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UNCW to Host Cybersecurity Awareness Conference Oct. 23
October 14, 2021 - UNCW’s Center for Cyber Defense Education will host the third annual Cybersecurity Awareness Conference on Oct. 23. This one-day conference, held during National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, will feature speakers from business, academia and government discussing a variety of cybersecurity-related topics…more

UNCW to Participate in International Open Access Week Oct. 25-31
October 13, 2021 Open Access Week is an opportunity for the academic community to help inspire wider participation in helping to make Open Access a new norm in scholarship and research. Randall Library will be hosting a series of related activities, including an ICPSR talk by Professor Mike MaumeORCID registration tables, and Open Access Fund recipient spotlights (specific event details to follow).

Partnering for Impact: Exploring Community-Based Participatory Research at UNCW Oct. 21
October 13, 2021 Join in a discussion to explore what it means to use CBPR as an approach to your research. Learn from peers about their experiences in the field, engage in thoughtful conversation to understand what it might take to achieve true partnership, and discuss the impact this approach can have in our communities...more

Quarterly Research and Grants October 25 Meeting to Feature Dr.  Ann Pabst
October 11, 2021 - Research and Innovation will host the October quarterly research and grants meeting virtually on October 25 at 11am. The meeting will feature Dr. Ann Pabst, Professor in the Department of Biology and Marine Biology presenting on 'Marine Mammal Research and Student Engagement'.

The research and grants October meeting will also include highlights and activities from 1Q 2022.
Zoom URL  |  Meeting ID 898 7228 8214  |  Passcode 839956 | Presentation coming soon.

All meetings are open to the UNCW campus-community and will be recorded. Contact if you would like to be added to the invitation list.

20th Annual Sherman Lecture to Explore Racial, Class Politics of Antebellum South
October 11, 2021 - Anne Kerth, an assistant professor in the W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, will deliver the 2021 Sherman Emerging Scholar Lecture, “The Afterlife of Secrets: A Slave Conspiracy in Antebellum Charleston,” on Oct. 27. Presented by the UNCW Department of History, this free virtual event is open to the public...more

Alum Author Jason Mott Picks Up Monumental Literary Honor
October 7, 2021 - Hell of a Book, the newest novel by Jason Mott '06 '08M and former writer-in-residence in the Department of Creative Writing, has been selected as one of five finalists in fiction for the 2021 National Book Award – one of the most prestigious literary prizes in the world…more

Research Community in International Trade & Exchange Event Oct. 18
October 7, 2021 - Join RCITE for its first event of the academic year – a timely virtual talk by Cameron School of Business faculty, Professor Drew Rosen and Assistant Professor Rebecca Scott, entitled “Supply Chains 2021 and Beyond”…more

Town of St. James Partners with UNCW for Endowment
October 6, 2021 - The Town of St. James has given $25,000 to UNCW to establish the Living Shoreline Student Support Fund Endowment, which will support students engaged in faculty-mentored research, outreach, and applied learning opportunities...more

IRSS in Material Culture Hosts Lunch & Learn Oct. 15
October 4, 2021 - Join UNCW Material Culture for its first Lunch & Learn entitled "What is Material Culture?" This networking and curriculum-building event will introduce UNCW faculty to material culture studies. We will explore definitions of and methods for engaging in material culture studies...more

Annual Economic Outlook Conference Explored Agility During Pandemic
October 7, 2021 - Hosted by the Cameron School of Business’s Swain Center, in partnership with the WilmingtonBiz Conference & Expo, the 2021 Economic Outlook Conference focused on agility during a global pandemic, supply chain disruptions, protests, and restrictions. Presenters discussed the path forward for the economy...more

Associate Professor Gabriel Lugo Publishes Differential Geometry in Physics
October 1, 2021 - For Gabriel Lugo, associate professor of mathematical sciences, publishing his book Differential Geometry in Physics marked a new chapter for both himself and William Madison Randall Library. Lugo’s book is the first to be published through UNCW…more

SPARC Update: MRI Application Now Open
October 1, 2021 - The Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Program serves to increase access to multi-user scientific and engineering instrumentation for research and research training purposes. The number of MRI proposal submissions allowed per institution is limited. Find information session details and internal deadline information here.

UNCW and D.C. Virgo Both Receive 2021 DoEd Green Ribbon Schools Honors
September 29, 2021 - The U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools recognize educational institutions for their efforts to cultivate sustainable, healthy facilities, wellness practices, and authentic place-based learning. UNCW and D.C. Virgo Preparatory Academy are among the 27 national school honorees and represent 2 of the 4 North Carolina awardees...more

UNCW's Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Launches the Alliance for the Blue Economy
September 28, 2021 - The UNCW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship announced the launch of the Alliance for the Blue Economy, a multidisciplinary initiative to establish southeastern North Carolina as a national and global leader in the Blue Economy...more

EOS Faculty Member and Alumnus Co-Author Paper in Current Biology
September 24, 2021 - Dr. Narcisa Pricope, professor in the Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences, and Kyle Woodward, alumnus of the M.S. degree in geoscience, are co-authors on a new paper entitled "Wildlife impacts and changing climate pose compounding threats to human food security" in the high-impact journal Current Biology...more

Professional Development Series: SPARC 101
September 23, 2021 - The second offering of the new Professional Development Series will be held via Zoom on Tuesday 5 October at 12:30 PM. Sponsored Programs & Research Compliance assists in all stages of grant development. This session will answer the following...more

AY22 Interdisciplinary Research Seminar Series in Material Culture Hosts First Event
September 20, 2021 - Join UNCW Material Culture for its first event of the year - a Zoom talk, presented by Dr. Courtney Thompson of Mississippi State University, that will explore the construction of race, crime, and violence through material objects...more

Registration Now Open for Randall Library's Scholarly Research Services Fall Workshops
September 20, 2021 - Randall Library's Scholarly Research Services provides guidance and support to UNCW faculty and graduate students who are conducting and disseminating research, scholarship, and creative works. Registration for fall SRS workshops, including video editing, 3D modelling, podcasting,...more

SPARC Update: New NSF Enabled Enhancements for Proposal Submissions
September 17, 2021 - The National Science Foundation (NSF) has enabled a number of enhancements for proposals submitted in, FastLane, and In addition, the updated NSF-approved biographical sketch and current and pending support SciENcv and fillable PDF format that fall under the revised Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guides (PAPPG NSF 22-1) are available for preview...more

UNCW Joins Statewide Consortium to Develop Human Performance Technologies and Services for Nation's Military
September 15, 2021 - UNCW, in collaboration with more than 25 North Carolina-based academic, industry, nonprofit and state government organizations, will join the North Carolina Center for Optimizing Military Performance, a new consortium tasked with developing world-class human performance solutions for the nation's military...more

Internal Funding Opportunities Available
September 14, 2021 - Internal funding is available to support and encourage research, scholarship, and creative proposals. There are current open opportunities with the Office of Applied Learning, the College of Health and Human Services, and the Center for the Support of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships, and Sustainability. Check the specific call for eligibility and deadlines.

EVS Faculty on Project Team for Recent NASEM Publication
September 13, 2021 - Dr. Christopher Dumas was on the project team that recently authored a study on saltwater recreational fisheries management and was published in the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine…more

UNCW Faculty Honored for Teaching, Scholarship, and Service
September 10, 2021 - UNCW honored faculty for accomplishments in teaching, scholarship, and service during the fall faculty meeting on Sept. 9. The event recognized the dedication and talents of the university’s faculty…more

Wilmington-based Tech Startup SportGait Gains NCYSA Partnership & Launches App
September 10, 2021 - SportGait, a Seahawk Innovation funded startup that provides groundbreaking concussion decision support, is expanding its product to a larger consumer base through a partnership with NC Youth Soccer Association and the launch of a mobile app...more

Work of Assistant Professor of BMB Featured in Smithsonian Magazine Article
September 9, 2021 - Smithsonian Magazine features the work of Dr. Raymond Danner, Assistant Professor of Biology and Marine Biology, in an article titled 'Animals Are changing Shape to Cope with Rising Temperatures' published on...more

Undergraduate Research Published in Engineering Management Review
September 8, 2021
- Xaver Neumeyer, Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Cameron School of Business and Mengyang Liu, undergraduate student affiliated with the Beijing Institute of Technology had their article named "Managerial Competencies and Development in the Digital Age" published in IEEEEngineering Management Review. The collaboration was facilitated through the GEARS program that is managed by NCSU and in which UNCW is a partner. The IEEE/Institute of Electronical and Electronics Engineers is the world’s largest technical professional organization for the advancement of technology and the IEEEEMR/Engineering Management Review journal serves those who manage technology, engineering and innovation.

Marine Biology Professor and PhD Student's Research Featured on the Cover of New Phytologist
September 2021 - The work of Professor Alison Taylor and PhD student Erin Meyer on mechanisms of coccolithophore and the role of Si is featured on the front cover of New Phytologist. The paper settles a long-standing question of the cellular origin of haploid coccoliths.

