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Can you guess which of TV's highest-paid stars have North Texas ties?

Forbes likes its lists. The business magazine just released its 2017 ranking of the world's top-earning TV entertainers (based on annual income), and two people with Texas ties are on the list.

It's worth noting that while the category is for TV entertainers, the stars' earnings can come from a variety of sources in addition to TV, including endorsements and merchandise sales.

The top person on the list, with earnings of $79 million, is Dr. Phil McGraw. He's also the first Texan on the list. His masters degree in experimental psychology and his doctorate in clinical...

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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...

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