As baby boomers age, some are outliving their ability to drive. That’s why it’s important to have a transportation plan, and East Carolina University occupational therapists are helping older drivers plan for continued independence — with or without a driver’s license.
As this strange year comes to a close, looking back at the most read stories of 2020 offers a welcome reminder of the many positive things the UNC System and its students, faculty, and staff have accomplished in the midst of difficult circumstances.
Recently, the UN World Food Program was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for its humanitarian efforts. Some 7,000 miles away at UNC Pembroke, Physics Professor Steven Singletary found satisfaction knowing that his ingenuity is helping feed thousands of Sudanese facing starvation.
Through the largest grant in the University’s history, a pair of researchers from the UNC Charlotte Cato College of Education are expanding their national effort to improve employment, education and community integration for students and youth with disabilities.
North Carolina Central University has received a $330,000 grant from the Minority Serving Institutions STEM Research and Development Consortium (MSRDC) to assist in developing new risk-assessment tools for the Department of Homeland Security.
By strengthening online instruction, institutions will be more adaptable to the challenges COVID-19 presents. The initiatives support the System-wide emphasis on a hybrid approach to instruction, which employs both in-classroom and online learning. This increased mix of remote learning technologies will ease the strain on classroom space and enable physical distancing. And, in the event that circumstances change, institutions will be ready to pivot to fully online instruction, quickly and effectively.
The UNC School of Medicine (SOM) and UNC Health have launched the Heroes Health Initiative to help support the mental health of first responders and healthcare workers during the COVID-19 global pandemic. The app is available through the App Store/Google Play Store in the United States, free of charge to first responders, healthcare workers and their organizations.
Researchers at North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are testing a potential treatment for C. diff. Meanwhile, an unusual interspecies partnership at East Carolina University is sniffing out new ways to identify and sterilize contaminated sites, preventing the bacterium’s spread in hospitals and healthcare facilities.
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.