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Moreau honored with environmental stewardship award

David Moreau, former chair of the curriculum in environment and ecology and a professor of city and regional planning, had a statewide environmental stewardship award created in his honor. Moreau was honored by the North Carolina Environmental Management Commission and the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources at a reception July 10.  The Dr. David H. Moreau Environmental Stewardship … Continued

UNC research guides improvements to floodplain management planning

A comprehensive evaluation by researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will help communities develop better floodplain management plans and reduce flood insurance premiums. Based on the UNC study, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will implement changes that its National Flood Insurance Program will use to rate communities’ preparedness in 2013. The research was led by … Continued

Kenan Institute appoints Joseph DeSimone as new director

UNC’s Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise has appointed Joseph M. DeSimone as its new director. DeSimone is the Chancellor’s Eminent Professor of Chemistry in UNC’s College of Arts and Sciences and William R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering at NC State University and of Chemistry at UNC. He replaces John D. Kasarda, who stepped down in … Continued

UNC students’ Braille game wins top international technology award

AlphaBraille, a game designed by UNC students to teach children how to recognize Braille letters, was awarded the “Technology Most Likely to Become Commercially Available” by an international group.

Corals on ocean-side of reef are most susceptible to recent warming

Marine scientists at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have linked the decline in growth of Caribbean forereef corals — due to recent warming — to long-term trends in seawater temperature experienced by these corals located on the ocean-side of the reef.

Fundamental Parr paper set to exceed 40,000 citations

Sometime in the next few months, a paper written by Chengteh Lee, Weitao Yang and Robert G. Parr of UNC’s chemistry department is about to exceed 40,000 citations in both the World of Science and Google Scholar databases.

PlayMakers’ Grannemann elected to state arts board

Hannah Grannemann, managing director of PlayMakers Repertory Company, has been elected to the board of directors of ARTS North Carolina. She also has been appointed to the executive committee, which advises the board in strategic planning and setting goals and priorities. PlayMakers is the professional theater in residence in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of North … Continued