Creating Next-Gen Manufacturing

UNT's Center for Agile and Adaptive Additive Manufacturing (CAAAM) is changing the face of manufacturing — developing advanced material components for industries ranging from biomedical and energy to defense and aerospace — with future-focused solutions and workforce training that will lead U.S. global competitiveness thanks to funding from the Texas Legislature in 2019 and again in 2021 through 2023. More than 25 faculty and researchers — along with more than 20 graduate and undergraduate students from engineering, science, business and information science — are conducting interdisciplinary research through the center. Faculty researchers have been awarded nearly $2.4 million in externally funded research grants from agencies such as the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. Army Research Laboratory and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research and have applied for research proposals totaling nearly $17.5 million. "We are poised to pave the way forward for the future of manufacturing success and to address acute shortages in the manufacturing workforce," Narendra Dahotre, associate vice president of CAAAM, says. Visit caaam.unt.edu to learn more and watch videos about CAAAM and its Institute for Transformative Education in Additive Manufacturing (ITEAM) that is focused on education and workforce development and read more about the center's successes.

Collaboration Spotlight
Development of Advanced Regional Mobility Corridor

UNT recently partnered with the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma (CNO) to develop an Advanced Regional Mobility Corridor (ARMC) that will offer future economic opportunity and growth. The collaboration will yield a plan for facilitating a multi-modal advanced transportation corridor between the North Texas region and the bordering CNO Reservation that will leverage progress with emerging transportation technologies, including automated ground vehicles and advanced air mobility (AAM) helping to improve the quality of life and health.

Research News
Growing Nanodiamonds More Consistently

Hao Yan, assistant professor of chemistry, and his research team have found a novel way to grow nanodiamonds that are extremely small and uniformly sized. Previously, they were created using explosives and required further modification for consistent sizes to be useful. The novel method to produce these tiny diamonds — only a few nanometers wide and used in drug delivery, sensors and quantum computer processors — will allow them to be more easily modified for various uses. The group presented their research at the Spring 2022 American Chemical Society Meeting in San Diego. In a video interview, Yan and graduate student research assistant Tengteng Lyu described their uniform ultra-small nanodiamonds and the method for creating them using geochemistry-inspired synthesis.

Advancing the Arts

Four UNT professors will be pursuing creative research projects as the 2022-23 Institute for the Advancement of the Arts Faculty Fellows. Their work will range from a new media music composition inspired by sound and time to original research on the childbirth experiences of queer people in America and African American fiber art traditions. These scholars — pictured from left, Jon Nelson in composition studies, Katherine Sobering in sociology, Liss LaFleur in studio art, and Lauren Cross in interdisciplinary art and design studies — will focus on their creative endeavors for a semester next school year, then bring their perspective to students in the classroom.

USDA Fellowship to Build Awareness for Hispanic Students

Elinor Lichtenberg, assistant professor of biological sciences, has been named a 2022 E. Kika De La Garza Science Fellow by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The fellowship program links USDA and Hispanic-Serving Institutions to help build awareness in Hispanic communities of USDA services, resources and employment opportunities. As a fellow, Lichtenberg, a behavioral and community ecologist, will have access to USDA resources that can help in advancing her research into how plant-pollinator interactions are affected by global change. Additionally, her fellowship could open up USDA training and career opportunities for UNT students.

A New Treatment Option for PTSD

Ateka Contractor, associate professor of psychology, is exploring the effectiveness of positive memory intervention for PTSD, especially in cases where patients may be hesitant to seek the available trauma-focused treatments. Contractor, along with a team of students, conducted a small study with individuals at the UNT Psychology Clinic and found that focusing on processing positive memories was effective at improving PTSD symptoms for 75% of the people who received this treatment. Now, Contractor is working with Talya Greene at University of Haifa to test the treatment on a larger group of individuals. The research is funded by the U.S.-Israel Binational Science Foundation.

Research on Tap

The Division of Research and Innovation is partnering with Denton-based Dan's Silverleaf to host the sixth installment of the Research on Tap discussion series. Grab a beverage from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 20, and hear Ohad Shemmer, associate professor of physics and astronomy, talk about supermassive black holes, and the various terms used to describe the study of the universe. Or watch on Facebook Live, where you can also see videos of previous talks.

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