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Recognizing Contributions in Heat Transfer Research

Recognizing Contributions in Heat Transfer Research

Vish Prasad, mechanical engineering professor, received the ASME 2020 Heat Transfer Memorial Award, an honor recognizing his significant contributions to the heat transfer community.

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Seeking Asymmetrical Structure in Polymer-based Materials

Seeking Asymmetrical Structure in Polymer-based Materials

Xiao Li, assistant professor of materials science and engineering, is researching a new way to develop and improve material performance and reliability while also decreasing the cost of future Army systems. Funded by the Army Research Office, an element of the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development’s Army Research Laboratory.

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Plan to Distribute COVID-19 Vaccine

Plan to Distribute COVID-19 Vaccine

Researchers at UNT have developed a cloud-based computer program called RE-PLAN to help state and local public health agencies distribute the COVID-19 vaccine to ensure its timely availability according to each state’s guidelines.

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Building Digital Libraries for Research Opportunities

Building Digital Libraries for Research Opportunities

Daniel Alemneh, a digital curation unit supervisor for UNT Libraries, traveled to Ethiopia in September 2019 to help develop digital library structures for universities and organizations.

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Celebrating Highly Cited Researchers

Celebrating Highly Cited Researchers

College of Science professors Richard Dixon and Shengqian Ma were recently listed among the top 1% of researchers in their field to be cited by other researchers, according to Clarivate Analytics, a company dedicated to helping companies and universities sort and examine big data and apply it to their research needs.

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Curbing Obesity in Minority Children

Curbing Obesity in Minority Children

Tao Zhang and Jean Keller, faculty members in the Department of Kinesiology, Health Promotion and Recreation, are exploring whether a physical activity promotion program — administered through Head Start and by parents at home — can improve health outcomes for preschoolers from underserved communities.

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Monitoring Diseases through Biomedical Engineering

Monitoring Diseases through Biomedical Engineering

Clement Chan’s research group is working on a new, more affordable method to test and diagnose if a person has a disease or has accidentally consumed harmful toxins that can be present in contaminated food and water.

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Research and Innovation News

UNT Outlines Process for Public Access to Research Data with Data Management Plans

UNT has developed a framework and plan for PIs and staff to implement that will increase public access to publications and data per the OSTP directive.

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Improving Identification of Gifted Students

Improving Identification of Gifted Students

Selcuk Acar, associate professor of educational psychology, is working to develop an improved, less expensive test for original thinking in elementary students to better identify low-income, minority or untraditionally-gifted children who may currently be missed by traditional testing.

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Changing the Building Industry

Changing the Building Industry

Researchers in the College of Engineering have developed a new building insulation product that is stronger, safer and more sustainable than conventional polyurethane-based products.

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Hurricane Evacuation Amid COVID-19 Protocols

Hurricane Evacuation Amid COVID-19 Protocols

Tristan Wu, associate professor of emergency management and disaster science, is researching hurricane evacuations during COVID-19. The project, funded by a National Science Foundation Rapid Grant, will involve surveys and interviews with households and emergency managers in Texas and Louisiana affected by hurricanes Laura and Delta.

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Researching Blood-clotting Disorders

Researching Blood-clotting Disorders

Pudur Jagadeeswaran, biological sciences professor, has developed a new technology to simultaneously knockdown multiple genes in zebrafish, which have a similar genetic structure to humans, to more rapidly examine each of the organism’s approximately 25,000 human genes and identify those associated with human blood-clotting disorders.

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Advancing Renewable Energy Research

Advancing Renewable Energy Research

New discoveries in the laboratory of Richard Dixon could help develop biomass crops better suited for processing into products such as aviation fuel, plastics and other industrial products.

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Modeling Hyperglycemia

Modeling Hyperglycemia

Pamela Padilla, associate vice president of research and innovation, and three of her Ph.D. students are using the C. elegans genetic model system to study how genes function in hyperglycemia, a leading indicator of Type 2 diabetes. Rajeev Azad, associate professor of mathematics, also is a collaborator on the project and is using computational tools to analyze the resulting large data sets.

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Creating Sensor for Additive Manufacturing Process

Creating Sensor for Additive Manufacturing Process

Haifeng Zhang, professor of mechanical engineering, is a co-principal investigator in a new $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy. He, along with researchers at Penn State University, will develop and fabricate an in-situ sensor for use during the additive manufacturing process.

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Artificial Intelligence for Real Change

Artificial Intelligence for Real Change

Graduate students gain real-world experience in using artificial intelligence to improve health care outcomes in UNT’s Biomedical Artificial Intelligence Lab.

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New Reality for Astronauts

New Reality for Astronauts

During their time as undergraduates at UNT, David Woodward (’20), Juan Ruiz (’20), Tim Stern (’20) and Nickolas Bratsch (’20) proved that one small step toward the unknown could result in a giant leap for the future of spacesuit user interface technologies.

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Curing Her Own Disease

Curing Her Own Disease

Diagnosed at 18 with Charcot-MarieTooth disease, commonly known as CMT, Allison Taylor (’20), who earned her biology degree this spring, has dedicated her life to researching a cure.

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Protecting the Environment

Protecting the Environment

Shrika Eddula, a second-year student in UNT’s Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science, jumped in with both feet as part of the early summer research scholarship program before she began her first year in 2019.

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Researching Saudi Arabian Contemporary Art

Researching Saudi Arabian Contemporary Art

As an assistant professor at King Saud University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Noura Shuqair (’20 Ph.D.) is developing research about the relationship between the historical area Al-Balad and contemporary Saudi art practice.

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