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Two students from Abilene named National Merit semifinalists

Wed, Sep 20, 2017 - 6:09pm

Two students from Abilene have been named semifinalists in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship competition.

  • Eliana Pigott is a senior at Abilene High School.
  • Marianne Yuan is a student at the Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science in Denton.

Less than 1 percent of all high school seniors are named semifinalists who will continue in the running for 7,500 National Merit Scholarships. About 90 percent of semifinalists become finalists and about half of finalists become Merit Scholars.

Pigott, daughter of Kelly and Susan...

Alumnus, local comic book artist staging first ever Texas Latino Comic Con

Thu, Jul 6, 2017 - 5:58pm

By day, Hector Rodriguez is an unassuming fifth grade teacher at McKinney ISD.

But by night, he has a whole other identity as an up-and-coming Latino comic book artist whose creation, El Peso Hero, has become an international sensation.

The Hispanic bulletproof crime fighter with super strength battles crime along the southwestern Texas-Mexico border. He brings down corrupt border patrol officials, saves minor from falling into the clutches of the drug cartels and helps immigrants cross the border safely.

The stories draw on Rodriguez’s own upbringing in Eagle Pass, a border town in Southwest Texas, and a...

When the county sheriff handled Texas executions

Thu, Jul 6, 2017 - 5:54pm

There was a time in Texas history -- from just before the days of the republic up until 1923 -- when death sentences were carried out by local authorities. Back then the method of executing a convicted criminal was by hanging.

During that time, 467 people were executed this way, 60 percent of which were African-American. Eighteen were hanged in Harris County. The executions were an event, with thousands gathering outside to catch a glimpse of the condemned or to hear his final words. Such scenes played out often in the 122 Texas counties that performed executions.


Veteran law enforcement officer West...

Professor develops game to build next electronic devices

Thu, Jul 6, 2017 - 5:50pm

Professor develops game to build next electronic devices 

With the help of a National Science Foundation grant, UNT electrical engineering professor Gayatri Mehta has launched the third version of  UNTANGLED, an online game. 

The game has users unlock and arrange blocks, which on the back end of the game help Mehta build more efficient algorithms. The game basically has users find new ways to organize components of electronic devices.

These combinations can then be tested as layouts for the space design of electronics, Mehta said. The goal is to crease devices that are smaller...

Narendra Dahotra Named UNT Interim Associate VP of Research

Thu, Jul 6, 2017 - 5:34pm

The University of North Texas June 20 named Narendra Dahotre its interim associate vice president of research and innovation.

Dahotre, who serves as a distinguished research professor in materials science and engineering at the university, will serve a one-year appointment while the university conducts a nationwide search for a permanent replacement for Dave Schultz, who left for a position at Northern Arizona University.

“I am honored to be able to join the leadership team in UNT’s Office of Research and Innovation,” the Indian American professor said in a statement. “I look forward to supporting and contributing...

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