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February 2016
    Endeavors UNC Research

A New Chapter
  How a book inspired two UNC professors to discuss belonging and home in African diaspora communities.  


The Little Things
Research from UNC-Chapel Hill social psychology professor Sara Algoe suggests gratitude and shared laughter strengthen romantic partnerships.


Heart-Healthy Hushpuppies
Heart Healthy Lenoir teaches Lenoir County residents that paying attention to fat and carbohydrate quality can substantially reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke.

The Power of Hate
UNC-Chapel HIll communications professor Michael Waltman explains why hate speech is prominent in 2016 politics.



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 (#WSW) 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.

For February, we’d like to highlight undergraduate researcher Francesca Peay, a junior majoring in environmental studies with a minor in marine sciences. She works in the Coastal Environmental Change Lab, and her research looks at how dune height affects beachfront before and after storm events. Her advice for female researchers in her field: “Have confidence in yourself.”

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




Hitchhiking Bacteria: School of Medicine researchers discover that some types of bacteria spread throughout the body by hitchhiking on our immune cells. (UNC Health Care)


Research to Revenue:
A new book by Don Rose and Cam Patterson explains how a variety of life-changing products like insulin, search engines, and pacemakers can all be traced back to university innovations.
(NC TraCS)


  "Anorexia has been misunderstood by lay people and by the professional community for a very long time. Those of us who have been in the field working with these people realize no one would ever choose to develop this illness," Cynthia Bulik, founding director of the UNC Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders, says. She works with researchers worldwide on the largest-ever genetics study of eating disorders. (University Gazette)  


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