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Science Network Links Researchers, Teachers

Third-grade Bogue Sound Elementary School teacher Amy Byrd, with the command to “Go,” begins grabbing red M&M’s candy out of a bowl that recent University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill graduate Joseph Townsend has in his hands. The goal of the game is to understand why cells can only get as big as they are. Cells and M&M’s? What’s the connection? The activity is one of many found on the tables of the SciREN, or Scientific Research and Education Network, Coast event held Feb. 16 at the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores. Read More...

Teaching Self-Regulation in the Classroom

Self-regulation skills in childhood can be predictors of long-term outcomes from economic success to risks for substance use. Fortunately, they are skills that can be taught in the classroom the same way schools teach literacy. FPG's Desiree Murray shares more. Read More...

A Refocus on Disaster Recovery

“In my opinion we are not investing nearly enough on the front end,” said Gavin Smith, professor in the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and director of the Department of Homeland Security’s Coastal Resilience Center of Excellence. “Government agencies should be planning before disasters occur for how the recovery from them should look.” Read More...

Survey Results Show NC Motorcycle Riders Focus on Safety

The image of the devil-may-care motorcycle rider is long entrenched in American pop culture. But the results of a 2016 UNC Highway Safety Research Center survey of registered NC motorcyclists paint a far different picture of real-life riders who care about safety and take steps to ensure their safety when they ride. Read More...

“Time to Teach Solutions to Pressing Environmental Challenges”

Greg Gangi, a joint faculty member in the Institute for the Environment (IE) and the Curriculum in Environment and Ecology, and the associate director of education for IE, said it is time to stop focusing on problems and start searching for solutions when it comes to studying the environment. Read More...