Tuesday, March 7, 2017
UNT researchers make “epigenetic” discovery while studying Gulf oil spill
DENTON (UNT), Texas - On April 20, 2010, a massive explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico led to 11 people being killed and millions of gallons of oil spilled. The oil spill was an instant change to the environment for the animals and plants that live in that water. Since 2015, Warren Burggren and his colleagues in the RECOVER Consortium from the Department of Biological...
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Novel mutation may be linked to prostate cancer in African-American men
Researchers at the University of North Texas have identified a novel mutation that may be associated with prostate cancer in African American men, according to a new study published in PLOS Computational Biology.
Scientists have long known that a huge variety of DNA mutations can lead to cancer. Some proteins can repair DNA mutations, but when repair proteins are mutated themselves, cancer may arise. Knowing which mutations are linked to which...
Monday, February 27, 2017
UNT students/veterans helping create next generation of Army tactical shelters
DENTON (UNT), Texas – For about the past 30 years, the U.S. Army has used the same tactical shelters for their soldiers. Now, the University of North Texas is part of a collaboration with a goal of making the next generation of those shelters, and two Army veterans who are College of Engineering students will be key in making it happen.
The Army has granted two UNT research teams, along with their collaborators at Northeastern University and the University of Southern...
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Strengthening Walls, Saving Lives
DENTON (UNT), Texas - Hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes – it seems almost every week a deadly natural disaster is reported in the news. Now researchers at the University of North Texas are working to help create walls that will stand up to those disasters, with hopes of saving homes and lives.
“This is such a fascinating research project. It’s interesting, it’s practical and it really could save lives,” said Xing Lan, a graduate student in UNT’s College of Engineering.
Lan has been testing new shear walls the research team made out of...
Monday, February 20, 2017
UNT professor fighting children's cancer using math
DENTON (UNT), Texas – When you think of cancer fighters, you most likely don’t think of mathematicians, but Xuexia “Helen” Wang is both. She is a biostatistics professor in the Department of Mathematics...
Monday, February 13, 2017
UNT student receives prestigious research opportunity
DENTON (UNT), Texas University of North Texas junior Isabel Delwel has received a major honor. The biology major is just one of 67 students in the U.S. to be selected to participate in the 2017 Howard Hughes Medical Institute Exceptional Research Opportunities Program.
Delwel, who was born in the Netherlands, raised in Round Rock, Texas and graduated in 2014 from Cedar Ridge High School, is a member of UNT’s Honors College and the McNair Scholars Program....
Tuesday, February 7, 2017
Making a cotton plant easier to harvest, more profitable
DENTON (UNT), Texas -- A field full of planted cotton, all ready to harvest at the exact same time, exactly when wanted: It's a farmer's dream and could soon become a reality.
A researcher from the University of North Texas has discovered a way to get cotton plants to bloom in mass at the time of year that's most beneficial to the farmer. Brian Ayre, an associate professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, is tapping into the genetic pathways of...
Tuesday, February 7, 2017
UNT research breakthrough: synthetic imprinted polymers recognized by DNA
DENTON (UNT), Texas -- A University of North Texas professor is part of an international team who just made a breakthrough in DNA research. Using a polymer matrix, the team was able to imprint a sequence of a single strand DNA.
Francis D'Souza, a University Distinguished Research Professor in UNT's Department of Chemistry worked with researchers from The Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences and the University of Milan in Italy to accomplish this feat.
The possibility of relatively simple and low-cost...
Tuesday, January 24, 2017
UNT faculty to create auditory processing training model for children and young adults with autism
DENTON (UNT), Texas — While concentrating on a classroom lesson or assignment, most elementary and secondary school students have learned to filter out typical background noise, such as other students walking by the classroom door or sounds from outside. But students with Autism Spectrum Disorder often have difficulty with auditory filtering — the ability to process speech, complete tasks and function in the presence of background noise.
Erin Schafer, associate professor in the University of North Texas’ Department of Audiology and...
Thursday, January 19, 2017
UNT students in Costa Rica learn to offset tourism’s harm to planet
DENTON, Texas (UNT) — Sixteen University of North Texas students are using their know-how to ease tourism’s strain on the environment. The students, enrolled in a joint, two-year Master of Science in International Sustainable Tourism degree program, are researching ways to meet the needs of tourists and travel markets without compromising future resources.
“A lot of times when people travel, they don’t think about the impact,” said Kristi Ingram, a first-year student in the program who finished her...