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A UNT conservation program has received a major financial boost. The Cape Horn Biosphere Reserve near Puerto Williams, Chile is part of the Sub-Antarctic Biocultural Conservation Program, a consortium led by UNT in the U.S., and other Chilean universities and institutions. The Chilean government awarded the program $15 million dollars for the construction of a new Sub-Antarctic Cape Horn Center, which is scheduled to open later this year in Puerto Williams.
UNT's Cyber Forensics Lab at the UNT New College at Frisco has already made big strides since opening a year ago. Scott Belshaw, assistant professor of criminal justice and cyber lab director, started with a grand vision for a cyber research laboratory solely dedicated to analyzing cellphone data from devices used in criminal activities.
UNT has many outstanding faculty who are distinguished scholars, researchers and artists who are widely known as experts in their fields and dedicated mentors. Read about a few who are helping to make new discoveries and create solutions to address some of society’s biggest challenges and improve our world:
A University of North Texas faculty member, a graduate student and an undergraduate student have been recognized as UNT’s 2017 Innovator Award winners.
A patent developed by Narendra Dahotre, University Distinguished Research Professor in UNT’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering, which will allow orthopaedic surgeons to operate with new precision, has been licensed by the Australian Institute of Robotic Orthopaedics.
Industry is searching for materials and manufacturing solutions that bring more efficient and competitive products, and UNT scientists are leading the creation, application and characterization of new materials for the 21st century.
Government and industry leaders are searching for better ways to secure industry, individuals — and our world.
Innovation is a key mantra of building bold visions of the 21st century. It is different from “invention,” which most often is associated with an individual discovery. This was certainly true in the early 20th century. As engineered systems and technology evolved to a higher level of complexity and the missions became bolder (landing a man on the moon!), collaborative efforts emerged as the pathway to big dreams.
North Texas State University, now UNT, conferred its first doctorate in the sciences in 1967 when Linda Truitt Creagh, right, earned her Ph.D. in chemistry. Studying under her father, Price Truitt, she used a new tool, a nuclear magnetic resonance instrument, to study physical organic chemistry in new ways.
New ideas. New devices. New processes. New methods. Innovation is all of these. Different from invention, innovation is not focused on creating a new product. More often, innovation is centered in creativity. It involves taking a creative approach to something known, something done, and giving it new life — thus, a new audience or a new market. The emphasis on innovation at UNT transcends any one area of study, or department, or school. It breaks down walls and silos, allowing for creativity across multiple disciplines — thus dynamic outcomes.
When researchers combine their expertise in various disciplines to solve a problem, they find more practical answers than if they work alone. Their solutions transcend any one field, and the team of problem solvers can adapt to industry needs. UNT is at the forefront of collaboration — looking at the world in new ways, and pushing progress beyond invention to innovation.
Design thinking When visiting UNT, you can experience the maker culture across campus from The Factory at the UNT Libraries to the Digital Fabrication Lab (FabLab) in UNT’s Art Building, and beyond. Much discussion, review and research has been devoted to makerspace. While interesting, it misses the bigger point.
From the cosmetics industry to the medical field to agriculture to energy production, the growing and evolving bioeconomy touches a wide variety of industries set on providing biobased products and solutions for today’s world.
A major new project is underway that is expected to help solve a critical problem in nuclear engineering — transmitting data from sensors inside thick nuclear fuel canisters to data processing centers.
Four UNT innovators in biology, chemistry and geographical information systems earned UNT’s inaugural Innovator Award from the Office of Research and Innovation