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January 2016
    Endeavors UNC Research

The Need for Seeds
  The North Carolina Botanical Garden collects seeds to ecologically restore native plant species after natural disasters strike.  


The UNC community applauds doctoral candidate Ted Mansfield, who won a Best Paper Award from the Society for Risk Analysis in December for his research on air pollution in the Research Triangle.


Folate — Friend or Foe?
UNC Nutrition Research Institute scientists focus on folate, a vitamin once considered critical for health, to learn how much the body needs to function properly.


Pioneering Efforts in Pharmacoengineering
Industry-focused research yields smart products engineered to deliver drugs to precise points in the human body holding promise for treating historically difficult diseases like brain cancer.


UNC Research is proud of every scientist on this campus, but we are especially excited to promote our female researchers in 2016 with our new Women in Science Wednesday series. Each week this year, we will publish a short Q&A feature on one of them — whether she is an undergrad, PhD candidate, or full professor.

The very first #WSW Q&A for 2016 featured Jacqueline MacDonald Gibson, an associate professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering in the Gillings School of Global Public Health. Her research seeks to illuminate what individuals, communities, and policymakers can do to make the biggest and most lasting advancements in public health by improving the quality of the environment.

For more information on our Women in Science Wednesday series, click here. To recommend a scientist, please email Mary Lide Parker.




50 Times Less Chemo Needed to Kill Drug-Resistant Lung Cancer: For the first time, UNC researchers have packaged cancer drug paclitaxel in containers derived from a patient's own immune system — a technique that brings the entire payload to the tumor. (UNC News)


Department of Applied Physical Sciences First of Its Kind:
The emerging department at UNC offers master's degrees and doctorates in material sciences, a soon-to-come undergraduate major, and received funding for 20 new faculty members and a creator space. (University Gazette)


  "You can't get distracted. You have to stay focused. And you have to believe that you're on the right side of history — and that you're going to be courageous and join in and make the sacrifice," Deborah Stroman, a Kenan-Flagler professor who researches social issues in sports, says on the topic of racial inequity in athletics. (WCHL)  


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