NASA Declares SeaHawk Mission Proves CubeSats Are a Viable Option for Collecting Credible Scientific Data
August 31, 2021 - With its high-resolution HawkEye instrument, SeaHawk has CubeSats are an inexpensive and timely way to obtain high-quality ocean color data. After asuccessful downlink and processing of the first image from the HawkEye imager aboard the UNCW's SeaHawk CubeSat, currently...more

Public Health Assistant Professor Featured in Vaccine Documentary
August 2021 - Dr. Sabrina Cherry, Assistant Professor of Public Health in the School of Health and Applied Human Sciences, is featured in Vaccination from the Misinformation Virus, which aims to help address vaccine concerns by explaining why vaccines are safe, crucial to community health, and save millions of lives...more

Professor Eman Ghoneim Awarded NSF Grant to Unearth Ancient Egyptian Settlements
August 26, 2021 - Eman Ghoneim, Professor in the Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences and Director of the Space and Drone Remote Sensing Lab, has been awarded a three-year, $203,874 grant from the National Science Foundation to unveil the ancestral Nile River course and its defunct branches...more

Professional Development Series: Research & Innovation 101
August 24, 2021 - The first session of the new Professional Development Series will be offered via Zoom on Tuesday 7 September at 12:30 PM. Discover how Research and Innovation provides support to achieve research excellence and impact...more

CAB Gallery Presents Donald Furst: Ways
August 24, 2021 - Donald Furst: Ways will show at the Cultural Arts Building Gallery from August 26 to September 24. Furst, Professor of Art, will exhibit new works on paper, featuring soft pastel and monotype...more

UNCW Faculty and Staff Make "Women to Watch" and "40 Under 40" Lists
August 23, 2021 - Each year, WILMA Magazine recognizes "Women to Watch" - women making an impact on the community in the areas of arts, business, education, health, nonprofit/volunteer, public service, and rising stars. The 40 Under 40 Awards, presented by the StarNews and the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce, celebrate the young professionals who are scaling businesses to new heights, making decisions that put their organizations on the map, or producing a seemingly infinite stream of impactful work in our community.

SPARC Update: eRA Commons Moving to Two-Factor Authentication via
August 16, 2021 - Starting September 15, 2021, all users of eRA Commons, ASSIST, IAR, and Commons Mobile will begin a phased approach for requiring the use of two-factor authentication for user accounts. The different phases of the approach are correlated to the type of user account and a new triggering events. Please click this link for more information, here for the 2FA Transition Plan brochure, and email with questions.

Heather McWhorter Named Interim Director of Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship
August 12, 2021 - Effective August 16, Heather McWhorter will serve as the interim director of UNCW’s Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (CIE). The CIE offers programs, services and activities to promote and support entrepreneurship and small business innovation in southeastern North Carolina...more

SPARC Update: NSF Issues New Application Guidelines Effective October 4, 2021
August 9, 2021 -
 The National Science Foundation has published revised versions of both the NSF Application Guide (NSF 21-084) and the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 22-1).

WilmingtonBiz and CIE Celebrate Coastal Entrepreneur Awardees
August 6, 2021 -
 The 13th annual Coastal Entrepreneur Awards breakfast celebrated 11 standout startup companies and nonprofits, of which several recipients are alumni of UNCW or have ties to the university and the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship...more

Professor Receives $433,374 NSF Grant to Study History and Impacts of Bering Sea Storms
August 3, 2021 -
 Andrea Hawkes, Professor of Earth and Ocean Sciences, was awarded a three-year, $433,374 grant from the National Science Foundation's Office of Polar Programs to research the frequency and effect of the intense Bering Sea storms on the Aleutian Islands...more

CIE's Diane Durance to Pursue New Venture
August 2, 2021 -
 Diane Durance, Director of the UNCW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, will leave UNCW effective August 13. Under her creative and energetic leadership, the CIE greatly expanded its mission and footprint in the greater Wilmington region...more

UNCW Received $25,000 Teagle Foundation Grant
August 2, 2021 -
 UNCW has received a $25,000 grant from The Teagle Foundation to fund a project that explores the meaning and fragility of democracy by engaging students with Wilmington's history, including the 1898 coup d'état and massacre...more

Assistant Professor of Spanish Publishes Language Study Results in Frontiers in Psychology
July 22, 2021 -
 A recent study of English-speaking learners of Spanish by Danielle Daidone, Assistant Professor in the Department of World Languages and Cultures, suggests vocabulary size in the second language is the most important factor in the accuracy of lexical representations...more

CAA Grant Funding Available for Initiatives Addressing Policy Challenges in Higher Ed
July 19, 2021 -
 The Colonial Academic Alliance invites applications for a third round of Innovate/Collaborate Grants, to be awarded in January 2022. Interested faculty and staff of Alliance member institutions are encouraged to complete an IN/CO Short Form application by October 1...more

Collaborative Marine Mammal Project Funded by Office of Naval Research Grant
July 8, 2021 - A team of researchers led by Michael Tift, Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology and Marine Biology, has received a $201,954 grant from the Office of Naval Research to further their work studying the central nervous system lymphatic structure in marine mammals...more

Collaborative COVID Research Published in Scientific Reports
July 2021 -
 Rachel Carroll, Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Statistics, and Chris Prentice, Associate Professor of Public and International Affairs, used spatial and temporal modeling to visualize the effects of U.S. state issued stay at home orders related to...more

UNCW to Host NC Biotech Funding Workshop
July 1, 2021 - Join us to explore grants and loans available to researchers, innovators, and entrepreneurs in Southeastern North Carolina. Funding sources to be discussed include North Carolina Biotechnology Center, UNCW Office of Innovation and Commercialization, NC Idea, NSF I-Corps...more

Two Proposals Selected for AY2021-2022 Interdisciplinary Research Seminar Series
July 1, 2021 The Research, Innovation, and Commercialization Office is pleased to announce two Interdisciplinary Research Seminar Series awardees for the 2021-2022 academic year - A Marine Biotechnology Seminar Series and The Material Culture of Racial Justice and Healthcare Equity...more

Big Things Come in Very Small Packages: A New Way of Looking at the Ocean
June 24, 2021 UNCW’s SeaHawk-1 Cubesat, outfitted with the HawkEye Ocean Color Imager, has completed on-orbit commissioning and has entered into a period of phased startup of Operations. Ocean color satellite oceanography provides a unique window into the global ocean ecosystem...more

Chemistry and Biochemistry's Williamson's Work Reflects Value of Biotech Partnerships
June 22, 2021 - This coming October will mark three years since R. Thomas Williamson, Yousry and Linda Sayed Distinguished Professor of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, joined the faculty at UNCW. He arrived the week after Hurricane Florence following an 18-year career in the...more

Ken Halanych Named Executive Director of UNCW's Center for Marine Science
June 17, 2021 - Following a national search, Kenneth M. Halanych has been named executive director of the UNCW Center for Marine Science. His appointment is effective October 1, 2021. As the leader and chief advocate for UNCW’s coastal and marine sciences, Halanych is charged...more

Rec Therapy Assistant Professor Receives Mather Award
June 16, 2021 - Recreation Therapy Assistant Professor Angie Sardina and her collaborators received the Innovative Research on Aging Silver Award from the Mather Institute for their manuscript entitled, Older Black Adults’ Satisfaction and Anxiety Levels After Completing Alternative Versus Traditional Cognitive Batteries in May...more

UNCW Part of NC Sea Grant Finding Farmed Shellfish Creates Half of Economic Impact of Shellfish in NC
June 16, 2021 - Cultivated, or farmed, shellfish now represent over half of the total economic impact of shellfish in the state. New research has found that North Carolina’s shellfish industry provides over $27 million in economic impact and 532 jobs in the state. Until 2016, the industry’s economic impact primarily came from...more

UNCW's Nina de Gramont's Novel to be Produced by HBO Max
June 12, 2021 - Creative Writing Associate Professor, Nina de Gramont's 2015 novel 'The Distance from Me to You' is slated to be adapted as a feature for HBO Max. Deadline, the Hollywood news website, reports that New Line won the rights for the young adult novel, which de Gramont wrote under the pen name "Marina Gessner." (Her husband...more

NDCRC Housed at UNCW Updates Interactive Map of Drug and Treatment Courts
June 10, 2021 - Treatment courts exist to lead those with substance use and mental health disorders in the justice system into a life of recovery and stability. Since 2019, the National Drug Court Resource Center, housed in the University of North Carolina Wilmington’s Social...more

CIE and Cucalorus Team up for Post-Pandemic Production Film Forum
June 8, 2021 - WECT reports the UNCW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and Cucalorus Film Foundation organized  an upcoming virtual forum on “Post-Pandemic Production.” Barbara D’Alessandro, producer on Reprisal and 13 Reasons Why, and Noelle Pflum, production coordinator on Lost Boys and Swamp Thing, will be featured guests at the event which is part of the ongoing 2021 NC Film Forum series. The virtual event, on Wed., June 9 at...more

