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US News and World Report Ranks Carolina 36th Among World’s Top Research Universities

November 16, 2020

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is ranked 33rd among the world’s top 1,500 universities, according to the seventh annual 2021 U.S. News and World Report Best Global Universities rankings. Among U.S. research universities included on the list, UNC-Chapel Hill placed 22nd overall and 7th among public campuses. The University ranked 33rd globally last year. The ranking builds on U.S. News and World Report’s widely cited Best Colleges rankings, which have rated U.S. universities and colleges over the past 30 years. The Best Global Universities ranking provides a global context for U.S. research schools, evaluating institutions worldwide from 86 countries … Continued

NCI Appoints Gopal Director of Center for Global Health

February 3, 2020

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) has named Satish Gopal, director of the Center for Global Health. He assumes his new role today. Gopal is a physician-scientist who led the cancer program for UNC Project-Malawi, a research and care collaboration between the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Malawi Ministry of Health, since 2012. Gopal holds faculty appointments in the UNC School of Medicine and UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, and is a member of the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and the UNC Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases. “The global cancer burden is … Continued

Gillings Research on Broad-Spectrum Antiviral Could Aid Public Health Response to Coronavirus Outbreaks

February 3, 2020

New research from scientists at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health has revealed that remdesivir (RDV, GS-5734) – a broad-spectrum antiviral medication previously shown to be effective against coronaviruses (COVs) like SARS-CoV, as well as against the Ebola virus – is more therapeutically effective against the Middle East respiratory coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in mice than comparative antiviral treatments. The news of this treatment’s effectiveness comes as an outbreak of a new type of pneumonia has been identified in Wuhan City in China. As of Jan. 6, the virus has infected nearly 60 people in the mainland city and is now being monitored for potential spread to … Continued

Daniel Malawsky ’20 Is Selected as Churchill Scholar

January 31, 2020

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill senior Daniel Malawsky, who is currently studying biostatistics, has been named a Churchill Scholarship recipient by the Winston Churchill Foundation of the United States. Malawsky is one of 15 American scholars selected for this research-focused award, which provides funding for master’s study at the University of Cambridge in England. He will be based at the school’s Churchill College, the only college at Cambridge focused on STEM subjects. Malawsky, a Morehead-Cain Scholar, has also won a C-START Program grant and an outstanding poster award at the Stanford Research Conference. Additionally, he is also a … Continued

At the Center of an Epidemic, Nursing Moves the Needle

January 31, 2020

“Here, it’s unthinkable.” Lixin Song, describes the pediatric cancer ward in Kamuzu Central Hospital (KCH) in Lilongwe, Malawi, where ailing children recuperate two to a bed and nurses must mix biohazardous drugs by hand without proper ventilation. In the adult clinic, patients pack waiting rooms from morning to night, returning the next day until they can be seen. A common thread of cancer, in nearly every corner of the world, is that its care and treatment are influenced and sustained by the power of nursing and nurses. From cancer prevention, treatment and survivorship to palliative care, oncology nurses interact with … Continued

Focus Carolina: John Bruno

January 31, 2020

John Bruno is a marine ecologist and professor in the Department of Biology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His research is focused on the impact of climate change on the ocean and marine ecosystems. His lab group primarily works in the Galápagos and the Caribbean, including Belize and the Bahamas. The lab works on understanding how human activities alter the structure and functioning of marine food web (all animals living in the sea from plankton to coral to fish to seabirds) and what local conservation strategies are effective in mitigating these impacts. At Carolina, Bruno teaches Marine … Continued

Feeding the World: Pharmacy Researcher’s Work May Lead to More Nutritious Food

January 31, 2020

Aaron Anselmo, is looking for new ways to deliver micronutrients, such as vitamins and minerals, to people across the world. “Currently a lot of different foods are fortified with micronutrients in the developing world, but some of these fortification approaches don’t address the end use of the product,” he said. “For example, cooking at high temperatures and long times can result in degradation of the fortified micronutrient which then won’t be absorbed by the body.” Anselmo is currently an assistant professor at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy’s Division of Pharmacoengineering and Molecular Pharmaceutics. His lab conducts research on therapeutic … Continued

Well Said: Growing From Study Abroad Experiences

January 31, 2020

On this week’s podcast, Carolina senior Erin Hager invites us on her study abroad experience to Santiago, Chile, where she studied in the fall of 2018. Listen to this episode or read a transcript of this episode. “It really does change your life and the trajectory that your life can take,” said Erin Hager, a senior psychology student from Wilmington, North Carolina, who studied abroad in Santiago, Chile, for the fall semester in 2018. Those changes in trajectory come from the personal and social growth you experience while abroad. “A big realization was that I can do anything that I … Continued

Conversations at Hickerson House: Townsend Middleton on Chokepoints – A Comparative Global Ethnography

January 31, 2020

Townsend Middleton is an associate professor of anthropology at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. As a sociocultural anthropologist, he specializes in the political cultures of India. His work focuses broadly on questions of the state, power, politics and post/coloniality—themes he explores through various combinations of ethnographic and historical techniques. Middleton is a founding member of the National Science Foundation-supported Chokepoints Collective—an interdisciplinary group of ethnographers studying sites that constrict or ‘choke’ the flows of people, resources and information upon which contemporary life depends. For more information about Middleton, see his page on the Department of Anthropology website. … Continued

New Revelations in Nepal

January 31, 2020

Windy. Cold. Wet. Those were the conditions one October day as a team of Carolina researchers tried to retrieve instruments left behind 15 months earlier in a remote lake in Sagarmatha National Park, the region of Nepal dominated by Mount Everest. The thermistors were supposed to measure lake temperature and pressure at different depths every 15 minutes, for more than a year, but whether they had survived monsoons and freezing temperatures was an unknown. Day 1 was not a success. The afternoon winds were too strong. Climate change is impacting the Gokyo Lakes (there are six in total) — and … Continued