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Chancellor’s Corner

Portrait of Chancellor Volety

A Message from the Chancellor

To the more than 2,900 new alumni who earned degrees during this month’s commencement ceremonies: Congratulations! As they lift off from UNCW and soar, we welcome them to the lifelong Seahawk family. Ensuring everyone is included and supported in this family from the start is at the foundation of our mission.

A team led by Eman Ghoneim, University of North Carolina Wilmington earth and ocean sciences professor, has discovered the pyramids in Egypt were built along a now abandoned branch of the Nile River, highlighting the importance of the river as a cultural artery and demonstrating how humans have historically been impacted by environmental change.  


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Discovering New Knowledge

Excavating Evidence of Early Agricultural Engineering

With the use of a side-scan sonar and positioning systems, researchers are searching for archaeological evidence of the rice fields once situated along the lower Cape Fear and Brunswick rivers’ banks.

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Collaborative Research

Understanding Frying Pan Shoals Ecology

UNCW researchers and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management are studying Frying Pan Shoals as a possible offshore sand source. The university will receive $2 million in funding for the four-year collaborative research project.

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A Transformational Investment

‘Ecotech’ Helps Coastal Communities 

The North Carolina Ecosystem Technology project has been awarded $1 million from the U.S. National Science Foundation's Regional Innovation Engines, or NSF Engines, to develop an economic engine that could rapidly improve the quality of life in rural coastal communities using ecosystem technology, or ecotech, an emerging branch of applied science.  

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A Living Laboratory

Protecting Caribbean Corals

UNCW researchers in collaboration with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History have discovered the first effective bacterial probiotic for treating and preventing stony coral tissue loss disease, a mysterious ailment that has devastated Florida’s coral reefs since 2014 and is rapidly spreading throughout the Caribbean.


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App Aids in Exploration

The Coastal Eco Explorer App

Coastal Eco Explorer is a mobile application guiding Carolina Beach State Park hikers in the exploration of ecologically sensitive terrain. This pioneering app was created by faculty in the Watson College of Education in collaboration with North Caroline State Park rangers. 

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    Wilmington declared the first World War II Heritage City in the U.S.

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    Best Places in U.S. to Live & Work

  • 322

    Miles of Pristine Shoreline in NC


Like No Other: The Campaign for UNCW

Hitting the stretch goal of $125 million, UNCW continues to soar to new heights thanks to donor impact.

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