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USDA grants support cotton studies and enhance research capabilities with high-resolution tissue dissection and collection

USDA grants support cotton studies and enhance research capabilities with high-resolution tissue dissection and collection

Recent funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture is being used to further understanding of cotton plant development and purchase a laser microdissection system.

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CVAD students create art inspired by UNT research

CVAD students create art inspired by UNT research

Art students displayed their work as part of the exhibition “In Symbiosis” at the Elm Fork Education Center’s Eagle Exhibit Hall in UNT’s Environmental Sciences Building.

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USDA grant funds initiative to build edible landscape on campus, grow food studies research

USDA grant funds initiative to build edible landscape on campus, grow food studies research

The Milpa Agricultural Placemaking Project will include developing a multilingual oral history archive on food and agriculture in North Texas and a new UNT seed library, which will produce and distribute free vegetable plant seedlings to the public.

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Growing Sustainability: Event shares collaborative ways to shape more resilient communities, businesses

Growing Sustainability: Event shares collaborative ways to shape more resilient communities, businesses

UNT’s Advanced Environmental Research Institute hosted its first conference tackling environmental, social and governance challenges across public, private and civic sectors.

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UNT earns USDA grant to foster future leaders in food and fiber

UNT earns USDA grant to foster future leaders in food and fiber

With support from the USDA grant, the College of Merchandising, Hospitality and Tourism will create an array of new academic offerings, events and research experiences to prepare future transformational leaders.

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UNT engineering professor advancing nuclear fuel recycling tech

UNT engineering professor advancing nuclear fuel recycling tech

A University of North Texas mechanical engineering professor is helping to advance technologies for recycling used nuclear fuel (UNF).

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UNT geographers exploring technology’s influence on urban forest management and planning

UNT geographers exploring technology’s influence on urban forest management and planning

Faculty members Alexandra Ponette-González and Matthew Fry will soon launch a five-year study backed by a $1.5 million National Science Foundation grant.

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Research Backed by NASA, U.S. Geological Survey will Inform Changes in Water-wise Irrigation Techniques

Research Backed by NASA, U.S. Geological Survey will Inform Changes in Water-wise Irrigation Techniques

A team of researchers from the UNT is using high quality satellite and aerial imagery to study how farmers in the Mississippi Alluvial Valley are using water resources and how the farmers’ irrigation methods have changed over the past decades.

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Next Generation Nuclear Power

Next Generation Nuclear Power

UNT teams up with national lab and industry to develop safer, more efficient storage for next-generation nuclear reactors. As the result of funding from the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), UNT and their collaborators will develop a safer and more efficient method of containing and recycling molten salt nuclear waste from nuclear reactors and other sources...

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Sustainable Plant-Based Fuel

Sustainable Plant-Based Fuel

Researchers in Richard Dixon’s lab have been studying C-lignin, a type of fiber in the seed coats of certain exotic plants, since his team member Fang Chen discovered it in 2011. Helping plants produce C-lignin could lead to crops that are useful for creating an economically feasible plant-based jet fuel, among other applications.

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Big Problems, Big Bold Solutions

Big Problems, Big Bold Solutions

A team of students from UNT’s Texas Academy of Mathematics and Sciences, mentored by UNT BioDiscovery Institute’s Calvin Henard and Mauricio Antunes, is the first group from UNT to participate in the International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) competition. The team genetically modified bacteria to mitigate greenhouse gases.

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Understanding Disease

Understanding Disease

A possible malaria outbreak in birds in Chile could lead to a better understanding of the impact global warming has on disease transmission, according to Andrew Gregory, assistant professor of biological sciences.

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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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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.

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Moving Toward Carbon-negative Manufacturing

Moving Toward Carbon-negative Manufacturing

Chemistry professor Shengqian Ma will spearhead the development of an industrial direct-air carbon dioxide capture module as part of a $2 million, three-year project for the U.S. Department of Energy to develop a prototype low-cost system for capturing carbon dioxide waste from manufacturing emissions and cleanly converting it into ethanol.

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Bee Sustainable

Bee Sustainable

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.

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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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Introducing Middle School Students to Citizen Science

Introducing Middle School Students to Citizen Science

National Geographic awarded a UNT research scientist a grant to support her work introducing middle school children to scientific research projects through citizen science. Kelly Albus will lead an interdisciplinary team of faculty from UNT’s Advanced Environmental Research Institute for a project that invites teachers and students to map air quality in their own communities.

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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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