Starting Small To Make A Big Difference
Discovering The Potential of An Atom
Scott Warren, an assistant professor of chemistry and applied physical sciences at UNC, works with his lab staff on something small that will make a big difference. What is that something small? Atoms. In the right sequence and right structure, Warren, his team and other researchers in varying disciplines of science are finding that these small atoms can help solve problems in water, energy, and health. “The greatest inventions and discoveries are at the interfaces of disciplines,” said Nancy Albritton, chair of the UNC/NCSU Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering. “It’s where you bring these very different disciplines together that things get really exciting and a lot of the true innovative and creative technologies begin to be had.”
Juggling the Many Faces of Journalism
Reese News Lab Students Develop New Digital Tools
The ever-changing field of journalism calls for constant attention to consumer needs and what is going on in the media. Students in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at UNC work to develop new digital tools in Reese News Lab that are innovative and responsive to the needs of the industry. “We ask them to buy into this larger goal, that we’re serving not only the needs of an industry, but that as journalists we also serve the people and what it takes to be a strong democracy,” said Clark, the lab’s executive director. “It’s our responsibility, here, to figure those things out.” A team of students recently launched Capitol Hound, "a service that provides alerts and searchable transcripts of the proceedings at the N.C. General Assembly, enabling journalists to cover the legislature for their readers, even if they can’t get to Raleigh."
Buzz about Banner Year for E-Ship Studies
UNC'S Center for Entrepreneurial Studies Ranks Nationally
With a rise in national entrepreneurship rankings, a global reach via events like The Venture Capital Investment Competition, and winning formula that combines entrepreneurship mentors with other entrepreneurs at all stages of the game made for a banner year at UNC's Center for Entrepreneurship Studies. CES Director Ted Zoller said, “High quality programs and a variety of avenues to help entrepreneurs be successful is what CES is all about,” said Zoller. “Our students and alumni go on to do amazing things – they’re really changing the world."
2014 Emerging Companies Showcase
Promising UNC Startups Showcase Wearable Art and Productivity Software
Ten companies each had a chance to give 8-minute elevator pitches to local investors and service providers. These companies are among UNC's most promising startups. The showcase gave teams an opportunity to get feedback on their growth and future as a startup company, network with faculty and successful entrepreneurs, and celebrate the culture of innovation in various areas from medical research to wearable art.
UNC Doctoral Candidate and Professional Mountain Biker Treks Tough Research to Improve Water Quality
Anne Galyean is a doctoral candidate studying nanochemistry in the environmental field at the Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering at UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health. Oh yeah, and she's also a professional mountain biker, earning a spot on the 2013 U.S. Downhill Mountain Biking World Championship Team. Galyean fuses her affinity for nature and science by studying nanoparticles that could potentially be used to disinfect our water. She hopes to continue her biking career as she conducts research in nanotechnology for environmental remediation.
Mizuno and UNC: Off to A Running Start
Mizuno Contacts UNC to Research and Promote Health Benefits of Running
What if everyone ran? Mizuno wanted to find out. The company contacted UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School to research the health benefits of running to showcase results in an advertising campaign. MBA students in the STAR program had to turn research findings in one month. The group broke the data into two categories: the health implications and social implications if an entire population took up running. Some of their findings suggested that "if everyone in the United States was a runner," we could save up to $143 billion in health-care costs and our GDP would increase by $25 billion. Americans would be healthier, smarter, richer, and more fun.