Plan to Distribute COVID-19 Vaccine

UNT researchers from across disciplines are working together to deploy intelligent mobility systems, including autonomous vehicle and aerial drone technology, in rural and urban settings. The new Center for Integrated Intelligent Mobility Systems (CIIMS) launched this year to capitalize on the interdisciplinary research of UNT faculty in areas including business, engineering, science, information and health and public service. Researchers are using their combined expertise to advance a broad integration of intelligent mobility systems spanning freight, people, airways and roadways, above ground and below ground – and use them to solve challenging and pressing problems facing our transport world today.

Collaboration Spotlight
Creating Health Equity

Through their multidisciplinary research, more than 40 faculty members at UNT's Center for Racial and Ethnic Equity in Health and Society are working to improve the health and quality of lives of marginalized populations by addressing inequities in how people in Texas live, work, learn and interact socially. Projects such as Minority Obesity Vanquished with Education and UNT ELEVAR are addressing inequities through education and career pathways. Other core research areas include health care access, quality and utilization; economic stability and development; and public policy initiatives.

Research News
Celebrating Highly Cited Researchers

Validating UNT's status as a Tier One research university, College of Science professors Richard Dixon and Shengqian Ma are listed among the top 1% of researchers in their field to be cited by other researchers, according to Clarivate Analytics. Dixon, Distinguished Research Professor of biological sciences, has been cited more than 80,000 times, 26,212 in the last five years alone. Ma, Welch Chair of Chemistry who joined UNT last fall, has been cited more than 24,000 times and has more than published 230 papers in national and international journals.

Building Digital Libraries for Research Opportunities

Daniel Alemneh, a digital curation unit supervisor for UNT Libraries, traveled to Ethiopia in September 2019 as a Fulbright Scholar to help develop digital library structures for universities and organizations by promoting global Open Access, an online space where research is distributed. Although the research was disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, today Alemneh continues his work with Ethiopia. Much work was accomplished, and Alemneh is hopeful to take part in an international conference hosted in Africa in a few years covering issues concerning Open Access and digital libraries.

Monitoring Diseases Through Biomedical Engineering

Clement Chan, professor of biomedical engineering, is working on a new, more affordable method to test and diagnose disease or consumption of harmful toxins in contaminated food and water. Chan, a protein and cellular engineer, plans to explore the development of cellular devices for tracking physiological changes in the digestive system using a grant from the National Institutes of Health. The group's long-term goal is to engineer bacteria safe for humans to digest that would specifically target, detect and recognize a range of pathogens. The research could have a big impact on rural or impoverished areas where access to hospitals or expensive high-tech medical equipment may not be possible.

Seeking Asymmetrical Structure in Polymer-based Materials

Xiao Li, assistant professor of materials science and engineering, is researching a new way to develop and improve materials performance and reliability while also decreasing the cost of future Army systems. Funded by the Army Research Office, an area of the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development's Army Research Laboratory, Li and her team will support the realization of advanced smart materials concepts like reconfigurable optics and electronics, bio-mimetic materials and other adaptive, multi-functional materials that dynamically respond to their environment.

Alumnus Named to 40 Under 40 in Cancer List

UNT engineering alum Kian Huat (Eric) Lim is a computational biologist who has been working from home since March, pursuing disease-modifying treatments for genetic epilepsies and collaborating with fellow researchers as a member of COV-IRT – the COVID-19 International Research Team – and toying with the idea of starting his own business. He recently was named to the national 40 under 40 in Cancer list, a prestigious roundup of rising stars and emerging leaders contributing to the study and treatment of cancer, sponsored by The Lynx Group, Upstream Partners, Swim Across America and The National Community Oncology Dispensing Association.

Recognizing Contributions in Heat Transfer Research

Vish Prasad, mechanical engineering professor, received the American Society of Mechanical Engineers 2020 Heat Transfer Memorial Award, an honor recognizing his significant contributions to the heat transfer community. Prasad's novel approach to crystal growth using modelling and simulation methods to better understand how crystals change as they undergo extreme thermal conditions have been used industrially to grow larger crystals of silicon, a critical material for computer chips and solar cells and gallium nitride, the material used for LED lights.

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