Cahill Award Recipients Identified
June 3, 2021 - 14 traditional and 2 collaborative applications were reviewed and selected by the Faculty Senate Research Committee as recipients of this year's Charles L. Cahill Award recipients. This is internal funding for faculty scholarship awarded to full-time faculty to promote scholarship broadly...more

Ph.D. Candidate Amy Grogan and Research Professor Mike Mallin's Reserach Featured in Coastal
May 28, 2021 - The work of Research Professor Mike Mallin and Ph.D. candidate Amy Grogan was featured in Coastal and their abstract on the successful mitigation of stormwater published in the Journal of Environmental Management in...more

UNCW Students Design Walking Tours Stepping Into the Past
May 18, 2021 - Four UNCW students from the International Studies, Computer Science, and Fine Arts departments designed a series of interactive mini-walking tours in Wilmington based on psychogeography around themes of migration, development, and gentrification. The practice of psychogeography centers on psychological experiences of the city, revealing aspects...more

Dr. Elham Ebrahimi Published and Work Recognized by ACM
May 17, 2021 - Dr. Elham Ebrahimi's paper titled "How the Presence and Size of Static Peripheral Blur Affects Cybersickness in Virtual Reality" was selected to be published in the special issue in Transaction for Applied Perception Journal and also awarded the best paper award at ACM Symposium for Applied Perception 2020 Conference. Dr. Ebrahimi is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science.

ACM Transactions on Applied Perception (ACM TAP) is a quarterly peer-reviewed scientific journal covering interdisciplinary computer science topics relevant to psychology and perception. It was established in 2004 by Erik Reinhard and Heinrich Buelthoff and is published by the Association for Computing Machinery. In 2016, the ACM Publications Board agreed to offer journal publication to the strongest submissions to the ACM Symposium on Applied Perception.

Professor Dr. Brian Arbogast Guest on 'Science Tonight' Talk Show
May 17, 2021 – UNCW’s Department of Biology and Marine Biology professor, Brian Arbogast, Ph.D., will be the guest on ‘Science Tonight with Chris Smith’ Thursday, May 20th, at 7pm eastern. ‘Science Tonight’ is a science talk show produced by the NC Museum of Natural Sciences and broadcast live...more

Tetra Tech, Inc. Supports UNCW’s Undersea Vehicles Program for Oceanographic Surveying in EPA Region 4
May 11, 2021 – The UNCW Undersea Vehicles Program (UVP) received $24,915 from Tetra Tech, Inc. with survey objectives of determining bottom substrate composition and identifying biotic inhabitants such as fish and coral. The research area was just offshore...more

Four UNCW Collaborations Among 2021 Coastal Entrepreneurship Awards
May 7, 2021 - Greater Wilmington Business Journal announced the 2021 Coastal Entrepreneur Awards (CEA). Four UNCW collaborations stood out among the gamut of 11 winners...more

Department of EVS, Devon Eulie and Students, Assist in Development of Coastal Watersheds
May 5, 2021 - Over the last five years, EVS faculty member Dr. Devon Eulie (‘05B, ‘08M) and her students in the Coastal and Estuarine Studies (CES) Lab, have been assisting in the development of watershed management plans for a handful of coastal watersheds along North Carolina’s coast. These...more

Ph.D. Student Lauren Olinger Published in Frontiers of Marine Science
Olinger's work and Dr. Pawlik's lab was featured in a story in on May 19th.
May 3, 2021 - Sponges are now the dominant animal life on Caribbean reefs, and they pump huge volumes of seawater through their bodies as they feed. Now, a new research paper authored by UNCW Ph.D. student Lauren Olinger...more

UNCW Celebrates Million Dollar Club Inductees and Cahill Award Recipients
April 29, 2021 - As an R2: Doctoral Status With High Research Activity institution, UNCW recognizes strategic suppor of scholarship, innovation and research is fundament to the institutional DNA as emphasized in its Strategic Plan. During  his nearly 34-year tenur at UNCW, James F. Merritt procured more than $14,000,000 in grant and contracts. He started as an assistant professor of biology and marine biology before chairing the department from 1978-88 and serving as director of the Center for Marine Science 1986-99. The James F. Merritt Million Dollar Club is a university honor and...more

New Research Shows Long-term Recovery Possible for Areas Impacted by Seagrass Die-off
April 29, 2021 - An article in Mirage News features UNCW researchers work documenting the response of seagrasses after the die-off. Their detailed data collection...more

Undergraduate Research Experience Partnership Between LCC and UNCW
April 28, 2021 - Lenoir Community College (LCC) and the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW) have partnered to provide a new initiative. This initiative is intended to open pathways to undergraduate research for...more

Digital Art Installation by Gene Felice Featured at CAM Earth Day Celebration
April 23, 2021 -The human relationship with water was celebrated on Earth Day at dusk at the Cameron Art Museum pond featuring digital art by UNCW digital-media assistant  profess, Gene Felice...more

Assistant Professor Jacob Warner Receives $413,836 National Institute of Health Grant
April 19, 2021 - Biology Professor, Jake Warner received $415,850 from the NIH for a project entitled “Constructing High Resolution Gene Regulatory Network of EMT.” Jake studies the earliest developmental processes in the embryos of sea urchins. These spiny sea creatures are in the same superphylum as humans and have similar developmental patterns (which is why NIH funds this research)...more

UNCW Researcher Joseph Covi Receives Grant to Continue Studying Zooplankton in Antarctica
April 15, 2021 - UNCW Associate Professor of Biology and Marine Biology Joseph Covi has received funding from the Korea Polar Research Institute to continue several years of research into a type of zooplankton that...more

Grant Writing Workshop Provides Professional Development Opportunity
April 13, 2021 - The Research, Innovation & Commercialization Office (RICO) will offer a two-day workshop on grant writing May 12 and 13. Led by the Grant Training Center, this workshop will address the overall strategic plan for writing grants. It will cover the diversity of donors, key search engines, and converting ideas into fundable projects or research. After the training, you will understand how to navigate the world of grant procurement, identify the critical sections of successful proposals, and demonstrate the excellence and innovation that propels your projects or research beyond other submissions.

May 12-13, 2021  |  8:30am-4:30pm

For more info or to RSVP contact

Executive Director of the CMS Search Under Way
April 8, 2021 - The search for Executive Director for the Center for Marine Science (CMS) has begun and committee is expecting campus visits by the top three candidates between April 15-23. CV's, feedback surveys and open forum information can be found...more

Call for IRSS Proposals for AY 2021-2022
April 6, 2021 - The Research, Innovation & Commercialization Office (RICO) is requesting proposals for a year-long (academic year 2021-2022) Interdisciplinary Research Seminar Series (IRSS) at UNCW.  The goal of the IRSS program is to build...more

COMPASS Virtual Science Communication Workshop Invitation
April 6, 2021 - Effective communication is critical for everything we do as scholars, and it is one way to grow the impact of our research.  In this interactive science-focused workshop, COMPASS will introduce tools and strategies to help you break down complex topics into digestible messages appropriate for diverse audiences. Space still available! April 13 & 15, 1-3 pm (Participants must commit to attending both days.) RSVP to Dianne Bass  Presented by the Office of Research & Innovation and the Center for Faculty Leadership

EVS Associate Professor Selected as Wildlife Safety Fellow
April 5, 2021 - Rachael Urbanek, UNCW Associate Professor and Assistant Chair in the Department of Environmental Sciences, was selected as Wildlife Society Fellow. This is a lifelong appointment and...more

Dr. Michael Tift Published in Prestigious PNAS Publication
March 30, 2021 - Dr. Michael Tift, assistant professor in Biology and Marine Biology, and his colleagues have published a paper on the evolution of hemoglobin in penguins in the prestigious Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. This group used multiple techniques, including experiments on “resurrected” ancestral hemoglobin, to show that penguins evolved hemoglobin with high O2 affinity and increased sensitivity to low pH, which results in efficient O2 extraction at the lungs and delivery at the level of the tissues. The story can be found here.

