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Building a Team for EXtragalactic AStrophysics (TEXAS) in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex

Description: Data management plan for the grant, "Building a Team for EXtragalactic AStrophysics (TEXAS) in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex". The project will build a new partnership between the University of North Texas (UNT), an R1 Minority-Serving Institution (MSI)/ Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI), and the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD). During the pilot phase, the team will establish a post-baccalaureate bridge program and organize monthly colloquia and annual symposia to broaden the participation of underrepresented groups in astronomy.
Date: 2022-09-01/2024-08-31
Creator: Li, Yuan
Partner: UNT College of Science
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The North Texas-20

Description: Data management plan for the grant, "The North Texas-20". The North Texas-20 project builds upon its established work to redress unmet needs of our region, support for underserved communities, and contribute to psychology workforce diversification.
Date: 2022-09-01/2025-06-30
Creator: Callahan, Jennifer L.
Partner: UNT College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
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University of North Texas Upward Bound

Description: Data management plan for the grant, "University of North Texas Upward Bound". The University of North Texas (UNT), located in Denton, Texas, proposes a cooperative partnership with four school districts to sponsor a five-year Upward Bound program for eligible students in four target high schools in North Texas.
Date: 2022-09-01/2027-08-31
Creator: Nelson, Tori
Partner: University of North Texas
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UNT Upward Bound

Description: Data management plan for the grant, "UNT Upward Bound". The University of North Texas (UNT), located in Denton, Texas, proposes a cooperative partnership with four school districts to sponsor a five-year Upward Bound program for eligible students in four target high schools in North Texas.
Date: 2022-09-01/2027-08-31
Creator: Nelson, Tori
Partner: University of North Texas
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Collaborative Research: MRA: Particulates in canopy flowpaths: A missing mass flux at the macrosystem scale?

Description: Data management plan for the grant, "Collaborative Research: MRA: Particulates in canopy flowpaths: A missing mass flux at the macrosystem scale?" This research will investigate a vital, but currently uncharacterized, macrosystem biogeochemical function within forest canopies at the very start of the terrestrial hydrologic cycle: particulate concentration, flux, and composition in rainwaters draining from forest canopies. We will address three major objectives: (1) Estimate the net rainfall (TF+ SF) water and particulate mass flux across forest types; (2) Characterize the particulate composition (C:N:P, including C components, like total C, organic C, black C, and microplastic C) of TF and SF; and (3) Identify major drivers of macrosystem variability in net rainfall particulate flux and composition.
Date: 2022-08-01/2027-07-31
Creator: Ponette-González, Alexandra G.
Partner: UNT College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
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HRSA Center of Excellence

Description: Data management plan for the grant, "HRSA Center of Excellence". The North Texas Center for Excellence (COE) will serve as an innovative resource for recruitment, training, and retention of health service psychology (HSP) Hispanic students and faculty, will improve clinical education and cultural competence associated with minority health issues and social determinates of health, and will facilitate research on minority health and health care delivery.
Date: 2022-07-01/2027-06-30
Creator: Ruggero, Camilo J.
Partner: UNT College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
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Multi-Source Irrigation Status and Type Mapping

Description: Data management plan for the grant, "Multi-Source Irrigation Status and Type Mapping." This grant will quantify the long-term irrigation status and system type changes in the Mississippi Alluvial Valley for an advanced understanding of irrigation-induced water resource changes by integrating multi-source earth observation data, machine learning techniques, artificial intelligence and cloud computing.
Date: 2022-07-01/2025-06-30
Creator: Liang, Lu
Partner: UNT College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
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Piloting Deposit Contracts to Increase Accessibility of a Contingency Management Intervention to Reduce Problematic Drinking

Description: Data management plan for the grant, "Piloting Deposit Contracts to Increase Accessibility of a Contingency Management Intervention to Reduce Problematic Drinking". The purpose of this study is to demonstrate the feasibility and/or effectiveness of deposit contracts as an intervention for problematic drinking.
Date: 2022-06-10/2024-03-31
Creator: Dougherty, Donald M.
Partner: UNT College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
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Capacity Building: Creating and Sustaining a Pathway for Engineering Majors to Become STEM Teachers

Description: Data management plan for the grant, "Capacity Building: Creating and Sustaining a Pathway for Engineering Majors to Become STEM Teachers." The project aims to serve a national need for building pathways for engineering students to become grade 6-12 STEM teachers in high-need schools. The project will develop a framework for recruitment, retention, and reshaping of graduate teacher certification specifically for engineering students to become STEM teachers. The effort is a collaboration between the College of Engineering and the College of Education at the University of North Texas, a Hispanic Serving Institution.
Date: 2022-06-01/2023-05-31
Creator: Eddy, Colleen & Huang, Zhenhua
Partner: UNT College of Education
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Collaborative Research: Place Attachment in Mitigation and Recovery: A Mixed Methods Study of Residential Adjustment Following Wildfires

