Feature Stories

  • Summer Undergraduate Research Program

    The question of whether substance abuse treatment reduces the likelihood of heroin users having repeat contact with the criminal justice system and the development of a special buoy to convert ocean wave energy into electricity are among the topics being investigated during the second year of Western Carolina University’s Summer Undergraduate Research Program.

  • Building Blocks

    CHCS and community partners crunch data & mend neighborhoods

  • Great Learners

    Dr. Cherry Beasley recipient of 2017 Award for Excellence in Teaching

    For nursing professor Cherry Beasley, it isn’t the way she delivers lectures at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke.

    Her students’ success hinges on them having the tools to be great learners.

    “Lots of times we forget that students have to be taught a lot of things related to how to be a learner,” said Dr. Beasley, the Belk Endowed Professor in Rural and Minority Health.

  • Artistic license

    UNC system institutions receive NEA funding to further arts studies

    Five University of North Carolina system institutions are receiving more than $200,000 in grant funding from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to create programming relating to music, art, theatre, literature and education in 2017 and 2018.

  • Only limited by our imaginations

    Pioneering Metal-Based Additive Manufacturing

    What if we could build something that was previously only possible in our imaginations? Additive manufacturing has the potential to do just that, and it is revolutionizing the manufacturing industry. In additive manufacturing, a pre-designed object is produced by successively adding layers of material rather than cutting away at it, as in traditional subtractive manufacturing methods (e.g., machining).

  • Booting Up

    UNC-Chapel Hill, UNC Charlotte provide intensive programming training through boot camps

    Dzmitry Dubarau was tired of working in restaurants and barely making ends meet. What he really wanted to do was work with computers. The only problem? He had almost no skills in that discipline.

    “I think back then I typed maybe 16 words a minute,” he said with a chuckle. “I was really slow.”

  • Winning brackets

    UNC-Chapel Hill student creates patent-pending 3-D printing process for orthodontics

    When Dr. Ching-Chang Ko first saw Christina Bonebreak Jackson’s application to the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry, he knew he wanted someone with her unique background to learn orthodontics. After all, few of the other 230 applicants in the 2014 class had a bachelor’s of science degree in mechanical engineering from MIT.

    Ko, a professor of orthodontics who has an engineering degree himself, knew the potential someone with that background could bring to orthodontics.

  • Double the degree

    3+2 Dual Degree partnerships give students opportunities for two STEM diplomas

    To meet the ever-growing demands of highly trained workers in STEM disciplines in North Carolina, North Carolina State University’s College of Engineering has created a program that will allow students to get two STEM-related degrees in partnership with three other UNC system institutions.

  • Powerful proteins

    Post-doctoral student’s provisional patent with tardigrades may lead to new preservation methods

    It was the way that tardigrades survive in virtually any environment that first attracted Thomas Boothby to study their proteins.

  • Growth from the Ground Up

    It’s 3 a.m. on a Monday morning. Sweet-smelling steam wafts through a large warehouse in St. Pauls, North Carolina. A vat full of golden kernels bubbles while a nearby machine smashes two stones together, grinding the freshly cooked corn into putty. Across the warehouse, the sound of whirring machinery signals the start of a conveyer belt. Hundreds upon hundreds of nearly perfect circles shoot down a production line that transforms them into hot tortillas.