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faculty members of the University of
North Texas System institutions are contributing to the system's
stature as a premier educational, intellectual, research
and cultural resource for the North Texas
region. The faculty members pictured here are a few
among hundreds who have made significant advancements
in research, scholarship and the arts.
Manuel Bayona, M.D., Ph.D.
Bayona currently focuses on tuberculosis and other infectious diseases as they affect underserved populations in Texas.
Farris focuses on the beginning of the supply chain by surveying purchasing professionals to create a monthly forecast of the North Texas economy. His work is closely followed by the Federal Reserve and printed by numerous business publications.
Elizabeth Figa, Ph.D.
Figa is developing the Digital Storytelling Gallery Project, a virtual reality-based technology, to preserve live storytelling performances. She is researching metadata development and artificial intelligence applications for digital storytelling.
Susan Franks, Ph.D.
Franks studies psychosocial, cultural and environmental determinants of health and disease, particularly as they relate to management of chronic diseases such as obesity and type 2 diabetes.
Janon Fuchs, Ph.D.
Fuchs' studies on the neurochemistry of developing brains are resulting in a clearer understanding of how an unborn baby's brain is changed by drugs such as anti-anxiety medication, alcohol and anesthetics. Her research may also have a role in helping people with epilepsy.
Bharath M. Josiam, Ph.D.
Josiam is conducting an interdisciplinary study to understand why people are more likely to buy products for fun on vacation when the same stores and products are available near their homes.
Teresa Marrero, Ph.D.
A specialist in Hispanic cultural activity in the United States, Marrero is the co-editor of Out of the Fringe: Contemporary Latina/Latino Theatre and Performance. She is also researching a new book, Salsa! Dancing, Race and Gender in Public Spaces.
Michael Monticino, Ph.D.
Monticino's research includes developing mathematical models of optimal decision making amid uncertainty — for example, when to buy stock or how to allocate scarce resources. He has applied his expertise to help organizations such as IBM, the U.S. Navy and FEMA.
Joseph Butch Rovan, Ph.D.
Rovan focuses on computer music and the potential of human gesture in musical performance. He designs software and hardware capable of harnessing gestures to control sound and video.
Rudy Ray Seward, Ph.D.
Seward examines the effect of government legislation on families and, in particular, legislation allowing fathers to take leave from work after the birth of a child. He has studied Irish fathers' participation in child care as well as family leave in Sweden and the United States.
Angela K. Wilson, Ph.D.
Wilson develops computational chemistry approaches used to describe the physical properties of molecules. Simulating chemical reactions numerically by computer, she develops highly accurate methods used in the study of atmospheric processes and in improving the accuracy with which scientists can study biological systems.
Albert O-Yurvati, D.O.
A cardiovascular and thoracic surgeon, Yurvati has been part of several
breakthroughs in cardiac surgery, from a technique that filters poisons
from the blood when a patient is on a heart lung machine to use of a
naturally occurring substance, pyruvate, to improve heart function in
patients who went into cardiac arrest during surgery.