UNC System Presents Officer of the Year Awards

University of North Carolina Board of Governors Chair Randy Ramsey presented two police officers with Officer of the Year awards during the annual Police Chiefs Conference held today.

Mending broken hearts

Heart disease is the number-one killer in the U.S. — but what if there was a way to regenerate healthy heart cells? Cue Li Qian, who received the 2019 Hettleman Prize for Scholarly and Artistic Achievement for her groundbreaking work in cardiac reprogramming.

Grants boost post-Hurricane Florence research for UNCW scientists.

As Hurricane Florence barreled toward the coast of North Carolina in September 2018, UNCW scientists saw an opportunity in motion. While most in the area were focused on the storm’s path, a few industrious Seahawks recognized the need to secure funding for storm-related research.

You may use this for work, but Forrest Liu ’20 is a national champion at it

Forrest Liu ’20 is a champion. Three times — as a freshman, sophomore, and junior — he’s claimed first place in state competition. Twice he’s finished in third place nationally. But eclipsing all those awards was Forrest’s ultimate achievement: the title of national champion. Forrest wasn’t running through, over, or around people on grass fields …

University gains $1.25 million federal grant for autism-related training

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded a $1.25 million grant to Western Carolina University for groundbreaking instruction to prepare professionals for work with children with autism. The grant will be distributed over five years to the university and used to train 60 graduate students in psychology, special education and speech-language pathology programs on how …

$1.4M Grant to Study New Treatment for High Cholesterol

North Carolina Central Associate Professor Dayami Lopez, Ph.D., was awarded a $1.48 million grant from the National Institute for General Medical Sciences to study new means of treating high cholesterol and preventing heart disease. The four-year grant will advance Lopez’s research into regulation of low-density lipoproteins, also known as LDL cholesterol, considered a major risk …

Three NC HBCUs awarded 2019 Research Equipment Awards by the Department of Defense

Fayetteville State University (FSU) was one of four historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) from North Carolina awarded 2019 Research Equipment Awards by the United States Department of Defense (DoD). The other North Carolina schools are Johnson C. Smith University, North Carolina Central University, and North Carolina A&T State University. The DoD awarded $23.2 million …

Biology professor receives NSF Breakthrough Technology Award to enhance food security

Gregory Copenhaver’s work at UNC-Chapel Hill aims to find a solution for food shortages around the world by advancing functional genomics and crop breeding. Biology professor Gregory Copenhaver has received a Breakthrough Technology Award from the National Science Foundation. The awards fund research aimed at advancing functional genomics and crop breeding. With more than 7 …

UNCW Receives $1.6M DOJ Grant to House National Drug Court Resource Center

UNCW has received $1.6M in funding from the U.S. Department of Justice to transition the National Drug Court Resource Center (NDCRC) to North Carolina. Currently housed at the Justice Programs Office at American University, the NDCRC is the country’s primary resource hub for problem-solving courts, including adult and juvenile drug courts, tribal healing-to-wellness courts, DWI …

Department of Transportation awards ECU faculty six grants totaling $862,000

Saving lives and saving money are the main goals of six N.C. Department of Transportation (DOT) grants totaling more than $862,000 received by faculty in East Carolina University’s College of Engineering and Technology. The grants range from $70,000 to $217,432 and vary in scope, from how pedestrians and bicyclists are counted to how bridges are …

WCU, Blue Ridge Community College approve admission agreement

Graduates of Blue Ridge Community College will have an easier time transferring to Western Carolina University after leaders of the two institutions of higher education endorsed a direct-entry admission program Thursday, Oct. 10. WCU Chancellor Kelli R. Brown and Blue Ridge President Laura Leatherwood signed a memorandum of understanding establishing the Catamount Blue Ridge Program …

N.C. A&T Engineering Faculty Member Receives White House Honor

WASHINGTON, DC (Oct. 30, 2019) –Salil Desai, Ph.D., an industrial and systems engineering professor and interim co-director for the Center of Excellence in Product Design and Advanced Manufacturing at North Carolina Agricultural and State University, received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM) earlier this month. The recognition celebrates the …

Data analytics firm launched at UNC Charlotte to expand, add 200 jobs

Stratifyd, a tech startup founded at UNC Charlotte, will expand its operations and add at least 200 jobs and move to a new 30,000-square-foot office located within an opportunity zone in Charlotte’s FreeMoreWest neighborhood. The announcement was made by officials from the city of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County at a news conference at UNC Charlotte Center City. Stratifyd …

UNCG awarded $6.1 million from Dept. of Education

UNC Greensboro announced that the School of Education has been awarded a five-year, $6.1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The funding, administered through the Teacher Quality Partnership Grant Program, provides a teaching residency for 80 master’s-degree-level students, multiple professional development programs, and training for teachers so they can develop ways to integrate …

