interdisciplinary initiatives fund
No new RFP is scheduled for release in academic year 2012. Please check back again for AY 2013.
Cryptosporidiosis Outbreak Response & Evaluation:
Needs Assessment and Feasibility in Denton County
- Dr. Lisa Henry (Principal Investigator)
- Dr. Sue Lurie
Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, School of Public Health, UNTHSC-Ft. Worth
- Dr. Jessica Gullion
Denton County Health Department
This proposed study involves collaboration among the Department of Anthropology at UNT-Denton, the School of Public Health (SPH) at UNTHSC-Ft. Worth, and the Denton County Health Department. The goal of the proposed project is to conduct a needs assessment and feasibility study (vis-a-vis Denton County) regarding the CDC's Cryptosporidiosis Outbreak Response & Evaluation Guidelines, which suggest that expansion of Cryptosporidium transmission may be controlled by environmental (hyperchlorination) and behavioral interventions (community-wide awareness raising programs).
CSI Family Day with The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza
- Teresa D. Golden (Principal Investigator)
Director, UNT Forensic Science Program, Faculty, Chemistry
- Edward Hueske
Criminalistics Coordinator, Faculty, Criminal Justice Department
- Peggy Tobolowsky
Chair, Faculty, Criminal Justice Department
- Sharron Wilkins Conrad
Curator of Education, The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, 411 Elm Street, Dallas, TX 75202
In 2005 UNT established an undergraduate Forensic Science Program directed by Teresa Golden across the Departments of Biological Sciences, Chemistry, and Criminal Justice in 2005, bringing together faculty across various departments and colleges on campus. The program is the only nationally accredited undergraduate program in Texas and continues to grow every year. We propose an interdisplinary initiative involving the UNT Forensic Science Program and the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza in Dallas Texas to create a CSI Family Day interactive exhibit at the museum and corresponding educational materials for high school and middle school science teachers to promote this event. The CSI Family Day event would have the following interactive stations set up at the museum: A Mock Crime Scene, Fingerprint Analysis, Blood, Hair and Fiber Analysis, Questioned Documents, Footwear and Tire Impressions, Trajectory Analysis, Eyewitness Accounts, DNA Evidence, Ask the Expert (this would be a booth set up by Ed Hueske to illustrate trajectory analyses in general and in the JFK case in particular).
UNT Environmental Arts Group On-and-Off-Campus Events
- David Taylor (Principal Investigator)
- Lari Gibbons
Associate Professor, Art
- Jim Kennedy
Associate Professor, Biology
- Melinda Levin
- Ann McCutchan
Assistant Professor, English
- Elizabeth McNutt
- Brian Wheeler
Assistant Director, Elm Fork Education Center
The 2010 on-campus event will be similar to this year’s Earth Day event. We will solicit, organize, and execute an environmental arts evening of student performances in response to the book Big Coal: The Dirty Secret Behind America’s Energy Future and will cover issues of the coal industry, environmental justice, energy use and over-consumption, developing nations, and air pollution.
The 2010 off-campus event will be similar, except that it will include non-UNT community members, in addition to select student performances. The event will be held in a Denton public venue and will be open to all.