Beyond the Plate

In the UNT BioDiscovery Institute's Environmental Science Greenhouse, professor Ana Alonso's team of researchers spend hours each week documenting a collection of novel soybeans (pictured above) as part of a project that could one day prove soybeans as a viable protein alternative. In UNT dining halls, chefs and administrative staff are designing menus and operations to be more environmentally sustainable and opening their spaces for research about food literacy and choice. And across academic disciplines at UNT — the only comprehensive Tier One research university serving the North Texas region — research is developing food as a lens to be more inclusive in public planning and access, better understand human behavior and build deeper perspectives of culture, collective identity and history. Read more about how UNT food scholars are carving out new paths of discovery.

Collaboration Spotlight
Accelerating Mobility Tech

Researchers Song Fu, Xinrong Li and Qing Yang in the College of Engineering and Junhua Ding in the College of Information are part of a national effort to foster more collaboration in the development of emerging vehicle technologies. Through the Center for Electric, Connected and Autonomous Technologies for Mobility (eCAT), the UNT team — along with researchers at Wayne State University, Clarkson University and University of Delaware — will leverage research across academic disciplines and industry expertise to transform the future of mobility and train the next generation of the workforce in this area. Their work is funded by a five-year $2.25 million grant through the National Science Foundation's Industry-University Cooperative Research Centers Program.

Research News
Spring 2023 Great Grads

More than 6,700 students are expected to earn bachelor's, master's or doctoral degrees during the spring and summer semesters. To honor graduates, UNT is sharing stories of a few students who excelled amid adversity, some of which have taken on impactful research projects that will advance understanding on topics within their fields. Students like John Alptekin, who was a member of the technology transfer team for UNT's patented MIR-IR wafer characterization metrology, which was licensed to Intel in the largest technology transfer award in UNT history; Beige Cowell, who researched early Scandinavian music as a nod to her own family's ancestry; and Md. Khorrom Khan, who didn't grow up having access to a computer, but now his several scholarly contributions to Android graphical user interface (GUI) testing research have gained recognitions in the field. Read about these students and others recognized for their outstanding achievements in the Spring 2023 edition of UNT's Great Grads feature series.

Perplexing Decline

UNT team members working to discover why American Kestrels are disappearing from North American skies are featured in the cover story of the spring 2023 Audubon magazine. The birds are plentiful in our region during the winter, and — thanks to the dedication of researchers like graduate student Maddy Kaleta and Jim Bednarz, principal lecturer in biological sciences — we may soon know more about why numbers are declining for this smallest of North American falcons. Their research will help increase understanding about kestrels' migration patterns and their interaction with their changing environments.

Creative Discovery

UNT faculty Quincy Davis, Ana M. Lopez and Priscilla Ybarra will be pursuing creative research projects in the next year as the 2023-24 Institute for the Advancement of the Arts Faculty Fellows. From a multi-suite musical work based on the historical events of 2020 and an exhibition on the bolo tie to a project documenting the story of Denton through a community-designed performance, their projects will offer unique contributions in the fields of music, art and literature. UNT launched the IAA in 2009 to support and advance excellence in the visual, performing, creative and literary arts. Read more about the 2023-24 projects.

Naval Innovation

College of Engineering faculty Nigel Shepherd and Hamid Sadat were each awarded nearly $450,000 in separate grants from the Office of Naval Research (ONR). UNT had two winning awards selected by the U.S. Department of Navy HBCU/MI Program, which focuses on advancing research with Hispanic- and minority-serving organizations. Shepherd's project will use in situ Raman and infrared spectroscopy to define the processing rules that determine the microstructure, macrostructure and high-frequency dielectric response of additively manufactured electronic ceramics. Sadat's project will assess statistics of extreme ship responses in random waves.

The Lab YouTube Series

Catch up on the latest episodes of The Lab, a YouTube series featuring UNT researchers describing how their groundbreaking research will impact the lives of people, business or culture. The most recent episode features Xiao Li, assistant professor of materials science and engineering, talking about her research on how liquid crystal design could be used to clean up oil spills more effectively. Another recent episode stars IAA fellow Priscilla Ybarra (English), sharing about her research on what Chicana culture and storytelling can teach us about the environment. Subscribe to the UNT YouTube Channel and stay up to date with the series.

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