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Research partnerships transcend UND-NDSU sports rivalry

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There’s a fair chance that even as UND and North Dakota State University sports teams were competing on the playing field, faculty members in kinesiology at the two schools were conversing on the phone, talking about their latest collaborative project. Those projects now number in the double digits, and the results have been published in […]

Deniz Cakir awarded $600,000 to study unique combination of materials

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Groundbreaking research in materials science will be happening over the next three years at UND as a result of a grant from the U.S. Department of Defense. Through the DoD’s Defense Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (DEPSCoR), Assistant Professor Deniz Cakir has been awarded nearly $600,000 to discover and study new materials that show […]

You’re invited to take virtual reality survey

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Please complete a 10-minute survey regarding virtual reality research. Click here to take the survey It is open to anyone with experience in Virtual reality (VR) systems as students, developers, academic researchers, and everyday users. For any questions, please feel free to contact Ananth Ramaseri at ananthnag.ramaserich@und.edu. Thank you. Your feedback is very important to […]

UND Center for Family Medicine in Bismarck pursues research study on blood-based colorectal cancer screening

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The UND Center for Family Medicine (CFM) in Bismarck is partnering with Beacon Biomedical to study a new blood-based colorectal cancer (CRC) screening test, called BeScreened-CRC, for North Dakota patients. Developed by Beacon Biomedical, this federal Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) test for CRC screening has been on the market for a short time. While its performance has been […]

ND Brain Injury Network receives grant to study brain injury and criminal justice system

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A new program geared toward helping survivors of brain injuries deal with the judicial system will soon begin. Titled “Positive Outcomes for Individuals with a History of Brain Injury and Involvement Within the Criminal Justice System Through Screening, Identification, and Assessment”, this program will allow the North Dakota Brain Injury Network (NDBIN) to develop a […]

Sandeep Singhal

Sandeep Singhal identifies novel biomarker for cancer

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Sandeep Singhal

Sandeep Singhal, assistant professor in the School of Medicine & Health Sciences Department of Pathology, basic research scholar of the DaCCoTA, and director of the IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) bioinformatics division, recently published a paper in Communications Biology – Nature, one of the world’s leading journals in the natural sciences, on a potential novel biomarker […]

Graduate student Steven Russell holds one of the pots in which he and Assistant Professor Sherry Fieber-Beyer are testing the ability of asteroid top-soil to sustain plant growth. The soil inside is a mixture of conventional potting soil and a mineral-precise replication of organic asteroid material. Photo by Mike Hess/UND Today.

Farming on asteroids: Science future, not science fiction

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Graduate student Steven Russell holds one of the pots in which he and Assistant Professor Sherry Fieber-Beyer are testing the ability of asteroid top-soil to sustain plant growth. The soil inside is a mixture of conventional potting soil and a mineral-precise replication of organic asteroid material. Photo by Mike Hess/UND Today.

If you want to learn how to farm successfully and grow crops, here’s a novel place to turn to: The UND Department of Space Studies. Then again, this advice might be a tad limited, given that not many are aspiring to grow crops on asteroids millions of miles from Earth. But UND Assistant Professor of […]

$450,000 NSF grant pairs school teachers and UND researchers to design engineering tasks

Categories: Honors, Research

UND researchers are part of a project, funded by a three-year, $450,000 grant from the National Science Foundation, to help North Dakota elementary and middle school teachers design and implement engineering tasks in the classroom that are culturally relevant for American Indian and rural students. The project is in partnership with the Northeast Education Services […]

SMHS researchers publish major study on tumor-destroying option for cancer patients

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A team of researchers at UND’s School of Medicine & Health Sciences might just have revolutionized the treatment of solid tumor cancers. As reported in the prestigious Journal for Immunotherapy of Cancer, a team led by Department of Biomedical Sciences professors David S. Bradley, Ph.D., and Dr. David S. Terman, M.D., identified two new members […]

UND to develop augmented reality system for Humvees

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The University of North Dakota, already a national leader in developing technology for unmanned aircraft, now is bringing its autonomous-technology expertise to ground vehicles – specifically, the Humvee, the iconic tactical vehicle widely used by the U.S. military. The Department of Defense has awarded a contract for $5 million to UND and its research partners, […]

Nuri Oncel and colleagues receive applied research grant

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Nuri Oncel, associate professor in the Department of Physics & Astrophysics, was awarded research funding through the UND College of Arts & Sciences Applied Research to Address the State’s Critical Needs Initiative for calendar year 2021. Oncel’s proposal, “Transition Metal Chalcogenides for Li-ion Batteries” is a collaborative research effort including Deniz Cakir, assistant professor in […]

Nominations due Jan. 8 for Founders Day Interdisciplinary Collaboration in Research and Creative Activity Award

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Nominations are invited for The UND Award for Interdisciplinary Collaboration in Research and Creative Activity. This award will recognize outstanding interdisciplinary, collaborative work in the past three years by two or more UND faculty investigators. There are no limitations on disciplines that may be recognized. Scholarly creative work can be demonstrated in many forms: peer-reviewed […]

Nominations due Jan. 8 for Founders Day Faculty Research Award

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Nominations are invited for The UND Foundation/McDermott Faculty Award for Excellence in Research and Creative Activity. The recipient will be recognized and receive a monetary award at the Founders Day Banquet on Thursday, February 25, 2021. Tenured faculty who have been at UND for at least five years are eligible to receive this award. The […]

Nominations due Jan. 8 for Founders Day Departmental Research Award

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Nominations are invited for The UND Award for Departmental Excellence in Research and Creative Activity recognizing research, scholarly, and creative productivity. The winning department will be recognized at the Founders Day Banquet on Thursday, February 25, 2021.  Nominations should include information that will allow the selection committee to judge the quantity and quality of the […]

Dr. Motoki Takaku in the lab at the UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences

Motoki Takaku and colleagues find gene mutation that marks breast cancer

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Dr. Motoki Takaku in the lab at the UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences

The statistics are by now too well-known: one in eight women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. Likewise, breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among American women. Although prevention and treatment for this and other cancers has come a long way since President Richard […]