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Materials scientist to take part in symposium

Dr. Srinivasan Srivilliputhur, an associate professor of materials science and engineering, will participate in the National Academy of Engineering’s fifth Frontiers of Engineering Education symposium Oct. 27-30 in Irvine, Calif.

He will join more than 70 of the nation’s most innovative young engineering educators, all of whom have developed and implemented innovative educational approaches in engineering disciplines.

UNT Galleries offering free family activities

The UNT Art Galleries and the UNT student chapter of the National Art Education Association will offer “Saturdays in the UNT Galleries,” beginning Saturday.

The fall season’s free event is from 1 to 3 p.m. at the UNT Art Building, 1201 W. Mulberry St., Denton. The programs start with standing yoga stretches with instructor Lisa Furrh and a poetry reading by Lynn Lewis. There will then be a scavenger hunt outside, led by visiting artists, to collect natural objects with which to make one’s own sculpture.

The family activities are inspired by the Art Building’s current exhibition, “Beyond Natural,” which features sculptures in various media by eight contemporary American artists. The artworks explore the relationship between humans and nature.

While some parking may be available along the street, parking is also available at the Union Street Garage on Union Circle at Welch Street, one block from the Art Building. Cost is $2 an hour.

For more information, visit, or call director Tracee Robertson at 940-369-8914.

Artist Kiki Smith to serve as IAA artist-in-residence

Internationally renowned sculptor and printmaker Kiki Smith returned to UNT this weekas the artist-in-residence for the University of North Texas Institute for the Advancement of the Arts in the 2013-14 academic year.

While at UNT, she will work with students, visiting classes to talk about her work. Throughout her residency, she will be making a large-scale print, and in March will exhibit other pieces of her work at UNT on the Square.