Minority faculty visit Brody for mentorship, publishing guidance

Seven underrepresented minority in medicine (URMM) junior faculty members from family medicine departments across the nation spent several days at ECU’s Brody School of Medicine for mentorship in scholarship and manuscript writing. The writing skills workshop for underrepresented minorities in medicine was part of a yearlong faculty development program and was funded with a grant …

How AI Will Help Train the Soldiers of the Future

Job training is always important, but in the military it can mean the difference between life and death. Researchers at NC State University are working with the U.S. Army Futures Command (AFC) to develop artificial intelligence (AI) tools that can be used to improve squad training – and save lives. “We’re developing AI programs that address …

NC State, UNC-Chapel Hill Leverage Respective Strengths to Improve Asthma Care

Edgar Lobaton and Alper Bozkurt, associate professors in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, are working to improve wearable health-monitoring devices, on a research project that could lead to people being able to detect an asthma attack sooner. Lobaton, along with two UNC-Chapel Hill researchers, will receive $1 million from the National Science Foundation …

Two $500,000 endowments support distinguished piano faculty

UNCSA has awarded two new endowed professorships in piano – the Clifton Matthews Distinguished Professorship to Dmitri Shteinberg and the Eric Larsen Distinguished Professorship to Dmitri Vorobiev – that will help to ensure that top faculty members continue to thrive in the School of Music. The professorships — both named for retired piano faculty — …

UNCW Doctoral Clinic Offers Affordable Mental Health Services to the Community

A UNCW clinic is providing affordable mental health and testing services to residents of the Cape Fear region. The $20 sessions are conducted by UNCW psychology doctoral student clinicians under the supervision of licensed faculty in the Department of Psychology.  The nonprofit General Psychotherapy and Assessment Clinic offers services to clients ages 7 and older …

UNCG launches student success program for new Spartans

The first year of a student’s college experience is often the most exciting – new freedom, new friends, and new opportunities.  But there are challenges, too. College is an adjustment. Often, if students don’t develop time management, organizational, and study skills, they may struggle.  To help students better transition to academic life here on campus, …

Personalized drug delivery in 3D

On a mission for innovation and translational science, Rahima Benhabbour is using 3D-printing technology and her startup company AnelleO to create a breakthrough in women’s health. Rahima Benhabbour has always been an advocate for women’s health issues. As an assistant professor in the UNC/NC State Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering and an adjunct professor at …

NC State Postdoc Receives Prestigious NIH Award

Zach DeVries, a postdoctoral researcher in the lab of entomologist Coby Schal, has received a National Institutes of Health Director’s Early Independence Award, part of the federal agency’s High-Risk, High Reward Research program. The award will provide $250,000 per year for five years. DeVries will use the award to expand upon his previous findings that …

Fayetteville State University Students Awarded Internships from the Defense Threat Reduction Agency and the Office of the Secretary of Defense

Fayetteville State University students Raymond Kimble, Germaine Gregory and Robert Deal have been awarded on-campus internships from the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) and the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD). The three students are working on creating Artificial Intelligence (AI) software that can automatically analyze visual data such as pictures and videos acquired …

Grant goes to ECU spinoff for device to help PAD patients

For the first time, a company started by East Carolina University faculty members has received a Phase II Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grant from the National Institutes of Health. RFPi, a Greenville medical device company, was awarded $1.49 million for continued development of technology that will be used to evaluate patients with peripheral arterial …

Thirty-Four N.C. A&T Students Selected for Exclusive TMCF Leadership Institute

The Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) has selected 34 talented North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University students to attend the largest, talent and professional development recruiting conference for students of publicly-supported historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), and predominantly black institutions (PBIs) at the award-winning 19th Annual Leadership Institute presented by Wells Fargo. Read …

Faculty mentors help pave the way to success for App State transfer students

Students who transfer to Appalachian State University find support programs tailored to promote their success — including opportunities to connect with Faculty Transfer Mentors — through the university’s Office of Transfer Services. This fall, 1,449 new transfer students — 1,230 on Appalachian’s main campus and 219 App State Online enrollees — joined the Mountaineer population. …

Forging connections across the Carolinas – one greenway, trail and waterway at a time

Nestled off a quiet street of attractive suburban homes in Waxhaw, there’s a quarter-mile trail in the woods along the Twelve Mile Creek.  Near the end of a stone stairway is a striking sight: A 160-foot suspension bridge connecting Waxhaw, North Carolina, and Indian Trail, South Carolina. You can embrace the bridge’s wobbles during the …

NC is rapidly growing. Where are our new residents moving from?

North Carolina’s population has grown by 848,000 new residents, or 8.9%, since the 2010 Census, rising to 10.4 million residents as of 2018. The state’s annual growth slowed during the Great Recession of 2008 and subsequent recovery period but began to accelerate mid-decade. Since 2015, North Carolina has averaged more than 110,000 new residents each …