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Student earns national literature fellowship

Matt Morton, a doctoral candidate in the Department of English, earned a $25,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship program.

The grant will allow him to continue working on a new book of poetry.

“It’s an opportunity to take new risks and to write without any notion of what the end product should be,” Morton said in a press release. “Receiving the NEA Fellowship in the midst of this has given me both financial security — the importance of which for a graduate student cannot be overstated — and affirmation that my writing has value for others.”

State grant to benefit children with autism

Children aged 3 to 15 can now get more extensive help at a discounted rate at UNT’s Kristin Farmer Autism Center.

A grant from Texas Health and Human Services Commission Children’s Autism Program will fund the majority of treatment costs for applied behavior analysis. The children could get up to 30 hours of focused therapy a month.

With the therapy, the center can work with challenging behaviors specific to the child, and improve language and communication as well as social skills and adaptive behaviors.

For more information or to enroll with services, contact Dawn Towne at 940-369-5015.


Students to make presentations in Austin

Next month, two students will get to present at the Texas Capitol as part of Undergraduate Research Day.

Robert Presley Smith and Prateek Kalakunta are two of 75 students across the state who will get to present their research at the capitol, tour the building and meet with legislators Tuesday, March 28.

Smith, a senior studying mechanical and energy engineering, is looking at how to create electricity in new ways. Right now, he’s looking at how to use the sun’s rays to create heat and conduct electricity.

Kalakunta, who is in high school through UNT’s Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science, focuses on chemistry. He has created a sensor that helps sense and remove mercury and other toxic heavy metals from water. The research earned him fourth place in a national contest last year.


Team places second in logistics contest

A team of four UNT students placed second in a logistics case competition between university students from across the U.S. and Canada.

The student groups were all asked to solve a problem for a fictional company that makes blenders. Students had to figure out how to outsource components for the newest model while decreasing cost.

The competition, Operation Stimulus Student Case Competition, was held earlier this month in Denver.

Four UNT students were awarded: junior Ashleigh Allison, a biomedical engineering major; senior David Looney, an aviation logistics major; senior Sergio Garcia, a logistics and supply chain and marketing double major; and senior Hong Yun Yong, an aviation logistics and music double major.