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UNCW Geologist Digs Into Earth’s Oldest Rocks
July 11, 2022 UNCW Assistant Professor of Geology Peter J. Haproff is on a six-week excursion in the Isua supracrustal belt, a part of southwestern Greenland accessible only by boat and helicopter, searching for answers in its 3-billion-year-old rocks. Dr. Haproff is part of international multi-institutional team conducting geological mapping and sampling to explore two issues...more

Catharina Alves de Souza

UNCW Researcher to Receive $1 Million to Explore an Alternative Method to Produce Cement Using Microalgae
June 23, 2022 - UNCW Research Professor Catharina Alves-de-Souza has been awarded a $1 million grant as part of more than $3 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Energy Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy. The grant is part of the ARPA-E HESTIA program, which prioritizes overcoming barriers associated with carbon-storing buildings...more

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Heather McWhorter Named Director of the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
June 22, 2022 - Following a national search, Heather McWhorter has been named director of UNCW’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, beginning July 1, 2022. McWhorter will lead the center in its promotion and support of entrepreneurship and innovative new ventures across southeastern North Carolina...more


Cacao for Conservation
June 22, 2022Gabriella de Souza ’18, ’22M; Environmental Sciences faculty members Dr. Sheri Shiflett and Dr. James Rotenberg (retired); and Dr. Zachary Long, associate professor in Biology and Marine Biology, are working with the Belize Foundation for Research and Environmental Education to study the environmental, social and economic benefits of cacao as a tool for conserving and restoring tropical ecosystems...more

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UNCW Professor Dr. Ralph Mead Receives DEQ Applied Research Fellowship to Advance PFAS Science
June 17, 2022Dr. Ralph Mead, professor of chemistry and biochemistry for UNCW and its Center for Marine Science, is among four researchers awarded the inaugural North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality Applied Research Fellowship to advance the science of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances in the state...more

Stephanie Turrise Named CHHS Fellow

Turrise Named CHHS Leadership Fellow for Research and Scholarship
June 7, 2022 - The College of Health and Human Services is pleased to announce that Dr. Stephanie Turrise, associate director for administration and a tenured associate professor in the School of Nursing, will step into the newly created leadership team position of...more

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Research and Innovation Announce AY23 Internal Seed Funding Awardees
June 1, 2022Research and Innovation announced the recipients for its 2022-2023 internal seed funding. These opportunities support and encourage research, scholarship, creative work, and innovation via multiple funding mechanisms. Awardees are recognized for...more

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Tower Installed at Lea Island Helps Track Migratory Coastal Birds
June 1, 2022 - Cape Fear Audubon, Audubon North Carolina and UNCWilmington Danner Lab partner to install a Motus wildlife tracking tower on Lea Island just north of Wilmington. The tower helps track migratory birds on the North carolna coas according to a feature on WWAY TV. also features...more

Kevin McClure

Kevin McClure Named Murphy Distinguished Scholar in Watson College of Education
May 31, 2022Watson College of Education announced that Kevin McClure has been named WCE’s Wendy and Dell Murphy Distinguished Scholar. Dr. McClure, an associate professor of Higher Education in the Department of Educational Leadership, will focus his work on examining pandemic-era workplace conditions...more

Aswani Volety Named Chancellor-elect

Former Dean Aswani Volety Named Chancellor-Elect
May 26, 2022 - A campus-wide announcement names former Seahawk Aswani K. Volety as UNCW's chancellor-elect. Aswani, an accomplished marine scientist and an experienced university leader, is returning to UNCW to serve as the university’s seventh chancellor, beginning July 1...more

Coastal Entrepreneur Awards

UNCW, GWBJ Honor Region’s Business Community with Coastal Entrepreneur Awards
May 24, 2022 - The UNCW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and the Greater Wilmington Business Journal co-hosted the annual Coastal Entrepreneur Awards Breakfast to recognize up-and-coming ventures and innovative established companies in New Hanover, Brunswick and Pender counties...more


Drs. Arbogast and Kamel Awarded Sizable Grant to Study One of NC’s Rarest Habitats
May 16, 2022Dr. Brian Arbogast and Dr. Stephanie Kamel of the UNCW Department of Biology and Marine Biology have been awarded $313,867 grant from the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission to conduct the first comparative conservation assessment of small mammals inhabiting spruce-fir forests on the highest mountain peaks of western North Carolina. The research focuses on using genetic techniques to help inform...more

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UNCW Hosts Quarterly UNC System Quarterly Chief Research Officer Meeting and Reception
May 12, 2022 - The UNC System convened at UNCW for its two-day quarterly Chief Research Officer (CRO) meeting last week. Chief Research Officers lead research and innovation engines for all 16 UNC campuses. The meetings are held on a quarterly basis and rotate from campus-to-campus as host locations. In addition to the elite group of UNC System CRO’s, UNCW welcomed 11 UNC System Office...more

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Congratulations to the Inaugural Research Achievement Award Recipients
May 12 2022 Research and Innovation is pleased to announce the recipients of the inaugural Research Achievement Awards. The Rising Research Excellence Award honors faculty who are emerging as leaders in their fields, and the Research Collaboration Award celebrates a team of faculty researchers who have collectively made unique and significant contributions through their research collaboration. This year’s awardees are...more

Facial Recognition Technology

WRAL Features Facial Recognition Technology Work of UNCW's Karl Ricanek
May 9, 2022 - Facial recognition technology is a powerful, and it’s still a relatively new technology, especially with the integration and use of artificial intelligence. That’s according to Karl Ricanek, the founder and CEO of Wilmington-based Lapetus Solutions, Inc., who spoke with WRAL TechWire in a Zoom interview earlier this year about the current state of facial recognition technology. IBM recently faced...more


UNCW Research Team Embarks on NSF-Funded Antarctica Expedition to Study Climate Change Impact on Seals
May 4, 2022 - A UNCW team of researchers from the Department of Biology and Marine Biology is headed to Antarctica for two expeditions in May 2022 and May 2023 to study crabeater seals, one of the most abundant marine mammals on the planet. Dr. Michael Tift, professor of biology and marine biology, is the co-principal investigator for the research...more