WCE and CAS Collaborate Resulting in Coastal Eco Explorer App
March 30, 2021 - Dr. Amy Taylor (WCE), Dr. Dennis Kubasko (WCE), and Dr. Lucas Layman (CAS) collaborated to create a new mobile app to teach island ecology at Carolina Beach State Park. This interdisciplinary team of UNCW faculty and students have combined their scholarship, research, and...more 

RESCHEDULED: Roundtable on COVID-19 and Global Economic Impacts April 15
March 22, 2021 - The roundtable discussion and Q&A with members of UNCW faculty exploring the impact of COVID-19 on business practices, financial markets, trade, and human mobility is offered to faculty, staff and the community has been rescheduled to April 15...more

UNC Research Made Universally Available Through Website
March 22, 2021 - The University of North Carolina System’s new OpenUNC website helps make UNC research available to the world. Each day, faculty and students from institutions with the University of North Carolina conduct research and engage in creative activities. Their discoveries...more

The Office of Innovation and Commercialization Announces Spring 2021 Grant Recipients
March 17, 2021 - The OIC is excited to announce the first class of its NEW Translational Research Grants,specifically aimed to stimulate innovations, technology, scholarship, or...more

Research Community on International Trade and Exchange Announces Spring 2021 Faculty Fellows
March 16, 2021 - With a goal to build a permanent center for research and teaching  on international trade and exchange, the RCITE has announced the Spring 2021 Faculty Fellows...more

SPARC Announces Momentum Internal Funding Recipients for 2021-22
March 16, 2021 -
Seven recipients of the internal Research Momentum Fund were announced by SPARC. The primary emphasis of the Research Momentum Funds (RMF) is to increase sponsored research at UNCW by providing targeted proposal development support. RMF recipients...more

Two Additions to the ORI Team Broaden Research Services for UNCW Faculty
March 11, 2021 - The Office of Research and Innovation (ORI) celebrates the arrival of two new team members – Ms. Kirsten Wisneski as Research Development Specialist and Dr. Debra Wilkie as Electronic Research Admin...more

UNCW Students' Passion for Marine Science Make a Difference with Their Research
March 11, 2021 - Drew Davey and Mariko Polk conduct research designed to protect the state's coastline and its people. They say its a beautiful way to give back to North Caroline...more

The Three Minute Thesis Competition Winners Announced-Present Research in Just 180 Seconds
March 10, 2021 - The Three Minute Thesis challenges participants to present their research in just 180 seconds, in an engaging format that can be understood by an intelligent audience with no background in the research area. Participants were evaluated on their presentation. Dr. Sasha Canan, School of Health and Applied Human Sciences, was voted most outstanding faculty presenter. Brad Caison...more

Roundtable on COVID-19 and Global Economic Impacts on March 18
March 9, 2021 - A roundtable discussion and Q&A with members of UNCW faculty exploring the impact of COVID-19 on business practices, financial markets, trade, and human mobility is offered to faculty, staff and the community on...more

Andrew Castagno '21M Receives Prestigious Fulbright Scholar Award
March 3, 2021 - After receiving his masters in marine science this spring, Andrew Castagno will be heading to Iceland to conduct research on a Fulbright scholarship. Castagno’s research focuses on the link between sea ice meltwater concentrations and...more

UGS Hosts Faculty Forum on Race and Diversity
March 2, 2021 - Undergraduate Studies will facilitate faculty reflection on our diversity SLOs and the curriculum that delivers them by sponsoring a virtual forum  on Friday, March 12th at 2 p.m. in order to reflect on and review University Studies LDN student learning outcomes...more

Call for International Trade and Exchange Faculty Fellows-EXTENDED
February 25, 2021 - The deadline has been extend to March 5 for ITE Faculty Fellows funding. The Chancellor’s Office, CAS, CSB, and the Office of Research and Innovation (ORI) have joined to together to provide...more

Embracing R2 Update
February 19, 2021 - The Faculty Senate will host a Faculty Coffee Hour featuring an update on 'Embracing R2' with Dr. Stuart Borrett, Associate Provost for Research and Innovation. 'Embracing R2' is an initiative from the doctoral transition...more

Research Collider on Artificial Intelligence+ Planned March 18
February 18, 2021 - The Office of Research and Innovation and Randall Library will co-host a virtual Faculty Research Collider workshop on Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Data on Thursday, March 18 from 10-12 p.m. This event is designed to provide a mechanism for...more

UNCW Marine Mammal Stranding Team Played Role in Identifying Previously Undiscovered Whale Species
February 15, 2021 - When UNCW's Ann Pabst and Bill McLellan were called in March 2003 to examine the carcass of a whale that had just washed up at Carolina Beach, they noticed that the cetacean appeared to be...more

Kevin McClure is Co-Founder, Co-Director of New Research Collaborative
February 12, 2021 - Kevin McClure, associate professor in the Department of Educational Leadership in WCE, is a founder and director of the Alliance for Research on Regional Colleges, a new research collaborative that seeks...more

Caitlin Ryan Receives 2020 CLA Research Award
February 12, 2021 - Caitlin Ryan, associate professor of language and literacy at the Watson College, has received the 2020 CLA Research Award from the Children's Literature Assembly of...more

UNCW Welcomes International Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement Fellows
February 10, 2021 - Thirteen international fellows from the Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program arrived Jan. 28 for an academic and cultural exchange program that will include studies in the Watson...more

Mindful UNCW - Register for Interdisciplinary Research Seminar Series
February 2, 2021 - Two events are slated in February as part of 'Mindful UNCW'; a campus-wide initiative designed to increase mindfulness practice among students, faculty, and staff across curricular, co-curricular, and workplace spaces. Mindfulness

UNCW Part of $5 Million Contract with National Geospatial Intelligence Agency
February 1, 2021 - UNCW is among 11 universities selected as members of the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation’s Academic Consortium that will deliver training courses for current and future government employees. The courses are a part...more

UNCW Sole in NC System for Sea Grant Awards for Aquaculture Efforts
January 29, 2021 - Two research projects based at UNCW are the only two from the state selected for a share of $4.7 million in federal funding for aquaculture projects. Twelve projects from across the nation were selected for the 2021 Sea Grant funding opportunity to...more

UNCW's Department of Psychology Featured in Forbes Magazine
January 15, 2021 - UNCW's Department of Psychology featured in Forbes Magazine for its virtual reality remote training program...more

Initiative Results in 140M More Oysters in NC Aided Partly by CMS
January 15, 2021 - The North Carolina Coastal Federation and partners nearly tripled their goal to restore 50 million oysters in coastal waters. Siting of the sanctuaries and cultch areas is guided by the division’s field based data collection and modeling efforts...more

NSF Highlights UNCW Research on Icebergs and is Published in the Journal of Science Advances
January 5, 2021 - A new study by UNCW researchers Mark England and Till Wagner, funded by the National Science Foundation, redefines understanding of where icebergs leave meltwater in the Southern Ocean. Their findings...more

CIE Shares in Two NC IDEA Grants to Promote Entrepreneurship
December 21, 2020 - The UNCW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship is part of two NC IDEA grants to promote and support business startups, particularly among underrepresented groups and those focused on the Blue Economy...more

UNCW Research into the Climate Impact of Antarctica Icebergs Published in the Journal Science Advances
December 17, 2020 - A study by UNCW researchers Mark England and Till Wagner, funded by the National Science Foundation, lays the groundwork for incorporating the impact of Antarctic icebergs into global climate models. Their findings...more

Department of Defense Grant Funds Faculty Study of Barrier Islands
December 15, 2020 - Joseph Long, assistant professor of oceanography, received $265,594 from the Department of Defense to investigate erosion and recovery cycles of barrier islands. Andrea Hawkes, a professor in the Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences, serves as co-principal investigator on...more

Justin Streuli Named Director of the OIC
December 7, 2020 - The Office of Research and Innovation welcomes Mr. Justin Streuli, MBA as Director of the Office of Innovation and Commercialization (OIC). He joins UNCW after serving in the UNC System as Director of LaunchUNCG and North Carolina Entrepreneurship Center at UNC Greensboro, cultivating an student...more

UNCW Offers Application to the NIIMBL Experience
December 4, 2020 - As a member of NIIMBL (National Institute for Innovation in Manufacturing Biopharmaceuticals), UNCW is proud to offer our students a chance to participate in the 2021 NIIMBL eXperience—a student-focused virtual biopharma experience providing real-world insight into career possibilities in the biopharmaceutical industry through direct interaction with...more

SPARC Announces Charles L. Cahill Grant and Research Momentum Fund Recipients
November 30, 2020 - Recipients of the Charles L. Cahill Grant and Research Momentum Fund for Fiscal Year 2021 have been announced. Funded Cahill proposals consisted of 14 traditional and six collaborative applications. There were 19 traditional individual applications and eight interdisciplinary collaborative applications. View the list of recipients here. Funded Momentum proposals consisted of 14 traditional and five collaborative applications. There were 17 traditional individual applications, five collaborative applications and six mentor requests. View the list of recipients here.

Research Collider Workshop on International Trade and Exchanges Nov. 19
November 19, 2020 - The International Trade and Exchange Research Collider Workshop featured eight of UNCW's faculty research and offered the opportunity for a diverse cross-section of faculty to onnect, learn about each other’s research, teaching, scholarship, and creative work and develop new innovative ideas and potential collaboration. Further information can be found here including valuable resources from Randall Library and funding opportunities through SPARC.

