Research Showcase

Research Showcase

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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Looking for the Magic in Mushrooms

Looking for the Magic in Mushrooms

Assistant Chemistry Professor Elizabeth Skellam studies fungi for agricultural and pharmaceutical purposes.

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Engaging in NASA's Advanced Air Mobility National Campaign

Engaging in NASA's Advanced Air Mobility National Campaign

A team of companies and universities led by UNT’s College of Engineering has successfully completed testing scenarios developed by NASA as part of Advanced Air Mobility National Campaign Developmental Test simulation activity. They were one of 11 teams selected to work with NASA on the campaign, which seeks to promote public confidence in low-flying traffic as it increases significantly over U.S...

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Examining Food Insecurity Among Students

Examining Food Insecurity Among Students

Lisa Henry started researching campus food insecurity in 2014 and has since spoken to dozens of students on UNT’s campus, worked with the Dean of Students office to apply her research to help the UNT Food Pantry better serve students and considered how her research can help campuses across the country. She is now continuing her research with a focus on how COVID-19 has affected that experience.

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Supporting Aquatic Toxicology Research

Supporting Aquatic Toxicology Research

Like many scientists, Rachel Leads was fascinated by biology from a young age. A family trip to the Pacific Northwest at twelve years old introduced her to coastline tide pools and captured her fascination, inspiring a lifelong love of marine science.

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Increasing Crop Resiliency

Increasing Crop Resiliency

Kent Chapman, Regents Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, and Ashley Cannon, a former UNT postdoctoral scholar and research molecular biologist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, are illuminating how heterotrimeric G-Proteins are involved in N-Acylethanolamine (NAE) signaling in plants — findings that could have major implications for the future of agriculture.

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Discovering a New Way to Look at Turbulence in the Galaxy

Discovering a New Way to Look at Turbulence in the Galaxy

UNT researchers have discovered a new way to examine turbulence, the weather in the galaxy, to understand the birth and evolution of stars. Yuan Li, assistant professor in the Department of Physics, and doctoral student Trung Ha are researching the movement of gasses in the Orion Nebula by examining the memory of turbulent motion in young stars.

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Offering ‘Best Practices’ for Work-life Balance During Pandemic

Offering ‘Best Practices’ for Work-life Balance During Pandemic

Recent research found that COVID-19 caused many full-time employed adults to struggle with work-life balance and work stress, according to assistant professor Hoda Vaziri, who teaches management in the G. Brint Ryan College of Business.

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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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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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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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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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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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Professor Earns Prestigious Powe Award

Professor Earns Prestigious Powe Award

College of Engineering assistant professor Yijie Jiang earned the prestigious 2020 Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award from Oak Ridge Associated Universities for his research into passive control of internal structures in 3D printed composites.

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