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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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Turbulence in the Galaxy

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.

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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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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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Curing Her Own Disease

Curing Her Own Disease

Diagnosed at 18 with Charcot-MarieTooth disease, commonly known as CMT, Allison Taylor (’20), who earned her biology degree this spring, has dedicated her life to researching a cure.

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Bringing World-class Research to UNT Chemistry

Bringing World-class Research to UNT Chemistry

The new Welch Chair of UNT Chemistry, Shengqian Ma, will be leading an internationally recognized chemistry research program focusing on functional nanoporous materials. He will play an important leadership role during a planned growth phase in the UNT Department of Chemistry.

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One of 100 Most Inspiring Hispanic/Latinx Scientists

One of 100 Most Inspiring Hispanic/Latinx Scientists

Pamela Padilla, associate vice president for research and innovation, was recently named as one of 100 Inspiring Hispanic/Latinx Scientists in America by prestigious journal publisher Cell Press.

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Producing More Efficient Bioenergy

Producing More Efficient Bioenergy

Jantana Keereetaweep (’15), an assistant biochemist in the biology department at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory in New York, won the Paul K. Stumpf Award, given to early career scientists, from the International Symposium on Plant Lipids.

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Forensic Anthropology Lifetime Achievement Honors

Forensic Anthropology Lifetime Achievement Honors

Harrell Gill-King, founding Director of UNT’s Laboratory of Forensic Anthropology and co-founder of the UNT Center for Human Identification, has been awarded the T. Dale Stewart Award by the American Academy of Forensic Sciences for work that has included responding to the World Trade Center after 9/11, the Oklahoma City bombing and many other natural and man-made mass casualty events.

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D’Souza awarded Chemical Research Society of India Medal

D’Souza awarded Chemical Research Society of India Medal

Francis D'Souza, University Distinguished Research Professor of Chemistry, recently received the Chemical Research Society of India Medal.

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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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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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