Bio and Marine Bio's Fred Scharf Receives $588K NOAA Grant
November 11, 2020 - Fred Scharf, a professor in the Department of Biology and Marine Biology, has received a $588,293 grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to study the population recovery efforts of the endangered Atlantic...more

Barbara Lutz Stroke Rehabilitation Grant Established by ARN
November 10, 2020 - The Association of Rehabilitation Nurses announced the creation of The Barbara Lutz Stroke Rehabilitation Grant to honor CHHS School of Nursing McNeill Distinguished Professor and 2019-2020 ARN President Barbar J. Lutz. The grant will provide funding to pursue stroke research and educational opportunities for rehabilitation nurses...more

Research Update on Winter and Spring Operations Distributed Nov. 6
November 6, 2020 - Associate Provost for Research and Innovation, Dr. Stuart Borrett, issued a comprehensive memo to the campus community addressing operation plans for winter and spring. The memo included updates on research success, winter break, CMS and Library operations, and...more

Assistant Professor Kara Yopak Research Featured on NBC Boston
October 14, 2020 - 'Zombie' researcher, Kara Yopak from the Department of Biology and Marine Biology, leads the Yopak Zombie Lab at UNCW where a shark's behavior can be determined through their brain. After being featured in National Geographic this summer, this time Boston's NBC 10 affiliate...more

New Funding Source Available to Faculty for Research
October 8, 2020 - UNCW faculty members have until Oct. 16 to apply for grants through the Research Momentum Fund, a new program to support faculty in their efforts to secure external funding for research, scholarship and creative...more

UNCW Professor Co-leads Research on Prehistoric Humans and Climate in Portugal
September 29, 2020—Professor Mike Benedetti of the UNCW Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences is co-leading a study of prehistoric human occupation and environmental change at a cave site in central Portugal. Recent discoveries (detailed in a PNAS paper and...more

UNCW and CFCC Receive $196,782 Department of Defense Grant
September 22, 2020 Two institutions will team up to develop the UNCW-CFCC Collaborative Cybersecurity Apprenticeship Program that will provide a work-based learning experience for UNCW cybersecurity students and...more

Work of Professor and Noted Penguin Scholar Emslie Featured in Esteemed Geology Journal
September 18, 2020 - While he has taught at UNCW since 1998, Professor of Biology and Marine Biology Steven Emslie first trekked to Antarctica in 1991 to assist a colleague with seabird and penguin research. In the decades since, Emslie has traveled to Antarctica to study climate change and...more

UNCW Research Faculty Honored During the 2020 Fall Faculty Meeting
September 10, 2020 UNCW again honored the dedication and talents of its faculty at the annual fall faculty meeting on Sept. 10. Provost Winebrake officiated and announced the award recipients. The full presentation can be found here. The most prestigious...more

UNCW Researcher on COVID-19 Testing in Campus Wastewater Featured
September 2, 2020 - UNCW researchers search for signs of COVID-9 in campus wastewater as they work with teams across the country to investigate alternative ways of monitoring levels of the disease. WECT features and interview with Dr. Larry Cahoon...more

UNCW Researcher Selected to Serve on NC Black Entrepreneurship Council
August 28, 2020 – Dr. Karl Ricanek was selected by NC IDEA to serve on the inaugural Black Entrepreneurship Council (NC BEC). Representing UNCW, greater Wilmington and southeastern North Carolina, Dr. Ricanek fills one of 25 seats on the council...more

UNCW Research Could Help Health Officials Identify Coronavirus Outbreaks
August 25, 2020 - Two UNCW faculty members are testing wastewater on the UNCW campus and at two Cape Fear Public Utility Authority wastewater treatment plants for signs of the RNA of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that...more

Threatened Coral Species Spawns for the First Time in Captivity in UNCW Lab
August 12, 2020 - The Coral REEF lab at UNC's Center for Marine Science has induced coral spawning in captivity, making it the first lab in North Carolina to do so. 'This is a giant leap forward to not only understand the mechanisms involved in the reproduction of this threatened species, but to create...more

UNCW Doctoral Student Marae Lindquist Receives NOAA Graduate Fellowship
August 6, 2020
- UNCW doctoral student Mara Lindquist has been selected for the National Estuarine Research System's Margaret A. Davidson Graduate Fellowship. Awarded by the NOAA Office of...more

UNCW's Coastal Engineering Program Nets Major NSF Grant
August 3, 2020
- Only weeks into his faculty position, Ryan S. Mieras submitted his first grant proposal as a UNCW employ not quite eight months ago. The proposal has yielded an impressive award from NSF totaling nearly $1M to develop...more

Visit UNCW's Weather Stations for Live Updates
August 3, 2020 - For current weather conditions from UNCW's weather stations visit WeatherSTEM (on top of Randall Library) or watch the data coming from the Coastal Ocean Research and Monitoring Program (CORMP).  This long-running UNCW research program has a set of buoys in the ocean off our coast with a variety of instruments in the water and in the air.

Dr. Kara Yopak's Research on Shark Brains Featured in National Geographic
July 29, 2020 - Human brains are like a shark's according to Kara Yopak, a comparative neuroanatomist at UNCW. This, plus a sampling of the most fascinating shark discoveries of the past decade, was featured in a National Geographic article published July 28. A shark brain is as intricate...more

Dr. Julia Buck's Research on Animal Social Distancing to Avoid Disease Published and Promoted on NPR
July 21, 2020 - National Public Radio reflected on Dr. Julia Buck’s article in Scientific American in a lively opinion piece during NPR’s Weekend Edition Saturday on July 11. The article explores how animals naturally practice social distancing...more

WCE's Kevin McClure Featured in Inside Higher Ed
July 21, 2020 - In a story titled 'The 'Half-Campus' Model' Inside Higher Ed featured the work of Kevin McClure, Associate Professor in the department of Educational Leadership...more

From Livestock to Nanoparticles: COVID-19 Research Runs the Gamut at NC Universities
July 21, 2020 - Research at UNCW received part of the North Carolina Policy Collaboratory funding for COVID-19 research along with most of the UNC system institutions. the Collaboratory received $29M in May as par of the state's $1.5 billion coronavirus relief...more

Kati Chipps Named SPARC Director and Office Reorganized to Meet Needs Increased Research Activity
July 13, 2020 - Kati Chipps will join UNCW's Office of Sponsored Programs and Research Compliance (SPARC) as director effective July 20, 2020. The office has also been reorganized to meet growing needs as UNCW's research mission continues to expand...more

NSF Grant Supports First-Year Students' Research Efforts in Marine Sciences
July 13, 2020 - A collaborative team of UNCW researchers have been awarded a three-year grant from the National Science Foundation for $388,000 to support summer undergraduate research opportunities for first-year students who aspire to work in the marine…more

Wilmington Among 3 NC Regions in Top 100 World-wide Emerging Ecosystems
June 26, 2020 - Wilmington is among the top 100 emerging ecosystems in the world according to the Global Startup Ecosystem Report 2020 (GSER 2020) published by Startup Genome, an organization focused on venture capital and startup growth globally. Research Triangle Park is the 10th emerging startup hub in the world, Charlotte and Wilmington also earned spots in the top 100, showing how the tech and life science ecosystem is spreading across North Carolina…more

Publication by Former Provost and Biology Faculty Earns National Honors
June 23, 2020 - Seacoast Plants of the Carolinas has earned two high honors from the American Library Association. Written by Paul E. Hosier, the book is published by North Carolina Sea Grant and the University of North Carolina Press...more

Research Collider Workshop Features Faculty-led COVID-19 Research
June 15, 2020 - The Office of Research and Innovation and Randall Library will co-host a Faculty Research Collider workshop on Monday, June 22 from 9-11 a.m. via Zoom. This event will provide a mechanism for UNCW faculty to connect and collaborate and will feature UNCW faculty-led COVID-19 themed research during the pandemic. The first half...more

Statement on Diversity & Inclusion from APRI
June 15, 2020 - Christian Cooper. George Floyd. Breonna Taylor. Ahmaud Arbery. Atatiana Jefferson. Benjamin Chavis. Martin Luther King Jr. Emmett Till. Alexander Manly. I am angry and disheartened by the way we as humans can continue to divide, divide, and divide again and then deride and abuse one another. This is not a new story in human history, so it is not shocking. It is just sickening.  When we rise to be our better selves, individually and collectively, we are capable of so much more love, kindness, light, empathy, learning, innovation, creativity, and compassion. 

While words are insufficient – we need concrete positive action now – words are essential. Silence has proven deadly.  Thus, I add my voice to the growing chorus of re-commitment to the values of diversity and inclusion.  I reaffirm the UNCW Seahawk Respect Compact that recognizes the dignity of all persons, and promotes a climate of civility and mutual respect, and calls on our community to eliminate prejudice and discrimination.   As a leader of UNCW, I am committed to building inclusive communities, embracing the many dimensions of our humanity, and exposing and removing barriers such as systemic racism.  I look forward to continuing to work with you to build the bright future of UNCW.  It is not simple, but together we can do this. 


