Innovation Fueled by AI

UNT is continuing to bolster its national reputation in research with historic growth and key collaborations across the North Texas region, state and nation. In fiscal year 2023, UNT secured its highest-ever total of sponsored project awards with more than $86 million in funding from top national agencies. In the latest edition of the UNT Research magazine, read more about how UNT researchers are harnessing the power of AI to transform a variety of industries from health care to transportation, as well as studying more efficient and sustainable drug discovery techniques and treatments. Read other stories, including those about expanding access to greenspaces, preparing the workforce of the future and exploring new frontiers in music and arts technologies.

Collaboration Spotlight
Empowering Emerging Researchers

This school year, UNT researchers launched Seeds to Empower (S2 EMPWER), a monthly educational program bringing together area high school students and teachers to engage in scientific discussions and perform their own environmental research. The community outreach effort unites researchers from across the university, including faculty Carrie Allen and Queshonda Kudaisi in the College of Education, Amie Lund in the College of Science and Lauren Fischer in the College of Health and Public Service. Each brings their own academic expertise and research perspective. "When we have these complex issues in our world, it requires thinking about it from an interdisciplinary lens," says Allen, an assistant professor of educational psychology.

Research News
Improving Hearing Aid Use

Audiology researchers are one step closer to understanding what drives better hearing aid acceptance among new users. Faculty Sharon Miller, Erin Schafer and Boji Lam in audiology and speech-language pathology are leading a study funded by the Hearing Aid Industry Research Consortium. Through a series of study sessions and hearing aid use monitoring, the UNT research team is gaining a better look at what cognitive and emotional performance changes occur during hearing aid adoption.

Advancing Soft Robotics

In Amir Jafari's Advanced Robotic Manipulators Lab in biomedical engineering, students get hands-on research experience and opportunities to contribute to patent-pending inventions that could transform the robotics field. From a hydraulic-actuated soft robotic glove to bolster hand movement and dexterity to a therapeutic wrap designed to address muscle and joint discomfort, Jafari and his student researchers are designing advanced robotics components that could shape the future of human-machine interaction.

Elemental Award

A project that took 12 years to complete by UNT College of Science Emeritus Professor James Marshall and his late wife, Virginia "Jenny" Marshall (pictured), is now getting international recognition. The Marshalls earned the HIST Award from the American Chemical Society's Division of the History of Chemistry for their "Rediscovery of the Chemical Elements" research project. The two traveled all over the world to visit the locations where elements on the periodic table were originally discovered and they documented the journey in a series of articles.

Bodies in Motion

In the latest installment of The Lab, psychology professor Trent Petrie discusses how cognitive dissonance and mindfulness practices can help prevent eating disorders in female athletes. Petrie's research led to the Bodies in Motion program, which has been licensed to 25 different universities for more than $13,000 to date. Catch up on other episodes of The Lab by subscribing to the UNT YouTube Channel.

Spring 2024 Great Grads

Almost 7,000 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 whom have taken on impactful research projects that will advance understanding of topics within their fields. Students like Manuel Ruiz (pictured), who found that high sugar diets affect the structure of neurons in the brain, Daphne Lynd, who focused on studying literacy and helping people embrace grief and loss, and Moon Twayana, whose research provides foundational evidence that could lead to more aphid-resistant plants in the future.

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