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Cracking the Code on Cybersecurity Threats

Cracking the Code on Cybersecurity Threats

Three UNT researchers have been awarded a prestigious National Security Agency Research Innovation Award to crack the code on cybersecurity threats against private companies and government entities. UNT is one of six institutions to have received this type of award this year.

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Legislature Authorizes $113.4 million for Science and Technology Research Building

Legislature Authorizes $113.4 million for Science and Technology Research Building

UNT has the green light from Texas’ 87th Legislature to use $113.4 million in tuition revenue bonds to build a 167,700-square-foot research facility to provide additional state-of-the-art space for faculty and student researchers to carry out solutions-based research.

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Conveying A Message

Conveying A Message

Born in the Kurdish region of Iran, Pedram Baldari, assistant professor of studio art, takes experiences from his upbringing, his time in the U.S. and issues that he finds meaningful and incorporates them into his art research. From the idea of homeland citizenship to colonization to war, Baldari believes that issues and topics are a way for art enthusiasts to get a sense of others’ struggles.

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Broader Impacts of Plant Communication

Broader Impacts of Plant Communication

Kent Chapman and Mina Aziz, researchers at UNT’s BioDiscovery Institute have received a $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation to look at how plants talk to their neighbors -- specifically the role of fatty acid amide hydrolases, which exist broadly in plants, in communication between plants and microorganisms.

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New Lonestar Supercomputer Expands UNT Computing Capabilities

New Lonestar Supercomputer Expands UNT Computing Capabilities

A new supercomputer for Texas researchers, launched recently, will allow scholars at UNT to compute and compete at the cutting edge of science and engineering. Lonestar6 will be able to perform roughly three quadrillion operations per second — or in high performance terminology, three petaFLOPS.

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Banerjee to Study High-temperature HEAs for the Air Force

Banerjee to Study High-temperature HEAs for the Air Force

Materials science and engineering researcher Rajarshi Banerjee is rethinking the types of elements that could be used for aircrafts, thanks to a new $900,000 research grant from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research.

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Science and Change: Epigenetics, Global Warming and Cultural Exchange

Science and Change: Epigenetics, Global Warming and Cultural Exchange

Warren Burggren and Pamela Padilla are exploring a poorly understood field called epigenetics, the study of how the expression of genetic traits can be altered without change to the DNA itself. They received a $1.15 million grant to study how fish experiencing low oxygen due to climate change might pass on traits helping them adjust to warmer, poorly oxygenated water to their offspring.

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Plant Scientists Develop New Methods for Cotton Research

Plant Scientists Develop New Methods for Cotton Research

A team of researchers in the BioDiscovery Institute are working to reduce damage to cotton plants from aphids and Fusarium fungal infections after having received a National Institute of Food and Agriculture grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The research has the potential to considerably reduce the need for insecticides and fungicides.

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Researcher Finds Health Holds Sway in Consumer Textile Furnishing Buying

Researcher Finds Health Holds Sway in Consumer Textile Furnishing Buying

Hae Jin Gam, associate professor of fashion design, received a “Best Paper” award from the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences for research on the effects of health consciousness on environmentally sustainable textile furnishing product purchasing.

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Three UNT Researchers Named Tech Titans Finalists

Three UNT Researchers Named Tech Titans Finalists

UNT engineering researchers have been named finalists for two prestigious awards from Tech Titans, which showcase outstanding tech companies and individuals in North Texas.

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Faculty Take Tier One Research Projects Abroad as Fulbright Scholars

Faculty Take Tier One Research Projects Abroad as Fulbright Scholars

UNT faculty members Shobhana Chelliah, Distinguished Professor of linguistics and associate dean of research and development in the College of Information, and Julie Leventhal, principal lecturer in UNT’s Honors College, have been named award winners in the prestigious Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program. Chelliah and Leventhal received their awards in 2020 but deferred their projects when...

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Studying Possible Link Between Air Pollution and Heat in Urban Areas

Studying Possible Link Between Air Pollution and Heat in Urban Areas

Lu Liang, an assistant professor in the Department of Geography and the Environment, is hoping citizen scientists will be able to help test whether there is a correlation between heat and air pollution.

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UNT Records Record Growth in Research Productivity

UNT Records Record Growth in Research Productivity

Despite hurdles presented by the global pandemic, UNT recorded record growth in research productivity last year. Unprecedented gains in new research grants and proposals and overall research expenditures reflect the university’s rise as a major national research university.

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UNT Professor Helps Adults with Intellectual Disabilities through Trauma-informed Treatment

UNT Professor Helps Adults with Intellectual Disabilities through Trauma-informed Treatment

UNT professor Joe Dracobly is working to help adults with intellectual disabilities, who may not be able to verbalize their feelings, through trauma-informed research and treatment plans. 

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More Readily and Accurately Designing New Proteins to Reprogram Living Cells

More Readily and Accurately Designing New Proteins to Reprogram Living Cells

Researchers at the University of North Texas and the University of Texas at Dallas have, for the first time, modified the compatibility of proteins in cells by building connections at the molecular level that did not exist before.

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Providing Better Blood Clotting Treatment

Providing Better Blood Clotting Treatment

A UNT professor believes he has found a better drug for treating potentially deadly blood clotting disorders. Department of Biological Sciences Professor Pudur Jagadeeswaran has been conducting research with zebrafish to isolate proteins that could be manipulated to treat blood clotting disorders in humans more efficiently with few side effects.

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Transforming Biogas into Sustainable Products Using Bacteria

Transforming Biogas into Sustainable Products Using Bacteria

Calvin Henard researches methanotrophic bacteria to convert methane gas into bioplastics, biofuels and other valuable products, rather than allow it to be released into the atmosphere. Research evaluating the role in methanotrophic bacteria of the enzyme RubisCO, an enzyme also found in plants that is responsible for the majority of carbon dioxide utilization on Earth, was recently published in...

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Studio Art Graduate Student Creates Sculptures Inspired by UNT Plant Research

Studio Art Graduate Student Creates Sculptures Inspired by UNT Plant Research

Lately, Phil Samson has been pouring over scientific research papers from scholars in UNT’s College of Science. Though the studio art graduate student in the College of Visual Arts and Design has no background in science, he’s found the research to be quite an artistic muse. His own attempts at planting a pandemic garden in his backyard last year and experience helping relatives during the summer...

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Advancing 3D Printing of Tissues and Organs

Advancing 3D Printing of Tissues and Organs

Brian Meckes, assistant professor of biomedical engineering at UNT, recently received a grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop an advanced method of printing complex three-dimensional biological tissues, with potentially far-reaching impacts in medical research.

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Addressing Mental Health Disparities

Addressing Mental Health Disparities

Four UNT professors are addressing health disparities by training the next generation of counselors and social workers to offer trauma-informed, bilingual mental health services to minorities in both behavioral health and integrated care settings.

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