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Tiffany Dale Hunter to receive UNT Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award

The University of North Texas Alumni Association will honor outstanding alumni at the 2015 Distinguished Alumni Achievement Awards dinner at 7 p.m. Oct. 8 in UNT’s Gateway Ballroom. Reception starts at 6 p.m.

This is the 50th anniversary of the alumni awards program, which showcases the caliber of the university’s alumni and celebrate the depth and breadth of their professional accomplishments and service to the community. This year’s Distinguished Alumni Achievement Awards were moved from spring to better coincide with the university’s homecoming...

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Expedia for camping is here

By Brittany Nunn

Ah, hear that? That’s the great outdoors calling your name. And Woodrow grad Ryan Douglas is about to launch a website that will make it cheaper and more convenient for you to answer that call.

OK, that sounds cheesy, but this is for real. Douglas is the co-founder of, an online travel company that’s basically Expedia + camping, and the full website is launching later this week.

“We work with the campgrounds to put them on our site,” Douglas...

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People: Honors & Awards

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

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...

Safety: When is my kid old enough to (fill in the blank)?

Fill in the blank, and then look wistful:

When I was kid, I could _____.

Walk to school and home again with a group of friends? Take the bus to the movies? Stay home alone while your parents went out for the evening? Spend the whole day at the neighborhood swimming pool without checking in periodically?

Maria Parigi of Dallas, who grew up in a “teeny tiny town in Texas,” says she and her friends had curfews, but “no parental supervision. We were free as a bird.”

Now she and other parents are filling in another sort of blank: When is it...

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