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Maron to help educate students about Israel

Tomer Maron, an Israeli resident who served as a paratrooper in the Israel Defense Forces, is at UNT for the next week to help educate the campus about Israel.

Maron is visiting through a program with Hillel International to help facilitate programming and education about Israel and Judaism in underserved areas.

For the two-week program, called Miluim, Maron will help the Hillel group on campus lead programming and coordinate ways to promote Israel throughout the year.


Professor earns grant to study plant lipids

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science is funding UNT professor Kent Chapman’s research on how plants store lipids in their cells. Chapman is a regents professor of biology science.

The $650,000 grant will fund Chapman’s latest research, “Elucidating the Cellular Machinery for Lipid Storage in Plants,” which looks at how to make oils in plant tissues. In turn, this oil could be used in fuels and chemicals.

The grant funding will help pay for his and his team’s research, labs and supplies.


Professor to speak on White House panel

Yolana Flores Niemann, a professor of psychology, will be a speaker at a panel discussion that’s part of a White House summit, “Fulfilling America’s Future: Latinas in the U.S.”

Niemann studies the psychological effects of stereotypes and tokenism, and will speak on the panel “Latinas in Education: Reaching Our Full Potential.” She’s earned more than $42 million in grants to research the entry and success of low-income students once they get to college.

The panel is scheduled for Friday.