Topics: Research and Development

UNC is one of the leading public research universities in the nation, according to the Carnegie Foundation’s classification of colleges and universities. The University’s research funding for the fiscal year of 2014 totaled more than $790 million. There are 80 research centers and institutes at UNC. Some of them are currently undergoing scrutiny by the UNC-system Board of Governors in order to cut the budget.

Microneedle skin patch could treat obesity and diabetes

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Researchers at UNC-Chapel Hill, N.C. State University and Columbia University developed a microneedle skin patch that can potentially treat obesity and diabetes. 


Carrboro has the highest population density rate in NC

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Chapel Hill and Carrboro have exceptionally high population density rates in Orange County, and the two towns are still growing. 


University Research Week aims to engage and recruit undergraduates

UNC is celebrating University Research Week to highlight the vast amount of research and scholarship on campus. The Office of Undergraduate research hosts a variety of events, allowing students to engage and learn about the global impact of research.


Family Success Alliance aims to close the achievement gap

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The opportunity gap in schools can begin as soon as kindergarten. Children below the poverty line are placed at a distinct disadvantage upon the start of their educational career. The Family Success Alliance  is an organization that that is dedicated to closing that gap and building wealth in Orange County Communities. 


Research and relief in review; Hurricane Matthew a year later

With hurricane season in full swing, America is coping with relief efforts for Harvey, Irma, Jose, and more. However, UNC researchers and social programs are still focused on Hurricane Matthew and its ecological and societal impacts a year later. 


Walk for Hope raises awareness for mental illness and funds for UNC Psychiatry

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Thousands gathered in Raleigh on Sunday to participate in the Thad and Alice Eure Walk for Hope, which supports individuals with mental illness.


$12.5 million grant helps lung disease patients breathe easier

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Patients with cystic fibrosis, asthma and other serious lung diseases may soon be able to breathe easier, thanks to a $12.5 million National Institute of Health grant awarded to UNC researchers.


Research creates collaboration among university system

Over the past month, the UNC Research Opportunities Initiative has awarded a total of $6.2 million in grants to three research teams focusing on hybrid materials, data science and green fuels.


Is renewable energy in North Carolina's future?

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 A report found if Duke Energy includes more renewable energy resources over the next 10 years, it could create over 100,000 new jobs for the state. 


Research Roundup: Studies you need to hear about

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Innovation is alive and well in the research endeavors by UNC professors. From a skin patch that dissolves fat, a rapid diagnostic test for malaria that saves children’s lives, expansive HIV intervention and revolutionary findings in regards to bronchitis and mucins, UNC researchers lead the way in improving patients’ lives and increasing knowledge within their fields. With all the research coming out the University, here are the studies to know about. 


Tourism rises as leaves fall in western North Carolina

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Tourism in western North Carolina has increased in recent years, driven by the appeal of the region's fall foliage.


Charter school supporters find high absenteeism in public school teachers

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A report on chronic teacher absenteeism showing public school teachers are more likely to be chronically absent than charter school teachers was released Sept. 20.


NFL player autopsy shines light on CTE

The release of the autopsy results for former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez has renewed questions about CTE-related deaths and safety in football — leading to research on the disease and changes in the sport.


Republicans and Democrats come together to sponsor new medical marijuana bill

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 U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis, R-NC, along with four other Republican and Democratic senators, co-sponsored the Marijuana Effective Drug Study Act of 2017.  


Over 30 years later, minorities underrepresented at top US universities

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Minority representation in the nation’s top universities has declined in the last 35 years despite affirmative action, according to a New York Times analysis.


Lost then found: NC finds Lost Colony artifacts on the coast

One thousand acres of land on North Carolina's coast has become protected as a "natural area" after artifacts possibly related to the Lost Colony were found. 


The Trump effect: Charlotte race canceled due to political backlash

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A Charlotte triathlon changed its name last week after criticism regarding its connection to president Donald Trump.


One year later: Windsor remains resilient despite lasting flood damage from Hurricane Matthew

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Nearly one year after Hurricane Matthew devastated the small town of Windsor, North Carolina, the area has made significant repairs, but it still has a long way to go. 


NC laws lead to higher-than-average child marriage rates

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Although cesnsus data shows child marriages in the United States are rare, a report by the Tahirih Justice Center shows varying state laws directly contribute to minors getting legally married.


Is nail polish the new cigarettes? Study finds chemical in nail polish can cause infertility

Nail polish and other household objects could be causing fertility problems, according to a new Duke University and Harvard University study.