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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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Revolutionizing Ammonia Production

Revolutionizing Ammonia Production

Three UNT Chemistry professors’ research could lower greenhouse gases and save money worldwide as they answer questions leading to a more environmentally friendly and efficient production of ammonia, a chemical vital to agriculture worldwide.

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Advancing Medical Security and Enhancing Student Research Opportunities

Advancing Medical Security and Enhancing Student Research Opportunities

UNT researcher and professor Bibhudutta Rout from Physics, alongside  Saraju Mohanty from UNT Computer Science and Engineering and Elias Kougianos from UNT Electrical Engineering are collaborating with a team led by Babu Baniya from the Grambling State University on a half-million dollar NSF grant to advance medical security and broaden participation of historically underrepresented students in...

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Graduate Research Training Initiative for Student Enhancement

Graduate Research Training Initiative for Student Enhancement

A new $2 million grant aimed at increasing participation and diversity in Ph.D. science and engineering programs focusing on research relevant to human health will be put into action at UNT this fall. G-RISE, sponsored by the National Institutes of Health, will develop a diverse pool of Ph.D. students for careers in the biomedical research fields at UNT.

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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

Bees and their importance to the survival of food crops and biodiversity have received a lot of attention in recent years. 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. She researches bees and other insects that visit flowers, their behavior and ecology, how humans...

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Kent Chapman Named Fellow of American Society of Plant Biologists

Kent Chapman Named Fellow of American Society of Plant Biologists

Kent Chapman, Regents Professor of biological sciences and director of UNT’s BioDiscovery Institute, was recently awarded the 2021 Fellow of ASPB Award by the American Society of Plant Biologists.

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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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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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Searching for a Heart Defect Treatment for Preemies

Searching for a Heart Defect Treatment for Preemies

Ed Dzialowski, a developmental comparative physiologist who studies the similarities and differences of anatomy and physiology between species, is conducting cardiopulmonary research that could assist the treatment or prevention of a common birth defect in premature infants.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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