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UNT System HR is bringing our experts directly to you in this periodic and always timely installation called “Ask An Expert.” We access UNT World experts, faculty and staff from each of our institutions, to provide guidance and advice on topics ranging from the fun, like selecting a bottle of wine, to the serious, such as maintaining our sanity and staying safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. Also look for the “Ask an Expert” series in HR Highlights, delivered to your inbox each Thursday.


Robert Wall, UNT
Robert Wall, UNT Department of Criminal Justice

Robert Wall, UNT, Professor, Department of Criminal Justice

The busiest shopping and traveling season of the year is upon us and crooks and thieves are just waiting to pounce. Mr. Wall provides advice and tips on how to foil "porch pirates."

Robert Wall, a retired police officer and certified fraud examiner, is an expert in criminal justice, securing a home and personal property, and general safety tips while shopping. He offers precautions on protecting our property while we're gone. View more...

Dr. Guy Chet, UNT
Dr. Guy Chet, UNT Department of History

Dr. Guy Chet, UNT, Professor, Department of History

Let's dig in to the history of Thanksgiving, from 1621 to our modern-day celebration.

Dr. Chet, UNT history professor, explores the relationship between the Pilgrims and Native Americans at the first feast, and the complications that followed; when President Lincoln declared Thanksgiving an official holiday and 80 years later when President Roosevelt made it a Federal Holiday. View more...

Wesley Randall, UNT Frisco

Wesley Randall, Ph.D., Dean, New College

Exactly what the heck's going on with the supply chain disruption and what does it mean for us as consumers?

Dr. Randall tackles our questions with a remarkable thoroughness and clarity you'd be hard-pressed to find in any news article or nightly news report. He takes us deep inside this massive problem just as the holidays are around the corner and millions of Americans might have to get used to shipping delays and higher prices. View more...

Dr. Priya Bui, UNT Health Science Center

Priya Bui, DO, UNTHSC, Chair of the Department of Pediatrics and Women’s Health

Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is now available for children ages 5-11. Do you have reservations about getting the shot for your children?

Dr. Bui discusses potential side effects and long-term effects of the vaccine vs. the protection provided by the vaccine, where to find vaccine research and the overall public health benefit of getting eligible children vaccinated. View more...

Dr. Scott Belshaw, UNT

Scott Belshaw, Ph.D., UNT, Professor of Criminal Justice, College of Health and Public Service

Learn about credit card skimming and how you can protect yourself!

Dr. Belshaw explains the ways criminals can get your credit or debit card information and how they can use it to make fraudulent charges. View more...

Dr. Nedra Washington, UNT Dallas
Dr. Nedra Washington, UNT Dallas

Dr. Nedra Washington, UNT Dallas, Program Coordinator of Child Development and Family Studies/Lecturer

Why is it important to frequently wash our hands? Why do some kids wear a mask at school and others don't?

Dr. Washington discusses steps parents can take to better understand what their children are thinking through all this and how best to communicate with them and comfort them. View more...

Jared Mosley, UNT Athletics
Jared Mosley, UNT Athletics

Jared Moseley, Associate Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, UNT Athletics

Learn more about the new "NIL" policy approved in June by the NCAA that is going to forever change the game for student-athletes.

He serves on the leadership team for Vice President and Director of Athletics Wren Baker, and assists with daily operational and administrative duties, as well as the coordination of strategic initiatives and provides oversight for facilities and event management, student services, public relations and communications..  View more...

Bobbie Bratton, UNTHSC
Bobbie Bratton, UNTHSC

Bobbie Bratton, UNTHSC, Clinical Executive, SaferCare Texas, UNT Health Science Center

As students of all ages return to school, we need clear-headed, practical, science-based facts and advice.

Bobbie Bratton, Clinical Executive, SaferCare Texas, UNT Health Science Center, is a board certified family nurse practitioner with 25 years of nursing experience and over 19 years of advanced practice. Her goal is to provide patients with guidance and leadership toward health decisions that are safe and promote improved quality of life. View more...

Nat Pope, Ph.D., UNT G. Brint Ryan College of Business
Nat Pope, PhD, UNT

Nat Pope, Ph.D., UNT, Assistant Professor, G. Brint Ryan College of Business

Ever wondered why you receive so many calls promoting extended auto warranties? Dr. Pope is just the expert to ask.

