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Chancellor’s Corner

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A Message from the Chancellor

We have a lot to celebrate at UNCW in the spirit of the recent Thanksgiving holiday. The Seahawk community continues to support our efforts to extend the university’s reach, making regionally relevant and globally important impacts in many ways.

Four UNCW faculty will receive nearly $2 million to advance their research to help save the world’s endangered coral reefs. The Coral Research and Development Accelerator Platform (CORDAP), a global organization formed by 17 of the Group of Twenty (G20) nations, awarded UNCW two of 14 grants totaling $18 million to fast-track worldwide research and development for coral conservation and restoration.  


Like No Other: The Campaign for UNCW

90% toward our stretch goal, the Seahawk family is creating opportunities and making history.


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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

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    Miles of Pristine Shoreline in NC