The following are links to news stories featuring UNT people and programs as well as stories of general interest to the higher education community.

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Heath Hen as gateway bird for de-extinction inches closer to reality

By Sara Brown

The first phase of a ground-breaking project to bring the heath hen back from extinction has been successfully completed, scientists told a group of Vineyard donors this week. With DNA sequencing of both the extinct bird and its closest living relative complete, the path to bringing back the heath hen is not only getting more tangible, but scientists say the heath hen could be “the gateway bird” for avian de-extinction, paving the way to bringing back other extinct species or saving endangered animals.

Less than a year and a half ago, Ryan Phelan and Stewart Brand came to the Vineyard...

Classes teach little ones to ‘speak music’ at UNT

Helping young children develop an inherent musical understanding has long been the purpose of the University of North Texas College of Music’s Early Childhood Music Program. This fall, a new face will continue building on that goal.

New assistant director Sandy Cubero will serve as instructor for the program, which begins on Sept. 18 and runs through Nov. 20. Cubero joins Early Childhood Music Director Warren Henry in the program, designed to create a musical environment for babies and young children to learn how to “speak music,” Henry says.

“The program includes songs, chants and activities that appeal to young...

How to help kids who are drowning in extracurriculars

By Lois M. Collins

The girl was good at everything, problematic because time for her many passions overlapped. She'd scramble to fit it all in, leaving church choir practice early to get to diving, where the coach was mad because she was three minutes late. Finally, she had to decide what activities to embrace and what to let go.

As Ann Neary tells the story of one daughter's crazy extracurricular schedule, the Riverside, Connecticut, mom and high school teacher said their lives got hectic. It helped that the kids were spread out agewise. The youngest — twins who just graduated from high school — are now 18, the...

Hoops notes — former UNT players in pro ball

By Brett Vito

While we continue to work through the build-up to a new football season, a couple of items of note on the basketball front …

– I’ve been meaning to get to this for a couple of days, but two of UNT’s former players have landed spots on pro teams. Jordan Williams, one of the more productive players in program history, appears to be headed to Europe to play with Cheshire Phoenix. Colin Voss is also going overseas and will play for Castellano Cerignola in Italy.

Williams ranks ninth in school history with 1,501 points and was a third-team All-Conference USA selection as a...

Ravens' Zachary Orr: undrafted, anonymous and on the rise

by Joe Platania


Undrafted players often live in an anonymous world. Ravens inside linebacker Zachary Orr is no different.

Despite his usual strong training camp showing on special teams and fast-rising stock as a reserve on the regular defense, not one media question for head coach John Harbaugh or defensive coordinator Dean Pees concerned the 6-foot, 255-pounder from the University of North Texas, which is the alma mater of Hall of Fame defensive lineman "Mean Joe" Greene.

When Orr finally took to the podium Aug. 18, three of the nine questions...

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