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2022 Hettleman Prizes awarded to four exceptional early-career faculty

The annual Phillip and Ruth Hettleman Prizes for Artistic and Scholarly Achievement have been awarded to four promising faculty members who exemplify groundbreaking and innovative research along with future career promise.

Representation of the serotonin 2A Receptor (5HT2AR) signaling protein complex bound with the novel compound R-69 (in subset, magenta).

Scientists create non-psychedelic compound with same anti-depressant effect

A research team developed a compound that triggers long-lasting anti-depressant action without the hallucinogenic effects.


Willis receives grant to study physical activity interventions in older adults

Erik Willis has received a grant from the Alzheimer’s Association to pilot a multi-level intervention that aims to increase physical activity for individuals in adult supervised care settings.

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Higher ROI through DEI

Al Segars knows how to help businesses succeed. He’s using that knowledge to help companies implement a research-driven approach to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) that is achieving results.

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Power Hour

A new fund is enabling faculty in the UNC School of Education to advance their research and to build community.

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New study examines COVID-19 cases among UNC students during Fall 2020

The research sheds light on infection rates among undergraduate groups and suggests strategies for reducing college transmission.

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School of Data Science and Society gains momentum

Dean Stan Ahalt and an implementation team are busy building opportunities to learn about and leverage data.

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Starling gift of $25 million to establish UNC Suicide Prevention Institute

This transformational gift from William and Dana Starling seeks to reduce the morbidity and mortality of suicide in patients seen across the UNC Health system and beyond.

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New research examines ways to potentially diminish partisan animosity

Researchers find that highlighting commonalities and reducing extremist voices in the news media are among the ways to help overcome division.