Professor of Biology Warren Burggren and Assistant Professors of Biology Dane Crossley and Aaron Roberts

Studying ocean life after an oil spill

Exactly what happens to ocean life after an oil spill? Three UNT researchers are looking for answers. With a $2.7 million grant from the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative, Professor of Biology Warren Burggren and Associate Professors of Biology Dane Crossley and Aaron Roberts will spend the next three years studying how the oil in the ocean is affecting life in the Gulf. They'll be looking at the capacity of young fish to recover after oil exposure with a focus on the cardiovascular system. The research also will examine how oil and natural stressors may interact to result in greater than expected impacts.

Creating industry field tools

Manufacturing metals more efficiently

UNT researcher Rajiv Mishra, professor of materials science and engineering and a world leader in friction stir welding and processing, is leading an Industry/University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC) at UNT to create more efficient and environmentally friendly ways to form and join metals for industry. By giving metallic alloys super plasticity at high temperatures to form complex parts like seats or doors of automobiles and airplanes, he says this clean technology is the next generation of manufacturing.

Beyond paying at the pump

Beyond paying at the pump

To the average consumer, the oil industry boils down to the price of gasoline at the pump. But with oil prices at $60 a barrel and gas below $3 at the pump, the petroleum industry is facing some big issues, says Harvey Zimmermann, director of UNT’s Institute of Petroleum Accounting. Zimmermann shares his thoughts on how the industry is surviving in a downturn while combating issues such as cybersecurity, mergers and acquisitions, and government regulation changes.

Research Spotlight
Taking flight
Taking flight

A popular nationwide program newly offered in the DFW area is propelling high school students into aviation careers. From studying aerodynamics and meteorology to calculating fuel plans to actually flying an airplane, 11th- and 12th-grade students got a rare opportunity to explore aviation and aerospace careers thanks to UNT’s partnership with the Federal Aviation Administration and a new collaboration with Tarrant County College. Known as the Aviation Career Education (ACE) Academy Program, the 5-day program is offered several times a summer throughout the U.S. Photo courtesy of Tarrant County College.

Tracking food security
Tracking food security

Women farmers are particularly interested in food security issues, and droughts and floods present an ongoing concern for the ability of all farmers to attain sustainable livelihoods. Emmanuela Akosua Opoku, a doctoral student in UNT’s Department of Philosophy and Religion Studies, wants to help by researching the impacts of these issues in her native Ghana. She recently earned a prestigious P.E.O., or Philanthropic Educational Organization, International Peace Scholarship, to make her research a reality.

Tinnitus Clinic
Helping vets to hear better
Military veterans suffering from tinnitus, commonly known as “ringing in the ears” and hyperacusis, an oversensitivity to sounds, can get help at UNT’s Tinnitus and Hyperacusis Clinic. Under the direction of Audiology Professors Ernest Moore and Kamakshi Gopal and Clinical Audiologist Elizabeth McGee, the clinic provides research, testing, counseling and treatment devices to help veterans and others who have these disorders. It is one of a few clinics in Texas that integrates treatment with cutting-edge, research-supported technology.

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