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Engineering professor finalist for technology award 

Ram Dantu, director of UNT's Center for Information and Computer Security, is a finalist for a Tech Titans Award. 

He was nominated in the technology inventor category for his work on software for cellphones to help people properly perform chest compressions on heart attack victims.

Tech Titans is the largest technology trade association in Texas. Winners will be announced at the group's annual awards ceremony in August. 

Area teachers complete Summer Institute 

Three teachers spent June at UNT to learn how to develop...

Mayborn conference showcases best in nonfiction writing

Following a second day studded with stars in the nonfiction field, the Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference capped off Saturday with its Literary Lights Dinner and keynote address from Sebastian Junger, Academy Award-nominated documentary filmmaker and author.

Junger was on hand to discuss his 2013 award-winning film “Restrepo,” centering on a U.S. military forward operating base in the Korengal Valley, Afghanistan, and bestselling book “The Perfect Storm.”

Junger highlighted his time working with U.S. soldiers and the trauma they face when coming back home.

“What I’ve seen is that they hate to be there,...

3-day Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference ends

The Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference closed its weekend Sunday with a keynote address from novelist, philosopher, essayist and artist Charles Johnson, who discussed the craft of storytelling.

Johnson, the author of the novel “Middle Passage,” and a number of books on storytelling and other nonfiction, said the root of any good story is looking for the extraordinary in the ordinary.

“We live in a mysterious universe,” Johnson said. “There’s a lot that’s out there that gives me a sense of mystery and wonder. Part of your life as an artist is endless curiosity.”

Johnson was the last of three keynote...

UNT Prof’s Laser Tech Licensed by Australian Research Group

A University of North Texas researcher’s patented medical technology has been licensed by the Australian Institute of Robotic Orthopaedics in an effort to make surgery less harmful. 

The agreement marks the first time a UNT researcher’s patented technology has been licensed, according to the university.

Narendra Dahotre, a professor in UNT’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering and interim associate vice...

UNT removes parking meters near Fry Street

For at least the next nine months, people parking near Fry Street won't have to dig for quarters to feed the meters.

Most of the 111 parking meters near the University of North Texas along Avenue A, Fry, Hickory and Oak streets — in the stretch commonly known as the Fry Street area — have already been removed as part of an agreement between UNT and the city. People can now park free for two hours between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and any amount of time on nights and weekends. 

UNT phased out all of the meters on campus in January, opting for a pay-by-the-hour phone application...

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