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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Student creating affordable walking device to help those with arthritis
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Wed, Apr 5, 2017

By Jenna Duncan

Jenn Cao, a graduate student in the College of Engineering, has created a prototype of a type of brace to help people with arthritic knees walk easier. 

A version of the device, called an exoskeleton, is used in the military and is extremely expensive. 

Cao has created a new prototype in a UNT lab that could help increase the knee's range of motion. It could also help with knee weakness, pain, and knees that have trouble bending. 

The prototype is part of her thesis. 

How North Texas Universities Are Improving Tech Education
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Sat, Apr 1, 2017

By Jeff Bounds

It’s doubtful that Gopal Gupta’s predecessors faced the same challenges the India native does in growing the computer science department at the University of Texas at Dallas. Student enrollment in the field at UTD nearly doubled between 2012 and 2016, from 1,675 to 3,250—making it one of the biggest academic departments in any subject in the United States, he says.

Gupta, who became department chair in 2009, added 29 faculty members during that timeframe, giving him 86 now. He will need more funding to continue growing, an issue he says UTD is working on. “The biggest challenge is in increasing the faculty...

UNT Makes Strides in Genetic Research with Chemical Mapping
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Fri, Mar 31, 2017

By Julia Battle

A student at the University of North Texas completed the first 3D imaging of the inside of Arabidopsis thaliana, a tiny seed that is used for plant research.

Drew Sturtevant, a doctoral student in UNT’s Department of Biological Sciences, used a technology called MALDI-mass spectrometry imagery, which is used to generate chemical heat maps that give researchers an inside look at molecules in a tissue. UNT is one of the few institutions in the...

The legend of the bluebonnet
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Thu, Mar 30, 2017

By Jay Wallis

TEXAS - If the state flower of Texas had a Facebook page, under relationship status, it would say “complicated.” There is plenty of history between this flower and the Lone Star State.

Today, anyone who drives down a Texas highway can see the importance of this flower. The Texas Department of Transportation even has a wildflower program that buys and sows about 30,000 pounds of wildflower each year – with a large percentage of that going toward bluebonnets.

From a social...

UNT student will retrace her footsteps through desert on ‘20/20’
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Wed, Mar 29, 2017 - 11:05am

By Matthew Martinez

Amber VanHecke, a University of North Texas student who “did everything right” to survive being stranded near the Grand Canyon for longer than five days while on a spring break trip, is going back to the desert.

VanHecke will be featured on ABC’s “20/20” on Friday, where she will retrace her footsteps and recount the actions that kept her alive after running out of both food and water in the 119-hour ordeal that ended March 17 when a rescue helicopter finally found her. She hiked 11 miles...

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