Research Related

July 30th, 2021

Memo to PIs From the Director of IRB

July 29th, 2021 The Institutional Review Board (IRB) continues to monitor conditions in North Texas using metrics developed through collaboration with a team of faculty advisors.  These metrics indicate the presence of the COVID-19 virus in the DFW area is steadily increasing. Additionally, CDC guidance was recently updated to recommend fully vaccinated individuals wear face coverings in public …read more

July 30th, 2021

Memo From the Vice President for Research: Mask and Vaccine Recommendations

July 30th, 2021 The Office of Research has been monitoring the recent rise in COVID-19 cases in Dallas and Collin counties likely driven by the dominance of the more transmissible Delta variant. On Friday July 23rd, Dallas County officials upgraded the county’s COVID-19 threat level from yellow, or “proceed carefully”, to orange, or “extreme caution,” …read more

July 26th, 2021

Learn More About the COVID-19 Vaccine

Click here to see a video with Dr. Fauci and Olivia Rodrigo that was shown at the beginning of the event: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o8sHS… From the COVID-19 delta variant to long-haulers suffering effects months after infection, information about COVID is always evolving. But the importance of being vaccinated against COVID-19 has not changed. Please watch this video, …read more

July 23rd, 2021

Dr. Weichen Eric Wong Awarded $400,000 From NSF

Dr. Weichen Eric Wong received $404,772 from the the National Science Foundation (NSF) for his research on REU Site: Software Safety and Reliability: Research, Practice, and Innovation. Dr. Wong evaluates the strengths and weaknesses of existing methodologies and current practices for safety assurance and reliability modeling and prediction. His research explores how software safety and reliability requirements may …read more

July 16th, 2021

Dr. Christa McIntyre Rodriguez Awarded Nearly $500,000 From NIH

Dr. Christa McIntyre Rodriguez received $498,116 from the the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for her research on Vagus Nerve Stimulation Targets Fear Pathways to Enhance Extinction of Conditioned Fear. Dr. McIntyre-Rodriguez uses exposure-based therapies to get rid of conditioned fears through repeated, unreinforced exposures to reminders of traumatic events. Her development of an effective adjunctive …read more

July 12th, 2021

Maskless Lithography – Microlight3D

In this video, Microlight3D’s Christian Olivier shares their impressive new maskless lithography system, Smart Print UV. This technology is a straightforward way to move from the design directly to the patterned sample without the use of the standard photomask fabrication. Areas of interest include microfluidics, microelectronics, biotechnologies, and optoelectronics. Christian explains the science behind this …read more

July 9th, 2021

Dr. Rugg is Awarded Over $400,000 From NIH

Dr. Michael Rugg received $426,750 from the the National Institutes of Health for his research on the Effects of Age on Control of Recollected Content. Dr. Rugg studies the significance of age-related episodic memory decline in healthy older individuals and how it can impact their quality of life. His team at Functional NeuroImaging of Memory Laboratory investigates why …read more

June 29th, 2021

Research 411 Talk Show: Stabilizing Delicate Drugs

What does an exoskeleton have to do with drug stabilization? Therapeutics, such as the COVID-19 vaccines Pfizer and Moderna, require refrigeration to maintain drug function. In an effort to bypass the expensive cold chain including vaccine distribution, storage, and usage, a team led by Dr. Gassensmith and Dr. Meloni researched the development of an affordable, …read more

June 25th, 2021

Dr. Hejun Zhu Receives Over $500,000 From NSF

Dr. Hejun Zhu received $536,729 from the the National Science Foundation for his research on Developing a Multi-Parameter Seismic Model of North America. Dr. Zhu and his team are developing a multi-parameter seismic model that uses state-of-the-art full waveform inversion technology and high-quality waveform records that will help geophysicists to better investigate physical properties of the Earth. …read more

June 15th, 2021

Dr. Nikki Delk Secures Nearly $800,000 from The American Cancer Society

Dr. Nikki Delk received $789,000 from the the American Cancer Society for her research on IL-1-p62 Axis Regulation and Function in Castration Resistant PCa. The study identified how an inflammatory cytokine, interleukin-1 (IL-1), alters cancer cells to promote tumor progression. Dr. Delk and her lab’s data supports that IL-1 reprograms AR+ PCa cells to mimic AR− PCa gene …read more