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The U.S. Government has expressed serious growing concerns regarding inappropriate influence by foreign entities over federally funded research. One issue that has moved to the forefront is the failure of federally-funded researchers at U.S. institutions to disclose their relationships and activities with foreign institutions and funding agencies. Several Federal agencies have indicated that failure to disclose foreign relationships and activities may jeopardize eligibility for future funding. Federal agencies such as the National Institutes of Health have issued Dear Colleagues letters calling on universities to be vigilant in watching for potential foreign influence, including intellectual property theft, sharing of confidential information and failure of researchers to disclose resources provided by other organizations.
UNT alumna Amy Schade, a postdoctoral research fellow at Boston-based Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, where she studies triple-negative breast cancer, didn’t exactly know what a scientist did until a freshman biology class at UNT. The experience changed her whole outlook on science and research. Since 2009, more than 500 students have taken the introductory course as part of the UNT Phage Hunters Advancing Genomics and Evolutionary Science (PHAGES) program, developed to inspire interest and retention in the science, technology, engineering and math disciplines. 
Writing grants is a challenging process that will have a huge payoff for faculty members — thousands to millions of dollars and the opportunity to conduct new and innovative research. However, the process is not something all researchers feel is their area of expertise. 
UNT doctoral students researching everything from decision science to public administration competed in UNT’s Toulouse Graduate School’s annual Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition in November. Each contestant condensed years of research into a concise three-minute presentation to a non-specialist audience of 100 people. The competition challenged students to consolidate their research discoveries and convey technical details and abstract ideas using only a single PowerPoint slide and without any additional props or visual aids.
A new initiative administered by UNT’s Division of International Affairs is helping graduate students go great distances in conducting their research. The Graduate Research Experiences Abroad Travel Grant, or GREAT Grant, program supports international projects that enhance global perspectives by providing research experiences outside of the U.S. 
This past year was a banner year for technology commercialization at UNT, but it’s only the beginning. Licensing revenues reached a record level in 2019, and faculty filed six times as many disclosures of inventions and intellectual property as they did in 2015. More importantly, the culture of innovation at UNT is changing. UNT researchers are looking at the work in their laboratories in new and creative ways, and technology created here is catching the eye of companies and potential investors.
UNT is working with 20 universities nationwide to develop faculty recruitment, hiring and retention practices specifically for underrepresented populations in STEM fields.
Sponsored by the State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program, UNT highlights the long-standing Sub-Antarctic Biocultural Conservation Program
This summer, the Army Research Laboratory VTD Vehicle Applied Research Division visited Discovery Park to discuss opportunities for joint research with the College of Engineering.
Five years ago, UNT took a strategic risk when it added a new biomedical engineering program to serve a growing need in educating tomorrow’s leaders in this rapidly changing field. The program has focused on offering diverse educational tracks and unique degree plans to give graduates an edge in the highly technical workplace. The risk is paying off. 
Mark R. McLellan, a 30-year leader of university research programs with experience at five major institutions, was selected to oversee research and innovation at UNT as it seeks to grow its research enterprise and cement its place among the nation’s top Tier One research universities.
UNT's Center for Agile and Adaptive Additive Manufacturing was awarded $10 million in funding during the recent 86th Texas legislative session. The center, established in 2018 under the umbrella of the university's existing Materials Research Facility, will help advance the science and application of additive manufacturing across industries — from aeronautics to defense. The center's research will lead to smart materials and environmentally friendly technologies while helping Texas develop a highly skilled workforce of engineers.
A public-private partnership is helping UNT engineering graduate students hone their skills in additive manufacturing, a rapidly developing technology that builds 3D objects through the successive layering of materials.  
Since her time at UNT working on her doctorate under Miguel Acevedo, Shiho Matsubayashi has been interested in the ways technology can help environmental scientists understand the world around them and improve conditions in nature to benefit biodiversity. This June, Matsubayashi returned to UNT to help researchers here study the painted bunting at the Lake Lewisville Environmental Learning Area.
A UNT College of Engineering team is one of 11 teams selected nationwide for a new NASA challenge aimed at supporting the agency’s capabilities for deep space exploration.