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Bee Sustainable

Bee Sustainable

Bees and their importance to the survival of food crops and biodiversity have received a lot of attention in recent years. UNT became a Bee Campus USA in 2016, and in 2019 the College of Science recruited Elinor Lichtenberg, assistant professor of ecology, who studies plant-pollinator interactions. She researches bees and other insects that visit flowers, their behavior and ecology, how humans...

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Kent Chapman Named Fellow of American Society of Plant Biologists

Kent Chapman Named Fellow of American Society of Plant Biologists

Kent Chapman, Regents Professor of biological sciences and director of UNT’s BioDiscovery Institute, was recently awarded the 2021 Fellow of ASPB Award by the American Society of Plant Biologists.

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Particulates in Precipitation

Particulates in Precipitation

From radioactive rain to hitchhiking tardigrades, particulates in precipitation have big implications for ecosystems, according to ecosystem geographer Alexandra Ponette-González. She shines a magnifying glass on the microscopic materials that land on and flow through plants with water in a paper published in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment.

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Furthering Understanding of Plant Molecules

Furthering Understanding of Plant Molecules

A UNT College of Science professor has moved researchers across the globe closer to understanding how to make condensed tannins in forage crops such as alfalfa, not only making food more nutritious for animals, but potentially improving food supply and limiting global warming.

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Presenting a Thesis in Three Minutes

Presenting a Thesis in Three Minutes

UNT master’s students researching everything from information science to biological sciences competed in UNT’s Toulouse Graduate School’s annual Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition this spring.

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Alumna Receives Fulbright Award to Create Anthology of Czech Art Songs

Alumna Receives Fulbright Award to Create Anthology of Czech Art Songs

College of Music alumna Bree Nichols, who earned her Doctor of Musical Arts in voice performance in May, received a Fulbright Research Award to travel to the Czech Republic where she will focus on compiling the first anthology of Czech art songs.

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TxDOT Funds UNT Research for Road Safety Technology

TxDOT Funds UNT Research for Road Safety Technology

Maurizio Manzo and Zhenhua Huang, researchers in UNT’s Department of Mechanical Engineering, are using a grant from the Texas Department of Transportation's Research and Implementation Division to solve a common problem that affects safety on the roads – road striping.

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Examining How Cloth Masks Affect Exercise

Examining How Cloth Masks Affect Exercise

Exercising while wearing a cloth mask may lead to more work, heavier breathing and faster fatigue, according to a joint study between UNT and Baylor Scott & White Sports Therapy & Research at The Star in Frisco.

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Exploring Racial and Ethnic Equity in Health and Society

Exploring Racial and Ethnic Equity in Health and Society

At UNT’s Center for Racial and Ethnic Equity in Health and Society more than 40 UNT faculty members are addressing inequities in how people in Texas live, work, learn and interact socially.

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Leveraging Advanced Computing Resources for Research

Leveraging Advanced Computing Resources for Research

To support the increasing demands of advanced computing in scientific research, the UNT System and the University of Texas at Austin’s Texas Advanced Computing Center have signed an agreement providing access for UNT researchers to some of the world’s most powerful computer resources, including Frontera, the 9th fastest supercomputer in the world.

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Winning Truman Scholarship for Uplifting Marginalized Communities

Winning Truman Scholarship for Uplifting Marginalized Communities

UNT student Hillary Shah is a winner of the 2021 Harry S. Truman Scholarship, a premier graduate scholarship from the Truman Scholarship Foundation for college students pursuing careers in public service. Shah, a political science and economics major graduating this Spring is one of 62 students in the U.S. selected this year for the scholarship.

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Novel Approach to Additively Manufactured 2D Perovskite Devices Published in Nature

Novel Approach to Additively Manufactured 2D Perovskite Devices Published in Nature

Anupama Kaul, PACCAR Professor of Engineering from the Departments of Materials Science and Engineering and Electrical Engineering, has successfully used additive manufacturing to print inks of 2D perovskites, which are highly complex molecules that absorb incoming light extremely well.

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DeeAnna Oliveira Fills New Role Managing COVID Relief Funds for UNT

DeeAnna Oliveira Fills New Role Managing COVID Relief Funds for UNT

DeeAnna Oliveira , who has worked at UNT since 2011, recently began a new role as program director for the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund at UNT. She’s the dedicated manager overseeing the growing and complex bucket of federal funds related to COVID-19 relief – the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act of 2020 and the 2021 American Rescue Plan Act.

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UNT Researcher Works to Tame Toxin-producing Fungus in Wheat Plants

UNT Researcher Works to Tame Toxin-producing Fungus in Wheat Plants

A UNT researcher is working to knock out a crop fungus that could improve food availability for future generations. Jyoti Shah, chair of the biological sciences department, and his team are working to identify genes in the wheat plant that may make it susceptible to Fusarium head blight. Reducing activity of these genes makes the wheat plant more resistant to the disease.

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Phononic Crystals Can Control Sound and Possibly Earthquake Waves

Phononic Crystals Can Control Sound and Possibly Earthquake Waves

UNT researchers are gaining the attention of the physics world with their discoveries that could lead to new methods of mechanically reflecting sounds or other vibrations, such as earthquakes. Potential applications of their acoustic shield range from removing traffic noise to enabling interception-free private communication to protecting buildings from earthquakes, tsunamis or ultrasonic attacks.

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Celebrating Increased Biodiversity

Celebrating Increased Biodiversity

The UNT Pecan Creek Pollinative Prairie is once again in full bloom. Each new season welcomes more biodiversity to the area near the UNT Discovery Park Campus and a rich educational space for the UNT community to conduct important environmental research.

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Researchers Tackling the Future of UAVs with Self-powered Wireless Sensors

Researchers Tackling the Future of UAVs with Self-powered Wireless Sensors

Two researchers at UNT Engineering are working to make drones last longer in flight without much required maintenance in between. Wonbong Choi and Ifana Mahbub have received a grant from the Department of Defense to develop a suite of self-powered wireless sensors and wireless interfaces for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

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Studying High-charge Transport in 2D Materials

Studying High-charge Transport in 2D Materials

Wonbong Choi is using integrated flexible energy systems and a grant from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP) to study high ion transport behavior in two-dimensional nanomaterials that can provide a fundamental knowledge to create a way for UAVs to charge faster and store more energy.

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Searching for a Heart Defect Treatment for Preemies

Searching for a Heart Defect Treatment for Preemies

Ed Dzialowski, a developmental comparative physiologist who studies the similarities and differences of anatomy and physiology between species, is conducting cardiopulmonary research that could assist the treatment or prevention of a common birth defect in premature infants.

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Studying Remote Learning during the Pandemic

Studying Remote Learning during the Pandemic

College of Education Assistant Professor Lauren Eutsler studies how teachers are handling the new world of education after a shift to remote instruction due to COVID-19 restrictions and offers suggestions for moving forward.

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