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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Meet the Women Behind Amazon's Alexa, including a UNT alumna

Thu, Jul 6, 2017 - 5:29pm

It's hard not to like Alexa. She's quirky—her celebrity crush is Benedict Cumberbatch, and she sings auto-tuned songs with impressive accuracy. According to the Myers-Briggs personality scale, a test popular in business schools, she's an ESFJ (which stands for extra version, sensing, feeling, and judgment): sociable lover of people, great with details, helpful, and gets stuff done. Alexa's also a bit of a troublemaker; last year, she ordered a Sparkle Mansion for a kindergartner and charged the $170 dollhouse to the child's parents' credit card. Oh, and she's a robot.

Alexa is...

UNT student forms nonprofit after 2016 Dallas police shootings

Thu, Jul 6, 2017 - 5:25pm

A University of North Texas student found his calling for helping others following last year’s July 7 ambush of police officers in downtown Dallas, which left five officers dead.

“The Dallas shooting was bad, but it sparked a fire in me and I’m going to let that fire shine bright,” said Ipinowula “Ipi” Adedokun, a junior majoring in finance.

Following the shooting, Adedokun wanted to help children who lost parents that night, but he didn’t know how – so he started a group in hopes it could become a nonprofit to lend him credibility. This June, just a few weeks before the one-year anniversary of the shooting, the...

North Korea claims to have tested ICBM

Thu, Jul 6, 2017 - 5:23pm

North Korea is claiming to have tested an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM).

University of North Texas Political Science Professor, John Ishiyama says until now North Korea has only been able to develop a single rocket with capability of hitting Japan.

“To develop intercontinental range, meaning to be able to hit other parts of the globe, they would have to have developed a successful two stage missile system,” said Ishiyama. “Apparently that’s what they’ve been able to do.”

Ishiyama said the test only reached the sea of Japan but believes the theoretical range of the missile could be to somewhere in...

TAMS student wins Goldwater scholarship

Wed, Apr 26, 2017

By Jenna Duncan

Amber Lu, a 16-year-old senior enrolled at UNT's Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science, will get to go to college in fall with the help of the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship. 

The national scholarship is one of the hardest to land in the nation. This year, Lu is one of 240 to land the scholarship to study science, mathematics or technology. 

She already has co-authored two publications and works with the UNT chemistry department on how to purify fossil fuels. The scholarship is worth $7,500 per year for two years.

Prateek Kalakuntla, also a TAMS senior, was given...

YMCA Director on a life-changing mission

Wed, Apr 26, 2017

By Mark Miller

Jason Walter knew he wanted to help children, but he never imagined he’d still be working at Flower Mound’s Cross Timbers Family YMCA more than two decades later.

“When I first started here, when I was in college, it wasn’t necessarily where I saw myself landing or going to be doing the rest of my life,” he said. “But after those first couple of years, being directly involved and getting involved in the community aspects and fundraising, how we’re able to help families in need, that really drew me in.”

Today, the long-time local resident– and 1994 Marcus High School graduate– is celebrating his...

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