Leading conservation research in Chile

Leading conservation research in Chile

The Chilean government awarded UNT's Sub-Antarctic Biocultural Conservation Program $15 million for the construction of a Sub-Antarctic Biocultural Conservation Center, which is scheduled to open later this year in Puerto Williams, Chile. The Cape Horn Sub-Antarctic Center will be a 2,500 square-meter building with an initiative aimed at providing world-class facilities for the Chilean Antarctic Province to promote sustainable development in the area. The building will feature a sector dedicated to scientific research that aims to attract specialists from all over the world and an interpretive visitor center where tourists can learn about the biodiversity of Cape Horn.

Partner Spotlight
Sub-Antarctic Biocultural Conservation ProgramSub-Antarctic Biocultural Conservation Program

UNT's Sub-Antarctic Biocultural Conservation Program is an international and interdisciplinary consortium between UNT, the University of Magallanes, Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, the Chilean government and other entities. UNT President Neal Smatresk traveled to Chile earlier this month to meet with program partners, including University of Magallanes President Juan Oyarzo Perez (pictured at left) and Pontifical Catholic University of Chile President Ignacio Sánchez (right).

Research News
Revolutionizing materials science engineering
Revolutionizing materials science engineering

Creating new, better performing materials is not new to researchers in UNT's College of Engineering. A group recently developed a way to create an ultralight, highly heat-resistant, magnesium-based material by engineering bonds at an atomic level. Their research has been published in the Nature Communications journal. Their work took place in UNT's Materials Research Facility, which combines the high-quality and sophisticated characterization and processing instruments from UNT's Center for Advanced Research and Technology (CART) and the Nanofabrication Cleanroom.

UNT professor Sundeep Mukherjee has formed a partnership with a professor in India to create the Indo-U.S. Joint Center for Development of Durable Advanced Materials for Bioimplants.
Working to increase bioimplant longevity

As the population age 65 and older in the U.S. — and the world — grows, so does the need for bioimplants such as artificial knees and hips, dental prosthetics and cardiovascular devices. But implant surgeries can be taxing on older demographics who tend to take longer to recover, and once a bioimplant is inserted, there's no guarantee it will last. That's why UNT researcher Sundeep Mukherjee is working to expand the longevity of bioimplants.

Examining emerging economies
Examining emerging economies

UNT and the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay teamed up to tackle challenges facing small and medium enterprises and family firms around the world. A group of researchers wants to help business be efficient and cost effective as they go global to sell their products and services to the masses.

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