UNT Soars as Carnegie Tier One Research Institution

The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education™ recently reaffirmed UNT's standing as a Tier One Research University – further evidence of the university's momentum in growing its research profile. With only 141 universities nationwide included in the "Doctoral Universities: Very High Research Activity" classification, UNT is ranked among the nation's most elite research institutions. First elevated to the top-tier in 2015, UNT has strengthened its research enterprise across the board in the last several years – establishing new cutting-edge research centers, growing external research funding and significantly growing the number of doctoral students and faculty.

Collaboration Spotlight
Research on Tap

The Division of Research and Innovation is partnering with alumni-owned and Denton-based Armadillo Ale Works to host Research on Tap, a series of relaxed discussions about current hot topics that tie to the research endeavors of UNT professors. On Feb. 19, grab a coffee or craft beer and hear Liz Skellam, assistant professor of chemistry, present Fantastic Fungi and Magic Mushrooms. Or watch on Facebook Live, where you can also see a video of January's talk – Where's My Stuff? DFW Supply Chains, Logistics and Research by Terry Pohlen, associate dean of the G. Brint Ryan College of Business, director of UNT's Jim McNatt Institute for Logistics Research and co-director of the Center for Integrated Intelligent Mobility Systems (CIIMS). Follow to learn more about upcoming events.

Research News
Big Problems, Big Bold Solutions

A team of students from UNT's Texas Academy of Mathematics and Sciences believe they can help save the planet through their work. They have genetically modified bacteria as a step to make nylon from greenhouse gases, which they hope to reduce in the environment dramatically. The team, mentored by UNT BioDiscovery Institute's Calvin Henard and Mauricio Antunes, is the first group of UNT students to participate in the the International Genetically Engineered Machine Foundation (iGEM) competition, a non-profit foundation dedicated to the advancement of synthetic biology.

A Strong Bond

Xiaohu Xia ('03 Ph.D.) and Zhiling Zhang ('05 Ph.D.) know a thing or two about chemistry. For one, there's their professional expertise. Xia utilizes his analytical chemistry credentials as a principal scientist at Mars, Inc., while Zhang deploys her biochemistry bonafides as a senior scientist at AstraZeneca. And then there's their personal expertise. The shrewd scientists may not have patented a love potion quite yet, but the couple – who met as doctoral students at UNT in 1999 and married in 2003 – have pinpointed the formula for bolstering wedded bliss.

UNT Featured on College Tour TV Series

UNT was showcased on The College Tour TV show Feb. 8 on Amazon Prime. In the episode, viewers get a unique look at the UNT campus and meet students and faculty from diverse backgrounds. In the Collaborative Tier One Research segment, Ana Alonso, associate professor of biological sciences and associate director of the BioDiscovery Institute, shares her passion for plant biochemistry, her collaborative research into alternative crops that have the potential to replace petrochemicals and how UNT opens the doors to its laboratories to undergraduates for hands-on research. Watch the video.

Three UNT Researchers Named Tech Titans Finalists

Three UNT engineering researchers were honored as finalists for the prestigious Tech Titans awards. The awards showcase outstanding tech companies and individuals in the North Texas region who are transforming the industry and paving the way for new inventions and technical applications. Narendra Dahotre, University Regents Professor and associate vice president for the Center for Agile and Adaptive Additive Manufacturing (CAAAM), was a finalist for the Technology Inventor Award, and computer science and engineering researchers Qing Yang and Song Fu, together, were finalists for the Tech Titans of the Future – University award.

Dantu Named to Dallas 500 for Third Year in a Row

Ram Dantu, director of UNT's Center for Information and Cyber Security and professor of computer science and engineering, was named to DCEO's Dallas 500 list for his effort and dedication to technology and cybersecurity. The list recognizes the top 500 influential business leaders in North Texas who help to advance the Dallas-Fort Worth economy. Dantu is the founding director of UNT's Network Security Laboratory, which was created to study problems and issues related to next-generation networks. He recently received a $750,000 grant from the National Security Agency to help solve cybersecurity threats against private companies and government entities.

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