2014 Innovation Pilot Awards
Proposing Health Innovations that Soar
After receiving 18 qualified applicants, UNC Health Care and the School of Medicine awarded $50,000 to four teams. The center accepted proposals for innovations in the field including delivery, technology, continuum of care, and clinical process redesign. The four winning teams included:
- A SMART Assessment of Novel Laser Therapies for the Management of Hypertrophic Burn Scars
- Interoperative Recording Device to Minimize Trauma During Cochlear Implant Surgery
- Low Cost Dedicated Urological Ultrasound Scanner Feasibility
- Peer Support Team
TEDxUNC Reaches New Heights
Student-Organized Event Unites Faculty, Alums, and Community
Students, faculty, alums, and members of the surrounding community attended TEDxUNC's annual conference in Memorial Hall. "Taking Flight," this year's conference theme, included speeches, performances, and exhibitions about what it means for inspiring ideas to "take flight." The entirely student-organized event raised $50,000 from on- and off-campus sponsors. The event was co-curatored by Cameron Kneib, Julia Ramos, and Chenxi Yu '16.
UNC's Minority Health Conference
Innovation and Engaging Youth in Establishing Healthy Communities
The 35th annual UNC Minority Health Conference will focus on health initiatives in youth and helping young generations become engaged in creating healthy communities. There will be panel discussions exploring the power of youth-led advocacy for public health issues and learning how to mobilize young activists via social media. The goal of the conference is to unite faculty, students, researchers and community members to confront health issues in minority populations and work towards developing solutions to those issues.
Free Website Helps Provide Assisted Living Information, Research
Co-directors of the Program on Aging, Disability and Long-term Care at UNC’s Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research are taking on a whole new meaning of "assisted." Two UNC-Chapel Hill faculty members, Sheryl Zimmerman (School of Social Work) and Philip Sloane (Department of Family Medicine) are ALCE, Assisted Living Comparison Experts. Zimmerman and Sloane have developed ALCE which is a free, user-friendly website that compiles 40 years of research to help NC residents find information on assisted living facilities.
First Clean Tech Summit at UNC
Focusing on Clean Tech Landscape, Smart Cities, and Economic Development
UNC will host its first daylong summit focusing on the clean tech field. This event will highlight clean tech initiatives like efficient water technology and environmentally friendly sustainable waste disposal technologies at UNC and the Research Triangle Area.
Journalists as Entrepreneurs
Professional Skills In Journalism and Entrepreneurship Are Interchangeable
Reese News Lab, an experimental media and research project at the UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communication, found a connection between journalists and entrepreneurs. Much like entrepreneurs with a new product or startup, journalists start from the ground up to build a story. The two career fields share similar professional skills which makes journalists versed in understanding and working with entrepreneurial ventures.