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NSFDEB-NERC: Collaborative Research: Wildlife corridors: do they work and who benefits?

Description: Research on the impact of wildlife corridors using genetics as the measure of effectiveness. The study will use 20 independent landscapes to quantify how corridor traits affect gene flow, and will use non-flying mammals as focal species because they are strongly affected by fragmentation. The research team hypothesizes (1) a strong non-linear decline in success (gene flow) with corridor length, reflecting the skewed distribution of dispersal distances within species; (2) success will drop steeply as corridor width falls below a threshold, with the threshold determined by species traits; and (3) species that are bigger, are habitat specialists, or have greater dispersal abilities (relative to brain size or reproductive rate) will benefit more from corridors. Testing these hypotheses will allow generalization to a wide range of mammal species not included in this project. We will use highly flexible Random Forest models to answer the overarching question: What landscape traits (e.g., corridor width, degree of human disturbance) and species traits (mobility, affinity to particular land cover types) are associated with effective corridors?
Date: 2021-01-15/2023-12-31
Creator: Gregory, Andrew
Partner: UNT College of Science
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Collaborating on Scholarship: Best Practices for Team Research Projects

Description: Article on collaborating on scholarship. Collaborating on scholarship has the potential to provide many advantages, including benefiting from others’ expertise, reinforcing accountability, and providing motivation. However, working with others is tricky—consider compatible work habits, receptivity to criticism, and commitment to fulfill responsibilities. Decisions to be made include where to publish, in what order authors’ names will appear, and how the manuscripts will be written. Who will coordinate? Who will write what? Who will revise? Also, consider how to address problems—missed deadlines, less-than-stellar quality, how to say “no” in the future, and more. This version is the authors' manuscript.
Date: January 13, 2021
Creator: Sassen, Catherine & Brannon, Sian
Partner: UNT Libraries

Cross-Language Comparison of Mismatched Annotation in Interlinear-Glossed Texts

Description: This presentation explores the variation in interlinear-glossed text (IGT) in 5 closely related South-Central Tibeto-Burman languages with verb stem alternation, reduplicated adverbial modifiers, and pre-verbal directionals. While IGT is a rich representation of language, IGT for even closely related languages can look markedly different due to individual linguists’ divergent analyses. In comparing the discrepancies between representations of such features, we gain insight into the underlying analytic thinking of the annotator to reexamine and improve analyses.
Date: January 8, 2021
Creator: Burke, Mary & Chelliah, Shobhana Lakshmi
Partner: UNT College of Information
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[Oral history interview with Michael Cline]

Description: An oral history with actor and playwright Michael Turner Cline who was an eyewitness to the 1979 Village Station raid in Dallas. Other topics discussed include Cline's upbringing in Highland Park, his family members, and his entertainment career in New York City and Los Angeles. Dr. Wesley Phelps provides background information on anti-gay discrimination in Dallas and Fort Worth. The interview was recorded with Zoom teleconferencing software.
Date: January 8, 2021
Duration: 48 minutes 44 seconds
Creator: Gieringer, Morgan Davis; Cline, Michael & Phelps, Wesley
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

Conversation in Mande village of Azamgarh

Description: This is a conversation between four-five people. Maaz — accompanied by his father — visits his (late) paternal grandmother’s ancestral home in Mande village. His father and his grandmother’s sister-in-law have a conversation which was joined by her relatives too. Maaz finds the conversation quite interesting and decides to record it. It ranges from a discussion on the modern age and its issues on family members, religion, current issues, politics, etc.
Date: January 31, 2020
Duration: 13 minutes 56 seconds
Creator: Shaikh, Maaz
Partner: UNT College of Information

Monologue on Mande village

Description: This is a monologue on Mande village by Master Mohammad Khalid. The narrative is in the Northern (Mande) dialect of Azamgarhi. Frequent code-switching to Urdu can be easily heard even when pointed out to speak in the local language by the researcher in the beginning part of the recording.
Date: January 31, 2020
Duration: 2 minutes 10 seconds
Creator: Shaikh, Maaz
Partner: UNT College of Information