Let's explore the world of extended warranties, what they are, if they're good deals or scams, who should buy them and how to protect yourself in the case you want to purchase one. For everything you always wanted to know about extended warranties, but were afraid to ask. View more...

Ko Maeda, Ph.D., UNT
Ko Maeda, PhD, UNT

Ko Maeda, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Graduate Placement Director in Department of Political Science, UNT

Peek behind the scenes to examine how the Japanese public feels about the Olympic Games and what the future holds for future Games in the country.

Ko Maeda is a Japanese citizen and holds permanent residence in the United States. The Tokyo Olympics are underway after being postponed one year due to COVID-19. Yet, as the Games go on, COVID is again surging through Japan and much of the world, the Olympic athletes are restricted to operating in a bubble, fans are prohibited from attending the competitions and the city faces significant financial shortfalls after spending billions to host the Games. Dr. Maeda takes us behind the scenes to examine how the Japanese public feels about these Games, why the Japanese government was adamant that the Games must go on and what the future holds for future Games in the country. View more...

Dr. Michael Carletti, UNTHSC
Dr. Michael Carletti, UNTHSC

Dr. Michael Carletti, Assistant Professor of Dermatology at UNT HSC and Assistant Program Director of the Medical City Weatherford Dermatology Residency Program, UNTHSC

Read on to make sense of sunscreens, SPFs, UVAs, UVBs and how best to protect ourselves and our families from the sun's harsh rays.

The Texas summer sun is intense, can be extreme and is always a danger to cause skin damage, multiple types of skin cancer, eye damage and even immune system suppression. Fortunately, we have experts at UNT World and HSC's Dr. Michael Carletti is here to make sense of sunscreens, SPFs, UVAs, UVBs and how best to protect ourselves and our families from the sun's harsh rays. View more...

James Kennedy, PhD, UNT
James Kennedy, PhD, UNT

James Kennedy, PhD, UNT Regents Professor & Director of the Elm Fork Education Center and Natural Heritage Museum, UNT

Is there anything to do during these hot and humid months to mitigate those little mosquito bloodsuckers?

There's mosquitoes on the river, as the song goes, but there's also mosquitoes in my backyard, my front yard, in fact, everywhere I go -- mosquitoes! Is there anything to do during these hot and humid months to mitigate those little bloodsuckers? Glad you asked. Dr. James Kennedy of UNT's Department of Biological Sciences is here to help us make it through summertime without Texas' most annoying pest driving us insane. View more...

Kathleen Hobson, UNT, and Susan Harper, UNT Dallas
Kathleen Hobson, UNT, and Susan Harper, UNT Dallas

Kathleen Hobson (left), Director, UNT Pride Alliance; Susan Harper, Ph.D. (right), Student Services Associate, oversees Multicultural Programs, UNT Dallas

As Pride Month winds down, our experts examine how their UNT institutions have expanded LGBTQ+ inclusiveness and affirmation.

Kathleen Hobson (they, them, theirs), Director, UNT Pride Alliance: Originally from Ohio, Kathleen received their bachelor's in Sociology from Ohio University and master's in Higher Education Administration from the University of Akron. They have worked in higher education full-time for nine years and moved to Denton in 2014 to open UNT’s Pride Alliance, where they currently serve as Director.

Susan Harper, Ph.D. (she/her/hers), Coordinator of Student Activities, oversees Multicultural Programs, UNT Dallas: Dr. Harper holds a bachelor's in English and Anthropology from UNT Denton, a master's and Ph.D. in Anthropology from SMU, and an MA in Multicultural Women’s and Gender Studies from Texas Woman’s University. Prior to coming to UNT Dallas in 2019, she taught courses in anthropology, sociology, Women’s Studies and Queer Studies throughout Dallas-Fort Worth.

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Stephanie Kelton, UNT
Stephanie Kelton, UNT

Stephanie Kelton, Psychiatric Nurse Practictioner, UNT

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and considering the last year, our monthlong #UNTWorldCares initiative is right on time.

