Advancing Semiconductors

UNT is leading a consortium to further the science and applications of emerging semiconducting materials toward electronic, photonic and sensing technologies, along with collaborators at the University of Texas at Arlington, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and two U.S. Department of Energy national labs. The Consortium on Sensing, Energy-efficient Electronics, Photonics with 2D materials and Integrated Technologies (SEEP-IT) will receive $1 million annually over the next five years, totaling $5 million, from the U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Agency. PACCAR Professor of Engineering Anupama Kaul (pictured above with student researchers) is principal investigator for the SEEP-IT Consortium. Other UNT faculty serving as co-PIs are Yuankun Lin, professor of physics, and Pamela Padilla, vice president of research and innovation.

Collaboration Spotlight
Transformative Gift

A $3 million gift from Satish and Yasmin Gupta will support student scholarships and establish the Satish and Yasmin Gupta Career Center at UNT at Frisco. UNT President Neal Smatresk says: "This transformative gift from Satish and Yasmin Gupta will serve as a catalyst in our ongoing mission to extend UNT at Frisco's reach and impact, enabling us to serve a greater number of students in North Texas and foster stronger connections between higher education and industry to best support industry needs and our students' career aspirations. With this visionary support, we can provide even more scholarships, cutting-edge programs and immersive learning opportunities for our students."

Research News
Improving Information Science

Faculty in UNT'S College of Information are working on research projects to advance library science and archival studies with nearly $1 million in grants from the Institute of Museum and Library Services Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program, which supports developing a diverse workforce of librarians to better meet the changing learning and information needs of the American public. Their research spans everything from improving refugee archival methods to developing next-gen curriculum for information professionals. Read more about their projects.

Efficient Military Manufacturing

Herman Shen and Hector Siller in UNT's College of Engineering have earned an $800,000 grant from the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Army Research Laboratory to research more efficient ways to build critical military machinery on demand. Their research will analyze the laser-based powder bed fusion additive manufacturing process, which involves the precise layer-by-layer building of metal parts, like 3D printing but with a laser and powder. The work is part of UNT's Center for Agile and Adaptive Additive Manufacturing, which is developing advanced material components for industries ranging from biomedical and energy to defense and aerospace.

Uncovering Music History

Rebecca Geoffroy-Schwinden, an associate professor in the College of Music, earned two awards from the U.S. National Endowment for the Humanities for her historical research on music cultures. The NEH-Hagley Fellowship on Business, Culture, and Society is supporting her archival research this fall at the Hagley Museum and Library toward a book about the musical and sonic world of the du Pont women's community in the 18th and 19th centuries, from their immigration to the U.S. during the French Revolution to the outbreak of the American Civil War. The second award, the NEH Summer Stipend, will support research in Europe during summer 2024 for a book about music in the lives of elite women and their households along trade routes from the East to West Indies.

Link Between Ink and Funding

A study from the G. Brint Ryan College of Business found that including photos of people with tattoos could help garner more money in online crowdfunding campaigns. G. Brint Ryan Chair in Entrepreneurship Jeremy Short carried out the research alongside UNT doctoral student Paula A. Kincaid and G. Brint Ryan Professor of Entrepreneurship Marcus Wolfe. Their study was featured recently in The Wall Street Journal. "Roll up your sleeves and show off your ukulele tattoo," Short told the WSJ. "That could lead others to see you as creative even before you begin your pitch."

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