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ntTV offers new programs featuring faculty research and campus activities

ntTV logoUNT's student-run television station, ntTV, presents two new programs –Spectra and North Texas Now. The programs will showcase the academic expertise and research of faculty members and provide viewers with practical information for their lifestyles, as well as a showcase for upcoming campus events.

ntTV is available throughout Denton County on Charter Communications channel 22 and Verizon Fios channel 46. 

Spectra, premiering at 6:30 p.m. March 10, is co-produced by the Office of Research and Economic Development and is designed to stimulate dialogue and interest in a variety of innovative research projects across the university.

In each episode, two faculty members from different academic departments and disciplines will discuss topics relevant to their research and explore the underlying concepts, strategies and approaches that guide their respective fields. The faculty members' discussions will be moderated by Julie West, publications specialist for the Office of Research and Economic Development, who had the idea for the program.

The premiere episode of Spectra will feature Chris Anderson, assistant research professor in the Department of Biological Sciences and coordinator of the Sub-Antarctic Biocultural Conservation program, with Leslie Robertson, lecturer in the fibers and weaving program in the College of Visual Arts and Design and the Institute for the Advancement of the Arts faculty fellow for the 2010-2011 academic year. The two will discuss aspects of ecology, conservation and cultural traditions based on Anderson's work in Chile at the Omora Ethnobotanical Park and Robertson's work in Uganda.

 Other UNT faculty members who are scheduled to appear on Spectra this semester are Nada Shabout, associate professor of art history, with Robert Figueroa, associate professor of philosophy and religion studies, and Patricia Glazebrook, chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religion Studies, with Cullen Hendrix, assistant professor of political science.

Find these episodes online.

Shabout and Figueroa will discuss issues of cultural heritage, identity and justice in April, while Glazebrook and Hendrix will discuss the politics of food, including food security, climate change and farming, with a focus on Africa, in May. Specific air dates will be announced.

North Texas Now logoNorth Texas Now, ntTV's other new show for the spring semester, is described as the station's new signature news magazine show. It airs at 10 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, with each day's episode repeated at 5:30 p.m. Full episodes may also be viewed at the ntTV website.

Trey Friedrichs, a senior radio, television and film major and producer for the show, said its goal is "to connect the campus to the Denton community by offering a unique promotional venue for campus activities." The show's premiere episode included advice from the staff of UNT's Student Money Management Center on managing finances for spring break, a feature on keeping bugs as pets from the staff of UNT's Elm Fork Education Center, information about UNT events for Black History Month and a preview performance from a singer and songwriter who was appearing in the Coffee House Series presented by the University Program Council.

  • Learn more, call Friedrichs at 940-565-2041.


Posted on: Fri 04 March 2011

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