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Professor creates device for Justice Department

Guido Verbeck, a chemistry professor at the University of North Texas, created a new device to help the U.S. Department of Justice recognize counterfeit materials.

The National Institute of Justice funded the project with more than $380,000 because of Verbeck’s history of inventing similar devices.

The new nanomanipulator will help investigators analyze materials, paint and papers and detect residues and chemicals in the products that other devices might not detect.

It builds on Verbeck’s original work from 2006, when he created a nanomanipulator to extract and analyze chemicals at the nanoscopic scale.

UNT adds new recycling, trash compactors

New solar trash compactors have been installed on campus and indoor recycling facilities reorganized to help UNT increase recycling on campus.

For two years, UNT students monitored on-campus recycling behaviors under direction of a professor, and they came up with a list of suggestions to help increase recycling on campus. According to the research, the university expects recycling to increase from 20 to 30 percent of the time to 80 to 90 percent.

The solar compactors will help increase efficiency on campus since they need to be emptied less often, according to the university. Also, the compactors monitor waste and recycling data and can alert staff when bins are full.

The project was overseen by UNT Sustainability and UNT Facilities.

Eagle Express Tuition Plan open for enrollment

Students and families who are paying tuition can now opt into the Eagle Express Tuition Plan, which locks in a fixed price and gives a bonus to students who graduate in four years.

All undergraduate students who enroll full time are eligible for the plan. After this semester, it will be available only to first-time students.

The deadline to enroll in the program is 5 p.m. Aug. 14. School starts Aug. 25.