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David Blow exhibition set to open Friday

Three decades of work from David Blow, UNT professor emeritus of communication design, will be the subject of an exhibit at UNT on the Square that opens Friday.

The exhibit will be on display through Feb. 9.

The show will feature approximately 80 prints, serigraphs from Blow’s World and Americana series, and digital prints from his Nature series.

The exhibition is free, and an opening reception will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Dec. 7.

Blow has exhibited his prints in numerous galleries, including Gallery Z in Stuttgart, Germany; Gallery X in New Bedford, Mass.; the Houston Center for Photography; the Museum of Abilene; One 9zero6 Gallery in San Antonio; George Fox University in Newberg, Ore.; and Boston Printmakers.

Blow’s prints have also been featured in American Photo and Juxtapoz magazines, and The Next Generation book.

Blow also published a collection of his prints, Nature’s Poetic Vision, in 2011.

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Pankaj Jain receives award for excellence

Pankaj Jain, assistant professor in the departments of Anthropology and Philosophy and Religion Studies at the University of North Texas, received the 2012 DANAM-TakshShila Book Award for Excellence in Indic Studies at the 10th conference of the Dharma Association of North America.

Jain was recognized for his book, Dharma and Ecology of Hindu Communities: Sustenance and Sustainability, which was published in 2011.

The book explores how nature worship in Indic religious traditions inspires Hindus to act in environmentally conscious ways, focusing on the Swadhyaya movement from an ecological perspective; the Bishnoi community’s texts, environmental history and contemporary activism; and the Bhil community’s Sacred Groves.


Chairwoman earns educator award

Carol Anne Costabile-Heming, chairwoman of the UNT Department of World Languages, Literatures and Cultures and a professor of German in the department, has been selected as the 2012 Post-Secondary Outstanding German Educator by the American Association of Teachers of German.

The educator awards are given annually in recognition of innovative teaching, extraordinary talent and exceptional leadership in the German teaching profession.

Each year’s recipients include an elementary, middle school or junior high school educator; a high school educator; and a post-secondary educator.

All of the recipients will receive Friedrich Gerstäcker Travel Grants, sponsored by the Checkpoint Charlie Foundation, to support travel to Germany in 2013.

Costabile-Heming is a former president of the association.

She became chairwoman of UNT’s Department of World Languages, Literatures and Cultures in August 2012, after serving three years as chairwoman of the Department of World Languages and Literatures at Northern Kentucky University.

She was honored Nov. 17 in Philadelphia.

She plans to use her travel grant to go to the Deutsches Literaturarchiv, a literature archive, library and museum located in Marbach, Baden-Württemburg, Germany, where she will begin research for a book on the German author Friedrich Christian Delius. 


Work aids search for missing loved ones

Through funding provided by the National Institute of Justice, the UNT Center for Human Identification and the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System at the UNT Health Science Center continue to help law enforcement agencies across the U.S. identify missing persons and give families the resolution they’ve waited to have for decades.

While the news that their loved one’s remains have been identified may not be happy, knowing where they are can clear up many questions.

Just this month, the human identification center helped identify the victim of a 37-year-old murder in Pennsylvania and is working on a case from the Detroit, Mich., area where the tattooed remains of a female were found in a sewer.

And in Pittsburgh, Pa., Amanda Sue Myers was finally identified 12 years after her remains were found in an abandoned railroad tunnel with the help of a DNA association made at the Health Science Center’s DNA Identification Laboratory, part of the Institute of Applied Genetics.