UNT research efforts continue

Wed, Oct 14, 2015 - 11:47pm

by Jenna Duncan

University of North Texas officials will announce today four new research institutes at the campus, where faculty from different disciplines will work together to bring in bigger grants and work on larger projects.

Work is already underway at the four institutes: the Biodiscovery Institute, the Logistics Systems Institute, the Advanced Environmental Research Institute and the Advanced Materials and Manufacturing Processes Institute.

Tom McCoy, vice president for research and economic development, said the institutes were formed to help faculty work together and to increase research funding, as...

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Iron-gallium alloy shows promise as a power-generation device

Tue, Sep 29, 2015 - 5:00am

An alloy first made nearly two decades ago by the U. S. Navy could provide an efficient new way to produce electricity. The material, dubbed Galfenol, consists of iron doped with the metal gallium. In new experiments, researchers from UCLA, the University of North Texas (UNT), and the Air Force Research Laboratories have shown that Galfenol can generate as much as 80 megawatts of instantaneous power per square meter under strong impacts. The team describes the findings, which could lead to the development of wireless impact detectors and other applications, in a paper in the Journal of Applied Physics.


What Is Your Most Significant "What If...?" Moment?

Wed, Jul 29, 2015 - 12:09pm

Do you ever wonder whether things would be different if a specific event or decision happened differently or not at all? Perhaps you’ve thought of alternative versions of your life where you never met your significant other, ended up in a different job or lived on the other side of the world.

We’ve all looked back on our lives and reimagined important moments unfolding in different ways. This tendency to mentally simulate past events while tweaking some critical details is known as counterfactual (“contrary to fact”) thinking.

Counterfactual thinking has its benefits. A 2008 paper published in the Journal of...

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Civil-rights history project gets $200,000 grant

Wed, Jul 29, 2015 - 10:19am

An oral-history project that documents the experiences of Mexican-Americans, African-Americans and white activists during the civil-rights era in Texas is getting $200,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The project is called “Civil Rights in Black and Brown: Oral Histories of the Multiracial Freedom Struggle in Texas.” It will capture first-person accounts of activists involved with two civil-rights movements from 1954 to the mid-1970s in Texas.

“One of the main purposes of the oral histories is to document and preserve the voices of people who otherwise would be left out of the record,” said...

Undeveloped Rowlett park opening after projected date

Thu, Jul 23, 2015 - 2:12pm

Undeveloped, tended to by nearby residents and under construction are just a few ways to describe Scenic Point Park.


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