Description: Data management plan for the grant, "Collaborative Research: Place Attachment in Mitigation and Recovery: A Mixed Methods Study of Residential Adjustment Following Wildfires." This study focuses on understanding how place attachment influences the decisions people make after disasters, specifically residential decisions about where they live and whether they invest in measures that reduce their risk to future disasters. Using three California counties as study sites, and building on a pilot study in these same, wildfire-affected communities, the research team uses photovoice method and phenomenological analyses to develop a deep, contextually grounded understanding of the role of place attachment in residential decisions.
Date: 2022-06-01/2024-05-31
Creator: Schumann, Ronald L., III
Partner: UNT College of Health and Public Service
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Development of Combinatorial Processing Techniques for Accelerated Discovery of Complex Concentrated Alloy (or Multi-Principal Element Alloys) for Structural Applications

Description: Data management plan for the research grant, "Development of Combinatorial Processing Techniques for Accelerated Discovery of Complex Concentrated Alloy (or Multi-Principal Element Alloys) for Structural Applications"
Date: 2022-05-15/2023-05-14
Creator: Banerjee, Rajarshi
Partner: UNT College of Engineering
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A Collaborative Implementation Strategy to Increase Falls Prevention Training Using the Age-Friendly Health Systems Approach

Description: Article is a study examining outcomes of a partnership among an academic institution, government agency, community organizations, and emergency management services to implement a falls prevention training program using an Age-Friendly Health Systems approach.
Date: March 30, 2022
Creator: Rivera-Torres, Solymar; Severance, Jennifer Jurado; Cho, Jinmyoung; Hartos, Jessica; Khan, Amal & Knebl, Janice
Partner: UNT College of Health and Public Service

From Originating to Onboarding: Improving the Hiring Experience

Description: Presentation on the hiring process in an academic library from the perspective of the search committee chair and the hired candidate. It includes: drafting a job advertisement, recruiting, candidate review, interviews, making the offer, and onboarding. It was presented at the 2022 Amigos Member Conference that was held virtually on May 11, 2022.
Date: May 11, 2022
Creator: Rodriguez, Allyson & Brannon, Sian
Partner: UNT Libraries
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Transcriptional Programs and Regulators Underlying Age-Dependent and Dark-Induced Senescence in Medicago truncatula

Description: Article presents a study that reveals the dynamics of transcriptomic responses to age- and dark-induced senescence in M. truncatula and identifies senescence-associated TFs that are attractive targets for future work to control senescence in forage legumes.
Date: March 7, 2022
Creator: Liu, Wei; Mahmood, Kashif; Torres-Jerez, Ivone; Krom, Nick & Udvardi, Michael K.
Partner: UNT College of Science

Adoption of Wearable Devices by Older Adults

Description: This dissertation is organized in a traditional format while including three essays that address specific research questions. Essay 1 examined the relationship between physical activity and community engagement and their effect on mental well-being among older men and women. Data from National Health and Aging Trends Study (NHATS) from 2018 to 2020 were explored and the posited relationships were tested. This essay provides empirical support that older adults who are reasonably active and involved in the community have greater mental well-being than those who isolate themselves. Essay 2 provides insight into older adults' motivation to improve their physical activity through the use of a fitness tracker. The key finding from this study is that wearables, especially fitness trackers, can significantly facilitate increased physical activity. Essay 3 is a mixed-methods study to understand older adults' perception of the usefulness of fitness trackers and interaction with such devices. Findings suggest that to increase the adoption of fitness trackers among older adults, makers could improve the esthetics and quality of the wristband in addition to the battery life of the tracker.
This item is restricted from view until June 1, 2027.
Date: May 2022
Creator: Enamela, Pranathy
Partner: UNT Libraries

Advanced Distributed Optimization and Control Algorithms: Theory and Applications

Description: Networked multi-agent systems have attracted lots of researchers to develop algorithms, techniques, and applications.A multi-agent networked system consists of more than one subsystem (agent) to cooperately solve a global problem with only local computations and communications in a fully distributed manner. These networked systems have been investigated in various different areas including signal processing, control system, and machine learning. We can see massive applications using networked systems in reality, for example, persistent surveillance, healthcare, factory manufacturing, data mining, machine learning, power system, transportation system, and many other areas. Considering the nature of those mentioned applications, traditional centralized control and optimization algorithms which require both higher communication and computational capacities are not suitable. Additionally, compared to distributed control and optimization approaches, centralized control, and optimization algorithms cannot be scaled into systems with a large number of agents, or guarantee performance and security. All of the limitations of centralized control and optimization algorithms motivate us to investigate and develop new distributed control and optimization algorithms in networked systems. Moreover, convergence rate and analysis are crucial in control and optimization literature, which motivates us to investigate how to analyze and accerlate the convergence of distributed optimization algorithms.
This item is restricted from view until December 1, 2022.
Date: May 2022
Creator: Zhang, Shengjun
Partner: UNT Libraries

