Friday, May 15, 2020
Volunteers at the heart of Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area’s mission to preserve natural heritage
Feverishly pushing her camera’s shutter button from a car window, Judi Elliott hoped to capture a clear picture of an eagle soaring over Lewisville Lake.
Judi and her husband, Van, aren’t professional photographers. In retirement, they found enjoyment in snapping photos of birds — chickadees, mockingbirds or others that flew into the backyard of their Flower Mound home.
They had long wanted to take their own photo of a bald eagle, which was what first brought them to the Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area, a 2,600-acre...
Thursday, April 30, 2020
UNT utilizes advanced 3-D printing labs to produce face shields
At the University of North Texas, engineers and artists are working together to create face shields for faculty and students to use once laboratories on campus start to reopen.
“Our students and faculty follow strict safety protocols in our laboratories, which means they must use safety equipment such as masks, gloves, face shields, etc.,” said Mark McLellan, vice president for research and innovation. “But, as everyone knows, there is a shortage of certain equipment due to COVID-19. Fortunately, we have the tools and the talent to make our...
Wednesday, April 22, 2020
Three UNT researchers awarded NSF CAREER grants for excellence in their fields
Tuesday, April 14, 2020
UNT-led team collaborates with NASA on Advanced Air Mobility project
In the next 10 years, low-flying traffic over cities in the United States is expected to increase significantly and a University of North Texas-led team of academic and industry experts is working together to ensure safe skies through proper communication and coordination.
“Our team is developing the Resilient Air Space Operations and Services platform which will allow low-flying traffic, both manned and unmanned, to receive data from multiple sources, sense their surroundings and automatically share information about airspace hazards with...
Wednesday, March 11, 2020
UNT’s modern-day alchemist takes first steps toward transforming methane to methanol
Finding a method for large scale, inexpensive transformation of methane into methanol is like turning lead into gold, according to Tom Cundari, a Regents Professor of chemistry at the University of North Texas.
Methane is a primary component of natural gas and, like natural gas, must be cooled and pressurized into liquid form to be shipped via pipeline or conveyance. This process is expensive and can be hazardous. But, methane’s molecular structure can be changed into a liquid “cousin”...
Wednesday, March 4, 2020
UNT professor finds citizen scientists make excellent resources
From tracking the amount of rain in their backyards to monitoring the water quality in local streams, citizen scientists have collected data for as long as there has been curiosity. And, it turns out, their data can be just as valid as that collected by professionals.
Kelly Albus, a research scientist at the University of North Texas, spent four years as a Ph.D. student sifting through decades of data collected by citizen science groups and comparing it to that collected by professional agencies. The goal of her project was to...
Monday, February 24, 2020
UNT engineering professor develops new way to diagnose cancer
Doctors soon will have a new way to determine if a cell is cancerous by measuring its thermal properties, thanks to Tae-Youl Choi, a professor in the University of North Texas’ College of Engineering.
Choi has developed a micropipette sensor technology that will allow for a quicker and more reliable diagnosis of cancerous or precancerous cells. Doctors also should be able to determine the boundary between cancerous and healthy tissue in real time during surgery rather than having to remove tissue...
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...