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Ask an Expert Archives


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.


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, Dietitian, 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...