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The U.S. and International Science

October 6, 2021

Although international collaborations present significant research opportunities, challenges face U.S.-based institutions working across national borders. Enhancing international collaboration requires recognition of differences in culture, legitimate national security needs, and critical needs in education and training. To address these matters, in … Continued

Giraffes, Genomics, and Physiology

September 1, 2021

We now know that DNA differences in the gene have profound physiological differences across all mammals. One of UNC Research’s seven priorities is “Precision Health and Society,” which is focused on tailoring health care practice, delivery, and therapeutics to unique individual circumstances, using factors from genetics to social and environmental influences.

Creating Discoveries through Artistic Endeavors

August 2, 2021

UNC-Chapel Hill’s strategic plan, Carolina Next: Innovations for Public Good, emphasizes the importance of promoting and integrating the scholarly work of artists and scientists.

NIH on a Path to Add a DARPA-Like Model

July 1, 2021

ARPA-H, a new model for NIH, would focus on time-limited projects with goals, benchmarks, and accountability to develop a flexible and nimble strategy for preventing, treating, and curing a range of diseases.

Foreign Influence, Immigration, and Funding

June 1, 2021

Few would argue the importance of preventing foreign espionage and intellectual theft on university campuses. However, universities are speaking out against overly burdensome regulations. There is no question that immigration of highly skilled scientists increases the economic, intellectual, moral, and public health of this country.

Harvesting Data from a Decades-Old, 20,000-Strong Cohort

March 1, 2021

The UNC Carolina Population Center (CPC) recently received notice of a $38.2 million award to continue to lead the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health (Add Health), now entering its sixth wave of data collection. This award from the … Continued

Breakthroughs, Passion, and the Way Forward

February 2, 2021

We have truly experienced a year like no other. The loss of normality has left us missing human contact with friends and family. The loss of life due to the COVID-19 pandemic has been unprecedented. The 1619 project outlined the … Continued

Science, Society, and Thoughts on 2020

January 4, 2021

Thinking back to how I rang in 2020, I was occupied with the goals and duties of UNCʼs Office of the Vice Chancellor (OVCR) as well as the work in my research laboratory. I just finished my term as president … Continued