This week is University Research Week, with dozens of events geared toward highlighting research projects and opportunities at UNC occuring across campus.
The annual celebration, which is sponsored by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and the Office of Undergraduate Research, is held to “share the impact of our research with our community,” Vice Chancellor for Research Penny Gordon-Larsen said in a video promoting the week.
The theme for this year's Research Week is “A Climate of Change at Carolina.” Many of the events hosted throughout the week highlight UNC research that addresses changing climates.
Two of the week’s events were titled “Measuring Water from Space” and “Campus Green Roofs: Islands in the Sky.”
The Campus Green Roofs event was held on Monday at the FedEx Global Education Center. At the event, research technician Peggy Mullin and Sustainable Triangle Field site students spoke about the role of green roofs on campus and how the use of drones helps to manage and monitor them.
“Not many students or even community members are aware of the fact that we have as many green roofs as we do on campus,” Mullin said.
There are eight green roofs on campus, which provide an additional habitat for flora and fauna, manage stormwater drainage and help with thermal cooling. Some of these roofs can be found at the FedEx Center, the Rams Head Recreation Center and Carrington Hall.
“Green roofs are a really excellent resource for sustainability on campus and a great way to think about the broader effects of addressing climate change directly,” Mullin said.
“Measuring Water from Space,” was also held on Monday at the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center. The event featured a panel discussion led by UNC research communications manager Alyssa LaFaro.