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Solving the most challenging problems of the day requires innovation and collaboration. Research centers and institutes at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill provide the infrastructure and support services necessary to help scholars and scientists produce their best work.

When they join a center or institute, faculty members typically retain their appointments in discipline-based departments, continuing to teach students and mentor graduate students. By carrying new knowledge back to their home departments, these faculty members help keep their disciplines on the cutting edge.

Research centers and institutes also help the state’s economy. Their ability to address real-world problems in a comprehensive manner attracts external funding and helps North Carolina compete for economic-development opportunities. A thriving research center or institute is a powerful force for new ideas and beneficial change.


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    Ashok Krishnamurthy is the director of the Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI) and co-director for informatics and data science at NC TraCS.

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    SAS seeks crowd-driven AI to protect endangered sea turtles in Galapagos

    The UNC Center for Galapagos Studies joins forces with the analytics and AI leader to boost conservation and sustainability efforts.

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    Growing research in the Galápagos

    Five Carolina research projects have received Galapagos Seed Grants for development at the Galapagos Science Center this summer.

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    Collaboration with federal agencies brings new data opportunities for Carolina researchers

    The new Triangle Research Data Center housed in the Carolina Population Center presents a wealth of otherwise unavailable microdata from various federal statistical agencies.

  • Jay Aikat and Stan Ahalt

    RENCI Leaders to Oversee New School of Data Science & Society

    RENCI Director Stan Ahalt and Chief Operating Officer Jay Aikat will take on leadership roles as secondary appointments for the launch of the School of Data Science and Society, planned for Fall 2022. Ahalt will serve as the school’s inaugural … Read more

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    RENCI and RTI Expand Partnership

    RENCI and RTI International have established a strategic partnership to build on the success of existing collaborations and jointly seek out new research opportunities in areas such as data modernization, data science, and team science solutions.

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    Expediting Clinical Research

    RENCI researchers are contributing to the creation of Biomedical Data Translator, an easy-to-use tool that can quickly respond to biomedical research queries by synthesizing relevant data from a wide variety of sources and could expedite the clinical research process.

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    UNC Hosts Eighth Annual Clean Tech Summit

    The 2022 UNC Clean Tech Summit, themed “Transitioning to a Low Carbon Economy,” took place in-person on March 29-30, drawing more than 800 industry leaders, students, and policymakers from across the Southeast to UNC-Chapel Hill.

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    Reducing Air Pollution Deaths in NYC

    A UNC Institute for the Environment study estimates reducing emissions in New York City could save more than 400 lives every year. Researchers modeled five sustainability policy scenarios and found a significant reduction in health risks associated with a decrease … Read more

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    Using Data to Predict Disease

    Finding patterns in data is central to all research, especially when using biological samples to predict a patient’s risk for disease. RENCI researchers helped develop a new method for finding patterns in such data that surpasses current approaches.

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