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Researchers create new fiber from plants

Two professors have developed a new carbon fiber from plants that could replace coal- and petroleum-based products in the future.

The fiber was discovered by professors Richard Dixon and Fang Chen and was created in a mechanical engineering lab by Nandika D’Souza, also a UNT professor.

The materials used in the fiber were found when researching the substance in plants that help make them stand upright and stay firm.

The findings of the discovery were detailed in the May issue of Science.


Mayborn contest winners announced

Eli Saslow of The Washington Post won the Best American Newspaper Writing Contest for the second year in a row, a prize offered by the Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference.

The contest is one of the highlights of the annual conference, which will be held Friday through Sunday.

Eric Moskowitz of the Boston Globe took second place in the competition, and Mark Johnson of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel placed third.

Graduate student earns fellowship

Clifford Morrison, vice president of UNT’s Phi Kappa Phi honor society, won the national society’s $5,000 fellowship to help pay for his first year of graduate school.

Morrison will graduate in August with degrees in biochemistry and chemistry, before continuing to a doctoral program in chemical engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York.

While at UNT, Morrison has been in the Honors College and the McNair Scholars Program, which helps prepare undergraduate students for doctoral programs.