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Three UNT Engineers Awarded NSF CAREER Grants

Three UNT Engineers Awarded NSF CAREER Grants

Three UNT researchers in the College of Engineering were awarded more than $1.4 million total in grant money through the National Science Foundation’s Faculty Early Career Development Program. Diana Berman, Hua Sun and Hui Zhao have each received three-year awards to fund their innovative research into solving some very difficult problems facing industry today.

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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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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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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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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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Innovating 3D-printed Materials for Cars

Innovating 3D-printed Materials for Cars

Researchers from the College of Engineering will collaborate with the Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the largest U.S. Department of Energy science and energy laboratory, as part of a $1.5 million grant from the DOE to advance 3D-printed materials for automotive body frames.

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Analyzing Large, Multilayer Networks

Analyzing Large, Multilayer Networks

Sanjukta Bhowmick, associate professor of computer science and engineering research, has received a grant from the National Science Foundation to develop theoretical foundations and software to more effectively analyze large, multilayer networks, like those used by organizations such as Netflix, Amazon or Facebook to determine user recommendations.

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Improving Connected and Autonomous Vehicles

Improving Connected and Autonomous Vehicles

Qing Yang and Song Fu, computer science and engineering researchers, have earned $1 million in grant funding from the National Science Foundation for their connected and autonomous vehicles (CAV) projects.

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A Note from the NSF-BIO Assistant Director Regarding Migration to Research.gov

A Note from the NSF-BIO Assistant Director Regarding Migration to Research.gov

An important update from the NSF-BIO Assistant Director regarding the migration of submissions for "No Deadline" NSF-BIO programs from FastLane to Research.gov.

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NSF: Enforcement of NSF-approved Biographical Sketch and Current and Pending Support Formats Begins on 10/5/20

NSF: Enforcement of NSF-approved Biographical Sketch and Current and Pending Support Formats Begins on 10/5/20

Important update from NSF regarding approved formats to Biographical Sketches and Current and Pending Support.

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Developing Flexible, Printed Solar Cells

Developing Flexible, Printed Solar Cells

Professor Anupama Kaul, who directs the Nanoscale Materials and Devices Lab and the PACCAR Technology Institute, is working to develop new solar cell technology for the Office of Naval Research, utilizing perovskite materials that are extremely efficient at absorbing incoming light.

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Combining Stress Signals

Combining Stress Signals

A new study co-led by Rajeev Azad, associate professor of bioinformatics, looks at how plants respond to different types of stress at the same time — something that previously has not been studied in depth. A better understanding could help develop more resilient plants, which is much needed as climate change continues to accelerate.

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Researching Bonding in Metallic Alloys

Researching Bonding in Metallic Alloys

A UNT research team is working to better understand how metal alloys function at the atomic level with a $1 million grant from the Department of Defense.

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Building More Efficient Military Drones

Building More Efficient Military Drones

Diana Berman, Samir Aouadi and Andrey Voevodin of UNT's Department of Materials Science and Engineering, are applying their expert knowledge in tribology – the study of friction – to rethink the combustion engines that power aerial Army drones with a $780,000 grant from the Army Research Laboratory.

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Ensuring Fish Can Swim Through Manmade Obstacles

Ensuring Fish Can Swim Through Manmade Obstacles

Biologists at UNT are helping state conservation efforts by studying fish velocity through manmade obstacles such as pylons and culverts. Professor Ed Mager and his team will examine four species of fish that are considered to be species of greatest conservation need.

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$1M Gift Establishes Innovation Center

$1M Gift Establishes Innovation Center

A new collaboration between LaCore Labs and UNT will include a $1 million gift eligible for matching funds from the Texas Research Incentive Program, a new laboratory, sponsored research, a license to UNT technology and real-world opportunities for students.

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