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Briefly: University of North Texas

Student creating affordable walking device to help those with arthritis 

Jenn Cao, a graduate student in the College of Engineering, has created a prototype of a type of brace to help people with arthritic knees walk easier. 

A version of the device, called an exoskeleton, is used in the military and is extremely expensive. 

Cao has created a new prototype in a UNT lab that could help increase the knee's range of motion. It could also help with knee weakness, pain, and knees that have trouble bending. 

The prototype is part of her thesis. 

Librarian wins national award

The American Library Association is recognizing Julie Leuzinger, associate librarian and head of library learning services, at its annual conference in June. 

The national award, called the Politics, Policy and International Relations Section Marta Lange/SAGE-CQ Press Award, comes with a $1,000 prize. 

Its designed to honor an academic or law librarian for their work in bibliography and information service in law or political science. Matthew Eshbaugh-Soha, chair of the Department of Political Science at UNT, nominated Leuzinger for the award. 

The award is through the Association of College and Research Libraries, a division of the American Library Association. 

Renovations make way for expansion of Child Development Lab 

Inside of Matthews Hall, the new Child Development Laboratory has twice the classroom space and can now serve 70 children. 

With the increases, UNT students have more opportunities to work with children and observe different types of development and engagement. 

Now, there are two classrooms and two play therapy rooms. The center serves a preschool and learning center for young children. UNT students work the young children and are supervised by childhood development specialists.