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June 2017
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Research and creative activity at UNC-Chapel Hill

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Researching Hurricane Matthew: An Interactive Map

In the months following Hurricane Matthew, various UNC research teams began storm-related projects on topics like water quality, buy-out programs, and coastal resilience. Check out this interactive map to see how our researchers are developing plans and guiding policy for when the next storm hits.

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The 0.3 Percent

UNC alumna Zena Cardman has traveled all over the world, from Hawaiian lava fields to the Antarctic tundra. Now, she's set her sights on the ultimate frontier — space.

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Disruptive Driving

The hype around self-driving cars continues to grow, but what effect will these vehicles have on our health?

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Striking a Balance

People with cerebral palsy are living longer than ever before, which often means managing compounding health issues. Physical therapist Deborah Thorpe hopes to help them.

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Women in Science Wednesday

Happy National Safety Month! Laura Sandt is the associate director of the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center and a senior research associate within the UNC Highway Safety Research Center. Her research focuses on pedestrian and bicycle safety program development and evaluations. This research, as you can imagine, usually involves hours of observation. "As a student, I spent an entire summer sitting in a van with a team of international students, listening to Michael Jackson while we counted cars running red lights and gathered data on driver speeds," Sandt shares.

Check out other researchers from our Women in Science Wednesday Series, or recommend a scientist to be featured.


photo by Alyssa LaFaro

Johnny Randall, director of conservation programs at the North Carolina Botanical Garden, explains the health of this longleaf pine after a controlled burn at Fort Bragg. Controlled fires are used in forest management to improve the health of the ecosystem. They reduce the risk of other, more serious fires and stimulate germination for various plants. The garden conducts a handful of environmental projects in partnership with Fort Bragg now the national model for federal efforts to protect rare wildlife.

#ResearchUNCovered gives a behind-the-scenes look at student and faculty investigations. To see more research photos, follow us here on Instagram.



Folklore FX

The experimental nature at WXDU provides an artistic haven for Duke University students and Durham locals alike — a unique environment that UNC archivist and folklorist Jaycie Vos hopes to document. (Endeavors)

How Online Social Movements Translate to Offline Results

This interview with UNC School of Information and Library Science researcher Zeynep Tufekci discusses her new book, "Twitter and Tear Gas: The Power and Fragility of Networked Protest," which illustrates social movements in the digital era. ("PBS NewsHour")

New radio show makes social science research accessible (Indy Week)

Is dying a happy experience? (Newsweek)

The power and pain of popularity (WUNC, "The State of Things")

A record number of LGBTQ were just elected to British Parliament (The Washington Post)

A nation built by business (The Wall Street Journal)


"One of the worries we have about e-health is that it will make care less personal. Even though this tool is based in technology, the effect is to bring patients and doctors together."

— UNC oncologist Ethan Basch discussing the Symptom Tracking and Reporting (STAR) tool, a web app created to improve quality-of-life measures and emergency room visits for people living with cancer.

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