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Web site seeks to put research in public eye

Universities have long looked to collaboration to improve research, but now they are also looking to improve public access to it.UNC has joined Duke University, Stanford University and the University of Rochester, which have created a Web site to collect articles about research being conducted by major universities.The Web site, called Futurity, was officially launched this month. Members of the Association of American Universities, including UNC, were invited to participate by submitting news stories about research done on their campuses.

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Duke studies spread of H1N1

As the number of H1N1 cases at universities increases, Duke University is using a new diagnostic method to study the spread of viruses — testing sick students and paying them for their time. Researchers are studying 500 to 800 freshman students living on the East Campus of Duke University to observe how respiratory viral infections, such as H1N1, spread in closed communities and how to identify sicknesses before the symptoms appear.

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UNC not seeking overseas campus

The U.S. is leading the way in the establishment of international campuses that are extensions of American universities. A study done by The Observatory on Borderless Higher Education found that the U.S. has 78 international campuses, more than any other country. In the UNC system, N.C. State University has already established one international campus and is contemplating another.But UNC-Chapel Hill officials said they are taking a different tactic. Instead, they are actively networking with major universities in Asia and Europe to establish joint programs.

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Duke to expand Cancer Center to meet growing demands

Despite tough economic times, Duke University Hospital announced last week their proposal for an expansion to their Cancer Center.The Duke center is only 20 minutes from the N.C. Cancer Hospital at UNC-Chapel Hill, but the growing number of cancer patients in the Triangle area has created a need for an additional facility at Duke, members of the medical community said.

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