Collaboration

UNT Cyber Forensics Lab serves law enforcement agencies through technology, outreach
Under the leadership of Scott Belshaw, Ph.D., lab director and associate professor of criminal justice, the UNT Cyber Forensics Lab  has built a fully-functional digital forensics lab to serve law enforcement since opening in early 2017. The Lab can examine cell phones, SIM cards, tablets, computers, external storage devices and other forms of digital media to detect any files and data of evidentiary value on a wide array of crimes. To bring together training and a greater...
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Video: Ingman represents UNT’s Future Without Poverty at world summit in Costa Rica
UNT students joining in dance with local dancers in the Mollejones Community, a part of CATIE’s rural sustainable tourism network. Air monitoring device developed by UNT students and faculty Members of the UNT branch of Future Without Poverty (FWOP) learned about sustainable tourism and its relevant effects on poverty last October at the FWOP World Summit. FWOP aims to reduce poverty and supports community sustainability through...
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Video: Vaidya develops alternative to sedation for children undergoing radiation for cancer
Watch the 1-minute video from NBC 5 News: UNT Program Could Help Children During Radiation. Manish Vaidya, associate professor in the University of North Texas Department of Behavior Analysis, and graduate student Maria Otero are using a motion monitoring computer program to teach young children to stay mostly motionless during radiation treatments for cancer. They are currently testing the technology on healthy children. Watch the 1-minute video from...
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Recovery to Practice: The Big 10 and the Beginning of a Massive Movement
The following post is the first in a series by Carrie Breedlove, MS, LPC, coordinator of Recovery to Practice, an initiative to encourage recovery-based principles and practices for addiction professionals and students across the country through education and training. Some movements take off with a bang, while other initiatives see steady growth and sustainability over time. Eight years ago, the birth of a significant movement in the field of recovery occurred. In 2009, SAMHSA (...
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Study Abroad in Panama: International Disaster & Crisis Communication
In Summer 2018, HPS' Emergency Management and Disaster Science (EMDS) department will be offering a study abroad course in Panama. This class will be co-taught by Dr. Laura Siebeneck (EMDS) and Dr. Brian Richardson (Communication Studies) and will focus on the examination of hazards, risks, and disasters at the intersections of com-munication and culture in Panama. Emergency management students may sign up for either the EADP 4040 International Disasters class or the EMDS 5800—Special...
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HPS and CLASS collaborate on hurricane relief supply drive at UNT New College at Frisco
Students in COMM 3420 getting ready to ship the donations from their social media supply drive to victims of Hurricane Harvey just in time for Thanksgiving (pictured from left to right: Linda Robledo, Nicholas Ortega, Gabrielle Lane, Mark Congdon Jr., Michael Sotny, Graciela Guzman, Tiffani Grosser, & Andrea Martinez). Students in COMM 3420 collecting and dispersing boxes for their Hurricane Harvey Relief Supply Drive at UNT New...
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Student and police department create special accommodations ID card
Download printable PDF Christianna Walker, a sophomore rehabilitation studies major and president of Tuesday Night Flights, and Cpl. Kevin Crawford of the UNT Police Department collaborated to create a special accommodations identification card that can be given to first responders during an interaction. This card lists personal characteristics an individual may want a first responder to understand in order to have the most effective interaction with the individual....
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UNT to hold North Texas Rally for Recovery Oct. 14
What:          North Texas Rally for Recovery, sponsored by University of North Texas Department of Rehabilitation and Health Services and the Association of Persons Affected by Addiction, a nonprofit organization in Dallas When:          Noon-3 p.m. Oct. 14 (Saturday) Where:         Mall in front of UNT's Willis Library, 1506 W. Highland...
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TxDPS contracts with UNT criminal justice and logistics faculty for racial profiling study
UNT’s logistics and criminal justice faculty are coming together to help the Texas Department of Public Safety (TxDPS) combat racial profiling. TxDPS awarded UNT a $194,273, nine-month contract to study 15 million records of the state’s data to determine whether racial profiling happens during traffic stops.                         “The study will provide empirical, unbiased...
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PADM student organization wins 3rd place in event contest
The Public Administration Student Association (PASA)/ICMA Student Chapter student organization received third place in the International City/County Management Association (ICMA)’s Best Event Contest for their Annual Alumni-Student Conference. "The student chapter at the University of North Texas (UNT) won third place with the 55th Annual Alumni-Student Conference. The chapter worked alongside the UNT Public Administration Alumni Board to bring together UNT alumni, students,...
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UNT professors receive more than $1 million in grants to increase cultural competency in mental health services
Angie Wilson, assistant professor in the Department Counseling and Higher Education Chandra Carey, associate professor and interim chair of the Department of Rehabilitation and Health Services  Peggy Ceballos, associate professor in the Department Counseling and Higher Education Three University of North Texas professors have been awarded more than $1.5 million in grants to begin the work of increasing cultural...