Stuart Borrett
Associate Provost for Research and Innovation
University of North Carolina Wilmington 

Seahawk Respect Compact
In the pursuit of excellence, UNC Wilmington actively fosters, encourages, and promotes inclusiveness, mutual respect, acceptance, and open-mindedness among students, faculty, staff and the broader community.
~ We affirm the dignity of all persons. ~
~ We promote the right of every person to participate in the free exchange of thoughts and opinions within a climate of civility and mutual respect. ~

 ~ We strive for openness and mutual understanding to learn from differences in people, ideas and opinions. ~

 ~ We foster an environment of respect for each individual, even where differences exist, by eliminating prejudice and discrimination through education and interaction with others. ~

 ~ Therefore, we expect members of the campus community to honor these principles as fundamental to our ongoing efforts to increase access to and inclusion in a community that nurtures learning and growth for all. ~

Professor Alison Taylor Selected as Fellow of the Marine Biological Association
June 3, 2020 - Alison Taylor, a professor in the Department of Biology and Marine Biology, has been selected to receive the title of Fellow of the Marine Biological Association for her contributions to the discipline...more

Chancellor Sartarelli Announces Changes to Fall 2020 AY
June 2, 2020 - Chancellor Sartarelli announced today the modified academic calendar for fall 2020. To summarize: We will retain our planned start date of the academic year (Aug. 10) and first day of classes (Aug.19). Labor Day remains unaffected, but the difficult decision was made to cancel fall break so that...more

Proposals Selected for AY20-21 Interdisciplinary Research Seminar Series
June 2, 2020 - The Office of the Associate Provost for Research and Innovation (APRI) announced two new Interdisciplinary Research Seminar Series (IRSS) on Digital Sounding and Mindfulness have been selected for the 2020-2021 academic year. Congratulations to...more

Research Ramp Up: Phase I
May 20, 2020 - While research and scholarship at UNCW never stopped completely during the COVID-19 pandemic, the campus closure required a ramp-down of some research and restricted access to specialized facilities e.g., laboratories, equipment, and field work. A first phase of research ramp-up...more

UNCW Research Professors Share in $350,000 Greenfield Lake Project
May 18, 2020 - UNCW research professors Mike Mallin and Larry Cahoon are involved in a $350,000 collaborative effort to reduce the flow of nutrients that feed pervasive algae growth in Wilmington’s Greenfield Lake. The grant, which includes $206,485 in federal money and $140,308 in matching or...more

SPARC Director Candidate Visits Begin May 26
May 20, 2020 - SPARC Director candidate virtual campus visits begin Tuesday, May 26th. Four candidates will meet with a variety of stakeholders for a full day and will provide an open forum presentation. Candidates are listed...more

COVID-19 Cases in the State Tracked by Tools Developed by UNCW Scholars
April 13, 2020 - UNCW’s M.S. in Data Science program has been actively addressing the COVID-19 pandemic with research that maps and tracks cases. Dr. Rachel Carroll, Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Statistics, has developed a spatial-temporal that maps COVID-19 in the United States, North Carolina and the Cape Fear Region. Also from Mathematics and Statistics, Dr. Mark Lammers...more

Dr. James J. Winebrake Named Provost and VC for Academic Affairs
April 8, 2020 - Dr. James J. Winebrake has been named Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, effective July 1, 2020, the University of North Carolina Wilmington announced today. An award-winning educator and experienced administrator, Winebrake has served as...more

Critical Research Defined in Response to COVID-19
April 6, 2020 - In an effort to better comply with the Governor’s order and better assist our community’s effort to reduce the disease spread, we have refined UNCW’s definition of Critical Research Activities as related to laboratory and field based-research that requires access to specialized facilities. These activities...more

John Finn Recognized by NSF for Exemplary Work
April 6, 2020 - John Finn, acting Assistant Director of SPARC, received recognition from the National Science Foundation for his exemplary work on the NSF Higher Education on Research Survey (HERD). The NSF HERD survey reports the university’s research and development expenditures that the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education (CCIHE) uses for university classifications including UNCW's designation as a Doctoral University – High Research Activity (R2). In a letter to Chancellor...more

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Call for Interdisciplinary Research Seminar Series Proposals
March 29, 2020 - The deadline has been extended to April 30 for proposals for a year-long Interdisciplinary Research Seminar Series (IRSS) at UNCW. The goals of the IRSS program is to build interdisciplinary capacity in areas of growing research strength by (1) fostering communication and promoting collaborations among UNCW investigators...more

Covid-19 : Research Community Update
March 24, 2020
- As the Covid-19 outbreak continues to grow worldwide and in the United States, UNCW is moving to online instruction and minimal staffing in campus buildings.  As communicated on March 19, 2020, starting March 24, 2020 at 5 pm access to UNCW facilities will be restricted to faculty, staff, students, and tenants who were identified by supervisors as Communicable Disease Mandatory Employees (CDME).   This includes laboratory and field personnel...more

SPARC Launches Webpage with Resources and Guidance from Sponsors in Response to COVID-19
March 13, 2020 - In response to the Covid-19 pandemic and its impact on sponsored programs and the university's research, scholarship, and creative work, the office of Sponsored Programs and Research Compliance/SPARC has launched a webpage with updates and guidance from sponsors. More...

UNC System Office Outlines Guidance for Campus Response to Coronavirus
March 11, 2020 - The UNC System Office outlined guidance today for all campuses responding to Coronavirus in relation to campus operations, extended spring break and alternative methods for instruction. A website with updates is now available and a detailed message and FAQ's can be found here.

UNCW Assistant Professor Part of $2.66 Million Research Project
February 27, 2020 -
Assistant Professor of Nursing Hayley Estrem is participating in a $2.66 million research project to identify signs that certain infants and young toddlers may develop chronic feeding disorders. Estrem will receive $123,369 over the five years of the multi-institutional...more

UNCW Celebrates Scholarship at Annual Research Reception
February 26, 2020 - Scholarly work from music and poetry to nursing, marine biology and more took center stage during a “Toast to Scholarship,” UNCW’s annual Research Reception on Feb. 25. The event celebrated faculty and staff who are leading research, discovery and innovation at UNCW. Faculty and staff were...more

2020 Grad Receives NOAA Hollings Scholarship
February 25, 2020 - In 2019, Savannah Miller '20 received the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Hollings Scholarship. During the summer of 2019, she lived in Sitka, Alaska, and worked at the Sitka Tribe of Alaska's Environmental Research Lab. In this video,

Research Collider Workshop Features Imaging Collaborations
February 7, 2020 - The Office of Research and Innovation and Randall Library will co-host a Faculty Research Collider workshop to provide a mechanism for UNCW faculty to connect, learn about each other’s research, scholarship, and creative work, and develop new innovative ideas and potential collaboration. This event...more

SPARC Team Members Part of WILMA's Leadership Institute
January 14, 2020 - Business Services Coordinator for UNCW's Research & Innovation Center, Jennie Jackson, will participate in the 2020 class of WILMA's Leadership Institute. Interim SPARC Director, Justine Reel and Laura Brogdon, CIE Program and Operations Manager are also alumni...more

UNCW Research Highlighted in The Guardian
December 17, 2019
An article in the Guardian highlights research on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (compounds in the family with GenX) in rainwater involving UNCW faculty and students. The research is funded through NC Collaboratory and is a partnership between several academic  institutions in the state. At UNCW, the faculty involved are Dr. Ralph Mead, Dr. Brooks Avery, Dr. Robert Kieber, and Dr. Steve Skrabal along with two post docs and numerous graduate/undergraduate students. To learn more about the research please click on this link:

Post Doctoral Research Named to Attend PI Launchpad Workshop
November 25, 2019
NASA, the University of Arizona, and the Heising-Simons Foundation organized a workshop entitled "The PI Launchpad: From Science Idea to NASA Mission" in Tucson, Arizona (November 18-20, 2019), “for researchers and engineers who would like to submit a NASA space mission proposal in the next few years but don't know where to start”. Participants learned how to develop a pitch to sell...more

UNCW Receives $1.6M from U.S. Department of Justice
November 13, 2019
UNCW has received $1.6M in funding from the U.S. Department of Justice to transition the National Drug Court Resource Center (NDCRC) to North Carolina. Currently housed at the Justice Programs Office at American University, the NDCRC is the country’s primary resource hub for problem-solving courts, including adult and juvenile drug courts, tribal healing-to-wellness courts, DWI courts and...more

New SPARC Leadership Announced
November 1, 2019
New interim leaders for the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research (SPARC) were announced today. In a communication to university leaders and as announced to the Office of SPARC and associated units, Dr. Stuart Borrett shared that Dr. Justine Reel will serve as the part-time Interim Director for SPARC until a permanent director is...more

Interdisciplinary Research Seminar Series Planned
September 23, 2019
UNCW is launching two seminar series with recent funding for interdisciplinary research. Faculty members from across the university have teamed up to present regular interdisciplinary research seminar on the topics of: Coastal Community Resiliency and The Role of Artificial Intelligence in Health

UNCW Provost Names Five to New Leadership Roles
July 9, 2019
Dr. Stuart Borrett has been named Associate Provost for Research and Innovation, effective July 9, 2019. Dr. Borrett has served as Interim Associate Provost for Research and President of the UNCW Research Foundation since last year. In his new role, Dr. Borrett will be UNCW’s chief research officer, assisting the university leadership in developing, coordinating and growing research activities. more

UNCW collaborates with InfoReady Review to Create Repository of Internal Funding Opportunities
The InfoReady software allows prospective grant applicants (faculty, students and staff) to easily peruse various funding and award opportunities, which are organized into three primary categories: Faculty Award & Funding Opportunities, Student Opportunities and Limited Submission Opportunities supported by external sponsors. (more)

UNCW Researchers Receive $138,000 Grant to Study Metals in Lower Cape Fear River
Two UNCW researchers have received a $138,600 grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to investigate the bioaccumulation of mercury, arsenic and selenium in the Lower Cape Fear River estuarine system. more...

