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March 14th, 2016 Posted in Highlights

Mayborn School of Journalism

UNT Mayborn School to present business journalism speaker series

Jonathan Clements will visit UNT in March to give public lectures on the fast-growing field of business journalism, in the Reynolds Business Speaker Series sponsored by UNT’s Frank W. and Sue Mayborn School of Journalism.

Jonathan Clements, who was the Wall Street Journal‘s personal finance columnist for almost 20 years, will speak at 7 p.m. March 28 (Monday) in Room 333A of the University Union. He is the author of Jonathan Clements Money Guide 2016.

The speakers are being brought to UNT through the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism, which provided the Mayborn School of Journalism with funding for a Reynolds Visiting Professor during the Spring 2016 semester. Veteran financial journalist Karen Blumenthal is currently teaching two courses in the Mayborn School this semester as its visiting professor. Blumenthal worked for the Wall Street Journal for more than two decades and was the newspaper’s Dallas bureau chief for eight years.

Each Reynolds Visiting Professor receives a $10,000 renewable grant to bring industry professionals to their campuses for free lectures. For more information on the speaker series, contact the Mayborn School at 940-565-2205.


College of Music

image019UNT College of Music alumni win Grammy Awards in three categories

UNT College of Music alumni won in three categories at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards Monday night. Snarky Puppy is taking home their second Grammy Award, this year in the Best Contemporary Instrumental Album. Dave Pietro plays saxophone for the Maria Schneider Orchestra that won the Grammy Award in the Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album category.

UNT College of Music student takes home win from Coeur d’Alene Symphony

College of Music doctoral student Laura Pillman, who is a flute performance major, received a trophy and will perform with the Coeur d’Alene Symphony Orchestra on March 11 and 12 in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

UNT College of Music highlights March events

The spring semester is in full swing, and the UNt College of Music is
offering a variety of concerts, recitals and symphonic performances.


College of Education

Latest issues affecting Texas higher education to be addressed at UNT law conference

Hazing, sexual violence, trans students on campus, the student loan crisis and the implementation of concealed carry, as well as other major legal considerations for university and college professionals and attorneys, will be discussed at the 20th annual Texas Higher Education Law Conference at the University of North Texas, March 21-22.


College of Arts & Sciences

UNT researcher elected to national board of directors

Associate Professor of biology Pamela Padilla has been elected to the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science Board of Directors.


College of Business

Upcoming College of Business Events:

Distinguished Speaker Series: G. Michael Slovak, Vice President of Fidelity Investments
Date: Friday, March 25, 2016
Time: 10:30am -11:30am
Location: BLB Classroom #080

Eagle Business Breakfast
Date(s): Thursday, April 7, 2016
Time: 7:30am–9am
Location: Lawry’s The Prime Rib, Dallas

Distinguished Speaker Series: Edithann Ramey, Vice President of Marketing for
Chili’s® Grill & Bar

Date: Friday, April 8, 2016
Time: 10:30am -11:30am
Location: BLB Classroom #080


Thank A Teacher

thanksHas a UNT teacher made a positive difference in your life? Let them know.

Outstanding teachers at UNT do make a difference for students. They make learning challenging and fun; they are available when needed; and they weather many storms with students to foster bright futures. When teachers have made this kind of a difference, many students wish for a way to say “Thanks”.

UNT students and alums have the opportunity to say “Thanks” through the “Thank a Teacher” Program here at UNT. Current students and alums will have until May 12, 2016 to complete the form at to share their thanks with their UNT teacher(s). You may complete as many of these forms as you wish (one for each teacher you wish to thank). You may also choose to remain anonymous. Your notes will be sent to your teachers as part of a letter of recognition from the Provost with copies to their Deans and Department Chairs!


Toulouse Graduate School

Doctoral student places at national Three Minute Thesis

Garima Bajwa, the UNT contestant, emerged as a semi-finalist out of 40 contestants in the 3 Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition of the Conference of Southern Graduate Schools (CSGS). The CSGS comprises over 200 graduate schools. The 40 contestants were the winners of the 3MT competition at each university.

When most people visit a physician for an annual exam, they can expect to have their blood pressure, heartbeat, respiratory rate and temperature checked.

Doctoral candidate Garima Bajwa said her research could result in physicians and patients routinely monitoring yet another vital sign — Neuro-Sign, which correlates cerebral blood flow and blood pressure with EEG brain waves. Her work implements a framework on android devices that allows people to monitor their brain signals in unconventional environments.

Bajwa, who will graduate this spring with her doctoral degree in computer science and engineering, wrote more than 80,000 words for her thesis on mathematical modeling of EEG to introduce it as a vital sign. But on Feb. 20, she had only three minutes to summarize her work when she represented UNT at the Three Minute Thesis, or 3MT®, competition at the Conference of Southern Graduate Schools (CSGS) Annual Meeting. Bajwa qualified for the competition, which had participants from universities in 16 states, by being the winner of the Toulouse Graduate School’s first 3MT® competition in November.

The University of Queensland started 3MT® competitions in 2008. The competitions are now held at more than 200 universities around the world, including nearly 40 universities in the U.S. Each competition consists of preliminary rounds and finals. Students must give oral presentations of their research methodology, major findings and relevance of the research in no more than three minutes, using only one PowerPoint slide as a reference. Judges grade the students based on comprehension and content of their presentation to a general audience, and their engagement with the audience and stage presence.

Bajwa said Ram Dantu, professor of computer science and engineering and her major professor, encouraged her to enter the UNT 3MT® competition.  “He wants students in his lab to participate in events that showcase what our research really means. As it is with most PhDs, we have been trained to give long, technical talks about our research, but fumble when asked for a concise narrative of our work,” she said. “Getting out of the comfort zone and conversing with a general audience is challenging for me.”

Originally from India, Bajwa received her bachelor’s degree in technology, electronics and communication engineering from Mody Institute of Technology & Science in India. She learned about Dantu’s research on a new 9-1-1 software system using smart phone technology while she was earning her master’s degree in electrical and computer engineering at the University of Waterloo in Canada. Bajwa said she came to UNT specifically to work with Dantu.

She is hoping an application for monitoring brain signals will lessen the “stigma of neuroscience.”

“Going to a doctor for a checkup is viewed as common, but going to a neuroscientist is viewed as abnormal. When you talk about brain waves, it sounds so scientific,” Bajwa said. “But the brain regulates other vital signs, and brain waves indicate mental disorders and also impending physical disorders, such as a stroke.”

After graduating in May, Bajwa plans to continue her research on applications for biomedical data in a teaching or post-doctoral research position.




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