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UNT Dallas receives accreditation

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges granted the University of North Texas at Dallas separate regional accreditation, retroactive to Jan. 1.

UNT Dallas was founded in 2000 and was authorized by the state to begin operations as a general academic institution on Sept. 1, 2010.

Earning the accreditation will allow the university to create new degree programs, expand into online courses and award degree programs and credit hours under the name of UNT Dallas instead of UNT. This will be planned by the UNT Dallas Office of Innovation and Strategy, and will help the university reach its goal of developing innovative approaches to high-quality education while allowing students to complete a degree more quickly at a lower cost.


UNT Health Science Center opens labs

The UNT Health Science Center in Fort Worth opened two new Discover Centers, which share laboratory space for young researchers and clinical faculty to develop new products and scientific processes.

This will provide instrumentation to researchers without access to labs, allowing entrepreneurs and start-up companies enrolled in the center’s commercialization program to work with students and faculty on new research. Each lab has more than 100 square feet of bench space, fume hoods and biosafety cabinets.

One lab is in the Center for BioHealth and features molecular diagnostic abilities including a PCR (polymerase chain reaction) cabinet and quantitative PCR system, digital microscopic imaging, HPLC, lyophilization and tissue culture capabilities.

The second lab is in the Research Education building and includes protein and nucleic acid electrophoresis, phase contrast microscopy, centrifugation and high throughput plate-based assay detection with a plate reader and 96-well plate washer.