Research News

UNCW Chemistry Professors Receive $330,000 National Science Foundation Grant
Two UNCW chemistry researchers have been awarded a three-year, $330,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to fund studies that could enhance scientific knowledge of the inner workings of cells, which ultimately may be useful in understanding the progression and treatment of certain diseases. more...

The Nature of Creative Research: MFA Creative Writing Candidates Present Their Theses
For third-year Master of Fine Arts (MFA) creative writing candidates, the end of spring semester is a stressful time full of frantic writing, revising and meetings with advisors. These master’s students have been polishing their manuscript-length theses of carefully researched fiction, nonfiction and poetry for graduation and, if they’re lucky, publication. This is the case for third-year University of North Carolina Wilmington MFA students Diane Sorensen (fiction), Cathe Shubert (poetry) and Katie O’Reilly (nonfiction). more...

Crus-NC Program Brings Student Researchers to the Coast
This spring, the University of North Carolina Wilmington launched a new program called Coastal Research for Undergraduate Students in North Carolina (Crus-NC). The program is a semester-long opportunity to engage students in coastal research alongside mentors in their chosen field at one of North Carolina’s coastal marine labs. more...

Mapping the Brain in UNCW’s Trauma and Resilience Lab
Child abuse and child neglect are the two of the most preventable catalysts that lead to mental health problems in adulthood. This is why Kate Nooner, associate professor of psychology at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, has dedicated so much time and effort into her Trauma and Resilience Lab. The goal of the lab is to integrate neuroscience into studying risk and resilience behaviors following childhood trauma and abuse. more...

College of Health and Human Services' 2016 Research Day
Research day is an annual CHHS event that provides an opportunity for faculty and students to celebrate the scholarly efforts of the CHHS. It takes place during the Health and Human Services week and consists of a keynote speaker; a scientific poster session, showcasing the work of our CHHS faculty and students; a distinguished professor presentation and podium presentations for interprofessional research award winners. more...

New 'CISME' Technology Developed to Study Coral Health
For the past six years, Dr. Alina Szmant, coral reef ecologist and former Professor of Marine Biology at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, and her colleague, Dr. Rob Whitehead, a Research Specialist at the UNCW Center for Marine Science, have been developing a new instrument for diving scientists to measure coral health indicators. Szmant calls the instrument CISME, short for ‘Coral In Situ MEtabolism.’ The instrument is designed to measure coral metabolic rates wherever the coral lives without harming it. Szmant hopes CISME will open up a new chapter in coral physiological research. more...

Researcher Discovers Abandoned Colony of Adélie Penguins in Antarctica
Antarctica's most populous colony of Adélie penguins once may have been nearly twice the size it is today, UNCW biology and marine biology professor Steven D. Emslie and his research team discovered on a recent trip to the continent. more...

John Morrison's Satellite Project Is Out of This World
UNCW professor John M. Morrison is leading a team of scientists from UNCW; Cloudland Instruments of Santa Barbara, CA; Clyde Space of Glasgow, UK; NASA Goddard Space Flight Center; and Hawk Institute for Space Sciences who have received a two-year grant for $1,675,000 from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation as a “proof of concept to demonstrate capability to constuct low-cost autonomous nanosatellites to provide sustained, high spatial resolution and temporal resolution information about the surface ocean processes.” more...

First-of-its-Kind Model Forecasted Recent Underwater Volcanic Eruptions
In September 2014, Scott Nooner, assistant professor at UNCW, and
Bill Chadwick
, adjunct professor at Oregon State University, forecasted underwater volcano Axial Seamount would erupt in 2015. Located about 300 miles off the coast of Oregon and Washington, it now appears to be doing just that. more...

ARNOVA Conference Honors Dr. Jeff Brudney
In mid-September 2015, public and international affairs professor Jeffrey Brudney journeyed to Ghana, Africa as a member of a small team of scholars selected by the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA). more...

UNCW, Duke and Ohio State Determine Correlation Between Property Values and Beach Nourishment Measures
A groundbreaking collaboration between the University of North Carolina Wilmington, Duke University and Ohio State University fuses physics, economics and oceanography toward quantifying the correlation between property values and beach nourishment measures—in other words, what would happen to property values if federal beach nourishment subsidies were to end. more...

