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NSF issues 12 new awards in support of the Global City Teams Challenge

The National Science Foundation (NSF) announced 12 new projects–a commitment of $2.5 million–to help enable a vision for smart and connected cities and communities at a White House event today.

These awards support NSF-funded researchers at universities across the U.S. to participate in the 2015 Global City Teams Challenge (GCTC), an activity launched in 2014 by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to showcase smart technologies with the potential to transform cities and communities around the world.

The NSF awards allow teams of researchers, often from multiple institutions, to develop novel...

UNT's downrown gallery resumes weekly shows

By Lucinda Breeding

Now that class has begun at the University of North Texas, a downtown venue kicks off its two-month series of free jazz concerts. The series runs through Oct. 29.

UNT on the Square, a gallery and performance space, resumes its free Thursday Night Music series tonight with a performance by the UNT Vocal Jazz TF Quartet. The ensemble is made up of teaching fellows in the vocal jazz program in the College of Music. Expect smooth, intricate harmonies and possible a capella work.

The music runs from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursdays at the gallery, 109 N. Elm St. on the downtown Square.

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Current, former parade grand marshals set to tell tales at Outrageous Oral

By David Taffet

Current and former Alan Ross Texas Freedom Parade grand marshals are the speakers for Outrageous Oral 17, set for Thursday, Sept. 17 in the Rose Room at S4.

Outrageous Oral is the oral history project of The Dallas Way organization created to preserve the history of DFW’s LGBT community. Each speaker’s story is recorded and made available on YouTube. The videos are also preserved at University of North Texas as part of its North Texas LGBT digital archive.

Dreanna Belden, assistant dean for external relations at UNT Libraries, said YouTube is a great way for The Dallas Way to get its stories...

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University of North Texas plans innovative, jobs-focused satellite campus in Frisco

By William Taylor

Much like the developers behind the $5 billion mile, the president of the University of North Texas looks at Frisco and envisions a spectacular future.

“Ten years down the line, I wouldn’t be surprised to see a campus that has between 5,000 and 10,000 students, so while we are dreaming, we might as well dream big,” said Neal Smatresk, president of UNT, the flagship campus of the UNT System.

He envisions a Frisco satellite campus with an “edgy vibe,” an incubator of education innovation preparing students for the diversity of business, communication and technological skills needed to serve...

Texas writer Larry McMurtry honored with 20 others in White House ceremony

WASHINGTON — Larry McMurtry, an Oscar-winning screenwriter and Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist from Texas who tried but failed to take the romance and myth out of the American West, was honored Thursday by President Barack Obama in a White House ceremony that also included novelist Stephen King, actress Sally Field and writer Tobias Wolff.

McMurtry, one of 10 recipients of the 2014 National Humanities Medal, is best-known for the Pulitzer-winning Lonesome Dove but has written more than 50 works.

King, Wolff and nine others received the National...

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