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UNT researchers respond to COVID-19

UNT's research community has stepped up to the challenges presented by these extraordinary times amid COVID-19. As exemplified by our excellence as a Tier One research university, faculty and staff quickly pivoted to address issues related to the global health crisis while UNT faculty researchers were inspired to learn from this singular moment in history. Education assistant professor Christopher Long is studying learning environments before and after the pandemic shutdown while engineers and artists in the College of Engineering and the College of Visual Arts and Design teamed up to use advanced 3D printing labs to produce face shields to protect faculty and students on campus. And future-thinking students in artificial intelligence classes participated in an international competition to create the most accurate model of the spread of COVID-19.

Collaboration Spotlight
UNT-led team collaborates with NASA on Advanced Air Mobility project

A UNT-led team of academic and industry experts is working together to ensure safe skies for drones and other low-flying traffic over cities in the U.S. The team is developing the Resilient Air Space Operations and Services platform, which will allow both manned and unmanned low-flying vehicles to receive data from multiple sources, sense their surroundings and automatically share information about airspace hazards with each other. They are one of 11 teams selected to work with NASA on their Advanced Air Mobility National Campaign to test the capabilities and readiness of vehicles and systems that could revolutionize mobility in and around densely populated metropolitan areas.

Research News
Mark McLellan
Caring through service

Mark McLellan, vice president of research and innovation for UNT, has an impressive record of service in university research administration along with a distinguished research career in food science. Learn about his contributions for much of the past decade to national and international boards that oversee and acknowledge research science and how he's using those experiences to advance UNT's R1 status.

Three UNT researchers awarded NSF CAREER grants

For excellence in their fields, UNT researchers in linguistics, physics and mathematics were awarded more than $1.5 million total through the National Science Foundation's Faculty Early Career Development Program. Alexis Palmer, assistant professor of linguistics, is working to develop natural language processing tools designed specifically for little-known or endangered languages while Oliviero Andreussi, assistant professor of physics, is creating and applying new tools that help characterize chemical processes at solid-liquid interfaces. And Nam Trang, assistant professor of mathematics, is conducting research in theoretical mathematics that has the potential to help better understand the foundation of mathematics as it relates to science. The three awardees together with this year's earlier recipient Ifana Mahbub, assistant professor of electrical engineering, bring UNT's year total to four CAREER awards – a record for UNT.

Steven Gore and Rajeev Azad
Diagnosing cancer more efficiently

Steven Gore, doctoral candidate in biological sciences, is working with Rajeev Azad, associate professor of bioinformatics, to develop more effective cancer diagnosis through data science. They are creating a broader cancer diagnosis model, which will initially classify 18 cancers, rather than focusing on specific types. "There's a lot of people who can't get cancer diagnosis because there's no diagnostic tool for it. We want to expand access to early diagnostics, so we can improve patient outcomes," Gore says.

Allison Taylor
Spring 2020 Great Grads

UNT's Great Grads, who earned their degrees this May, exemplify the creativity, innovation and integrity that the university strives to instill within all our students. Many undergraduates and Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science students conduct hands-on research alongside faculty mentors, setting them up for great future success. Allison Taylor, (pictured) hopes to help find a cure for Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, from which she and several members of her family suffer, while TAMS graduate Christopher Zhou was awarded a Goldwater Scholarship for his research in computational chemistry.

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