Mike Piehler Takes the Helm of UNC Institute for the Environment Amid Renewed Environmental Landscape at Carolina
As the new director of the UNC Institute for the Environment, Mike Piehler will draw on his lifetime of experiences as an observer, researcher, teacher, and convener to lead an environmental convergence at Carolina to new heights.
The One Doing the Talking
Across the nation, data indicate that meaningful conversations between teachers and students from kindergarten to third grade are limited to an average of 28 total minutes per day — something that prevents children from developing their ability to communicate in important ways. The Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute’s FirstSchool initiative strives to change that.
The Evolution of a Research Center
More than 225 students and scientists have received educational training and advanced their research at the Galapágos Science Center — a collaborative partnership between UNC-Chapel Hill and the Universidad San Francisco de Quito.
At the end of his 40-year career at the UNC Institute of Marine Sciences, Dive Safety Officer Glenn Safrit reflects on the most important lessons he learned — and taught — in the ocean.
UNC’s Largest-Ever Research Award Reaches $232 Million
MEASURE Evaluation is a five-year cooperative agreement funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) led by UNC’s Carolina Population Center (CPC). Three years ago, the project was awarded one of UNC’s largest awards ever—$179 million for MEASURE Evaluation to work with developing countries to strengthen their public health information systems. Because of the project’s strong reputation for excellent work, the demand for its service has steadily increased. USAID just added another $52 million to the project’s funding ceiling.
Putting the "You" in "Thank You"
Some researchers believe gratitude is a fundamental human emotion, connecting us to friends and partners who support our well-being. Two UNC psychologists focus on the long-lasting effects of living a life full of thanks.
UNC is partnering with the University of Kentucky and the Kentucky Department for Public Health to bring the Go NAPSACC program to child care providers in Kentucky to help them adopt practices that promote healthy eating and physical activity.
Elizabeth Frankenberg is the director of the Carolina Population Center. Her research focuses on how individuals and families are affected by unexpected events, how they adapt to new circumstances, and the ways that interventions can help.
The UNC Renaissance Computing Institute will lead projects aiming to help researchers take advantage of the latest advances in data science, networking, and computation with two $1 million awards from the National Science Foundation.