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Awards to digitize collections offered

The University of North Texas is offering project awards for archives, libraries, museums and historical societies valued between $200 and $1,000 to preserve their collections via digitization.

The digitized collections will then be made available on the UNT Portal to Texas History, which was created in 2002 to provide online access to various archives from across the state.

Twenty awards are available, 10 of which will be given to newspaper archives. The other 10 will be available for collections of print photographs, photo negatives and printed or handwritten documents.

Applications are available online at the UNT library, and directors of programs interested can apply through Aug. 15. Recipients will be announced Sept. 1.


UNT part of team for U.S. Defense research

The University of North Texas is one of five universities in a research group that was awarded $8.5 million to investigate new materials for the U.S. Department of Defense.

The focus of the research is to discover and design materials for new applications and technologies, like night-vision devices and camouflage technologies, said Marco Buongiorno Nardelli, a UNT professor in the research group.

He will work with representatives from Duke University, Brigham Young University, Central Michigan University and the University of Maryland-College Park for five years on the project.

The project is one of 14 awards granted across the country.


UNT to partner with science center

The University of North Texas is now the 18th partner at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bio-Energy Science Center, where professor Richard Dixon will conduct research.

Dixon and two post-doctoral researchers will work at the center on a project to investigate how to develop liquid biofuels from genetically engineered switchgrass to move ethanol production away from a corn-based system.


Doctoral student receives fellowship

Jenny Wakefield, a UNT doctoral student, is one of two students who were awarded the Joseph E. Pryor Graduate Fellowship from the Alpha Chi National College Honor Society.

She will receive $5,000 for her fellowship, which she will use for her third year in the UNT Department of Learning Technologies’ doctoral degree program.

The Alpha Chi National College Honor Society is open to juniors, seniors and graduate students at U.S. colleges and universities who are in the top 10 percent of their graduating classes.