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Researchers at UNC, NC State develop artificial stem cell

January 23, 2017, Daily Tarheel, Jordyn Connell

A newly developed artificial cardiac stem cell might provide new opportunities for pharmaceutical engineering — thanks to a collaboration between UNC-Chapel Hill, North Carolina State University and First Affiliated Hospital of Zhengzhou University in China.

The study was funded by UNC’s Research Opportunities Initiative, a program founded by the North Carolina General Assembly.

NC researchers hope special solar cells can help greenhouses generate energy

January 3, 2017, CBS WNCN

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — Greenhouses use the light from the sun to grow plants, but researchers say a lot of the sun’s energy goes to waste.

Now researchers from N.C. State University and UNC Chapel Hill are trying to change that by developing greenhouses that generate their own solar power. The concept is called the Solar Powered Integrated Greenhouse.

A&T professor among group to secure prestigious grant

December 8, 2016, The Business Journals

A North Carolina A&T State University mechanical engineering professor is part of a team of researchers that secured a $1.6 million research grant through the University of North Carolina Research Opportunities Initiative (ROI).

UNC system awards $1.7 million in research grants

November 17, 2017, Daily Tarheel, Vincent Veerbeek

The UNC system announced Tuesday it will be awarding four grants totaling $1.7 million to researchers across the system to promote collaboration within the state.

Among the recipients are two research teams at UNC-Charlotte, one at UNC-Chapel Hill and one at Appalachian State University, according to a UNC-system press release.

Study: Pickle Juice Can Carry a Spark

October 14, 2016, Kenny Walter

Scientists in North Carolina have developed a way to convert salty pickle juice into electricity.

Researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC), North Carolina State University (NCSU) and East Carolina University (ECU) have created new technologies to extract salinity gradients, such as pickle juice, to create energy.

ROI Series: Advancing detection of microorganisms in sea water and seafood

October 1, 2015, The Science Writing and Communication Club, Mimi Huang

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Going to the beach? In addition to keeping an eye out for sharks, public health officials are also watching for smaller microorganisms that probably won’t take an arm off, but could turn a day at the beach into a day in the hospital.

ROI Series: The Future of Therapeutics

September 15, 2015, The Science Writing and Communication Club, Deirdre Sackett

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It sounds like medicine from a futuristic, sci-fi hospital: nanoparticles that deliver drug therapies and cells that can fight cancer or promote organ regeneration. However, by combining engineering and pharmaceutical research, UNC-Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University are helping to bring the future of therapeutics a little bit closer to the present day.

MSE, Carbon Electronics and the Future of Technology

August 31, 2015, NCSU College of Engineering

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Over the past year, NC State has positioned itself to take the lead in the emerging field of carbon electronics, thanks in large part to NC State’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering’s (MSE’s) research expertise and facilities.

What is the ROI?

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015, North Carolina Science Now on UNC-TV

Rapid Water Test

UNC-TV Science

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The greatest danger for beachgoers may be millions of microbes also swimming in the water. While many are there naturally, stormwater runoff and sewage system failures can overwhelm coastal waters. One percent of NC's beaches were closed for short times in 2012 because of microbial contaminants. A marine biologist has now developed a rapid water test to keep the public safe.

UNC System collaborates on interdisciplinary research

Thursday, June 4, 2015 , Gavin Stone, Assistant News Editor Rachel Smith, Senior Staff Writer

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The UNC-General Administration along with the Research Opportunity Initiative has expanded interdisciplinary research across the UNC System by awarding six three-year grants to different faculty research teams across the state.

The ROI provides funding for research projects and represents North Carolina’s first financial investment in the UNC System’s five-year strategic plan.

Faculty teams from NC State, UNC-Chapel Hill, UNC-Charlotte, North Carolina Central University and East Carolina University will collaborate on the research.

Harald Ade, distinguished physics professor at NC State, is leading an initiative on carbon material design, processing and manufacturing for defense and energy needs.

Collaborative project could yield energy from coastal waters

April 1, 2015, By Doug Boyd, ECU News Services

Doctoral student Zaneta Adme, left, and ECU economics professor Andrew Keeler, Photos by Cliff Hollis

Researchers from East Carolina University, N.C. State University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Coastal Studies Institute will begin work this summer on a project that could derive energy from coastal waters while also cleaning wastewater.

NC Scientist Discovers Faster Method For Testing Shellfish

March 20, 2015, Jared Brumbaugh, Public Radio East

Dr. Rachel Noble of the UNC-Chapel Hill Institute of Marine Sciences, examines water samples in her lab taken from a beach near Morehead City.
Credit UNC Institute of Marine Sciences

TA new method to rapidly test shellfish for harmful bacteria has been discovered in eastern North Carolina. We talk to lead researcher Dr. Rachel Noble about the kit they’re developing, which yields results in just a couple hours instead of days.

