Tier One Talent

The research that can be undertaken with Tier One resources offers an institution the chance to pursue important, even ground-breaking work. Meanwhile, professors and students alike are already forging a path to a bright future that includes using science and engineering to forge new discoveries.

Success Stories
Professor Uses Satellite Data to Track Water Usage

A researcher at The University of Texas at Dallas is combining plant biology with massive data from Earth-orbiting satellites to help inform the conversation about a critical economic and societal issue: water resources management. Dr. David Lary, an associate professor of physics at UT Dallas, said his aim is to correlate “big data” to water usage in a given geographical area. read more

Team Studies Effect of Nanotubes on Human Health

Scientists at UT Dallas have received a federal grant to investigate how tiny carbon structures used in the manufacture of many everyday products might affect human health. Dr. Paul Pantano, associate professor of chemistry, and Dr. Rockford Draper, professor of molecular and cell biology, recently received a $459,000, three-year grant to track how multi-walled carbon nanotubes interact with human cells. read more

Scientist Finds Clearer Obesity Link to Diabetes

New findings about the biological links between obesity and insulin resistance and Type 2 diabetes may also shed light on the connection between obesity and cancer. UT Dallas’ Dr. Jung-whan Kim and colleagues at the University of California, San Diego found that a protein called HIF-1 alpha plays a key role in the development of insulin resistance and Type 2 diabetes in obese mice. read more

Researcher Hopes Devices Help Improve Prosthetics

Walter VoitDr. Walter Voit, assistant professor of materials science and engineering and mechanical engineering at The University of Texas at Dallas, has been awarded $1 million to create medical devices that will lead to greater control of prosthetics in wounded soldiers. read more

Noise Exposure Alters Brain’s Response to Speech

Prolonged exposure to loud noise alters how the brain processes speech, potentially increasing the difficulty in distinguishing speech sounds, UT Dallas scientists have found. “As we have made machines and electronic devices more powerful, the potential to cause permanent damage has grown tremendously,” said Dr. Michael Kilgard of the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences. read more

Robots Help Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorder

A UT Dallas researcher is giving the fantasy of robotic friends a practical edge with a robot that teaches social skills to children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Dr. Pamela Rollins, associate professor in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences, explained that individuals with the disorder often have social anxiety. Learning social interactions via a less threatening interface may help patients better identify emotions and use specific social skills with humans. read more

High-Tech Speech Treatments Get Boost from Grants

Researchers at UT Dallas have received three grants from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders aimed at treating a variety of speech disorders. The multidisciplinary effort will focus primarily on improving speech communication, predicting verbal deficits in patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and improving diagnostic testing for speech disorders in children. read more

Team Creates Powerful Muscles From Fishing Line

An international team led by The University of Texas at Dallas has discovered that ordinary fishing line and sewing thread can be cheaply converted to powerful artificial muscles. The new muscles can lift 100 times more weight and generate 100 times higher mechanical power than a human muscle of the same length and weight. read more