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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...

Early Intervention Pays Off for Disadvantaged Children, Says New Study

University of Chicago professor James Heckman released a new paper analyzing the effects of the 1970s-era Carolina Abecedarian Project (ABC) and a largely similar project called Carolina Approach to Responsive Education (jointly referred to as ABC/CARE) — both Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute projects. Read More...

High-Quality Birth-to-Five Programs Produce a Greater Return on Investment

Professor James Heckman and colleagues have just released The Lifecycle Benefits of an Influential Early Childhood Program, the results of a new analysis demonstrating that high-quality birth-to-five programs for disadvantaged children can deliver a 13% per year return on investment—a rate substantially higher than the 7-10% return previously established for preschool programs serving 3 and 4-year-olds. Read More...

Using Data to Guide Clinical Care

A new project led by researchers at the Renaissance Computing Institute and the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy aims to develop a biomedical data “translator” that will integrate, synthesize, and interpret multiple sources of clinical and biomedical data. Read More...