UNT's Sky Theater planetarium has upgraded its presentation technology and is launching a Saturday matinee program geared mainly toward children. The Sky Theater will offer a different matinee program each month beginning Sept. 7 (Saturday).
The UNT Quail program and laboratory, which is working to preserve North Texas quail populations, has received more than $100,000 from Texas conservation organizations for research. The funding has come from various Quail Coalition chapters across the state.
New discoveries in plant biology may allow UNT researchers to create new bioproducts from lignin, a substance that makes plants woody and firm, including carbon fiber and improved animal feedstock.
UNT artists are stepping away from harsh chemical dyes in favor of natural dyes. The organic materials will be grown in UNT’s Natural Dye Garden, a project that was suggested by students, and will be funded by the We Mean Green Fund, housed in UNT’s Office of Sustainability, and UNT’s College of Visual Arts and Design. A garden opening is set for 6 p.m. Oct. 9(Wednesday).
The University of North Texas Sky Theater has launched its 2013 Summer Fun in the Planetarium program, offering affordable and family-friendly shows every Friday through June and July.
UNT has become a partner of the U.S. Department of Energy’s BioEnergy Science Center. UNT Distinguished Research Professor of Biology Dr. Richard Dixon will work with the center on a research project investigating how to develop liquid biofuels from genetically engineered switchgrass.
The project, titled “Topological decompositions and spectral sampling algorithms for element substitution in critical technologies,” has been awarded in the framework of the Department of Defense Office of Naval Research Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative Program.
UNT College of Engineering Professor Ram Dantu has developed a new 9-1-1 software system using smart phone technology that virtually places 9-1-1 operators at an emergency scene, helping operators to gather the most accurate information possible to better prepare first responders.
Six UNT exhibitions exploring themes of scientific relationships will be on display during the Social Science: Relationships event at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science. The museum created Social Science as an after-hours, adult-only event designed especially to inspire the minds of adults ages 21 and older about science and nature with the help of guest speakers, performers, interactive demonstrations and experiments positioned throughout the museum halls and galleries.
Professor and department chair of the UNT College of Engineering’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering has filed a patent on a new laser technology he and his research associate developed for cutting and shaping bone that causes minimal damage to the surrounding tissue and bones, could speed up surgery and recovery times, and even lessen the amount of blood lost during operations.