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UNT and HSC professors find hospital acquired MRSA infection less likely in hospitals with more private rooms

UNT and HSC professors find hospital acquired MRSA infection less likely in hospitals with more private rooms

Professors from the University of North Texas and the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth recently published a study of more than 300 hospitals across the U.S. that showed patients were dramatically less likely to be infected with hospital-acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in hospitals with more private patient rooms.

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International Symposium on Plant Lipids honors UNT professor and the former student he inspired

International Symposium on Plant Lipids honors UNT professor and the former student he inspired

Kent Chapman has spent 27 years at UNT's Department of Biological Sciences as an educator and researcher who spends his time teaching and exploring the intricacies of plant biochemistry, specifically lipids. Jantana Keereetaweep spent seven years researching with Chapman while earning her Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at UNT. Now, both being honored by the ISPL.

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Mohanty receives Fulbright for IoT security

Mohanty receives Fulbright for IoT security

Department of Computer Science and Engineering professor Saraju Mohanty recently received a Fulbright U.S. Specialist Award to collaborate on a project focused on security, communication and interoperability in areas where long-range communications with a lower power are needed for the Internet of Things (IoT).

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UNT researchers develop first of its kind, simple test for identifying toxic silver ions

UNT researchers develop first of its kind, simple test for identifying toxic silver ions

Chemistry researchers at the University of North Texas have developed a test to more easily identify toxic silver ions, which can be harmful to humans and the environment at high concentrations.

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UNT unravels a secret of the desert southwest

UNT unravels a secret of the desert southwest

Researchers at UNT in conjunction with scientists at the Huazhong Agricultural University in China, recently developed a complete map for the genome of the jojoba tree. This is the first complete DNA sequence of Simmondsia chinensis, providing a blueprint for this drought-tolerant and wax-bearing desert shrub.

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Seamless service for grant applications

Seamless service for grant applications

When the coronavirus pandemic hit the U.S. last spring and UNT worked quickly to respond by switching to remote operations, work in many departments pivoted to support the effort. In the middle of transitioning to working from home and figuring out plans to keep serving the UNT community, Grants and Contracts Administration was just ramping up. Chuck Tarantino, Assistant Vice President of grants...

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UNT Center for Sport Psychology study checks in on mental health and wellbeing of collegiate athletes during pandemic

UNT Center for Sport Psychology study checks in on mental health and wellbeing of collegiate athletes during pandemic

The UNT Center of Sport Psychology and Performance Excellence, in collaboration with Wayne State University, has released results in an ongoing study examining the overall health, performance and psychological wellbeing of collegiate athletes during the pandemic.

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UNT graduate works to protect soldiers in the field through drone research

UNT graduate works to protect soldiers in the field through drone research

Since beginning college, UNT student Kelly Jacques wanted to use her engineering talents to minimize the need for soldiers on the battlefield. And now, thanks to a scholarship from the U.S. Department of Defense, she is getting her chance.

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UNT professor examines student literacy improvement from technology use in the classroom and at home

UNT professor examines student literacy improvement from technology use in the classroom and at home

Assistant professor Lauren Eutsler is dedicated to improving student literacy by examining how to better use continually changing technology in the classroom and at home.

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Autonomous vehicles that ‘talk’ to each other

Autonomous vehicles that ‘talk’ to each other

While autonomous vehicle technology has advanced significantly over the last decade, one persistent problem remains: perception. Like human drivers, autonomous vehicles can only react to the information they collect. But one UNT researcher believes he can make data collection and processing more efficient and robust.

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Providing COVID-19 health information to minority language groups

Providing COVID-19 health information to minority language groups

Researchers at UNT and Indiana University are partnering to communicate effectively about COVID-19 to one of the largest refugee groups in the U.S. — refugees of Myanmar, who are members of the Chin language community. A new study led by Shobhana Chelliah, Distinguished Research Professor of linguistics at UNT, and Kelly Harper Berkson, assistant professor of linguistics at IU, together with Sara...

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UNT professor's discovery will prevent nuclear waste contamination in the future

UNT professor's discovery will prevent nuclear waste contamination in the future

Jincheng Du, an internationally recognized researcher in nuclear waste processing, found that the current models of storage need to be corrected. Systems expected to last for hundreds of thousands of years could fail sooner, leading to potential radioactive contamination affecting plants, animals and humans. Du recently explored new glass composition used to contain nuclear waste, and in the last...

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Bostanci’s NASA challenge helping in deep space

Bostanci’s NASA challenge helping in deep space

Huseyin Bostanci is at it again with another NASA-funded project. This time, he’s received $50,000 to help revitalize the cabin air in space vehicles and habitats. The UNT team is one of seven selected nationwide to participate in the Moon to Mars eXploration Systems and Habitation Academic Challenge, which encourages teams to produce or design research findings or functional products that will...

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UNT student’s research a breath of fresh air for astronauts

UNT student’s research a breath of fresh air for astronauts

Alyssa Sarvadi, a recent graduate of the University of North Texas College of Engineering, believes they have found a better way to clean the air aboard space ships. And, NASA agrees. Sarvadi and their mentor, associate professor of engineering technology Huseyin Bostanci, are part of a 10-year-old NASA program that sponsors graduate students and their professors who show significant potential to...

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TAMS students named 2020 Goldwater Scholars

TAMS students named 2020 Goldwater Scholars

Kevin Yao and Christopher Zhou, students from UNT’s Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science, have been named 2020 Goldwater Scholars, one of the country’s most prestigious scholarships awarded to students planning careers in mathematics, science and engineering. UNT leads Texas universities in the number scholars, with a total of 66 named since 1996. TAMS encourages all students to participate...

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Creating 3D-printed ventilator splitters for COVID-19 patients

Creating 3D-printed ventilator splitters for COVID-19 patients

In response to the possible need for more ventilators to treat critically ill COVID-19 patients, a team from UNT’s College of Engineering collaborated to adapt a design and manufacture ventilator splitters in the college’s digital manufacturing lab. The team used 3D printing technology to make the splitters, which will allow doctors to use a single ventilator to treat two patients.

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Computational chemists use supercomputer simulations to test potential COVID-19 drugs

Computational chemists use supercomputer simulations to test potential COVID-19 drugs

UNT professor and computational chemist G. Andrés Cisneros, along with his research group, are running computer simulations using four U.S. supercomputers, including the world’s most powerful, Summit, at the Oak Ridge National Lab in Tennessee, to investigate inhibitor mechanisms of existing drugs and provide insights that could serve to improve treatment options for COVID-19.

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Undergraduate researcher dedicated to finding a cure for her own disease

Undergraduate researcher dedicated to finding a cure for her own disease

UNT senior Allison Taylor could have let a medical condition slow down her academic plans or even her life in general, but instead, she’s using it as inspiration to reach her goals. Diagnosed at 18 with Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, commonly known as CMT, she has dedicated her life to researching a cure.

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UNT-led team collaborates with NASA on Advanced Air Mobility project

UNT-led team collaborates with NASA on Advanced Air Mobility project

A UNT-led team of academic and industry experts is working together to ensure safe skies for drones and other low-flying traffic over cities in the U.S.

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UNT utilizes advanced 3D printing labs to produce face shields

UNT utilizes advanced 3D printing labs to produce face shields

Engineers and artists are working together to create face shields for faculty and students to use once laboratories on campus start to reopen.

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