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UNT to hold Refugee Summit Oct. 2
What:    “Seeking a Safe Haven: UNT Refugee Summit 2017” — A one-day workshop at the University of North Texas on issues faced by refugees, focusing on resettlement and integration. When:   8 a.m.-5 p.m., Oct. 2 (Monday) Where:  Room 314 of UNT’s University Union, 1155 Union Circle, Denton Cost:     Free, but registration required. Register online through Sept. 25 (Monday). Parking:  Parking available in Highland Street and Union Circle...
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ORCA recognized by White House for work with veterans
HPS’ student group Organization for Reinforcement Contingencies with Animals (ORCA) received the President’s Volunteer Service Award for their work with veterans and military families. Last summer, ORCA began partnering with Patriot PAWS, a Rockwall-based nonprofit organization that trains service dogs. Watch the WFAA video: UNT students help train service dogs for veterans. The Corporation for National and Community Service gave the 2016 award, which was...
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Emergency management researchers to study factors for recovery after disaster
University of North Texas doctoral student Britt-Janet Kuenanz (left) and faculty members in UNT's Department of Emergency Management and Disaster Science, Laura Siebeneck and Ronald Schumann will research what encourages individuals impacted by disasters to stay or return to their communities, and what barriers prevent them from staying or returning. This past October marked four years since Hurricane Sandy became the second-costliest hurricane in U.S. history when...
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Patriot PAWS highlights partnership with Behavior Analysis
University of North Texas students Alyssa Schmidt (left) and Maasa Nishimuta work with Drill Bit, who is being trained as a service dog to a military veteran, inside UNT's University Union. In its Spring 2017 newsletter, Rockwall-based nonprofit Patriot PAWS featured UNT’s partnership training service dogs for veterans: Patriot PAWS has partnered with the University of North Texas Department of Behavior Analysis, chaired by Dr. Jesus Rosales-Ruiz, to grow...
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Belshaw gives tour of cyber forensics lab to China’s NetDragon
A team of representatives from Chinese gaming and cyber company NetDragon visited UNT in early May. As part of their visit to North Texas, they stopped by the UNT Cyber Forensics Lab at the New College at Frisco for a tour from Scott Belshaw, Ph.D., lab director and associate professor of criminal justice. The delegation included NetDragon’s CEO and founder Liu Dejian (DJ). 
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Sharma to study military mental health in India
Rachita Sharma, CRC, LPC, Ph.D.-candidate, clinical instructor and internship coordinator for programs in rehabilitation, and Ateka Contractor, assistant professor of psychology, were awarded an India Venture Fund award from UNT International to study military mental health in India. “The Indian culture has some distinct social characteristics and values that can influence the nature, severity, expression and treatment of …mental health problems following traumatic experiences,” stated Sharma...
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10,000 onions planted by students at Shiloh Field Community Garden
Did you know Denton has the largest community garden in the country?  Shiloh Field Community Garden is the largest of its kind in the US. This garden contributes to those in need by donating thousands of pounds of produce to local agencies and nonprofit organizations each year.  As part of PACE’s Hungry For Change initiative, UNT students came together earlier this semester to assist with Shiloh Field’s spring harvest by working to plant its first crop – 10,000 onions. 
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Students build Little Free Pantries for local community
View all photos on Flickr. Earlier this semester, 35 students came together to build Little Free Pantries that will be installed around the Denton community. The day of service was organized by PACE as part of the college’s Hungry For Change initiative. The Little Free Pantry (LFP) is a full-circle community effort to help those who aren’t easily able to meet everyday food and personal needs. Those in need are able to approach the LFP freely at any time of day to...
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Apply now to be an ambassador for HPS
Calling HPS undergraduate students! Are you passionate about helping others while sharing your knowledge of HPS? Do you want to work with Faculty and enhance your resume? If so, we want to hear from YOU! In the HPS Ambassador Program, HPS undergraduate students will have the opportunity to collaborate at various department and campus-wide events, help students that might be interested in our programs, collaborate with other students, faculty and staff on campus while developing...
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UNT to hold employment seminar for young adults with disabilities
What:           “Prep for Success” — A free seminar at the University of North Texas that is designed to prepare young adults with visible or hidden disabilities for employment. Sponsored by UNT’s Department of Disability and Addiction Rehabilitation and the Texas Workforce Commission, among other sponsors.                 When:       ...
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Students can compete to win $10,000 in Westheimer New Venture Challenge
Enterprising students at the University of North Texas can compete in a new challenge putting their business creativity to the test, thanks to funding from an Oklahoma business leader. The Westheimer New Venture Competition, sponsored by business philanthropist and UNT alumnus Jerome “Bruzzy” Westheimer, gives students across campus the chance to create original business ideas – including enterprises, products and services – and to pitch those proposals to a panel of venture capitalists...
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Photos: Dean’s List students recognized at special reception
View more photos on Flickr. On February 28, HPS (PACS) students who were named to the Dean’s Honor Roll in 2016 were honored through a special reception held outside the HPS Dean’s Office. View more photos on Flickr. HPS students who made the Dean’s List in Fall 2016 can stop by Chilton 209 now through March 31 for their certificate and t-shirt (while supplies last). HPS students who made the list in Spring 2016 can stop by Chilton 209 now through March 31 for...
