Faculty-led courses take students on journey of discovery to Japan

Seven Western Carolina University students went on a journey of discovery with faculty members Yanjun Yan and David Tyler via faculty-led travel courses to Japan after the conclusion of WCU’s 2019 spring semester. The trip was related to a course taught in WCU’s College of Engineering and Technology, “Global Engineering and Technology,” and a second course …

Suspicious Spots? 8 things to know about the measles

A disease that many thought we had eradicated — at least in our part of the world — is making a comeback in parts of the United States and abroad. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in the decade before 1963 when a vaccine became available, nearly all children got measles by …

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Campus biologist: Near normal weather should produce vibrant autumn display

If the current long-range weather forecast of close-to-normal weather conditions pans out, the mountains of Western North Carolina should produce a typically bright display of fall leaf color this year – enough to satisfy both the region’s residents and the thousands of visitors who travel in for nature’s annual show. That’s the word from Beverly Collins, …

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UNCG receives $5 million from U.S. Dept. of Education

UNC Greensboro received a $5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences to lead an assessment of dual enrollment pathways in North Carolina. SERVE, an education research and technical assistance center at UNCG, will partner with the N.C. Department of Public Instruction, the N.C. Community College System, and the RAND …

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UNC receives $3.8 million grant to study innovative weight loss program for primary care patients

The Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has received a five-year, $3.8 million grant from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) to fund research that will address the challenge of achieving long-term weight loss among patients with obesity who receive health care at …

Research Breakthrough

ECU researchers’ breakthrough nets funding to study fatty acid’s role in dementia prevention Neurodegenerative diseases – such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and ALS – are a leading cause of morbidity and mortality among older adults. The risk of these diseases is reduced by intake of the omega-3 fatty acid, docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), which is mainly in fish …

School-based Telemedicine

East Carolina University, the Duplin County School District and health professionals in Duplin County collectively launched an initiative in 2016 in hopes of removing some of the barriers to health care that children in rural areas typically face.

Cape Lookout Research Could Help National Park Managers

It’s not easy to manage a national park like North Carolina’s Cape Lookout National Seashore, a 28,000-acre site with an iconic lighthouse, windswept beaches and many historic structures. In addition to day-to-day decisions for 400,000 annual recreational visits, park managers have to make long-term plans to protect historic resources from demanding coastal conditions in a changing climate with limited budgets.

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