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Innovation requires collaboration
To solve big problems effectively, researchers must bring their own expertise and seek out expertise from fields outside their own. At the University of North Texas, this market-centric collaborative culture is threaded deep in the fabric of our research efforts, where ideas converge into new theories, new disciplines and new, market-ready inventions that change society for the better.

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New uses for plants

Finding ways to give foods and beverages more health-beneficial components to reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer and Alzheimer's disease is just one of the many solutions UNT’s plant biologists are focused on. Added bonus: they might taste better, too. By discovering in more detail how the tannins that provide these health benefits develop in plants, researchers like Richard Dixon in UNT’s BioDiscovery Institute are making the most out of them. Dixon is direction of the institute and Distinguished Research Professor at UNT.

Conserving resources

A Dallas home saves more than 500 gallons each month because a child learned about water conservation from the UNT Science Education Research Lab. The lab partnered with educators and Dallas utilities officials to develop and teach curriculum on water conservation in Dallas schools. Since the program began in 2006, thousands of gallons of water have been conserved. Ruthanne Thompson, associate professor of biology and electrical engineering, directs the lab.

Protecting performers

Performing artists continue to work, despite tendonitis, muscle pain, hearing loss and much other injuries thanks to experts in music, medicine, engineering, psychology and public health who worked together to develop treatments. The Texas Center for Performing Arts Health, a joint effort of UNT and the UNT Health Science Center offers programs to treat and prevent those injuries.

"It’s imperative that we help students discover and faculty innovate through their interdisciplinary settings and work. To be stewards of the public’s trust, universities must find new ways to ensure that new ideas, new solutions — music to materials technology — find a way to market so that communities and people who live in these dynamic communities thrive."

--Michael Rondelli, UNT’s associate vice president for innovation and commercialization
Michael.Rondelli@unt.edu
940-565-4459

The smallest details matter. Researchers got a better look at cancer cells with the patented technology developed by Guido Verbeck, associate professor of chemistry. Verbeck has developed tools for medical, manufacturing, environmental, law enforcement and other fields.