Month: June 2012

‘An Iliad’ joins PlayMakers’ season lineup

Obie Award-winner “An Iliad” will open PlayMakers Repertory Company’s 2012-2013 season Sept 5-9. PlayMakers, the professional theater in residence at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will present “An Iliad” as part of its thought-provoking PRC2 second stage series, in which each performance is followed by artist-audience discussion. The one-man play completes the …

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Liquidia Technologies and GSK collaborate on healthcare product development

Liquidia Technologies, a biotech company based on the discoveries of UNC-Chapel Hill scientist Joseph DeSimone, has announced the initiation of a multi-year, collaboration with GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), potentially worth several hundred million dollars. The efforts of the two companies as a result of this agreement could lead to the development of multiple life-saving healthcare products. GSK …

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College awards Interdisciplinary Initiatives grants

The College of Arts and Sciences has awarded more than $50,000 in grants for the following Interdisciplinary Initiatives in 2012-13: Speaking Naturally: The Production and Comprehension of Prosody in Individuals With and Without Autism.  This project will identify specific language mechanisms that are impaired in children and adolescents with autism. This experiment will support a …

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UNC water-quality test gives same-day results for Great Lakes beaches

A new rapid DNA-based test for water quality developed and patented by a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill marine scientist is being used by the city of Racine, Wis., to test Great Lakes water samples this beach season. The test created by Rachel Noble, professor at the UNC Institute of Marine Sciences in …

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Climbing El Capitan

Geology graduate student Roger Putnam is busy doing research this summer, but he won’t be sitting in front of a computer all day. He’s currently scaling El Capitan, a 3,000-foot granite cliff in Yosemite Valley that is a favorite challenge of rock climbers. He’s mapping the cliffs as part of his master’s work.