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June 2016
    Endeavors UNC Research

Unchartered Territory
  UNC Institute of Marine Sciences PhD candidate Martín Benavides is interested in a brand new way to gather information about sharks — drone technology.  


Committed to Memory
Alzheimer's disease affects more than 5 million Americans — a number predicted to increase to 20 million by 2050, according to UNC researchers.


Welcome to the Mind Club
UNC psychologist Kurt Gray explains why we give voices to our pets, dead relatives, and God in his new book, "The Mind Club: Who Thinks, What Feels, and Why it Matters."

Money and the Mind
A meld of finance and neuroscience helps UNC Kenan-Flagler professor Camelia Kuhnen better understand the underpinnings of growing wealth inequality.


Women in Science Wednesday

Senior Rukmini Deva is a SURF recipient and undergraduate researcher in the UNC College of Arts and Sciences majoring in biology, with a minor in religious studies. Her research focuses on monastic silence — a lifetime of voluntary commitment to silence and/or “stillness.” Last summer, she traveled to a Trappist monastery in South Carolina and a Yogoda ashram in India to explore why silence is used as a vehicle of deeper thought and spiritual experience.

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#ResearchUNCovered on Instagram
  Undergraduate researcher Mike Lebhar, a biomedical engineering major within the UNC College of Arts & Sciences, examines images of organs on chip technologies in chemistry professor Nancy Allbritton’s lab. The histochemistry stains reveal important proteins that allow for the identification of types of cells in the culture.

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



Another Piece of the Puzzle: UNC clinical researchers begin the largest-ever genetic study of autism to elucidate the complex genetics of the condition. (Endeavors)


The Music of Discovery:
At the intersection of art and science, music professor Lee Weisert creates sound installations allowing audiences to experience the natural world in a unique way. (Endeavors)


  "It's all about serving and doing. You can do a lot of things in a laboratory, but if it doesn't get outside the lab, it really doesn't do anyone any good. So we're very interested in trying to find better and more effective ways for taking what we do in the lab and trying to impact people, improve their lives, and increase their livelihood and create jobs." —Joseph DeSimone, Chancellor's Eminent Professor of Chemistry, on receiving the National Medal of Technology and Innovation (University Gazette)  


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