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Scholarships available for Mayborn conference

College and university students can apply for several awards that will pay for their registration to the 2013 Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference.

Conducted by the Frank W. Mayborn Graduate Institute of Journalism, which is part of the University of North Texas’ Frank W. and Sue Mayborn School of Journalism, the conference attracts each year more than 300 participants who are interested in narrative nonfiction.

With a theme of unearthing the past, this year’s conference will be July 19-21 at the Hilton DFW Lakes Executive Conference Center in Grapevine. It will feature speakers who have distinguished themselves in writing historical narratives, biographies, memoirs and nonfiction playwriting. The keynote speakers are Susan Orlean, author of the best-selling The Orchid Thief and a new book about Hollywood canine star Rin Tin Tin; Rick Atkinson, a military historian and winner of three Pulitzer Prizes; and Texas Monthly executive editor Skip Hollandsworth, who wrote the screenplay for the true-crime movie Bernie.

Awards that pay for conference registration, meals and hotel rooms are available for students currently enrolled at any community college or university and recent graduates, as well as current students in the Mayborn School of Journalism and the Graduate Institute. The deadline to apply for all of the following awards is June 3, and links to each application are available on the conference website. The awards are as follows:

Minority Awards sponsored by The Dallas Morning News — These five awards are open to students from racial and ethnic minority groups who are currently enrolled at any community college or university, or will graduate in May. Students must have a minimum grade-point average of 3.0 to be eligible.

Elizabeth Marshall Memorial Awards — These two awards are open to students and May 2013 graduates of the Mayborn School of Journalism and the Graduate Institute. Community college graduates and transfer students who will enroll in the school or institute for the 2013 fall semester are also eligible.

Mayborn Conference Award — This award is open to students and May 2013 graduates of the Mayborn School of Journalism and its Graduate Institute of Journalism. Community college graduates and transfer students who will enroll in the school or institute for the fall 2013 semester are also eligible.

Up-and-Comer Award — This award is open to any student currently enrolled at any community college or university. Students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 to be eligible.

Jillian and Noah Bunn Award — This award is open to students and May 2013 graduates of the Mayborn School of Journalism and its Graduate Institute of Journalism. Community college graduates and transfer students who will enroll in the school or institute for the 2013 fall semester are also eligible. Currently enrolled students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0.

More information about the Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference and its speakers is available online. For questions about the awards, contact Jo Ann Ballantine at 940-565-4778 or send an e-mail to maybornconferenceinfo@unt.edu .

 

Biannual Gender Fair planned for Monday

University of North Texas students, faculty and staff members and campus visitors will learn how society and culture create ideal and appropriate male and female roles during “Gender Gone Wild,” the UNT Department of Communication Studies’ biannual Gender Fair Monday.

The fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the One O’Clock Lounge of UNT’s University Union. Students in the COMM 4140: Gender and Communication class will offer educational games, information and other activities at five booths, titled Masculinities, Feminism 101, Unruly Bodies & Sexualities, Politics & Public Life and Gender & Violence.

During the fair, the UNT chapter of Lambda Pi Eta, the national honor society for communication studies majors, will collect new and gently used household items, clothes and toiletries for Denton County Friends of the Family, and gently used bras for Free the Girls, a nonprofit organization that provides women who have been rescued from human trafficking operations to earn money by selling used clothing. Launched in 2010, Free the Girls partners with safe houses and after-care facilities to allow the women to sell as much as they wish while going to school and caring for their families. Each women the program receives her starting inventory of bras as a donation.

For more information contact Suzanne Enck, UNT assistant professor of communication studies and instructor of Gender and Communication, at 940-435-8094 or Suzanne.enck@unt.edu , or student Nazia Ali at 972-310-9703 or ali.nazia29@gmail.com .

 

Students to present research in Austin

After almost two years of research, Plano’s David Hao, a student at the Texas Academy of Math and Science, will present his research on astrocytes, an important type of brain cell that usually has primary cilia, Friday at the 2013 Texas Undergraduate Research Day at the state Capitol in Austin.

The event showcases the research projects of undergraduate students at Texas colleges and universities to legislators, with up to 60 students giving poster presentations. While most of the colleges and universities are requested to send one student, those that have been classified as emerging research universities, including UNT, will send two students.

Also representing UNT is Daniel Munro, a senior biology major and UNT Honors College student from Lake Quivira, Kan. Munro uses computational methods to study microbiomes — communities of bacteria and other single-cell life forms — and understand human microbiomes in relation to HIV infection, gum disease, diabetes and other medical conditions.

Munro and Hao will answer legislators’ questions about their research posters and will have opportunities to tour the Capitol and attend committee hearings and the daily meeting of the Texas Senate and House of Representatives.

 


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