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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

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

COVID-19 Cases 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

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, professor, has developed a visualization tool that tracks COVID-19 cases by county in North Carolina. Both tools update nightly with John Hopkins data. UNCW's M.S. in Data Science is a 16 month accelerated master's degree that is a collaboration between departments of Computer Science and Math/Statistics, the larger academic community and the business community that emphasizes computational-based applications of traditional data analysis methods as well as current trends in data mining and machine learning...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: https://ncpfastnetwork.com/research-team/team-4-air-emissions-atmospheric-deposition/

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 Obstrcution
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
more...

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.
more...

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.
more...

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.
more...

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 reimaging 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 FaceMyAge.com, a web application that allows users to upload their picture to see the "age" of their face and provides an estimate of their lifespan using advanced actuarial science techniques. more...

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