Revolutions in Recreation Therapy
In 1998, when Dan Johnson joined UNCW’s College of Health and Human Services, the recreation therapy program included two faculty members and about 30 students. Today, it offers a dozen courses to 150 students, more than 90 percent of who pass the field’s national exam .more...

HIV Outreach Among Women
Dr. Paula Reid, UNCW School of Nursing, continues to enhance health care for underserved populations. The recent recipient of a Corbett Grant for her scholarship on how women manage their HIV, Reid also has a support group in Jacksonville, serves on the board of directors for a regional HIV consortium, and has joined the International Nursing Network for HIV/AIDS Research. more...

Coral Sponges and Our Eco-Future
Lindsey Deignan, a fourth-year Ph.D. student in marine biology, is demystifying the ocean floor. In collaboration with advisor Joseph Pawlik, as well as fellow graduate students, Deignan has uncovered new information about underwater ecosystems, by actually living among them. more...

Social Work Helps Military Families
While she’s only recently joined the faculty at UNCW’s College of Health and Human Services, Assistant Professor Jessica Strong is already helping improve the experience of local military families. Strong, whose previous areas of study include domestic violence and sexual assault, is channeling efforts toward a better understanding of parenting and family life within the military. more...

UNCW Professor’s Work Making Strides in Next Phase of Biometrics
UNCW professor Karl Ricanek hasn't discovered the fountain of youth, but his work is making breakthroughs in the field of aging. In addition to being a faculty member in the computer science department and director of the UNCW Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies in Identity Sciences (I2SIS), Ricanek recently launched FaceMyAge.com, a web application that allows users to upload their picture to see the "age" of their face and provides an estimate of their lifespan using advanced actuarial science techniques. more...

Lecturer promotes Russian culture in Wilmington
For Russian native Roza Starodubtseva, expanding cultural opportunities is important for students of all ages. However, a program she started for children in grades 7-12, called Travel Around Russia, is in danger of ending due to lack of funding. For Russian native Roza Starodubtseva, expanding cultural opportunities is important for students of all ages. more...

Measuring the Immeasurable
Professor Fred Bingham of UNCW’s physics and physical oceanography department has partnered with NASA to track the movement of water around the globe with the help of the space satellite, Aquarius. more...

Lu excels in role as leading mathematician
Statistically speaking, mathematicians of Chinese descent are well represented in research and scholarship, but few tend to occupy leadership positions in the field. UNCW’s Xin Lu has been working for more than a decade to reverse those statistics. more...

Endangered Species and Development: Striking a Compromise
With over thirty years of research on rare, threatened, and endangered (RTE) species in North Carolina, biologist David Webster has recently facilitated land-use and development strategies across Figure 8 Island committed to protecting the island’s natural habitat. more...

Is responsible drinking really possible?
UNCW psychology professor Nora Noel hopes her research on men, women and high-risk behavior will help to determine how young people of both genders can drink more responsibly. more...

How to Protect North Carolina’s Premier Coastal Crop?
Over the past two decades, flounder fishing has generated as much as five million dollars a year for the coastal fisherman of North Carolina. And yet, relatively little was known about the species, says Fred Scharf, professor of marine biology—including an accurate estimate of how many flounder are pulled from the region’s waters. more...

French Culture plays across the big screen
Film studies professor Tim Palmer has been awarded a prestigious National Endowment for the Humanities grant, securing a key source of funding for his ongoing research and writing on French cinema. Palmer’s fourth book, titled A Liberated Cinema: The Postwar Reconstitution of the Postwar Film State, 1946—1958, harkens back to his earliest work on the topic, an investigation of France’s modern film culture and its network of related institutions. more...

How much TV is too much for kids?
Communications studies professor Matt Lapierre is uncovering unsettling new information regarding prolonged television viewing and its effects upon childhood cognitive development. In conjunction with colleagues at the University of Pennsylvania, where he completed his doctoral studies, Lapierre’s latest study distinguishes between two types of television exposure: foreground and background. more...


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