Research News

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: Finding 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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