Message from the Dean
Dean Warren Burggren introduces the new web-based edition of the CAS newsmagazine Synergies, produced between print issues, and encourages readers to respond. He is pictured here visiting a museum in Monterrey, Mexico.
Pete Gunter: Real-life Lorax
Retired UNT philosopher Pete A. Y. Gunter is the fifth winner of the Lifetime Lorax Award, a recognition of his decades of work on regional environmental issues.
Feminism, Film, and Freedom: Year two of "Fem Flicks"
The "Fem Flicks" film series, a joint production by UNT's Women's Studies Program, Women's Center, and Media library, offers a "reel life" look into feminism.
Linguists, tech writers team up in Department of Linguistics and Technical Communication
Perhaps best known for the work of its linguists in the preservation of endangered world languages, the department also has a strong TESOL collaboration with a major Mexican university and, on the domestic front, takes pride in placing tech writing grads in top jobs in the business world.
Blended course model offers new and innovative approach for foreign language students
Faculty in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures have put a unique twist on select foreign language courses by blending online coursework with in-class sessions to more effectively introduce students to distant cultures.
A new equation: Math faculty leading the pack in invariant descriptive set theory
Su Gao and colleagues in the Department of Mathematics have been turning heads within the mathematics community with their ground-breaking work in invariant descriptive set theory and its applications.
UNT political scientists offer Afghan War prognosis
Study of 60 previous conflicts suggests that the success of a new hearts and minds strategy by U.S., allies is far from assured.
Evolution Has No Clothes documentary to explore State Board of Education science curriculum deliberations
MFA student Scott Thurman is hard at work on his thesis film and provides a teaser clip. Director of "Smokey," an acclaimed documentary on a Texas-based Elvis impersonator, Thurman has turned his energy to covering the debate about how Texas science classes deal with the topic of evolution.
UNT-Chile Program hires director, gains funding, expands activities
An update on NSF funding, a multi-campus telecourse, new director Christopher Anderson, and "research cluster" status for the UNT-Chile Sub-Antarctic Biocultural Research and Conservation Program.
Teach North Texas garners Texas Instruments Foundation funding, adds new master teachers
UNT was recently included, along with several other area schools, in a multimillion dollar grant from Texas Instruments Foundation in support of science/math education initiatives. UNT's share will allow the university to add master teachers to the TNT program and meet an unexpected level of student interest in becoming science and math teachers.
New Life Sciences Complex nears completion
Weeks of fall rain have hampered progress a bit but haven't dampened the enthusiasm for finishing the new Life Sciences Complex building project on schedule. See images of the building's progress and administrators getting a recent building tour, and check the current webcam view.
Photo ID Quiz
This issue's CAS Quiz features four photos of CAS-related events and objects. If you can provide information about all four scenes, we invite you to submit your responses for a chance to win a modest prize.