Humanities Now

Discussions in the humanities – from philosophy and religion, to history and politics – guide our most crucial decisions, on a global scale and in very personal ways. They determine our understanding of ourselves and others, and how our communities build relationships and make progress. They shape our worlds.

So You Want to be a Scientist

Diversifying research is crucial, not only for the benefit of the young scholars entering various fields, but for the disciplines themselves, says Dr. Lee Phillips, director of UNC Greensboro’s Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creativity Office.

N.C. A&T Team Receives Competitive Grant To Study Ginger, Asthma

Can a well-known spice help asthma patients breathe easier? That’s the question that North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University’s Shengmin Sang, Ph.D., and his colleagues at Columbia University are planning to study as the recipients of a four-year, $1.8 million R01 grant from the National Institutes of Health.

New Research Could Help Address Threats to Reefs

Corals depend on their symbiotic relationships with the algae that they host. But how do they keep algal population growth in check? The answer to this fundamental question could help reefs survive in a changing climate.

No Seeds, No Problem: Growing Vegetables From Scraps

Some people like gardening because it is peaceful. Others enjoy harvesting their own herbs, fruits and vegetables. But whatever draws people to gardening, there’s been a dramatic surge in interest during the COVID-19 pandemic – and that has led to a shortage in the availability of seeds for home gardeners. But what about the seeds in that tomato you got at the store?

From the ground up: NASA career helps alum inspire others

That drive on the boulevard led the NCSSM Class of 1992 graduate into a career of more than 20 years working with the space agency, where she has been a flight controller for the International Space Station and is now the leader of a major educational outreach operation.

Keeping North Carolina Fed

NC State staff member heads the Food Supply Chain Working Group, a panel of industry experts, members of the agricultural community and government officials the state brought together last month to address food production and distribution issues during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mission Critical—Supporting North Carolina’s COVID-19 Efforts

UNC System contributions to North Carolina’s COVID-19 efforts exemplify how the higher education involves much more than delivering information and engaging students. Our universities and affiliates improve lives through innovative instruction, research, and service—the very activities that are guiding us through this pandemic.

NSF Awards North Carolina Alliance $3.2 Million To Continue STEM Programming

The North Carolina Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (NC-LSAMP), led by North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, received a five-year $3.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to continue efforts to broaden STEM pathways for underrepresented groups.

Blunt Adverse Effects to Wildlife

Birds alighting on driveways and baby bunnies munching on lawn grass should keep something in mind: Beware the house cat.

App State Alumnus Identifies a New Tyrannosaur Species

While studying some skull fragments for his master’s thesis at the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada, an Appalachian State University alumnus identified a new species of tyrannosaurid dinosaur, and his findings have received worldwide attention from news media.

UNC Asheville Students Use Virtual Tools to Provide Real Help for Local Students

The AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) program is all about providing structure and support to kids who face disenfranchisement in school, so they graduate and make the transition to college – typically becoming first-generation college students. And this spring has brought another huge transition for AVID students and their tutors, turning their in-person relationship into a “Google Meet relationship.”

UNC System Presents Officer of the Year Awards

University of North Carolina Board of Governors Chair Randy Ramsey presented two police officers with Officer of the Year awards during the annual Police Chiefs Conference held today.

Original Cartilage and Evidence of DNA Preserved in 75 Million-Year-Old Baby Dinosaur

Researchers from the Chinese Academy of Sciences and North Carolina State University have found evidence of preserved fragments of proteins and apparent chromosomes within isolated cell-like microstructures in cartilage from a baby duckbilled dinosaur. The findings further support the idea that these original molecules can persist for tens of millions of years.

UNCP awarded three-year, $950,000 grant from Mellon Foundation

Underrepresented minorities hold only 10 percent of faculty positions in colleges and universities across the U.S., according to recent reports. But a new program at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke seeks to increase that number.