Story of a couple

Description: This is a story of a husband and wife who once had so little flour left in their house that only three chapatis could be made. The husband says that he will eat two chapatis, and the wife too says the same. A heated exchange took place between them, but they finally agreed that whoever speaks first will eat just one chapati while the other one, two. They lie down and silently stare at each other, and three days pass like this. The villagers, thinking of them being dead, go to their house, wrap them in a shroud and take them to the crematory. At last, the husband says to the wife, okay two chapatis for you!
Date: January 31, 2020
Duration: 2 minutes
Creator: Shaikh, Maaz
Partner: UNT College of Information

Story of a king and three sisters

Description: This is a story about a king who once takes a walk in his kingdom to check if everyone there is pleased with him. He finds three sisters wishing that if they marry the royal cook, the vizier, and the king, their lives will change forever. This happens, and the king marries the younger sister. She gives birth to a child whom the elder sister replaces with a kitten and leaves him flowing in the river. This happens thrice. The children were found by a gardener who brings them up very well. The story, which is in the Northern (Mandē) dialect with some instances of code-switching to Urdu, continues further.
Date: January 31, 2020
Duration: 9 minutes 02 seconds
Creator: Shaikh, Maaz
Partner: UNT College of Information

Story of Master Sahib

Description: This is a story of a teacher who once — while teaching his students — says, “I have made you human from donkey by beating, but you don’t understand.” A washerman who had no children passes by and hears this. He then approaches the teacher and pleads with him to turn a donkey into a son for his sake. The teacher agrees to this and asked him to return after six months. The washerman returns after six months and asks for his son. The teacher replies that he taught and trained him so much that he became a judge at the Allahabad High Court. The washerman then visits the court, and the story continues.
Date: January 31, 2020
Duration: 2 minutes 11 seconds
Creator: Shaikh, Maaz
Partner: UNT College of Information
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Fabrication of densified wood via synergy of chemical pretreatment, hot-pressing and post mechanical fixation

Description: Article describes examination of the appearance, color, chemical composition, and physiology and mechanical properties of densified Abies wood before and after densification treatment using a colorimeter, FTIR and mechanical testing machine.
Date: January 30, 2020
Creator: Shi, Jiangtao; Peng, Junyi; Huang, Qiongtao; Cai, Liping & Shi, Sheldon
Partner: UNT College of Engineering

[UNT faculty and Keliy Anderson-Staley viewing photography books]

Description: Photograph of University of North Texas faculty members Paho Mann, Morgan Gieringer, and Mark Phillips with visiting photographer Keliy Anderson-Staley viewing books of photography from UNT Special Collections Library's Photography Study Collection. Anderson-Staley is putting on gloves for handling the materials. From left to right, pictured are Mann, Anderson-Staley, Gieringer, and Phillips.
Date: January 30, 2020
Creator: Esparza, Anna
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections
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Accuracy of long-term volunteer water monitoring data: A multiscale analysis from a statewide citizen science program

Description: Article describes study which assesses the relative accuracy of volunteer water quality data collected by the Texas Stream Team (TST) citizen science program from 1992–2016 across the State of Texas by comparing it to professional data from corresponding stations during the same time period.
Date: January 29, 2020
Creator: Albus, Kelly Hibbeler; Thompson, Rudi; Mitchell, Forrest; Kennedy, James H. & Ponette-González, Alexandra G.
Partner: UNT College of Science
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Achieving extraordinary structural efficiency in a wrought magnesium rare earth alloy

Description: Article describes development of an ultrafine-grained magnesium alloy with an extraordinary strength and ductility combination, exceptional high specific strength, zero yield strength asymmetry and excellent high strain rate superplasticity.
Date: January 29, 2020
Creator: Panigrahi, S. K.; Mishra, Rajiv; Brennan, R.C. & Cho, K. C.
Partner: UNT College of Engineering
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