An Analysis of Compressive Sensing and the Electrocardiogram

Description: As technology has advanced, data has become more and more important. The more breakthroughs are achieved, the more data is needed to support them. As a result, more storage is required in the system's memory. Compression is therefore required. Before it can be stored, the data must be compressed. To ensure that information is not lost, efficient compression is necessary. This also makes sure that there is no redundancy in the data that is being kept and stored. Compressive sensing has emerged as a new field of compression thanks to developments in sparse optimization. Rather than relying just on compression and sensing formulations, the theory blends the two. The objective of this thesis is to analyze the concept of compressive sensing and to study several reconstruction algorithms. Additionally, a few of the algorithms were put into practice. This thesis also included a model of the ECG, which is vital in determining the health of the heart. For the most part, the ECG is utilized to diagnose heart illness, and a modified synthetic ECG can be used to mimic some of these arrhythmias.
This item is restricted from view until December 1, 2022.
Date: May 2022
Creator: Molugu, Shravan
Partner: UNT Libraries
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Artificial Intelligence at Home: Alexa, Are You Influencing My Family?

Description: The purpose of this research is to measure the social shifts that take place in a home where artificial intelligent (AI) devices like Echo Dot and Google Home are fully integrated into their everyday life. Research is currently limited, being that the widespread use of these devices is roughly seven years old. Three main outcomes of this study were related to how often Alexa is being used in homes to solve everyday problems, the lack of overall privacy and security concerns users had, and the level of integration into the home as a member of the family. Some limitations and challenges are my ability to compare the households before and after installing these devices in the home; pinpointing when and where the device is used (i.e., room placement); collecting data on whether the device is used often or sparingly; and the depth of interactions these families actually have with the device on a whole. The broader implications behind the increased integration of AI devices is centered around health, labor, social inequality and ethics.
Date: May 2022
Creator: Ra'oof, Jameelah
Partner: UNT Libraries
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Assessing New Dimensions of an Organization's Learning Culture

Description: Work-based and employee-driven informal learning, training and development have been increasing in importance in the last few decades. Concurrently, organizations seek to measure the extent to which they develop a culture and structure that supports individual learning and organizational learning. This study develops and validates a scale that can measure the extent to which an organization is perceived to provide online learning that is personalized for its employees and perceived to recognize skills and competencies acquired through non-degree and other pathways. This research can provide organizations with the ability to measure and benchmark attributes of their learning culture that are important to work-based and lifelong learning as well as talent recruitment and management.
Date: May 2022
Creator: Scott, Jennifer Lyne
Partner: UNT Libraries

Attaining Team Psychological Safety to Unlock the Potential of Diverse Teams

Description: Team psychological safety fosters interpersonal risk-taking and constructive debate. Yet, how psychological safety develops in diverse teams needs to be explained. I apply collective regulatory lenses to shed light on how collective prevention focus (status quo) and collective promotion focus (growth) uniquely affect team psychological safety. I believe promotion focus makes it easier to attain psychological safety, while prevention focus makes it harder. Under a collective promotion lens, teams seek growth. Under a collective prevention lens, teams desire protection and not making things any worse. A pilot study of 76 students in 17 student project teams provided initial support for individual relationships in my model. In Study 2, an experiment, I manipulated team regulatory foci in three tasks (building towers, selling a house, negotiating a salary). I did not find significant mean group differences in psychological safety between promotion (n = 17) and prevention (n = 15) teams; yet, promotion teams experienced greater team viability in the final activity. In Study 3, I employed an experimental vignette method that suggested leadership conditions (e.g., leader humility vs transactional leadership) created differences in regulatory foci and subsequent differences in psychological safety with 343 working professionals in 7 scenarios.
This item is restricted from view until June 1, 2023.
Date: May 2022
Creator: Chen, Victor H.
Partner: UNT Libraries

Autonomic Zero Trust Framework for Network Protection

Description: With the technological improvements, the number of Internet connected devices is increasing tremendously. We also observe an increase in cyberattacks since the attackers want to use all these interconnected devices for malicious intention. Even though there exist many proactive security solutions, it is not practical to run all the security solutions on them as they have limited computational resources and even battery operated. As an alternative, Zero Trust Architecture (ZTA) has become popular is because it defines boundaries and requires to monitor all events, configurations, and connections and evaluate them to enforce rejecting by default and accepting only if they are known and accepted as well as applies a continuous trust evaluation. In addition, we need to be able to respond as quickly as possible, which cannot be managed by human interaction but through autonomous computing paradigm. Therefore, in this work, we propose a framework that would implement ZTA using autonomous computing paradigm. The proposed solution, Autonomic ZTA Management Engine (AZME) framework, focusing on enforcing ZTA on network, uses a set of sensors to monitor a network, a set of user-defined policies to define which actions to be taken (through controller). We have implemented a Python prototype as a proof-of-concept that checks network packets and enforce ZTA by checking the individual source and destination based on the given policies and continuously evaluate the trust of connections. If an unaccepted connection is made, it can block the connection by creating firewall rule at runtime.
This item is restricted from view until June 1, 2023.
Date: May 2022
Creator: Durflinger, James
Partner: UNT Libraries
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