Stephanie Kelton, APRN, is a psychiatric nurse practitioner at the UNT Student Health and Wellness Clinic (SHWC). When the pandemic hit in March 2020 and closed the campus, the SHWC was forced to transition on the fly to continue to deliver needed mental health care to students online -- or telehealth. Stephanie explains how they did it, what they learned and the future of telehealth as we emerge from the pandemic. View the video on YouTube.

Dr. Jamaica Chapple
Dr. Jamaica Chapple, UNT System

Dr. Jamaica Chapple, Interim Vice Chancellor of Academic & Student Success, UNT System

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and considering the last year, our monthlong #UNTWorldCares initiative is right on time.

Dr. Jamaica Chapple, Assistant Vice Chancellor of Academic & Student Success Initiatives at UNT System, a licensed professional counselor, discusses why more than ever it's so important to create self-care opportunities, alone time, space to re-energize and re-invest in yourself to be at your best for your family, your job and, most of all, yourself. Please click on the video below to listen to all of Dr. Chapple's self-care advice and ideas. View the video on YouTube.

Dr. Priya Bui
Dr. Priya Bui, UNTHSC

Dr. Priya Bui, Chair of the Department of Pediatrics and Women’s Health, UNTHSC

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and considering the last year, our monthlong #UNTWorldCares initiative is right on time.

Dr. Priya Bui, Assistant Professor, Clinical Chief and Interim Chair of the Department of Pediatrics and Women's Health, discusses the student-run Pediatric Mental Health Calls initiative she helped to launch early in the pandemic and continues to oversee. Her team has gained deep insight into how the pandemic has strained the mental health of children and parents, and how best to address their needs now and as we slowly return to normalcy. View the video on YouTube.

Teresa Espino
Teresa Espino, UNT Dallas

Teresa Espino, Counselor, Department of Student Affairs, UNT Dallas

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and considering the last year, our monthlong #UNTWorldCares initiative is right on time.

Counselor Teresa Espino from the UNT Dallas Counseling & Wellness Center. She discusses the stress and anxiety many have felt balancing work and family while working remotely, and now the prospect of new challenges as many will adjust routines again in returning to the office. You don't have to listen too closely to realize Teresa is managing the same work-from-home realities as the rest of us. View the video on YouTube.

Jerrod Tynes, UNT Dallas
Jerrod Tynes, UNT Dallas

Jerrod Tynes, Lecturer of Urban Agriculture & Renewable Resources, Department of Life and Health Sciences, UNT Dallas

Spring is here and what better way to welcome the season of new beginnings than planting a vegetable garden in your backyard?

Gardening doesn't have to be expensive, complicated or time-consuming. But, it can be educational and extremely rewarding -- both the process and the harvest. We've enlisted Jerrod Tynes, who heads UNT Dallas' Urban Agriculture curriculum, to provide some tips on how to get started on your first vegetable garden -- and see it through to fruition. View more...

Dr. Tyson Garfield
Dr. Tyson Garfield, UNT Health Science Center

Dr. Tyson Garfield, Assistant Professor of Geriatric Medicine, UNTHSC

Throughout this ongoing pandemic, we've seen just how advantageous it is to have a medical school as a member institution.

With thousands getting vaccinated daily in North Texas, we have plenty of questions about what that means for our daily lives. Can those of us vaccinated safely go to grocery store? Or dining indoors? How about taking our unvaccinated children to the upcoming Texas Rangers home opener? Dr. Garfield has answers. View more...

Dr. Shanda Riley
Dr. Shanda Riley, UNT Dallas

Dr. Shanda Riley, UNT Dallas, Assistant Director of Counseling & Wellness Center and Adjunct Professor

This past year has presented plenty of new mental health challenges for students, faculty, staff and even experienced mental health professionals.

We sought Dr. Riley to provide advice about how to detect warning signs that a student might be struggling emotionally due to the pandemic or other factors, ways to assist a struggling student, as well as best practices for ongoing self-care as we all attempt to manage the daily stresses we face. View more...

Dr. Julie Leventhal
Dr. Julie Leventhal, UNT College of Education

Dr. Julie Leventhal, UNT, Senior Lecturer, College of Education's Department of Educational Psychology

Valentine's Day is coming just at the right time to remind us how lucky we are to have our significant other with us during such stressful times.

