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.
The Department of Forensic Anthropology at Western Carolina University recently hosted a two-day continuing education class created in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and attended by 24 federal, state and local fire investigators.
UNC System has launched a digital resource on its website to assist faculty who need to move classes online quickly. The material supports the use of technology that allows faculty to hold classes when circumstances prevent them from physically meeting with students.
North Carolina Central University and NC State University have formed a partnership to boost drug discovery research, increasing opportunities for development of marketable products at both institutions.