Dixon earned the Phytochemical Society of North America’s Phytochemical Pioneer Award for his significant contributions to phytochemical research over his career. Dixon’s work includes basic studies on enzymes and metabolic pathways; researching the invention of a new, stronger plant-based carbon fiber; researching the impact of grape seed extract on Alzheimer's disease, and developing more digestible and cattle-friendly alfalfa and improved bioenergy crops.

Drone-based Wi-Fi network gives vital real-time information
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A massive wildfire rages. Firefighters and other emergency responders need aerial images and other data to fight the fire, but there are no operational networks for cellular phone and Wi-Fi service.

The Smart Emergency Response System being developed by the University of North Texas College of Engineering gives emergency responders the efficient communications and data-sharing capabilities they need amid such circumstances.

SERS uses drones to form ad-hoc Wi-Fi networks. Wi-Fi signals are relayed from one drone to another, and then on to a command center. That enables emergency response leaders to quickly get...