Dr. Leventhal provides advice about how to make Valentine's Day during a pandemic meaningful, how better to support one another through stressful times so the proverbial pot doesn't boil over as so many of us are spending more hours together with our loved one than ever before.  View more...

Damon Schranz
Dr. Damon Schranz, UNT Health Science Center

Dr. Damon Schranz, Family Medicine Physician at HSC & Associate Professor at TCOM

Learn about some important recent changes to cancer screening guidelines

Dr. Schranz joined the Department of Family Medicine as an assistant professor in 2001 and has been an integral member of the department ever since. For the last 20 years, he has taught medical students and residents through two Family Medicine Residency Programs; one at Osteopathic Medical Center of Texas and currently at Plaza Medical Center of Texas.  View More...


Charlotte Russell
Charlotte Russell, UNT System

Charlotte Russell, Chief Information Security Officer & Sr. Director of Management and Risk Services

Identity theft and online scams are prevalent. Learn how to take steps to protect your data -- whether it's your personal or work-related information.

Charlotte has worked for more than 25 years in information technology and has spent most of that time working in information security. Online fraud, scams and phishing attempts are prevalent, and especially so during COVID-19. In fact, UNT System has been dealing with attempts at unemployment benefits fraud using the identities of our employees.  View more...

Cheryl Wattley
Cheryl Wattley, UNT Dallas College of Law

Cheryl Wattley, Professor of Law, UNT Dallas College of Law

When there is silence, extremist voices resonate with deafening noise...

As we approach this MLK Day on the heels of massive nationwide civil rights protests in response to ongoing police brutality and racial injustice, and the recent deadly mob violence at the Capitol, Professor Wattley provides her expertise and unique insight into what should be at the forefront of our thoughts on this MLK Day, the Black Lives Matter movement and the importance of a successful UNT Dallas College of Law.  View more...

Danielle Gemoets
Danielle Gemoets, UNT Student Health and Wellness Center

Danielle Gemoets, Dietitian, UNT Student Health and Wellness Center

Learn how to navigate through some confusing nutrition topics!

Danielle has called UNT home for seven of her 11 years as a Registered Dietitian. She helps students discover their health goals and works collaboratively to empower them to live their best lives.  View more...

Jodi Duryea
Chef Jodie Duryea, UNT Hospitality Management

Jodi Duryea, UNT, Principal Lecturer, College of Merchandising, Hospitality & Tourism

Can't join family this year? Get tips on making smaller meals or putting a spin on your traditional sides

Chef Duryea is a former Executive Chef with more than 10 years experience working in New York City restaurants. Her passion is creating a menu and hosting a great dinner party -- so you know COVID-19 is putting a damper on her traditional holiday plans. Still, it is the holidays, and she has great advice for preparing a smaller meal -- or going big and delivering to relatives -- putting a global spin on your traditional sides and creating a super-tasty French pastry for dessert.  View more...

Dr. Diana Cervantes UNTHSC
Dr. Diana Cervantes, UNTHSC

Dr. Diana Cervantes, UNTHSC, Assistant Professor and Director, MPH Epidemiology Program

COVID-19: From safety precautions for holiday travel to confidence in vaccines

Known as Dr. Microbe, the assistant professor and Director of the Master of Public Health Epidemiology program is the go-to expert for reporters seeking the inside scoop on infectious diseases. With COVID-19 still raging, Dr. Cervantes is in high demand. We were fortunate to catch up with her to discuss everything from trusting the vaccines to traveling during the holidays to how we'll look back on 2020.  View more...

Dr. Han Wen, UNT
Dr. Han Wen, UNT Hospitality Management

Dr. Han Wen, UNT, Assistant Professor, College of Merchandising, Hospitality & Tourism

Giving a bottle of wine as a gift this holiday season? Dr. Wen has tips for researching wine choices, price points and trendy regions

December is the month for giving, and what better way to express our appreciation for family, friends and colleagues than by giving an exemplary bottle of wine? But, if you're anything like us, you can stand in front of the wine aisle for an hour and accomplish nothing more than scratching our head. What variety should I buy? What year? Does that one cost too little or too much? So many questions, so little time.  View more...