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UNC and Duke researchers, united on Capitol Hill

Researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University were in Washington on Thursday to lobby on Capitol Hill for more funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for scientific research, visiting the offices of North Carolina Congressional Delegation Members.

UNC Drs. Paola Gehrig and Jonathan Serody joined in a nation-wide effort with approximately 50 other associations in what has become an annual "Rally for Medical Research" in recent years. Participants include researchers and people advocating for research leading to cures for particular diseases, such as various forms of cancer -- an important issue on the campuses of both UNC and Duke.

Image: UNC and Duke researchers visit with U.S. Senator Richard Burr to discuss the critical impact that medical research has on the people of North Carolina. 

Congressman Butterfield thanks students for contributions to Eastern NC, third-year EDA funding helps support program

Kenan Institute summer interns with the NC Strategic Economic Growth initiative presented their work on economic development in rural eastern North Carolina to a packed room at the Kenan Center -- with U.S. Congressman G.K. Butterfield front and center.

As the Representative for North Carolina’s 1st congressional district, Butterfield made a special appearance in support of continuing economic development efforts throughout Eastern North Carolina. The event was organized to showcase the efforts of the students and also to award a third year of EDA funding as part of a five-year federal grant.

Image: Jasmine Colquitt, dual NCCU MBA/JD student and Kenan Institute intern with Congressman G.K. Butterfield after the final presentations.

Related article: UNC initiative brings together students, companies, communities    

Carolina-led global health consortium awarded $180 million from USAID

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Carolina Population Center has received a five-year, $180 million award for its Monitoring and Evaluation to Assess and Use Results (MEASURE) Evaluation project from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The award will fund another five years of the MEASURE project, which evaluates public health programs around the world to ensure government funds are being used effectively.

The award – which goes into effect today (July 1) and is the second largest ever received by UNC-Chapel Hill – supports Phase IV of an effort begun in 1997. With possible associate awards from USAID missions and bureaus in other countries, the total award could grow to more than $300 million.

MEASURE Evaluation is USAID’s flagship project for monitoring and evaluating spending on international global health. The project is implemented by a team of organizations led by UNC-Chapel Hill, working with Futures Group, ICF International, John Snow Inc., Management Sciences for Health and Tulane University.

Image:  Director of MEASURE, Dr. Jim Thomas

Mills appointed federal affairs director

The University’s Office of Federal Affairs has a new director. Beau Mills, who assumed the post on Feb. 28, will represent Carolina in Washington and serve as the primary point of contact for all federal issues affecting the University.

Mills came to Carolina after serving since 2009 as District Director under U.S. Rep. David Price. In that position, he managed the offices within North Carolina’s Fourth District and worked with a variety of business and government leaders, interest groups and constituents throughout the district on Price’s behalf.

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Carolina’s Pavelsky Receives Early Career Award

Obama PECASEPresident Obama named UNC-Chapel Hill Geological Sciences Assistant Professor Dr. Tamlin Pavelsky as a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE).  The PECASE awards represent the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on scientists and engineers beginning their research careers.  Pavelsky was recognized for exceptional research and leadership advancing satellite remote sensing of river discharge, including enabling the broader community to develop and improve algorithms for NASA’s Surface Water Ocean Topography (SWOT) Satellite Mission.  Pavelsky is among 102 researchers who will receive the awards.

Image credit: Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

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