technology

UNT tech leader heading to TWU
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Thu, Jul 14, 2016 - 1:34pm

By Jenna Duncan

With a new job, Nancy Hong hopes to expedite her career goal — help create 100,000 jobs.

Hong is now the director of student programs at Texas Woman’s University’s center for women in business after leading the Innovation Greenhouse at the University of North Texas.

“I was a refugee and people gave me jobs, so this is my payback,” said Hong, who was born in Cambodia to Chinese parents during the Vietnam War.

While at UNT, she co-founded the Innovation Greenhouse, a co-working space with support for students looking to start businesses across all disciplines. She coached students for...

North Texas Woman Hopes App Will Help Human Trafficking Victims Be Seen
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Fri, May 6, 2016 - 8:00am

Human trafficking happens everywhere, but it's a crime that is hidden in plain sight.

"I think it would be hard not to find a location in our area that didn't have some form of human trafficking," said Lisa Mercer, a design teacher at the University of North Texas.

For her graduate thesis, Mercer developed an app to help report suspected cases of human trafficking. It's called Operation Compass.

"To me, it's like a way home. You can use a compass to get home," Mercer explained. "I...

The drug sniffing car: Texas researchers say vehicle can pinpoint homes of drug users from a quarter of a MILE away
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Tue, May 3, 2016 - 6:31pm

by Cheyenne MacDonald

A 'drug-sniffing' car developed by researchers at the University of North Texas can track down drug users from a quarter of a mile away.

The device, demonstrated in an electric Ford sedan, allows a police cruiser to detect nearby drugs based on their chemical signatures, according to CBS DFW

Researchers say the portable...

Magic at Lightspeed
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Fri, Mar 18, 2016 - 9:18am

As a new teen specialist at Meridian Library District in 2011, Nick Grove drew on a disengaged after-school crowd to grow program attendance by 233 percent in three years, partly by buying teen-relevant technology, such as six 3-D printers. Grove capitalized on those purchases: when he challenged a bored teen to read a chapter in a book, the teen read three and was rewarded with a 3-D version of the book’s logo. “We struggled for two months together,” says Grove, “to figure out how to print the logo; the teen became an advocate for library programs…and a bigger advocate for the book.”

In 2015...

Alumni design app for UNT students
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Sun, Feb 14, 2016 - 3:56pm

By Christian Boschult

A free app created by two University of North Texas alumni is helping students at six universities across the U.S. navigate most every aspect of life on campus.

Mochila: Campus in Your Pocket, maps campus buildings and includes listings organized by dining, colleges and computer labs. The app, created by alumni Trey Tartt and Adam Selby, also has a university events calendar, campus news and bus schedules.

Mochila, which means backpack in Spanish, launched Jan. 25 at UNT, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of South Carolina, University of Southern California,...