Brought to you by the University of North Texas System, WE ARE NORTH TEXAS focuses on innovation, compassion, ideas and accomplishments in our home region of Dallas-Fort Worth. Hosted by UNT System Chief Communications Officer Paul Corliss.
The UNT System is the only university system based in DFW and includes the University of North Texas, UNT Health Science Center and UNT Dallas. With our heart in North Texas, we transform lives and create economic opportunity through education.
Episode 39- Mean Green AD Wren Baker looks to build sustained success
Five years into his job as Director of Athletics for the University of North Texas, Wren Baker isn’t content. This spring his Mean Green program notched its first-ever NCAA tournament victory for men’s basketball, a conference championship in women’s golf and a perfect game in softball. But Baker says they key for UNT to get to the next level is sustained success.
Episode 38- Celebrate Diversity with UNT Dallas
April is “Celebrate Diversity Month” and UNT Dallas is perhaps the most diverse university in Texas. With that in mind, host Paul Corliss interviewed a diverse panel of UNT Dallas leaders to discuss this unique campus and the many ways it celebrates diversity.
Episode 37- Has it really been a year? Judge Clay Jenkins and Dr. Philip Huang of Dallas County on COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted North Texas for more than a year and this special episode analyzes the long road traveled in our region’s fight against the virus. In the opening segment Rudy Bush of the Dallas Morning News joins the podcast to provide a journalistic perspective of how coronavirus has impacted Dallas. Later, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins and Public Health Director Dr. Philip Huang join the discussion to share what went well, what they’d do differently and where we are today in our community’s efforts to mitigate the virus and return to normal.
Episode 36- Girl Scouts CEO Jennifer Bartkowski on STEM, mental health and cookies
Jennifer Bartkowski, CEO for Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas, shares how the organization has evolved an continues to nurture young ladies through STEM and mental health initiatives (she also answers important questions about cookie sales during a pandemic).
Episode 35- UNT Hall of Fame Athletes from 1960s Reflect on Segregation and Race Issues
As part of the UNT System’s Black History Month Series, Mean Green Hall of Famers Charles “Chuck” Beatty (UNT football 1966-68) and Willie Davis (UNT basketball 1964-68) share their experiences as Black athletes of the 1960s growing up in a largely segregated Texas. UNT was one of the few Division I universities in the state to include Black athletes in this era and the university helped Beatty and Davis make it to the pros, while also providing an education that equipped them for success in life after the game.
Episode 34- UNTHSC’s Dr. Sid O’Bryant changing the world through Alzheimer’s research
Dr. Sid O’Bryant, Executive Director of UNT Health Science Center’s Institute for Translational Research, is a global leader in better understanding health disparities in brain aging. After watching his grandmother suffer through Alzeheimer’s Disease, Dr. O’Bryant – a trained neuropsychologist – taught himself blood science and developed a test to detect the disease. Today, behind more than $60 million in research investments, he leads the world’s largest study on better understanding why more Mexican Americans and African Americans, proportionately, suffer from Alzheimer’s than their white counterparts.