Tuesday, January 21, 2020
UNT scientist helps discover secret of longevity in thousand-year-old trees
Richard Dixon, a Distinguished Research Professor at the University of North Texas’ College of Science, and an international team of scientists have found that Ginkgo biloba trees aren’t programmed to die.
“Ginkgo biloba trees can live for thousands of years,” Dixon said. “And, when they die, it is generally the result of external stressors such as fire, flooding, poor nutrition, disease, parasites, etc. But, if those stressors are removed and perfect conditions existed, Ginkgo biloba could go on forever...
Thursday, January 16, 2020
UNT scientist squeezes power from a drop of liquid: Reverse electro-wetting will power new never-charge fitness tracker
Ifana Mahbub, an assistant professor in the Electrical Engineering Department at the University of North Texas, is using the latest energy-harvesting technology to develop a wireless, wearable fitness tracker that will never need to be charged.
“Reverse electro-wetting takes advantage of motion, any motion. For my fitness tracker, that motion will come from a person moving their arms and legs. But, if you think about it, there is motion all around us,” Mahbub said. “I envision...
Wednesday, January 15, 2020
UNT scientist to create new tool that may lead to treatments for chronic pain and stroke recovery
Ifana Mahbub, an assistant professor in the College of Engineering at the University of North Texas, is developing a wireless recording, stimulation and power system that will allow medical researchers to study and possibly treat brain diseases such as chronic neuropathic pain and post-stroke paralysis.
“My goal is to develop a microscopic, wirelessly powered, wireless system that will record neural signals from electrodes inside the brain and provide stimulation in the form of visible light...
Monday, January 6, 2020
UNT scientist unlocking the secrets of plant energy
Kent Chapman, a University of North Texas Regents Professor and director of the UNT BioDiscovery Institute, is questioning decades-old assumptions in plant biochemistry to find better ways of storing and using lipids, the energy molecules found in all plants.
“Biofuels are the future and lipids are the key,” said Chapman. “The same energy molecules a plant uses to power itself can also be used to power a home or a city. Lipid molecules in plants are actually very similar in structure to...
Monday, November 18, 2019
UNT scientist helps advance archaeology millions of years
Reid Ferring, a professor in the University of North Texas Department of Geography and the Environment, is part of an international team of scientists who have developed a breakthrough method of identifying the sex and species of animal in fossils more than a million years old.
“This is very exciting because our current method for determining sex and species, examination of extracted DNA, was limited to approximately 200,000 years. Through palaeoproteomics, the study of ancient proteins, we can now...
Tuesday, November 12, 2019
UNT Libraries exceeds fundraising goal raising $2.3M for The Portal to Texas History
DENTON (UNT), Texas — The Portal to Texas History at the University of North Texas has reached a multi-million-dollar fundraising milestone to support continuing growth of its transformative online collection of Texas history and culture.
UNT Libraries had a goal of raising $1.5 million over the last four years to receive the entirety of a $500,000 Challenge Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Earlier this semester it...
Wednesday, November 6, 2019
It’s not just the food we eat - it’s the air we breathe
Amie Lund, a cardiovascular toxicology researcher with the University of North Texas, has found that exposure to certain air pollutants may cause weight gain, especially when coupled with a high-fat diet.
Lund is investigating how pollution from automobile exhaust affects the growth and signaling of fat cells called adipocytes. She determined car exhaust can trigger responses in the body that can lead to increased adipocyte growth and inflammation, which are associated with obesity and cardiovascular disease.
“When people think...
Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Emmy-winning composer Bruce Broughton to donate music scores to UNT Music Library
Wednesday, October 30, 2019
UNT professor named distinguished member of Association for Computing Machinery
Yan Huang, senior associate dean and director of graduate studies at the University of North Texas College of Engineering, was recently named a distinguished member of the Association for Computing Machinery for her scientific contributions to the field of computing.
“My work focuses on organizing, making best use of and finding interesting patterns in large amounts of data. For example, a navigation system used to mean only a driver’s GPS...
Wednesday, October 16, 2019
UNT researcher developing next generation of nuclear power plant sensors
University of North Texas Associate Professor Haifeng Zhang, together with researchers in the Pacific Northwest National Lab, earned a $1 million grant from the Department of Energy to work on a solution for what he believes is a critical sensor problem in nuclear power plants.
“The inside of a nuclear reactor is a very harsh environment. It is very hot, very humid and very radioactive. It must be monitored constantly,” said Zhang. “The sensors in use...