New Center Focuses on the Digital Age

July 22, 2019

To better understand the role of technology in our lives, UNC is establishing the Center for Information, Technology, and Public Life with generous support from the Knight Foundation, Luminate, and the Hewlett Foundation.

Penalties of Paternal Leave

July 18, 2019

A new study by sociologist Kate Weisshaar finds evidence that stay-at-home dads have more difficulty entering highly competitive job markets than their female counterparts.

Maternal Education Vital to Language Development

July 18, 2019

In a first of its kind study, the Frank Porter Graham Institute clearly establishes that maternal education, not race, plays an important role in predicting a child’s language development.

Generic Drugs May Cost More, Study Finds

July 17, 2019

Medicare Part D beneficiaries may end up spending more on generic drugs than on their branded counterparts, a new study by UNC and Vanderbilt University finds. In response, the federal government is interested in addressing this overpayment issue.

Comp Sci Professor Receives PECASE

July 16, 2019

UNC computer science professor Ron Alterovitz was one of 100 people awarded the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers this year. The award is the highest honor bestowed by the federal government on early-career tech researchers. Congratulations!

Reassessing Anorexia

July 16, 2019

Researchers from UNC and King’s College London have found that anorexia nervosa is at least partly a metabolic disorder, rather than solely a psychiatric one. Their findings may help to develop new treatments for the pervasive eating disorder.

The Birds and the Bees

July 15, 2019

Dr. Alexandra Lightfoot, an assistant professor at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, talks with NC Public Radio about pushing the traditional boundaries of sex education.

Walkin’ the Walk

July 15, 2019

Researchers have developed a deep learning model that identifies someone’s perceived emotion by their walking style. The model, which is still in its early sages, could help develop robots with refined navigation, planning, and interaction skills.

Reconsidering Food Deserts

July 11, 2019

Six percent of Americans live in food deserts, or places without access to fresh and healthy food. But does the term “food desert” really encompass the issues behind food inequality? Professor Alice Ammerman shares her two cents.