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Send Silence Packing event comes to UNT
Send Silence Packing is an award-winning exhibit of 1,100 donated backpacks and personal stories representing the number of college students lost to suicide every year. Join us in starting a dialogue about suicide and encouraging everyone to reach out for help before it is too late. Suicide claims the lives of more than 1,100 college students each year. UNT and Active Minds, Inc. are looking to change that. The exhibit will be held at the Library Mall from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. on March...
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Recovery groups to host Spring Benefit Art Gala April 14
The UNT Collegiate Recovery Program (CRP) and Eagle Peer Recovery (EPR) are hosting a Spring Benefit Art Gala on April 14 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. on the University Union Green Roof. CRP and EPR student artwork will be available for purchase, in addition to items donated by professional artists. Attendees will enjoy refreshments, live entertainment and a silent auction. The proceeds will directly benefit UNT students in recovery from substance use disorders and other mental health concerns....
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Temple Grandin to speak at UNT event April 13
The University of North Texas and ACES (Comprehensive Educational Services Inc.) will present prominent autism activist Temple Grandin April 13 (Thursday) in Dallas. “+Autism: A Lecture and Discussion with Temple Grandin” will begin at 9 a.m. at Temple Emanu-El, 8500 Hillcrest Ave. The lecture is open to anyone with an interest in Autism Spectrum Disorder, including educators, parents and health practitioners. Tickets are $20, and pre-registration is highly encouraged as the event is expected...
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Video: Cyber Forensics Lab helping to solve crime
CBSDFW went behind the scenes at our Cyber Forensics Lab, housed at UNT's New College at Frisco, to show how the lab and the team of graduate research students will help law enforcement agencies fight crimes. Led by Scott Belshaw (right), associate professor of criminal justice and the lab director, they can analyze cellphones, tablets and laptops to extract data from text, apps and photos that can be used to solve crimes. Because of how quickly they can work, they'll help law enforcement...
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Undergrads can apply now for $500 research fellowships
PACS undergraduates who plan to graduate in May 2018 or later can apply now for an Undergraduate Research Fellowship, a mentor-based research experience.  Have you ever wished to conduct guided research in your field of study, gaining invaluable experience, unique credentials, and a faculty champion? A beyond-the-classroom, professor-guided research project is a transformative experience that: immerses you in vital inquiry within your field of study; places you in scholarly...
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Faculty to create auditory processing training model for children and young adults with autism
As seen in:  UNT Launches a New Autistim Research Project (Dallas Innovates) While concentrating on a classroom lesson or assignment, most elementary and secondary school students have learned to filter out typical background noise, such as other students walking by the classroom door or sounds from outside. But students with Autism Spectrum Disorder often have difficulty with auditory filtering — the ability to process speech, complete tasks and function in the presence of background...
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Recovery Conference held to benefit recovery research
Nicole Hawkins, PhD, CEDS presents A Modern Day Social Crisis: Dieting and Disordered Eating at the UNT Recovery Conference Earlier this semester the UNT Office of Substance Misuse and Mental Health Recovery Research brought together experts, professionals, students and researchers at its annual UNT Recovery Conference. The office will use conference proceeds to address substance misuse by combining services in the areas of education and training, research...
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Support from teachers, each other helps students from foster care succeed in college
Students José Whitten and Kiara Powell both lived in foster homes as children. They’ve found support from other students with similar backgrounds in PUSH, a UNT student organization in which former foster care students mentor children currently in the child welfare system. José Whitten is preparing to graduate from the University of North Texas this month with a biological sciences degree, which he believes will prepare him for medical school.   He came to...
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Autism experts converge at UNT to discuss trends in ASD research
A panel of internationally recognized autism experts converged in Denton recently to meet with UNT’s cross-disciplinary autism research team to offer insight into new, groundbreaking research and steps UNT can take to elevate its work in the field.  Read more on the College of Education website. Panel members with UNT representatives. Left to right: Samuel Odom, professor and director of the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute at the...
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DAR’s Lunch and Learn sessions cover variety of topics
Each long semester PACS’ Disability and Addiction Rehabilitation department (DAR) hosts Lunch and Learn events featuring local experts on a wide range of topics. UNT students, staff, and faculty from all disciplines are encouraged to attend. Complimentary lunch is provided at each session. Lunch and Learn Fall 2016 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. Select Tuesdays throughout the semester Chilton Hall, Room 134 November 22: Uncomfortable Conversations Presented by Michelle Nietert, Licensed Professional...
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Hungry for Change explores the new face of hunger
Unveiled during UNT’s First Flight Week, the PACS freshman first year experience Hungry for Change focuses on the new face of hunger. Food Drive Competition As part of the initiative, the college hosted a food drive competition during the month of October. Students, faculty and staff from each of PACS’ academic departments competed against each other to help stock the UNT Food Pantry. The college-wide goal was to collect 500 items for donation, and 1,409 total items were collected. The...
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