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UNCW Hosts UNC System Quarterly Chief Research Officer Meeting and Reception

Friday, May 13, 2022

The UNC System convened at UNCW for its quarterly Chief Research Officer meeting May 5-6. Chief Research Officers lead research and innovation engines for all 16 UNC campuses. The meeting provides CROs an opportunity to consider common issues and opportunities, build collaborations and to hear updates from the UNC System Office.
 
In addition to the UNC System CROs, UNCW welcomed 11 UNC System Office administrative leaders, seven of whom attended in person. Among the UNC system guests was Kimberly van Noort, SVP for Academic Affairs and Chief Academic Officer; David English, VP for Academic Affairs; Jennifer Gerz-Escandon, AVP for Academic Programs and Research; and Kathie Sidner, director of military and defense Partnerships, along with representatives from business affairs, the finance administration, federal relations and more.
 
Special guests included Ryan Combs, executive director of the Research Triangle Regional Partnerships; Florent Bernard, Counsellor for Research and Innovation from the Delegation of the European Union to the United States; and Jeff Warren from the North Carolina Collaboratory. Mr. Bernard introduced the European Union’s 2021-2027 Research and Innovation program called Horizon Europe and highlighted ways U.S. researchers can collaborate. Jeff Warren, the UNC Collaboratory executive director, and Greer Author, its research director, provided an update on the Collaboratory activities and funding. Kathie Sidner and colleagues from CMI2 introduced the U.S. Army Research Laboratory’s Pathfinder Program that brings soldiers and academic researchers together to solve military challenges.
 
“It was a true privilege to entertain these special guests. This event offered UNCW the opportunity to showcase its wide array of research, innovation, engagement capabilities and potential to our colleagues and to the System Office,” said UNCW’s Associate Provost for Research and Innovation, Dr. Stuart Borrett, who served as host of the events.
 
Friday’s quarterly meeting kicked off with a festive Cinco de Mayo-style reception featuring fish tacos with local sea bass at UNCW’s Center for Marine Science. CMS is a world-class leader in applied marine science, specifically in the areas of biotechnology and drug discovery, mariculture and living resources, coastal resiliency, coastal monitoring and technology.
 
“It was a privilege to host the reception, allowing us to highlight our strengths as North Carolina’s coastal university and to explore opportunities for collaboration,” said Dr. Ken Halanych, executive director of CMS, whose faculty scholars and student researchers conduct applied learning research of local, regional and global significance.
 
The group toured UNCW’s research facilities on campus and at the Crest Research Park, including the Center for Marine Science and its research vessels, MARBIONC and the Shellfish Research Hatchery.

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