Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Heredity explains African American paradox in rates of osteoporosis, UNT historian says
DENTON (UNT), Texas -- Thanks to websites that allow users to build and link family trees, websites that give people access to national records and "Who Do You Think You Are?" and other TV shows about the family history of celebrities, genealogy has become one of the most popular hobbies in the U.S. -- almost as popular as gardening.
Research from a University of North Texas historian supports the idea that the nation and region of origin of your ancestors contributes to your risk of developing, or not developing, a growing list of medical conditions.
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
UNT New College at Frisco to open cellphone cyber security lab
DENTON (UNT), Texas -- The University of North Texas Criminal Justice Department is on track to open a cellphone cyber security lab at the UNT New College at Frisco. The off-site instructional facility will house the area's only cyber laboratory solely dedicated to analyzing cellphone data from devices used in criminal activities. Cyber lab director Scott Belshaw says the goal is to connect with as many police departments and federal agencies as possible to accelerate investigation processes.
"What we've found is that cellphone analysis is a major need for North Texas law enforcement...
Friday, August 5, 2016
Men have highest risk for low self-esteem while using Tinder, UNT study finds
DENTON, Texas (UNT) -- University of North Texas researchers conducted one of the first studies of the dating app Tinder and have found that men are most at risk for lowered self-esteem while using the app. This finding is surprising compared to past research, which has shown that women's self-perceptions are most affected by visual media including magazines, television and social networking sites.
Jessica Strubel, assistant professor in UNT's...
Monday, July 18, 2016
UNT engineer elected to national board of directors
Thursday, July 7, 2016
UNT's Ruth West part of team that received grant to research wearable health sensors
Monday, May 9, 2016
UNT researchers discover potential new paths for plant-based bioproducts
DENTON (UNT), Texas -- Plant science researchers at the University of North Texas have found potential new pathways for the creation of plant-based bioproducts. The research is outlined in a new article in the journal Nature Plants.
The UNT research team was working as part of the US Department of Energy's BioEnergy Science Center coordinated by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
The team looked into the roles of enzymes that convert amino acids into lignin in Brachypodium, a fast-...
Wednesday, May 4, 2016
UNT geographer receives NSF CAREER Award
DENTON (UNT), Texas -- Post oak and blackjack oak trees in full foliage may provide more benefits for humans than blocking winds and casting shade to cool the ground on hot days. The trees may also improve air quality when air pollutants fall onto their branches and leaves and are eventually washed to the ground by rain or fall to the ground with the leaves, according to Alexandra Ponette-González, University of North Texas assistant professor of geography.
Ponette-González recently received a $475,167...
Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Hearing aids, auditory training may provide dementia patients with increases in cognitive abilities, UNT study says
DENTON (UNT), Texas -- During the past decade, several major studies determined that hearing loss, which the Hearing Loss Association of America said impacts more than 48 million Americans, may increase the risk of developing cognitive problems, including Alzheimer's disease and dementia. Those with mild hearing impairment are nearly twice as likely to develop dementia as those with normal hearing, with the risk increasing to three times as likely for those with moderate hearing loss and five times as likely for those with severe hearing impairment...
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
UNT biologists investigate how crude oil affects Gulf of Mexico species
With funding from the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative, three University of North Texas biologists are investigating the effects of oil on water and fish species in the Gulf of Mexico.
UNT Associate Professor of Biology Dane Crossley, Associate Professor of Biology Aaron Roberts and Professor of Biology Warren Burggren received $2.7 million in 2015 to begin the three-year project.
Crossley is evaluating how oil impacts the ability juvenile fish to swim, eat and reproduce and is evaluating their capacity to recover from oil exposure. Burggren is evaluating the cardiovascular...
Friday, April 15, 2016
UNT researchers study triggers in divorce decisions
DENTON (UNT), Texas – Wedding season is here, and while celebrating is in order for most new couples, statistics show about 40 to 50 percent of marriages end in divorce. Researchers from the University of North Texas are learning that some elements of couples' decisions about their marital status can be tied to triggering events, such as holidays, anniversaries or other meaningful moments.
Kelly Roberts, assistant professor in education psychology in UNT's College of...