Friday, April 8, 2016
UNT to evaluate new animal-assisted therapy teams
DENTON (UNT), Texas – Thousands of people benefit from animal-assisted therapy. Scientific research has shown that patients in hospitals and in traditional therapy can experience improvements in healing, stress levels and anxiety from even brief contact with therapy animals like dogs and horses. The University of North Texas is once again preparing for their evaluation of new animal-assisted therapy teams, who will provide service in their own communities. Animal handlers and their dogs and horses travel to UNT from as far away as Oklahoma for evaluation.
Tuesday, April 5, 2016
UNT students build smartphone app capable of detecting cancer
DENTON (UNT), Texas -- Students in the Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science at the University of North Texas are working on a smart phone app that may soon allow users to detect cancer and identify different stages of cancer.
Anagha Krishnan and Kevin Ong, second-year students in UNT's TAMS program, are developing a phone application that processes chemical data from saliva samples to identify tumor biomarkers in the body. The app is still in development, and the students have received funding from MIT to advance...
Thursday, March 31, 2016
Business, industry leaders join UNT advisory boards to provide insight and advice in key research areas
DENTON (UNT), Texas -- Top industry leaders and nationally recognized scholars are set to consult with faculty researchers in the Institutes of Research Excellence at the University of North Texas to provide critical insight on market-centric research, national funding opportunities and industry partnerships.
The individuals will make up the membership for each institute's Board of Advisors and will help identify opportunities for faculty to expand their solutions-based research in meaningful ways to have greater impacts in the market and on society. There will be five advisors on...
Tuesday, March 22, 2016
UNT biologists to expand pesticide research
DENTON (UNT), Texas -- A group of University of North Texas biologists have received funding to expand research into how commonly used pesticides affect Texas quail populations, and the results may have implications to human health.
Neonicotinoids are a neuro-active component of the most widely used pesticides in the world. Recent studies have shown them to have an impact on honeybee colonies, and the U.S. EPA...
Monday, February 15, 2016
UNT researcher elected to national board of directors
Thursday, February 11, 2016
New UNT study to evaluate how psychological interventions help athletes recover from ACL surgery
DENTON (UNT), Texas -- When Arizona Cardinals safety Tyrann Mathieu tore his right ACL during the last part of the 2015 regular season -- after suffering the same injury in December 2013 -- he said he would not rush his physical rehabilitation this time. Mathieu acknowledged that he did not play his best during the 2014 season because he did not return fully healed.
A new University of North Texas study will determine the effectiveness of different psychological interventions in improving athletes' physical rehabilitation after...
Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Carnegie Classification lists UNT among Tier One research universities in latest report
DENTON (UNT), Texas -- The University of North Texas is ranked among the nation's 115 top-tier research universities, according to the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education™ released Monday (Feb. 1).
This achievement is commonly considered the most significant step in the evolution of a research university and marks a key milestone in UNT's commitment toward national prominence.
"We moved up in the Carnegie classifications by staying true to our roots as an institution focused on creativity as expressed through our research, scholarship and educational...
Monday, November 23, 2015
UNT design research graduate student develops app to combat human trafficking
DENTON (UNT), Texas -- A University of North Texas design research graduate student created a smartphone app that aims to help people -- especially truck drivers -- report incidents of human trafficking.
Lisa Mercer developed Operation Compass with the goal of compiling a database that will automatically collect and sort the incidents.
The Dallas-based non-profit organization Mosaic Family Services will soon begin using the app to allow the general public to...
Thursday, October 15, 2015
UNT launches four Institutes of Research Excellence
DENTON (UNT), Texas -- The University of North Texas launched four Institutes of Research Excellence, bringing together a critical mass of knowledge and faculty collaborating on projects designed to create a stronger platform for interdisciplinary research and partnerships with industry to create solutions and further contribute to the North Texas region's economic growth.
"These institutes build on areas where our faculty are already well-known experts and are making important contributions through their solutions-based research," UNT President...
Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Chronic insomnia may impact effectiveness of flu vaccine in otherwise healthy people, UNT study says
DENTON (UNT), Texas -- According to the Centers for Disease Control, each year's influenza vaccine, which is usually available by October, reduces healthy adults' odds of contracting flu by 70 to 90 percent.
However, the vaccine may be less effective in otherwise healthy individuals who suffer from chronic insomnia. A University of North Texas study showed that those in this group had lower amounts of influenza antibodies before and after immunization. Although past sleep deprivation studies found links between lack of sleep and decreased immune...