Message from the Dean
CAS Dean Warren Burggren welcomes readers to the spring 2010 edition of the CAS newsmagazine Synergies. Here, he details some of the interesting news you'll read in this issue and details some exciting news about the nearly complete Life Sciences Building.
War and Peace
The Military History Center in the Department of History and the Peace Studies Program in the Department of Political Science are home to well-known scholars and exciting initiatives. Join us as we learn more about them, as well as thematically related people and projects, including armor maker Brian Price in "Chivalry's Not Dead" and student organizations in "Taking on the World" and "Mediation Team at the Top."
→ Military History Center Expanding its Role at UNT
→ Peace Studies at UNT
→ ROTC Offers Chance to Jumpstart a Career in the Military
→ Chivalry is Not Dead
→ Study of Civil War Offers Students Perspective on Current Events
→ Mediation Team at the Top
→ Taking on the World
KNTU Celebrates to the tune of 40 years on air
At UNT's radio station KNTU-FM "The One," there's no reason for the blues. During the past forty years, KNTU has blossomed into a successful staple in one of the country's largest media markets. To celebrate its fortieth anniversary, KNTU brought together a motley crew of students, staff, alumni, and devoted listeners to celebrate.
New Center Supports Study of Immigrant Issues
Recently, UNT founded the Immigrant Research and Policy Center (IRPC). With its focus on interdisciplinary research and high levels of scholarship, the center is drawing attention from departments all across the College of Arts and Sciences, UNT, and beyond.
Paleozooligist Studies White-Tailed Deer in Texas
When Steve Wolverton, his colleagues, and grad students from the Department of Biological Sciences go to Fort Hood – it's all about the deer. These scientists have been capturing, tagging, and studying the deer populations around the fort to provide data that will help determine deer health and population control policies.
Artist-in-Residence Guillermo Arriaga Coaches Film Students
Acclaimed screenwriter and novelist Guillermo Arriaga became UNT's first artist-in-residence at the Institute for the Advancement of the Arts this year. His residency has not only helped showcase the UNT community, but has been memorable for students, faculty, and DFW-area film fans alike.
UNT Alumna Owes Her Job in Israel to 2009 Alternative Spring Break in Argentina
When Susan Perry spent her 2009 spring break in Argentina as part of an Alternative Spring Break program sponsored by the Jewish Studies Program, she knew that she was going to help others. But what Perry didn't know was that, based on her work in Argentina, she would soon be selected for a job in Israel.
Helping HIV/AIDS Charities One Step at a Time
Since 2006, UNT's Center for Psychosocial Health Research (CPHR) has taken part in LifeWalk, an annual Dallas event sponsored by AIDS Arms, Inc. Grouping together faculty, students, and furry friends like Toby Dawg, the CPHR LifeWalk team has raised more than $2,000 for HIV/AIDS charities.
OP-ED: The Cult of Domesticity – Life Lessons in Times of War
"If it takes the proverbial village to raise a feminist, then an emphasis on providing warmth, sustenance, and support globally seems like a worthy goal." So writes Suzanne Enck-Wanzer, an assistant professor in the Department of Communication Studies and the Women's Studies Program, in this provocative op-ed piece exploring the lessons contemporary feminists can learn from first wave feminism.
Hillary Stringer and Zach VandeZande, both graduate students in the Department of English, share two short but poignant pieces. Stringer's "X-Axis" examines the widening space between two lovers while VandeZande's "Delivering All the Dead Letters" explores how the weight of the unsaid can pull two lovers apart.
Research Cluster News
Though it's only been a short time since UNT began its collaborative research cluster initiative in 2009, the initiative is making significant progress. This progress includes the addition of senior faculty members like Ron Mittler and Vladimir Shulaev, who will join the Department of Biological Sciences and participate in the Signaling Mechanisms in Plants research cluster.
CAS Quiz Page
Feelin' smart? This issue's CAS Quiz asks readers two questions about CAS' activities. Feelin' funny? We've also got a photograph caption contest. If you can answer the questions or tell us what senior economics major Ryan Cortez is thinking, you may receive a modest prize.