September 13, 2013
The House Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training, chaired by Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), held a hearing to examine how higher education institutions are supporting servicemembers and veterans who are working to earn a postsecondary degree or obtain valuable job training skills. As more troops return home from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, higher education institutions now face the largest influx of veteran students since World War II – a trend that is expected to continue.
During her opening remarks, Rep. Foxx highlighted UNC’s work to build a network of veteran services and programs known as the UNC Partnership for National Security. In her testimony, Kimrey Rhinehardt, Vice President for Federal Relations and Military Affairs at the University of North Carolina General Administration, explained the importance of implementing specific support systems for veteran students.
According to Rhinehardt, centralizing information sharing using a technology-based platform to provide a virtual “one-stop-shop” for veterans will help them to more easily transition into academic life from military service.
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September 10, 2013
One year after receiving a phone call that changed his life, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill head basketball coach Roy Williams joined hundreds of cancer patients, survivors and volunteers in the nation’s capital to lobby lawmakers for more cancer research funds.
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August 23, 2013
Sen. Kay Hagan toured the Carolyn J. Brown Center for the Acquisition of Spoken language Through Listening Enrichment (CASTLE) facility in Durham on Friday. While she was there, Hagan met the family of Grayson Clamp, a 3-year-old boy from Charlotte, N.C. who was born deaf but is now able to hear after receiving an auditory brainstem implant at UNC Hospitals as part of an FDA-approved investigational trial.
“The hard work and perseverance of Len and Nicole Clamp, Dr. Buchman and his team at CASTLE changed Grayson’s life and made him an inspiration to us all,” Sen. Hagan said in a press release about her visit. “The incredible progress we have made in cochlear implant technology over the last decade has been partly the result of investment our government has made in research through NIH funding. Grayson is a real life example of how these research investments pay dividends in the long-term, and I am committed to making sure that these smart investments in our future do not become the victims of sequestration and partisan gridlock.”
CASTLE is funded through a private/public partnership and is an expansion of the W. Paul Biggers, MD Carolina Children’s Communicative Disorders Program (CCCDP). The CCCDP is funded by the state of North Carolina and offers financial assistance to families for hearing aids, FM systems and cochlear implant technology. CASTLE, as part of the CCCDP, works through the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Department of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery, to provide comprehensive services to children who are deaf or hard of hearing.
Video: Grayson hears his father’s voice for the first time!More...
July 31, 2013
Deeply concerned about major federal budget cuts to research and higher education at a time when other nations are steadily increasing investments in those areas, UNC-Chapel Hill Chancellor Carol Folt today joined more than 160 other university presidents and chancellors in calling on leaders in Washington to close what they call the “innovation deficit.”
In an open letter to President Barack Obama and Congress published as an advertisement today in Washington’s Politico newspaper, the university leaders wrote that closing the innovation deficit – the widening gap between needed and actual investments in research and education – must be a national imperative. They noted that investments in those areas lead to the types of innovation and new technologies that power the nation’s economy, create jobs and reduce the budget deficit while ensuring the United States maintains its role as global leader.
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July 26, 2013
Faculty at UNC-Chapel Hill secured $777.8 million in research funding during fiscal 2013. That total is up nearly $11 million – 1.4 percent – from $767.1 million the previous year. The funding comes in contracts and grants awarded by federal and state agencies, foundations, nonprofit organizations, corporations and associations.
“With a difficult economy and continued funding cuts in many of the federal agencies, a number of universities are losing ground in their research funding,” she Chancellor Carol Folt. “Carolina is bucking the national trends, and our state and region are benefiting as a result.”
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