Dr. Kimberly McKoy Earns CRA Designation
Dr. Kimberly McKoy has passed the examination to become designated as a Certified Research Administrator® (CRA), which means that she has demonstrated a level of knowledge necessary for a person to be a professional researcher or sponsored programs administrator. The Board of Directors of the Research Administrators Certification Council welcomes her as a new CRA.

CHHS Professor Receives Cahill Research Grant to Investigate Product that may Help People with Lung Obstruction
Jennifer McCall, an assistant professor in the School of Nursing's Clinical Research Program, received a Cahill Research Grant. more...

UNCW Awarded $80,000 In CAA "Innovate/Collaborate" Grants
UNCW’s Office of Undergraduate Studies has been awarded $80,000 in multi-institutional "Innovate/Collaborate" grants from the Colonial Academic Alliance. The grants are the first to be awarded under CAA’s new IN/CO Grant Program. Each totaling $20,000 per year for two years, the grants are dedicated to the support of initiatives that address pressing policy challenges in higher education, fuel collaboration between institutions, and promote innovation in intellectual inquiry. more...

Research Takes Flight: UNCW biology student wins NC Coastal Reserve fellowship
Over the years, climate change has affected much of the natural world. Scientists have studied related phenomena such as disappearing coral reefs and melting ice caps to understand how climate change is disrupting the patterns of nature. UNCW biology student Robert Snowden ’18M will make his contribution to this body of work by researching the historically understudied effects of changing environmental temperatures on seabird species.

UNCW Geography Professor Publishes in Prestigious Multidisciplinary Journal
UNCW assistant professor of Geography Narcisa Pricope serves as second author on a scholarly article entitled “Biodiversity Areas Under Threat: Overlap of Climate Change and Population Pressures on the World’s Biodiversity Priorities,” which has been published in the prestigious multidisciplinary open access journal PLOS ONE.

Publishing in Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Research Journal Prepares Students for the Future
Eight years ago, Kate Bruce, UNCW professor of psychology and director of the Honors College, became the editor-in-chief for Explorations, the journal of undergraduate research and creative activities for the state of North Carolina. This year, for volume XI of the journal, a large number of UNCW students have been published, alongside the work of students from participating universities across the state. Going through the publishing process at such a young age is, according to Bruce, an invaluable experience for future researchers.

UNCW Alumna Discovers Crustacean Camouflage
Laura Bagge ’08, ’11M first discovered marine biology catching ghost crabs during summer visits to the aquarium near Emerald Isle, NC. That early interest inspired her to major in biology and marine biology at UNCW.

Burning the Midnight Plastic: Researchers turn ocean debris into usable oil
When Bonnie Monteleone ’11M began her thesis for her master’s in liberal studies, she learned of the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch,” large swaths of marine debris created by non-biodegradable trash. Since then, Monteleone’s interest in keeping the ocean plastic-free has morphed into a lifelong passion project. After founding the national nonprofit Plastic Ocean Project, Monteleone has partnered with the UNCW chemistry department as well as PK Clean, a company dedicated to turning waste into fuel.

Research Takes Flight: UNCW biology student wins NC Coastal Reserve fellowship
Over the years, climate change has affected much of the natural world. Scientists have studied related phenomena such as disappearing coral reefs and melting ice caps to understand how climate change is disrupting the patterns of nature. UNCW biology student Robert Snowden ’18M will make his contribution to this body of work by researching the historically understudied effects of changing environmental temperatures on seabird species.

UNCW Geography Professor Publishes in Prestigious Multidisciplinary Journal
UNCW assistant professor of Geography Narcisa Pricope serves as second author on a scholarly article entitled “Biodiversity Areas Under Threat: Overlap of Climate Change and Population Pressures on the World’s Biodiversity Priorities,” which has been published in the prestigious multidisciplinary open access journal PLOS ONE.

Publishing in Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Research Journal Prepares Students for the Future
Eight years ago, Kate Bruce, UNCW professor of psychology and director of the Honors College, became the editor-in-chief for Explorations, the journal of undergraduate research and creative activities for the state of North Carolina. This year, for volume XI of the journal, a large number of UNCW students have been published, alongside the work of students from participating universities across the state. Going through the publishing process at such a young age is, according to Bruce, an invaluable experience for future researchers.

UNCW Alumna Discovers Crustacean Camouflage
Laura Bagge ’08, ’11M first discovered marine biology catching ghost crabs during summer visits to the aquarium near Emerald Isle, NC. That early interest inspired her to major in biology and marine biology at UNCW.

Panda Powell Travels to Russia to Work with Fellow Research Administrator
Director of Sponsored Programs and Research Compliance Panda Powell recently returned from a trip to Russia to help build their university research administration capabilities. Powell was in the country Nov. 6-12 to work with a counterpart from Yaroslav-the-Wise Novgorod State University and attend a conference at the Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences. more...

Inside Our Bones: 3-Dimensional MRI imaging in the classroom
Imagine doctors looking inside their patient’s bones, seeing each layer in order to pinpoint a problem without ever resorting to the operating table. Imagine researchers manipulating 3-D images of their subjects, breaking them down layer by layer without physical dissection. These scenarios may seem futuristic, but in reality this is cutting-edge research happening in labs and hospitals across the country. And now, it’s happening in UNCW classrooms. more...

Pakistani Scholars Arrive in Wilmington to Collaborate with UNCW Faculty in Grant Partnership
Six scholars from International Islamic University in Islamabad are spending three weeks at UNCW as faculty in residence as part of a three-year State Department grant to promote educational and cultural exchanges between American and Pakistani universities. The group is expected to be in Wilmington through Nov. 26. more...

UNCW Computer Scientist Collaborates with Others to Analyze Fitness Tracker Data to Predict Consumers’ Health and Longevity
Using sophisticated algorithms developed at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, researchers now have the ability to translate data from wearable fitness trackers into reliable measures of consumers’ health and longevity. more...

The Policy of Change: UNCW students to help build up Navassa
A group of graduate students within the public administration and coastal and ocean policy programs have been working to effect change in small-town Navassa, NC. The students, along with public administration assistant professor Jennifer Biddle, are partnering with Navassa to assess and create new policies following site redevelopment for the historically disadvantaged community. more...

WCE’s Marta Sanchez is Co-Principal Investigator on $1.1 Million Federal Grant
UNCW and Duke are partnering institutions on a $1.1 million grant awarded to North Carolina Central University by the Institute of Education Sciences in June. Funds will be used to create a new Research Institute for Scholars of Equity, a program that will provide one-year research fellowships to up to 60 upper-level undergraduate students over five years, beginning in summer 2017. The goal is to develop a more diverse field of highly qualified education researchers. more...

Steering the Trolley: Predicting moral judgments
A trolley is running uncontrollably down the tracks toward five coal miners. The trolley cannot be stopped, but it can be diverted by an operator to a different track where it will hit only one coal miner. Where should the operator direct the trolley? Should the operator listen to emotions or logic when making this decision? Moral, high-risk decision-making questions like the trolley scenario interest UNCW psychology professor Dale Cohen and inform his research in support of his subjective utilitarian theory of moral judgment. more...

2016 UNCW Research Magazine
The 2016 issue of the UNCW Research Magazine is now live! Discover the exciting research being done in marine sciences and psychology, film studies and aquaculture. From Masonboro island to outer space, this issue of the UNCW Research Magazine shows where research and inquiry can take us. more...

Using the Past to Make Sense of the Present
History takes part in helping countries learn from the mistakes and successes of the past, social change and civic life. The study of art history, specifically ancient pottery, helps people learn more about daily life, habits, economic exchanges and architecture, to name a few. For associate professor of art and art history, Nicholas Hudson, the study of ceramic remains provides a voice to the average person when literature may not have. more...

UNCW Senior Creates Compounds in Hopes of Treating Neurodegenerative Diseases
Honors student, published writer, SURCA winner, American Chemical Society National Meeting presenter, and chemistry and biology double major – these are just a few of senior Kristen Maiden’s outstanding accomplishments during her time at UNCW. With more than 14,000 undergraduates attending UNCW, students find it difficult to stand out among their peers; however, Maiden has undoubtedly made her mark. more...

