Thursday, January 29, 2015
How would drivers' habits change in self-driving cars?
DENTON (UNT), Texas -- Are you totally focused on driving when you're in the car? Be honest. Are you driving while talking to your kids, using your phone, eating or changing the radio station? … What if your car was self-driving? Would your driving activities or your relationship with your car change?
University of North Texas students worked to find the answers to those questions for Nissan's Research Center in Silicon Valley. The center enlisted the help of Professor Christina Wasson and her design anthropology class to find out how...
Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Less Pain, More Gain – Studying ways to boost exercise results gets UNT researchers $45,000 in grants
DENTON, Texas (UNT) -- Three University of North Texas researchers have been awarded grants totaling more than $45,000 to study topics that could someday help athletes and everyday fitness enthusiasts train more effectively. Faculty member Jakob Vingren, doctoral degree candidate Adam Venable and dual doctoral and master's degree candidate Danielle Levitt each received awards from the National Strength and Conditioning Association – for a total of three of the...
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
UNT researcher named National Academy of Inventors Fellow
DENTON (UNT), Texas -- University of North Texas Distinguished Research Professor Richard Dixon has been named a National Academy of Inventors Fellow.
Being named a NAI Fellow is a high professional distinction given to academic inventors who demonstrate a highly prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development, and the welfare of society.
"I am honored that my peers feel that my work has made a...
Monday, December 1, 2014
UNT psychologist, other researchers focusing on bosses' psychopathic traits, leadership
DENTON (UNT), Texas -- "Is your boss a slave-driving psycho?"
That was one of the taglines for the 2011 movie "Horrible Bosses," along with "Crazy Psycho Boss" and "Completely Incompetent Boss." "Horrible Bosses 2," a follow-up to the hit movie, opened last week.
Could an evaluation tool help employees to determine traits of psychopathy, including manipulation and ruthless exploitation of others, lack of conscience and feelings for others and impulsive and reckless behavior, in their supervisors?
Monday, November 17, 2014
UNT Quail honors Birdwell and Clark Ranch in Henrietta, Texas, with inaugural Keystone Ranch Award
DENTON (UNT), Texas -- Deborah Clark and Emry Birdwell manage 14,200 acres of ranch land in Henrietta, Texas, located in Clay County. Clark and Birdwell focus on wildlife sustainability and sustainable grazing, and have seen a 452 percent improvement in bobwhite quail populations on their land this fall, earning them the 2014 UNT Quail Keystone Ranch Award.
"We are most excited to be the first recipient of this award. Most of the credit for this increase in quail numbers goes to Mother Nature who brought scarce but timely rains this...
Friday, November 14, 2014
New study on length of hospital stays contributes to existence of Hispanic Mortality Paradox
DENTON (UNT), Texas -- For nearly three decades, researchers have pondered the Hispanic Mortality Paradox -- why Hispanics in the U.S. tend to outlive non-Hispanic whites by several years, despite having, in general, lower income and educational attainment levels that are associated with shorter lives.
New research suggests that the Hispanic Mortality Paradox may be related to illness survival and recovery advantages. A study by researchers from the University of North Texas and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center found that Hispanics were hospitalized significantly...
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
UNT College of Engineering joins research consortium
DENTON (UNT), Texas -- The University of North Texas College of Engineering has joined the Cold-Formed Steel Research Consortium (CFSRC), which brings together leading research teams across North America to provide the world's most comprehensive research on cold-formed steel structures.
"Joining the consortium gives UNT and partner institutions an opportunity to combine our expertise and research facilities to advance research and knowledge on cold-formed steel," said...
Monday, October 20, 2014
Does Mom's cell phone use stress out baby? New UNT study explores impact.
DENTON (UNT), Texas -- University of North Texas student Cory Kildare stood at a city park one day, watching parents transfixed on cell phone screens while kids on the swing set yelled, "Push me, Mommy!"
At restaurants and stores, she often saw the same – parents with their eyes fixed on tiny screens instead of tiny tots.
The experience inspired the UNT doctoral student to focus her doctoral dissertation on the effects of cell phone use when parents are interacting with their kids. The proposal is titled "Infants' Perceptions of Mothers' Phone Use."
Kildare is recruiting...
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Department of Defense unit awards UNT researcher grant aimed at reducing combat threats
Monday, September 29, 2014
Plant-based building materials boost energy savings up to 20 percent, UNT researchers find
DENTON (UNT), Texas — University of North Texas researchers discovered that plant-based building materials can provide up to 20 percent energy savings, reduce energy consumption and the overall carbon footprint compared with synthetic building materials currently on the market.
The finding comes as scientists around the world are turning to plants as a resource for biodegradable, renewable and environmentally friendly products and materials that can reduce landfill waste, help the environment and cause little to no damage to natural...