Advancing Biomanufacturing

College of Science faculty Calvin Henard and Ana Paula Alonso have earned a $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation and the Agile BioFoundry, a consortium of national laboratories committed to accelerating biomanufacturing. Their work will further research to develop a methanotroph that can mitigate greenhouse gas emissions by eating carbon dioxide and methane. Specifically, the project will create more advanced genetic tools that will reduce the genetic modification time of methanotrophs from months to a matter of weeks. The research proposal was one of only six selected nationwide for this inaugural funding opportunity. The research is part of UNT's BioDiscovery Institute, which includes an interdisciplinary team of researchers focused on creating innovative bio-based solutions to create a sustainable bio-based economy.

Collaboration Spotlight
Testing Advanced Air Mobility Technology

The North Texas Cohort team, which includes researchers from UNT, took a giant step toward next generation air travel with a successful live flight test of emerging Advanced Air Mobility technologies, including future airspace system automation, advanced communications infrastructure, a surrogate electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing aircraft and a simulated air route between Hillwood's AllianceTexas Flight Test Center in Justin and UNT's Discovery Park. The team also includes representatives from Bell Textron, Unmanned Experts Inc., AAMTEX worked with National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Hillwood and the Federal Aviation Administration. UNT's portion of the research is part of its Center for Integrated Intelligent Mobility Systems (CIIMS). The center was established in 2020 to bring together expertise across disciplines, including engineering and business, around intelligent mobility, which includes autonomous flight, ground vehicles and the systems that will enable their deployment. Read more about the historic test flight and research.

Research News
Faculty Among World's Most Cited

More than 60 UNT researchers were included in the ranking of the world's most cited researchers and those who are among the top 2% of more than six million scientists worldwide within their specialty areas throughout their careers. At UNT, 64 researchers across multiple disciplines including biological sciences, educational psychology, management, political science and more were among the top 2% for a single year – 2021. The ranking method is based on standardized citation metrics developed by a group of scientists led by John P.A. Ioannidis, a statistician at Stanford University. See the full list of UNT researchers who made the list.

Expanding Access to Cochlear Implants

College of Health and Public Service assistant professor Sharon Miller was part of a team of researchers whose work led to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) updating its cochlear implant candidacy criteria and providing coverage for a broader spectrum of hearing loss. Miller took part in the CMS National Coverage Analysis that led to the recommendation that older individuals who receive Medicare benefits with speech test scores of greater than 40% and less than or equal to 60% qualify for cochlear implantation. Previously, only those whose score was below 40% could qualify. The change to coverage became effective Sept. 26 and will drastically expand care for older adults with a broader spectrum of hearing loss.

Adding Agritourism Course, Project-Based Learning

With a more than $245,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture, the College of Merchandising, Hospitality and Tourism will be introducing new offerings in research and an academic course focused on the growing agritourism industry. The funding is part of the USDA's recent $14 million overall investment to advance learning experiences in the agricultural and human science sectors at Hispanic-Serving Institutions. Hospitality and tourism faculty Birendra KC and Xingyi Zhang are designing a five-week online agritourism course. The grant also will support independent agritourism project-based learning opportunities, especially for undergraduate students from underrepresented communities.

UNT Day at the Infinity Festival

Join UNT faculty and student researchers at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History for UNT Day at the Infinity Festival. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 12, and UNT faculty and students will give lightning talks, perform demonstrations and invite museum guests to actively participate in their research. The technology festival highlights emerging technologies and research and allows guests to explore the latest technology innovations with hands-on activities, opportunities to participate in new technology research, technology demonstrations and expert talks. The event is free and open to the public with paid museum admission. Learn more about UNT Day at the Infinity Festival.

Research on Tap

The Division of Research and Innovation is partnering with Denton-based Dan's Silverleaf to host the next installment of the Research on Tap discussion series. Grab a beverage from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16, and hear Ruth West, professor and director of the xREZ Art + Science Lab in the College of Visual Arts and Design, talk about virtual and augmented realities and what's next in emerging technologies. Also, save the date for the last Research on Tap of 2022 on Dec. 13 featuring Kamesh Namuduri, professor in the College of Engineering, talking about how the Center for Integrated Intelligent Mobility Systems (CIIMS) is paving the way for the future of transportation and mobility. If you're unable to attend, watch on Facebook Live, where you can also see videos of previous talks.

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