Psychologist Barbara Fredrickson to receive $100,000 TANG Prize

November 1, 2017

UNC psychologist Barbara Fredrickson will be awarded the TANG Prize to honor her “exceptional contributions to the well-being of humanity” on Nov. 12 in Toronto, Canada. Fredrickson, the Kenan Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience in the College of Arts & Sciences, is a leading researcher in the science of positive emotions.

Football position and length of play affect brain impact

October 31, 2017

Researchers have found that damage to white matter in the brains of former college and professional football players due to recurrent head impacts can be related to playing position and career duration, according to a new study published online in the journal Radiology.

$300,000 grant will support new graduate fellowships for women in chemistry

October 25, 2017

A $300,000 grant from the Clare Boothe Luce Program will support three new graduate fellowships for women in chemistry at UNC-Chapel Hill, and UNC will commit to a fourth fellowship. The fellowships will be used to support and nurture women graduate students who are aspiring to tenure-track academic positions.

A window into North Carolina, through the best creative nonfiction

October 24, 2017

Michael Chitwood, UNC lecturer of creative writing, is co-editor of a new volume of essays, “Best Creative Nonfiction of the South, Volume II: North Carolina” (October 2017, Texas Review Press). We recently chatted with Chitwood about the essays, which celebrate the state’s past and present, and its range of cultures and geography, from the mountains to the sea.

Bansal receives DARPA Young Faculty Award

October 23, 2017

Assistant Professor of Computer Science Mohit Bansal has received the prestigious Young Faculty Award from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) – becoming only the second UNC-Chapel Hill faculty member to do so — for his work on natural language processing and machine learning.

UNC receives grant to examine human health costs of economic development in the Galápagos

October 18, 2017

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently awarded a two-year grant to the UNC-Chapel Hill to examine the effects of changing environments on human health in the Galápagos, Ecuador. The principal investigator is Amanda Thompson, who holds dual appointments in the Department of Nutrition in the Gillings School of Global Public Health and the Department of Anthropology in the College of Arts & Sciences.