UNCW Researchers Recognized by Eli Lilly Open Innovation Drug Discovery Initiative 
Recently, three UNCW-affiliated researchers were recognized by the Eli Lilly Open Innovation Drug Discovery (OIDD) for their molecular contributions to biological testing. Jeremy Morgan, associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry, Stephen Eitelman, business development consultant for MARBIONC, and Nicole Palmer ’16, former undergraduate student in chemistry, all had hands in helping the UNCW chemistry department win the Lilly OIDD Outstanding Continuous Contribution to Compound Screening Award. more...

Elementary Ed, Higher Ed Students Collaborate on Semester-Long Arts Integration Project
Forty-five students enrolled in EDN 414, an undergraduate course titled Integrating Arts in Elementary Education, and 18 students enrolled in EDL 558, a master’s level course titled Social Justice Topics in Education, collaborated on a project this spring, incorporating the arts to teach social justice concepts. more...

Researching the Roots of Unemployment
In 2014, the Southern Sociological Society (SSS), under the leadership of former UNCW professor Leslie Hossfeld, introduced the Persistent Poverty in the South project (PPS). Two years later, four separate research projects are underway across four different universities. One such project is being led by Jill Waity, assistant professor of sociology at UNCW. more...

Gerontology Goes Global
After accepting a position at UNCW in August 2015, Anne Glass, professor and program coordinator for the gerontology department, has spent the past year re-imaging the scope of gerontology at UNCW. Glass has many plans to refocus the department, and one vital part of those plans is to get the program more involved in the global conversation on aging. more...

Embodying the Other: Pedagogical Research to Achieve Loving Perception
Lights, camera, action. This is a familiar phrase in the filmmaking world. It's a condensed retelling of what goes into creating a movie, a documentary or a television show. For Julie-Ann Scott-Pollock, associate professor of communication studies at UNCW, the popular phrase disregards the intricate and sometimes arduous process of making a film through the lens of performance ethnography. According to Scott-Pollock, performance ethnography is a way to experience and find empathy with another cultural experience through performing the narratives of individuals within that culture. more...

Researchers Unite to Reduce Stress of Veterans with PTSD
The homecoming of a soldier should be an exciting experience; a breath of relief for loved ones waiting eagerly at home. But what happens when what should be a joyous reunion is interrupted by the reality of war? Post-traumatic stress disorder shakes the expected reentry into one of fear and anxiety. According to United States Veteran Services, approximately 12% of US Iraqi veterans experienced PTSD. Each of those diagnosed must go through six to eight hours of testing immediately once returning to America, a long, grueling burden that senior statistics major Danielle Gaal and psychology graduate student Angela Sekely are trying to ease. more...

UNCW Aquaculture Faculty Receive NC Sea Grant
North Carolina has the benefit of offering some truly beautiful and varied natural landscapes. From the mountains to the plains to the beaches, the state appeals to nature lovers of all kinds. UNCW researchers are exposed to unique opportunities in biology and marine biology, thanks to the university's unique coastal location. more...

UNCW Chemistry Professors Receive $330,000 National Science Foundation Grant
Two UNCW chemistry researchers have been awarded a three-year, $330,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to fund studies that could enhance scientific knowledge of the inner workings of cells, which ultimately may be useful in understanding the progression and treatment of certain diseases. more...

The Nature of Creative Research: MFA Creative Writing Candidates Present Their Theses
For third-year Master of Fine Arts (MFA) creative writing candidates, the end of spring semester is a stressful time full of frantic writing, revising and meetings with advisors. These master's students have been polishing their manuscript-length theses of carefully researched fiction, nonfiction and poetry for graduation and, if they're lucky, publication. This is the case for third-year University of North Carolina Wilmington MFA students Diane Sorensen (fiction), Cathe Shubert (poetry) and Katie O'Reilly (nonfiction). more...

Crus-NC Program Brings Student Researchers to the Coast
This spring, the University of North Carolina Wilmington launched a new program called Coastal Research for Undergraduate Students in North Carolina (Crus-NC). The program is a semester-long opportunity to engage students in coastal research alongside mentors in their chosen field at one of North Carolina's coastal marine labs. more...

Mapping the Brain in UNCW's Trauma and Resilience Lab
Child abuse and child neglect are the two of the most preventable catalysts that lead to mental health problems in adulthood. This is why Kate Nooner, associate professor of psychology at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, has dedicated so much time and effort into her Trauma and Resilience Lab. The goal of the lab is to integrate neuroscience into studying risk and resilience behaviors following childhood trauma and abuse. more...

College of Health and Human Services' 2016 Research Day
Research day is an annual CHHS event that provides an opportunity for faculty and students to celebrate the scholarly efforts of the CHHS. It takes place during the Health and Human Services week and consists of a keynote speaker; a scientific poster session, showcasing the work of our CHHS faculty and students; a distinguished professor presentation and podium presentations for interprofessional research award winners. more...

New 'CISME' Technology Developed to Study Coral Health
For the past six years, Dr. Alina Szmant, coral reef ecologist and former Professor of Marine Biology at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, and her colleague, Dr. Rob Whitehead, a Research Specialist at the UNCW Center for Marine Science, have been developing a new instrument for diving scientists to measure coral health indicators. Szmant calls the instrument CISME, short for 'Coral In Situ MEtabolism.' The instrument is designed to measure coral metabolic rates wherever the coral lives without harming it. Szmant hopes CISME will open up a new chapter in coral physiological research. more...

Researcher Discovers Abandoned Colony of Adélie Penguins in Antarctica
Antarctica's most populous colony of Adélie penguins once may have been nearly twice the size it is today, UNCW biology and marine biology professor Steven D. Emslie and his research team discovered on a recent trip to the continent. more...

John Morrison's Satellite Project Is Out of This World
UNCW professor John M. Morrison is leading a team of scientists from UNCW; Cloudland Instruments of Santa Barbara, CA; Clyde Space of Glasgow, UK; NASA Goddard Space Flight Center; and Hawk Institute for Space Sciences who have received a two-year grant for $1,675,000 from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation as a "proof of concept to demonstrate capability to construct low-cost autonomous nanosatellites to provide sustained, high spatial resolution and temporal resolution information about the surface ocean processes." more...

First-of-its-Kind Model Forecasted Recent Underwater Volcanic Eruptions
In September 2014, Scott Nooner, assistant professor at UNCW, and
Bill Chadwick
, adjunct professor at Oregon State University, forecasted underwater volcano Axial Seamount would erupt in 2015. Located about 300 miles off the coast of Oregon and Washington, it now appears to be doing just that. more...

ARNOVA Conference Honors Dr. Jeff Brudney
In mid-September 2015, public and international affairs professor Jeffrey Brudney journeyed to Ghana, Africa as a member of a small team of scholars selected by the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA). more...

UNCW, Duke and Ohio State Determine Correlation Between Property Values and Beach Nourishment Measures
A groundbreaking collaboration between the University of North Carolina Wilmington, Duke University and Ohio State University fuses physics, economics and oceanography toward quantifying the correlation between property values and beach nourishment measures-in other words, what would happen to property values if federal beach nourishment subsidies were to end. more...

Revolutions in Recreation Therapy
In 1998, when Dan Johnson joined UNCW's College of Health and Human Services, the recreation therapy program included two faculty members and about 30 students. Today, it offers a dozen courses to 150 students, more than 90 percent of who pass the field's national exam .more...

Revolutions in Recreation Therapy
In 1998, when Dan Johnson joined UNCW's College of Health and Human Services, the recreation therapy program included two faculty members and about 30 students. Today, it offers a dozen courses to 150 students, more than 90 percent of who pass the field's national exam .more...

HIV Outreach Among Women
Dr. Paula Reid, UNCW School of Nursing, continues to enhance health care for under-served populations. The recent recipient of a Corbett Grant for her scholarship on how women manage their HIV, Reid also has a support group in Jacksonville, serves on the board of directors for a regional HIV consortium, and has joined the International Nursing Network for HIV/AIDS Research. more...

Coral Sponges and Our Eco-Future
Lindsey Deignan, a fourth-year Ph.D. student in marine biology, is demystifying the ocean floor. In collaboration with advisor Joseph Pawlik, as well as fellow graduate students, Deignan has uncovered new information about underwater ecosystems, by actually living among them. more...

Social Work Helps Military Families
While she's only recently joined the faculty at UNCW's College of Health and Human Services, Assistant Professor Jessica Strong is already helping improve the experience of local military families. Strong, whose previous areas of study include domestic violence and sexual assault, is channeling efforts toward a better understanding of parenting and family life within the military. more...

UNCW Professor's Work Making Strides in Next Phase of Biometrics
UNCW professor Karl Ricanek hasn't discovered the fountain of youth, but his work is making breakthroughs in the field of aging. In addition to being a faculty member in the computer science department and director of the UNCW Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies in Identity Sciences (I2SIS), Ricanek recently launched, a web application that allows users to upload their picture to see the "age" of their face and provides an estimate of their life span using advanced actuarial science techniques. more...

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