August 30, 2018
University of North Texas

Six degrees of science: How a small flower in China led to a big discovery

Small flower led to big discovery

UNT Materials Science and Engineering Professor Diana Berman and BioDiscovery Institute Director Kent Chapman are currently working with a potential lubricating oil that is on par with, if not better than, petroleum oil.

“The oil contained in the seeds of the Chinese violet cress has the potential to be a strong competitor in the lubrication industry,” said Berman. “It has a high viscosity beneficial for friction and wear reduction. It can stand up to the heat needed to be an industrial lubricant. But, unlike petroleum oil and synthetics, it is 100 percent renewable.” Read more.

UNT Computer Science and Engineering professor wins Tech Titans Award for the University Level

UNT faculty earns Tech Titans award

Renee Bryce, professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, received the University Level award at the Tech Titans Awards Gala on Aug. 25 for her Bug Catcher and Bug Wars outreach programs. The award includes $25,000.

The Tech Titans’ University Level award recognizes educational institutions that encourage and support students in choosing engineering and technology-related disciplines. The award category spotlights DFW higher educational institutions’ tech-related curricula and incentives to carry out tech-related knowledge transfer. Read more.

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