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Mark Lanier, Jeanine M. Minge and Stuart Borrett with APLU Innovation Economic Prosperity University Designation plaque.

UNCW’s Campus-to-Community Efforts Earn APLU Innovation and Economic Prosperity University Designation

November 7, 2022 - In recognition of its strong commitment to economic engagement, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) designated the University of North Carolina Wilmington an “Innovation & Economic Prosperity University.” The national designation acknowledges public research universities working with public and private sector partners in their states and regions to support economic development through a variety of activities, including innovation and entrepreneurship, technology transfer, talent and workforce development, and community development. 

UNCW received the IEP designation after a two-year application process led by a campus-wide IEP Chancellor’s Advisory Committee. UNCW is one of only 80 higher education institutions nationwide designated by APLU as Innovation and Economic Prosperity universities. More...

Sheri Shaw

Shaw Selected for Leadership Institute

October 12, 2022 - Sheri Shaw, assistant dean for student success in the College of Health and Human Services, was selected for the 2022-2023 Weekend Higher Education Resource Services (HERS) Leadership Institute in Boston.

The HERS Leadership Institute (HLI) is a transformational leadership development program for women in higher education, founded to fill leadership pipelines across the United States with dynamic women capable of ushering their respective institutions into a more inclusive and equitable future. More...

A veteran learns how to shoot a bow and arrow via Project SOAR

UNCW and ACCESS Wilmington Awarded Veterans Affairs Adaptive Sports Grant

October 6, 2022 - In 2016, Project SOAR (Sports Outreach and Adaptive Recreation) was developed through a collaboration between UNC Wilmington, ACCESS of Wilmington and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to provide veterans with the opportunity to enjoy adaptive sports not readily available in the area. Project SOAR primarily operates through funding provided by a Veterans Affairs Adaptive Sports Grant (ASG), which is given to organizations for the purpose of providing opportunities for veterans to improve their independence, well-being, and quality of life through adaptive sports and therapeutic arts programs. This year, UNC Wilmington and its partners were awarded a $194,260 ASG grant, a significant increase from last year. More...

Dr. Michele Pedicone

SHAHS Assistant Professor Appointed to National Academies of Practice

October 5, 2022 - Dr. Michele Pedicone, clinical associate professor in respiratory therapy, has been appointed to the 15th Academy of the National Academies of Practice (NAP).

The NAP is a non-profit organization that advises governmental bodies on our healthcare system. Members are elected by their peers from multiple different health professions to join the only interprofessional group of healthcare practitioners and scholars dedicated to supporting affordable, accessible coordinated quality healthcare for all. More...

Two CHHS faculty receive research awards from UNCW Provost Jamie Winebrake and Research and Innovation's Stuart Borrett

Impact Like No Other: UNCW Celebrates Its Research Leaders

September 21, 2022 - The achievements, scholarly productivity and creative works of UNCW’s research leaders were formally applauded at the 15th annual research celebration on Sept. 20. The event honored those who have participated in extramurally sponsored research in the form of proposals or awards within the preceding academic year.

The following CHHS faculty and staff were recognized for their efforts:

  • Dr. April Braswell (School of Nursing): Rising Research Excellence Award  
  • Dr. YeounSoo Kim-Godwin (School of Nursing): Most Journal Publications 
  • Dr. Barbara Lutz (School of Nursing): Most Journal Publications 
  • Dr. William Opoku-Agyeman (School of Health and Applied Human Sciences)
  • Dr. Jacqueline Vaughn (School of Social Work): Most Journal Publications 
  • Dr. Ashley Wells (School of Health and Applied Human Sciences): $1M Dollar Club  
  • College of Health and Human Services Research Administration Team: Research Administration Outstanding Campus Partner Award 
Read more here. 

A faculty member holds a medallion in a velvet box.

UNCW Recognizes Faculty for Excellence in Teaching, Research and Service

September 16, 2022 - Each year, UNCW recognizes faculty who have made significant contributions to teaching, research and service. These individuals distinguished themselves within the university and in the broader community. Nineteen faculty members were honored during the annual fall faculty meeting on Sept. 15. Provost James J. Winebrake and Faculty Senate President Nathan Grove announced this year’s award recipients. The following CHHS faculty were recognized:

  • Dr. Jacquelyn Lee, School of Social Work: Distinguished Teaching Professorship Award
  • Dr. Josalin Hunter, School of Social Work: UNCW Distinguished Scholarly Engagement and Public Service Awards, Rising Faculty recipient
  • Sara Miller, School of Health and Applied Sciences: Lecturer of the Year
  • Amy Van de Motter, School of Social Work: Lecturer of the Year
  • Dr. April Matthias, School of Nursing: Chancellor’s Teaching Excellence Awards

Read more here.

A students tests a prototype of a patented neck strength assessment tool.

School of Health and Applied Human Sciences Faculty Developing Neck Strength Assessment Tool

September 15, 2022 - Strong necks are one way to prevent head and traumatic brain injuries, and the School of Health and Applied Human Sciences’ Alex McDaniel, assistant professor of exercise science, and Lindsey Schroeder, associate professor of athletic training, have invented a device to measure this strength.

The project began in 2017, when McDaniel and Schroeder began researching mild traumatic brain injury in athletics. McDaniel found that researchers are studying ways to improve neck strength to ward off potential traumatic brain injuries in athletes, but no one was focusing on the same issue in the military. Between 2000 and 2019, there were 416,000 traumatic brain injuries in the military, 82% of those were mild. “In the 82nd Airborne, the number one cause of decreased military readiness is brain trauma from parachute landings. So, we said, ‘Is there anyone taking care of this?’ We saw an opportunity,” McDaniel said. More...

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UNCW Earns High Ranking on “Best Public National Universities” List

September 12, 2022 - The University of North Carolina Wilmington ranks as one of the best public national universities in the state and nation, according to the “2022-2023 Best Colleges” rankings from U.S. News & World Report.

UNCW ranked 103 on the list of national public universities, tied with Florida A&M; Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis; and University of Wyoming. Among UNC System universities, only UNC-Chapel Hill and N.C. State University placed higher on the list than UNCW. More...