North Carolina invests millions into big data research

March 16, 2015, WRAL TechWire

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The Broadband Report: This multi-million dollar investment by North Carolina and the UNC system will change the way businesses, government agencies and universities think about data and use data to solve problems in North Carolina.

NCCU Awarded $600,000 for Game-Changing Research

March 11, 2015, North Carolina Central University

North Carolina Central University Researcher

A North Carolina Central University-led research team working to create more efficient treatments for Ebola, West Nile and other deadly viruses was awarded a $600,000 grant from the University of North Carolina General Administration.

RENCI to collaborate with UNC Charlotte and NC State on technologies for big data analytics

March 6, 2015, RENCI

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Researchers at RENCI (the Renaissance Computing Institute at UNC-Chapel Hill), UNC Charlotte and North Carolina State University will develop advanced technologies and solutions that will position North Carolina as a leader in data science research and applied data analytics and will enable university researchers and business practitioners to use big data to manage risks, gain knowledge, and compete in the global economy.

States Lean In on R&D

AAAS.org, 18 February 2015, Kathy Wren

Investing in technology that turns tidal energy into clean power has paid off for the state of Maine. | COURTESY OF OCEAN RENEWABLE POWER COMPANY

A funding initiative is also newly launched in North Carolina, where in 2014 the general assembly created a $3 million annual fund for “game-changing” research in several key areas at the University of North Carolina (UNC). The money will be distributed via UNC's Research Opportunities Initiative, which has contracted with AAAS to administer the peer review of the research proposals, and the first set of recipients will be announced in the coming weeks.

Christopher Brown, vice president for research and graduate education at the University of North Carolina, noted that UNC continues to pull in research dollars from federal agencies. But, he said that the new initiative reflects legislators' growing appreciation of the importance of R&D to the state's economic growth, and understanding that supporting UNC researchers will help position them to attract other federal or industry funding.

ESE’s Coronell and Noble receive $1.68M in UNC system grants related to water

Feb. 13, 2015

UNC Chapel Hill

The University of North Carolina General Administration has awarded six three-year grants totaling nearly $9 million to support game-changing faculty research in areas of strategic importance to the state. Each of the funded projects involves partners from two or more UNC campuses.

NC State Researchers Land UNC System Research Grants

Feb. 13, 2015, Jennifer Thomas, Charlotte Business Journal

UNC Charlotte Campus

UNC Charlotte has received a $2.1 million grant to support its research in data science and big analytics, or Big Data.

Those funds from the UNC General Administration will be distributed across three years.

UNC System $2.1M Grant to Fund Big Data Research Partnership

Feb. 13, 2015, Office of Public Relations, Division of University Advancement

UNC Charlotte

UNC Charlotte has received a $2.1 million grant from the UNC General Administration to support research in data science and business analytics (Big Data). The funding, to be distributed across three years, is part of a continuing $3 million appropriation from the General Assembly in 2014 to support areas of "game-changing research" identified in the Board of Governor's strategic plan for the University system.

NC State Researchers Land UNC System Research Grants

Feb. 11, 2015, Fred Hartman, NC State News

NCSU Researcher: Photo credit: North Carolina State University

The University of North Carolina General Administration has awarded six three-year grants totaling nearly $9 million to support game-changing faculty research in areas of strategic importance to the state – and North Carolina State University is a partner in five of the six research initiatives. Each of the funded projects involves faculty partners from two or more UNC campuses.

UNC grants awarded for research

Feb. 10, 2015, The News & Observer, Staff Reports

News and Observer

The UNC system has awarded six three-year grants to university researchers in key fields such as carbon electronics, data science, drug-delivery technology and vaccine manufacturing.

UNC grants awarded for research

Feb. 10, 2015, UNC General Administration

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The University of North Carolina General Administration has awarded six three-year grants totaling nearly $9 million to support game-changing faculty research in areas of strategic importance to the state. Each of the funded projects involves faculty partners from two or more UNC campuses.

Surf's Up for Pathogenic Viruses and Bacteria, Too

July 12, 2013, Science Friday

Beachgoers at Atlantic Beach, North Carolina. Credit: UNC IMS

A day at the shore can leave beachgoers with more than a sunburn—a gulp of seawater can expose swimmers to disease-causing microbes like norovirus, salmonella, and adenovirus. Marine scientist Rachel Noble and environmental medicine researcher Samuel Dorevitch discuss the risk, and what's being done to limit swimmers' exposure.