July 2017

Well Said: Concussions

UNC's Well Said podcast

From youth sports to the NFL, talk about concussions and their damaging effects has dominated the sports world for the past decade. UNC’s “Well Said” podcast talks to Johna Register-Mihalik, an assistant professor of exercise and sports science with the Matthew Gfeller Sport-Related Traumatic Brain Injury Research Center and the Injury Prevention Research Center.

Eyes in the Sky

Ever since the Wright brothers flew at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina has proudly proclaimed to be “first in flight.” Less well-known is Carolina’s connection to deep space — from the first astronomical observatory on a college campus, to the first planetarium in the South, to one of the first administrators at NASA, UNC scientists have long been connected to and inspired by the night sky.

Powerful Proteins

It was the way that tardigrades survive in virtually any environment that first attracted Thomas Boothby to study their proteins. The creatures, also known as “water bears,” are about a half-millimeter long and can survive for extended periods in the most extreme hot or cold conditions without food or water for ye

Following her own path to success

Shilpi Somaya Gowda is a 1992 graduate of UNC with degrees in economics and international studies, but she’s taken her learning in a novel direction. While many of her classmates have jobs with large corporations or investment banks, Gowda has written two critically acclaimed works of fiction.

Seafood forensics

Seafood mislabeling is a significant global problem, with health and social consequences. Last spring, undergraduate science students at UNC-Chapel Hill had the opportunity to conduct research on the issue in a new type of research-intensive course that goes by the acronym CURE: course-based undergraduate research experience.   Students enrolled in “Seafood Forensics” learned about the …

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Healthy Girls Save the World visit BeAM

Recently, BeAM at Murray Hall welcomed two groups of girls from Healthy Girls Save the World (HGSW). This organization focuses on inspiring girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum, which partners with universities and colleges to promote health and women’s empowerment.

Peter Mucha is new Chairs Leadership Program Director at the Institute for the Arts and Humanities

Peter Mucha is the new Chairs Leadership Program Director for the Institute for the Arts and Humanities. Mucha, the Bowman and Gordon Gray Distinguished Term Professor in Mathematics, came to UNC in 2005.
“When [IAH Director] Mark Katz asked me if I would be willing to be CLP Director, it was immediately an exciting opportunity for me,” he said.