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Exploring Joara: Excavating the past, shaping the future in western N.C.

Three UNC archaeology alums have unearthed the earliest European settlement in the interior United States near Morganton, N.C.

Four young faculty honored with Hettleman awards

Four highly promising faculty members at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have been awarded the Phillip and Ruth Hettleman Prizes for Artistic and Scholarly Achievement by Young Faculty, an honor that recognizes the achievements of outstanding junior tenure-track faculty or recently tenured faculty. Two of the faculty members are in the College of Arts and Sciences.

$2 million award to focus on nanopore technology for DNA sequencing

UNC received a $2 million award from a division of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to explore the use of nanopore technology aimed at more accurate and efficient DNA sequencing.

University of Michigan Professor to discuss ‘The NanoLiter Lab’ Sept. 12

University of Michigan Professor Robert Kennedy will discuss “The NanoLiter Lab: Using Droplets for Chemical Analysis, Screening and In Vivo Neurochemical Sensing,” Sept. 12 at UNC. Kennedy, the Hobart H. Willard Collegiate Professor of Chemistry, will deliver the Oscar K. Rice Lecture in Chemistry at noon in Wilson Library’s Pleasant Family Assembly Room. The event is free to the public. … Continued

$5.8 million NSF cyber security grant awarded to UNC, partners

A $5.8 million award from the National Science Foundation will be used by UNC and five partners for a large research project that will explore challenges in cyber security in the era of cloud computing.

Irrelevant information in medical testimonials may lead to poor consumer choices

Medical testimonials on the Internet and elsewhere present powerful personal stories and useful information, but they can also be dangerous to your health if distracting, irrelevant information leads to inappropriate treatment decisions, say researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. “Distracted by Details: Narrative Influence Following Conflicting Stories” was published in July in the journal Media Psychology. … Continued

Human cells respond differently to happiness

Human bodies recognize at the molecular level that not all happiness is created equal, responding in ways that can help or hinder physical health, according to new research led by Barbara L. Fredrickson.