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UNC Lineberger Receives $4 Million Gift to Support Promising New Cancer Treatment

Alice Lehman of Charlotte has donated $4 million to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to fund the new cellular immunotherapy research program at UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. UNC Lineberger is among a select few academic cancer centers in the United States with the staff expertise and technical infrastructure to pursue this promising new cancer research, which involves genetically engineering patients’ immune cells to fight their cancer. Read More...

Water, Water – and Arts – Everywhere

Hans Paerl, Kenan Professor of Marine and Environmental Sciences, dressed to impress for his presentation at the March 23 meeting of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Board of Trustees. Flipping the bottom of his colorful tie at the trustees, Paerl told them, “I’m wearing a tie with blue-green algae on it.” Paerl’s lab is based in Carolina’s Institute for Marine Sciences in Morehead City, where he and his colleagues do research with local and global impact. Paerl studies blue-green algae, which can make water toxic, in China and in North Carolina’s Neuse River and New River Estuaries and the Pamlico Sound.  Read More...

FAA Awards Grant to IE to Examine Air Quality Impacts of Commercial Aircraft Emissions

The Institute for the Environment will continue to study air quality impacts from commercial aircraft emissions with extended funding from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). This grant provides $424,988 for the next year and charges IE to use its sophisticated air quality models to identify thresholds for various pollutants and inform policy decisions to achieve the national ambient air quality standards. Read More...

Celebrating Neuroscience During Brain Awareness Week

When people hear the word “nutrition,” they often think of eating healthy fruits and vegetables, counting calories, and constant exercise. At the Nutrition Research Institute (NRI) and across the North Carolina Research Campus (NCRC) in Kannapolis, NC, these are frequent topics of scientific inquiry. But to scientists, “nutrition” is a word with a subtly different definition, one that is expansive, just like the variety of research we do at the NRI. Read More...

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...