Southeast Asia News

Scholars Explore Muslim Identities through Performances, Lectures

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill scholar Carl W. Ernst will lead an interdisciplinary conference on the diversity of Muslim beliefs. A complementary 11-performance series hosted by Carolina Performing Arts will feature music and dance from four Muslim-majority nations. The yearlong CPA series, “Sacred/Secular: A Sufi Journey,” will feature performances reflecting the diversity of Muslim identity and the… Read more »

Nora Franceschini, research associate professor of epidemiology

International Study Finds 20 Genetic Regions Associated with Kidney Function

A large international collaboration marks the first study of kidney function involving individuals from four continents. After examining kidney function in African, Asian, European and Hispanic individuals, researchers found 20 genetic regions that affect kidney function and are common across all ethnic ancestries. The full paper, titled “Trans-ethnic fine-mapping highlights kidney function genes linked to… Read more »

UNC Awards $915,675 in Study Abroad Support to 198 Students

August 29, 2016

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has provided $915,675 in scholarships, fellowships and program support to 198 students pursuing study abroad programs in Spring, Summer and Fall 2016, and yearlong programs during the 2016-17 academic year. Funded by private gifts to the College of Arts and Sciences, the awards enable students to study… Read more »

A Place to Grow for Refugees from Myanmar

July 20, 2016

Dark clouds loomed over the Transplanting Traditions Community Farm on a recent evening, threatening to rain on a midsummer potluck dinner. But underneath the tin roof of the farm’s largest building, everyone was dry and happy, eating at picnic tables and talking in English and Karen. Like the roof covering the diners, the Triangle has… Read more »

Family Support Program Hosts Visitors from Singapore Hospital

July 19, 2016

The Family Support Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Social Work hosted a group of multidisciplinary early intervention professionals from the KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Singapore in June. The team included Sylvia Choo, senior consultant/developmental pediatrician, Department of Child Development; Shujun Oh, psychologist, Department of Child Development;… Read more »

HIV Treatment Keeps Uninfected Partner from Contracting the Virus

Anti-HIV medications suppress the viral load of people living with HIV and provide durable protection against heterosexual transmission a study led by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill found. Researchers found a 93 percent reduction of HIV transmission when the HIV-infected person started antiretroviral therapy or ART at a higher CD4 cell count…. Read more »

19 Students Selected as Phillips Ambassadors for Study Abroad in Asia

May 3, 2016

Seventeen undergraduates from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and one undergraduate from Duke University have been selected as Phillips Ambassadors for Summer and Fall 2016 study abroad programs in Asia. In addition, one history doctoral candidate was awarded a Phillips Graduate Ambassador travel award for research in Japan this summer. Undergraduate scholarship… Read more »