June 2018

New report identifies three critical areas of research for Gulf Coast’s interconnected natural and human systems

Laura Moore conducts fieldwork on the North Carolina coast. (photo by Mary Lide Parker)

Improved understanding of the coupled natural-human coastal system will help promote resilience of coastal communities and ecosystems under rapidly changing environmental conditions and support informed decision-making, according to a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

Mind games: The emerging brain-powered possibilities of AR and VR

UNC student Grady Hale (right) demos the Brain VR technology at the 2018 UNC Innovation Showcase.

Most people you pass on the street have a general understanding of augmented reality/virtual reality (AR/VR). But a team of computer science students at UNC-Chapel Hill, led by Brian Moynihan of the UNC Health Sciences Library, are not only creating a new way of thinking about these technologies, but exploring new possibilities for thinking with them.

Celebrating 10 years of the UNC Faculty Entrepreneurship Workshop

UNC Faculty Entrepreneurship Workshop participants Alex Yarborough (School of Dentistry) and David Ansong (School of Social Work) discuss ideas during the workshop.

Every spring, small groups of the most enterprising faculty at UNC-Chapel Hill experience flashbacks of sitting in class as undergraduates. While participants in the Chancellor’s Faculty Entrepreneurship Workshop, these researchers and teachers find themselves in the shoes of the students they instruct: showing up eager to learn, collaborating on group projects and working feverishly toward final presentations

Are you “hangry?” Hunger can lead to anger, but it’s more complicated than a drop in blood sugar, UNC study says

Picture shows a hungry/angry white man wearing a shirt and tie and eating a powdered donut.

What makes someone go from simply being hungry to full-on “hangry”? More than just a simple drop in blood sugar, this combination of hunger and anger may be a complicated emotional response involving an interplay of biology, personality and environmental cues, according to research published by the American Psychological Association.