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...
Monday, April 11, 2016
UNT engineer's research looks beyond paint, metals and ceramics
A UNT materials scientist is investigating a secret underneath the final layer of paint on Alessandro Allori's Portrait of Grand Duchess Bianca Capello de Medici with Her Son. The portrait, which was painted more than 500 years ago, is one piece of a story about a controversial royal family. The painting currently is being treated and studied by Paintings Conservation Fellow Laura Hartman in the Dallas Museum of Art's visible conservation studio.
Marcus Young, assistant professor in...
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...