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Solving real-world issues

Can engineering change the basic laws of physics? How can we best combat cybercrimes? How can increasing cultural awareness lead to better mental health services? Recent upticks in big grant awards from national agencies are ensuring UNT researchers to solve these real-world issues to move science and society forward.

Partner Spotlight
graphic depicting data with a magnifying glassUNT Cyber Forensics Lab

The Cyber Forensics Lab, which opened in January 2017 at UNT's New College at Frisco, supports law enforcement with examinations of electronic devices in support of criminal investigations and prosecutions. The lab researches and vets new digital forensic technologies and strategies for law enforcement agencies and gives both undergraduate and graduate students opportunities for hands-on research and career experience.

Research News
Congratulations to some of UNT's most renowned faculty researchers for having their work recognized last month during UNT's Faculty Excellence Awards.
Chemistry professor Thomas R. Cundari
Leading researcher in computational chemistry

Congrats to Thomas R. Cundari, professor of chemistry, for earning UNT's Eminent Faculty Award. He earned the award for his industry-impacting research and significant work founding and directing UNT's Center for Advanced Scientific Computing and Modeling, which has earned UNT recognition as an international leader in the field of computational chemistry.

John T. Ishiyama, Distinguished Research Professor in Political Science
Understanding political conflicts

Having published extensively on democratization and political parties in post-communist countries and ethnic conflicts, John T. Ishiyama, a Distinguished Research Professor in political dcience, earned the Faculty Leadership Award. Dr. Ishiymama is principal investigator and director of the National Science Foundation-Research Experience for Undergraduates (NSF-REU) program on Civil Conflict Management and Peace Science.

Mariela Nunez-Janes, associate professor of Anthropology
Addressing educational and social injustices

Mariela Nuñez-Janes, associate professor of anthropology, earned the Community Engagement Award for her dedication to action-oriented research involving migrant and Latino youth in order to address educational and social injustices. Her area of expertise includes the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program — or "Dreamers."

Rossana Ramirez Boyd, a principal lecturer Department of Teacher Education and Administration
Developing bilingual/ESL teacher education programs

Rossana Ramírez Boyd, a principal lecturer in UNT's Department of Teacher Education and Administration, earned the Outstanding Lecturer Award — the highest honor awarded to UNT lecturers. As principal investigator over the past 10 years, Boyd has brought more than $4.5 million in internal and external funding to her department to help develop the bilingual/ESL teacher education program and to benefit a large number of pre-service teachers with scholarships and other support.

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