UT Arlington, UNT earn elite research designation

Tue, Feb 2, 2016 - 1:28pm

By Patrick M. Walker

In their quests to be named top research universities, UT Arlington and UNT took a major leap this week.

The University of Texas at Arlington and the University of North Texas in Denton were named Monday as doctoral universities with “highest” research activity by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, putting them on a list of 115 top U.S. universities that includes Harvard, MIT and Johns Hopkins.

A robot maneuvers on a demonstration course at the University of Texas at Arlington Research Institute in east Fort Worth. UTA has joined a distinguished group of...

UNT now a Tier One research institution

Tue, Feb 2, 2016 - 11:24pm

By Jenna Duncan

The University of North Texas is now classified as one of the “highest research” universities in the country, according to the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

Status as a Tier One institution is a coveted and elusive label that universities can use to distinguish themselves as among the best in the country. For some, Carnegie’s Tier One research classification is the holy grail. For others, the goal is being in the top 100 of U.S. News & World Report’s annual list of top universities.

UNT President Neal Smatresk has said the highest classification...

UNT needs bisexual and/or transgender research participants

Thu, Jan 21, 2016 - 3:38pm

The University of North Texas Center for Psychosocial Health Research will soon complete its research study investigating quality of life and wellbeing among LGBT folks over 50.

The study is intended to advance research on health, social support and emotional happiness of the aging LGBT community (50+ years), an under-represented group in current research. Bisexual and/or transgender participants are needed. They already reached their goal for gay and lesbian participants.

The UNT research team seeks to identify needs for the community in the areas of mental health, healthcare, social services and legislation. All...

Tags: lgbt, Research

Boulevards of broken dreams

Mon, Jan 18, 2016 - 8:00am

by Renée Loth

They may not be as ubiquitous as Elm or Main, but more than 900 streets in America are named for Martin Luther King Jr. They range over 42 states from Idaho to Tennessee, with 75 in Georgia alone. Sadly, many of these avenues, marred by vacancy, crime, and disinvestment, are an affront to King’s dream of social justice and equality. According to research at the University of North Texas,neighborhoods containing MLK streets tend to...

Tags: mlk, Research, UNT

Two times to clear the air

Fri, Jan 15, 2016 - 11:19pm

by Peggy Heinkel-Wolfe

Two public meetings could prove pivotal to plans aimed at fixing Denton’s dismal air quality.

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is hosting a public hearing Thursday evening in Arlington on its latest plan to clean North Texas air. Federal law requires the agency to get public input on the plan before adopting it. TCEQ is expected to adopt the plan in June.

A week from today, Denton Municipal Electric is hosting a question-and-answer session for the public on its plan to walk away from coal-fired power. The city-owned utility proposes to build two natural gas-powered plants...