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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Heath Hen Project Advances Quickly

Fri, Mar 6, 2015 - 12:15pm

A complex and groundbreaking project that aims to bring back the heath hen is advancing “at lightning speed,” scientists said this week. The small bird that is a member of the grouse family went extinct more than 80 years ago when the last known male died on Martha’s Vineyard. Now, using DNA plucked from the toes of heath hen specimens in Canada and Chicago, DNA samples from a greater prairie chicken from the plains of Nebraska and funding from donors with Vineyard ties, a team of scientists from around the country hopes to complete the first phase of the heath hen de-extinction project by early summer. Even if the effort falls...

UNT-UTEP preview/running blog

Thu, Mar 5, 2015 - 11:39pm

UNT will take on UTEP here in at the Don Haskins Center in El Paso, where they just played Taylor Swift, which raises a question:

Can UNT “shake it off?”

There is a whole lot for UNT to overcome in this one. First off, UNT saw its five-game winning streak end in its last outing, a loss to Old Dominion at the Super Pit.

That was bad.

What was worse is that combustible guard DeAndre Harris was suspended for tonight’s game for his conduct on the bench during the loss. His issues first arose the last time UNT played UTEP, when Harris was tossed for the first of two times this season.

That leaves UNT...

Tags: Athletics

Professional jazz player Freddie Jones’ Carrollton-based nonprofit gives gift of music through donated trumpets

Thu, Mar 5, 2015 - 11:35pm

Mariah Galarza didn’t want to join band.

She didn’t want to play her stepsister’s old cornet, a hand-me-down.

For months, she asked for a trumpet — similar to a cornet but longer and more slender.

“I thought of a cornet as a lesser version of the trumpet,” said Mariah, a seventh-grader at Dan F. Long Middle School in Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD. “But I liked the sound of the [cornet’s] notes, and how loud it was.”

A few months ago, she received a trumpet for free.

The catch: Sign a contract committing to practice one hour per day, maintain the horn and remain in band through high school.

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Tags: Almuni

Milennials rising

Thu, Mar 5, 2015 - 11:34pm

Ta-Nehisi Coates is a senior editor and writer at The Atlantic. He’s worked atThe Village Voice, O magazine and The New York Times magazine.

In all that reporting and writing, Coates has picked up the Hillman Prize for opinion and analysis journalism.

Coates will come to Denton for a talk at 8 p.m. March 12 at the University of North Texas Auditorium Building, 1401 W. Hickory St., as a part of the the Distinguished Lecture Series program. During his presentation, Coates will discuss how pop culture, politics and history shape how we talk about diversity now.

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Tags: Events

Party with the stars

Thu, Mar 5, 2015 - 11:32pm

Ever wanted to go boldly where Spock and Kirk once traveled?

You can do it without slipping the bonds of Earth.

The University of North Texas’ Sky Theater and Rafes Urban Astronomy Center offer their combo deal every first Saturday of the month.

Start off with a showing at the Sky Theater at the EESAT Building, 1704 W. Mulberry St. Screenings, which happen every Saturday, include “Flight Adventures” for children at noon and “Star Stories” at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Weekend parking is free.

Then at 6:30 p.m., head over to the astronomy center at the observatory, 2350 Tom Cole Road. Each monthly Star Party...