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...
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
How connected are college freshmen to their parents? UNT study looks at electronic contact with Mom and Dad
DENTON (UNT), Texas -- How often do college freshmen talk with their parents by cell phone, text message or email in the first semester of college? And what kinds of parenting styles affect how frequently students communicate with their parents and how autonomous they are in their first year of college?
A University of North Texas College of Education doctoral student will examine these questions this fall in a doctoral dissertation about "Parenting Style, Frequency of Electronic Communication with Parents, and the Development of Autonomy in...
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
UNT researcher named American Society of Plant Biologists president-elect
DENTON (UNT), Texas -- University of North Texas Distinguished Research Professor Richard Dixon has been named president-elect of the American Society of Plant Biologists.
Dixon will begin a one-year term as the organization's president-elect beginning Oct. 1, 2014, will serve as president for one year beginning Oct. 1, 2015, and will serve as past-president for one year beginning Oct. 1, 2016.
"I am excited to serve this important organization at a time...
Monday, September 15, 2014
UNT Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science student to present engineering research at international conference
Monday, September 15, 2014
UNT biology student earns prestigious U.S. EPA research fellowship
DENTON (UNT), Texas -- Alexis Wormington, a University of North Texas junior studying biology, has received a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Greater Research Opportunities undergraduate fellowship to further her research on how titanium dioxide nanoparticles affect aquatic ecosystems.
"Titanium dioxide can be found in sunscreens, cosmetics, paints and a number of everyday products," Wormington said. "I'm interested in finding out how sunlight and various...