Logic Models and Grant Writing

Friday, January 25, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Matthews Hall 209

A well-developed logic model will ensure agencies clearly understand the inputs, outcomes and evaluation of the proposed project thereby increasing the likelihood of being funded. Learn how to develop an effective tool which clearly articulate to funders how their investments will be used.

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You Can Do It!: Pearls of Wisdom from COE Successful PIs

Friday, January 11, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Matthews Hall 209

Some of the COE’s most success PIs will offer tips and for writing winning proposals.

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Grant Mingle: Looking for Collaborators

Friday, December 7, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Matthews Hall 209

Meet others interested in seeking funding from within and across the campus while enjoying a little pre-holiday cheer.

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Best Practices for Grant Oversight & Budget

Friday, November 16, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Matthews Hall 209

This presentation will cover best practices for project management, tracking expenditures, and monitoring budget and burn rate throughout the life of a sponsored project. We will address pitfalls and how to avoid them. Viewing projects in COGNOS and pulling up basic expenditure queries within that system will be demonstrated. Session will end with Q&A.

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Developing an Evaluation Plan for Grant Proposals

Friday, November 2, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Matthews Hall 209

Evaluation plans are integral components of grant proposals.  Tips for developing the plan and for determining the necessity for internal and external evaluation will be discussed.

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FIS Training Sessions for Tenure-track Faculty

Friday, October 26, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Matthews Hall 209

UNT research shows benefits of spore-based probiotic supplements

Over the counter probiotic products are found in most drug and grocery stores promising to restore and promote gut health, but Brian McFarlin, a professor in the University of North Texas Departments of Kinesiology, Health Promotion and Recreation and Biological Sciences, says consumers might want to do some research before paying for a product that may do little or nothing to improve their health.

“The current efforts to use over-the-counter probiotics, typically Lactobacilllus and Bifidobacterium, to improve gut health don’t give us consistent results,” McFarlin said. “Most traditional probiotics are destroyed by our stomach acid and don’t make it to the intestine to do any good. Plus, unless you have excessive endotoxins moving from your gut into your body or you have a compromised gut biome (the trillions of beneficial bacteria that populate a healthy gut), probiotics offer limited to no benefit.”

McFarlin’s research focuses on subjects with health issues that may be helped by probiotics; specifically spore-based probiotics. These spore-forming or ground-based probiotic strains are more effective because the endospores that encapsulate the strains are highly resistant to stomach acid, potentially resulting in the delivery of more viable probiotics to the small intestine.

In a healthy intestine, colonies of beneficial bacteria assist in maintaining the mucous lining in the intestine and also help protect the lining against toxins, allergens and pathogens. A healthy intestinal lining forms a tight barrier that controls what gets absorbed from the intestine into the bloodstream.

A “leaky gut” is the result of an unhealthy intestinal lining caused by the lack of beneficial bacteria. Gaps can develop in the lining that allow bacterial endotoxins to escape into the bloodstream resulting in dietary endotoxemia.

According to McFarlin, one-third of people living in Western society may be affected by dietary endotoxemia, an elevated level of endotoxins in the blood after eating a high-fat meal. Dietary endotoxemia has been linked to chronic conditions such as appetite disorders, chronic constipation, auto-immune disorders, cognitive decline, mood disorders, depression, type 2 diabetes, chronic pain and cardiovascular disease.

McFarlin’s first study was published in the “World Journal of Gastrointestinal Pathophysiology” in 2017. Twenty-five otherwise healthy subjects were identified as having dietary endotoxemia by measuring the endotoxin concentration in their blood following a high-fat, high-calorie meal. The participants whose endotoxin level increased five-fold or greater five hours after eating the meal were considered “responders” who may have abnormalities in gut health that facilitated above average levels of endotoxin migration from the intestine.

The participants were randomized to receive either two placebos or two capsules of a multi-spore formulation, “MegaSporeBiotic,” each day for 30 days. They maintained their normal diets and lifestyle habits during the study. The results showed symptoms associated with dietary endotoxemia were significantly reduced in the probiotic test group including a 42 percent reduction in the amount of serum endotoxins, a 24 percent reduction in serum triglycerides and improved hunger/satiety signals. The study indicates that spore-based probiotics may change gut microbiome, gut permeability or both.

McFarlin recently received a second grant for a 90-day study to determine if longer treatments with spore-based probiotics result in further reduction in symptoms of dietary endotoxemia. The study will also help researchers better define and characterize candidates who would benefit from spore-based probiotic supplements.

UNT online programs earn top rankings

The University of North Texas’ College of Education is ranked among the best online programs in the country in the 2019 ranking from SR Education Group.

The college ranked 17th for Master's Degrees in Educational Leadership, 6th for Master's Degrees in Elementary Education, 5th for Master's Degrees in Secondary Education and 6th for Master's Degrees in Teaching. The complete rankings are listed at GuidetoOnlineSchools.com.

According to SR Education Group, the new best online colleges lists are the first to offer all-encompassing rankings of online colleges using up-to-date alumni salary data from PayScale and tuition rates across degree level and program.

The methodology for these rankings employs median mid-career salary data, as well as manually researched tuition rates. Since salaries differ by degree level and program, SR Education Group utilizes bachelor’s, master’s, and program specific salary data for the rankings. Manually collected tuition rates are also specific to degree level and program.

The Best Online Colleges rankings include 100 program pages and 41 by-state rankings.

UNT’s College of Education offers nine online master’s degree programs. Visit www.online.unt.edu to learn more.

College faculty recognized for excellence

Two College of Education faculty members were among the educators celebrated at UNT’s 2018 Salute to Faculty Excellence for their dedication through research, service and education.

Angie Cartwright, an assistant professor in the Department of Counseling and Higher Education, received the Presidential Early Career Professor Award at the Oct. 5 ceremony. Julie Leventhal, lecturer in the Department of Educational Psychology, received the ‘Fessor Graham Award, named after the late Professor Floyd Graham.

Also recognized by the College of Education during an early ceremony were Natalya Lindo, chair and associate professor in the Deparement of Counseling and Higher Education and Elizabeth Murakami, professor in the Deparmtent of Teacher Education and Administration and the Mike Moses Chair in Educational Administration for Faculty Leadership Fellows and Karen Weiller for Academic Affairs Fellow.