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New laboratory opening at UNT’s Discovery Park

A new 30,000-square-foot laboratory will open at Discovery Park in a ribbon-cutting event at 3 p.m. Tuesday.

The lab features new equipment and lab spaces to develop and test bioproducts, discover new materials and test energy-efficient products.

It will have resources for students and researchers in biomedical engineering, engineering technology, materials science and engineering, and mechanical and energy engineering.

Animal training experts to meet for conference

The Art and Science of Animal Training Conference will bring together top animal trainers at the University of North Texas on Saturday.

Pet owners, trainers and professionals will attend sessions on topics such as reinforcement techniques and new training theories. Jaak Panksepp, a Washington State University professor who holds the Baily Endowed Chair of Animal Well-Being Science, will give the conference’s keynote address.

The conference begins at 9 a.m., and onsite registration is available at the UNT Gateway Center. General registration costs $190 per person, or $75 for students with an ID.

Czech music and culture residency is enlarged

The Frank J. and Hermine Hurta Kostohryz Residency in Czech Music and Culture has been enlarged with a $1 million donation.

Francis Kostohryz donated the money to finance the residency, which is named for his parents and promotes teaching, performance and research related to Czech music and culture.

The donation will support the annual residency to bring distinguished Czech musicians, composers and artists to teach, perform and conduct research at UNT. It will help fund artist fees, travel and other expenses to promote Czech music and programming at the university.

History of Rio Grande region focus of lecture

Beatriz de la Garza, an attorney and author, will speak at UNT about the history of the Rio Grande region in a lecture titled “The Republic of the Rio Grande: A Historical Orphan,” on Tuesday.

De la Garza will discuss more than 200 years of history in the region, including the two years the region was the Republic of Rio Grande from 1838 to 1840. She recently penned a book about the subject, From the Republic of the Rio Grande: A Personal History of the Place and the People.

The free lecture is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Tuesday in Room 122 of UNT’s Wooten Hall, at 1121 Union Circle.

Four advance to National Debate Tournament

Four UNT students will compete in the National Debate Tournament, the maximum number of students that can qualify from a single university.

Brian Kersch, a senior from Austin; Max Anderson, a sophomore from Omaha, Neb.; Colin Quinn, a senior from Glenview, Ill., and Hope Sauceda, a senior from Houston, will represent the school. They earned their spots by placing in the District 3 tournament the first weekend of March, after besting students from schools in Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas.

The four students work in two teams and are part of a 78-team field that will compete March 27-31 at Indiana University in Bloomington.

Higher education law conference next week

National experts in higher education law will join together at UNT for the 18th annual Texas Higher Education Law Conference on Mondayand Tuesday.

The conference will address topics such as legal decision-making, sexual violence on campus and student debt. It is considered the premier conference on higher education law in the state, and brings together professionals from public and private colleges and universities, as well as attorneys.

The event will take place in the UNT Gateway Center, 801 North Texas Blvd., and registration is open until Friday online at