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Fall commencement ceremonies scheduled

Commencement ceremonies for University of North Texas students completing their studies this semester are scheduled for Dec. 13-14.

The ceremony for doctoral and master’s degree candidates will be held at 3 p.m. Dec. 13. Undergraduate ceremonies are set for 9 a.m., 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Dec. 14. All will be held at the UNT Coliseum.

On Dec. 14, the 9 a.m. ceremony will be for College of Arts and Sciences graduates and the 1 p.m. ceremony for the College of Visual Arts and Design, Frank W. and Sue Mayborn School of Journalism, the College of Merchandising, Hospitality and Tourism, the College of Music and the College of Public Affairs and Community Service.

The 5 p.m. ceremony will feature graduates of the College of Information, the College of Engineering, the College of Business and the College of Education.

This fall, 2,589 undergraduate students, 551 master’s students and 64 doctoral students applied for graduation.

Student receives Fulbright grant

A doctoral student of political science at the University of North Texas has been awarded a 20-month, post-doctoral Fulbright U.S. Student Grant to research Israeli government anti-trafficking policies and strategies.

Christine Balarezo, whose research specializes in comparative politics and international relations with a focus on human rights, will study the anti-trafficking policies at the University of Haifa in Israel in January.

After being ranked for years by the U.S. Department of State as one of the worst offenders of human trafficking in the world, Israel now scores in the top tier of countries considered to be in full compliance with anti-trafficking standards.

While at the University of Haifa, Balarezo will interact with faculty from the School of Political Science; the National Security Studies Center; the Center for the Study of Crime, Law and Society; the Center for Research on Peace Education; the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies; and scholars within the human rights community in Israel.

She will also interview government officials, immigration officers and individuals involved in security and task force operations. The university archives — one of the most advanced and well-equipped libraries in Israel — will provide her with access to scholarly texts, articles and other resources.

UNT professor awarded grant

A new study to learn whether hearing aids can reduce the risk of dementia associated with hearing loss will be conducted by Amyn M. Amlani, an associate professor in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences.

Amlani won a $121,700 grant from Unitron, a consumer health care company specializing in hearing aids and research.

He will assess whether amplified sound from hearing aids can provide sufficient stimulation to restore loss in cognition and investigate why people wait to get hearing aids, to what degree this delay impacts cognition, and what amount of time with amplification results in a reduction in cognition decline — from moderate to severe dementia.