Spotlight

Taking the clinic to the streets

Every Thursday, a group of UNC psychiatrists leave campus and head to Franklin Street armed with plastic bags of tiny shampoos and travel toothpaste tubes, washcloths and bars of soap, thick new socks and knit hats. For the afternoon, the street is a moving clinic of sorts where Annie Kelly, clinical associate professor of psychiatry,…

Research double-time

Olivia Eskew’s research interests took her from the Galápagos Islands to conducting research in a faculty member’s laboratory that may help people with chronic pain. She will graduate in May, having been named second author on two research studies. Water quality in a setting where clean water is in short supply was the focus of…

Helping students find their voice

Two-time Carolina alumna Ada Wilson didn’t anticipate that her dream of aiding underserved communities would lead her where it did, but the work she does is both dear to her and life-changing for many Carolina students. After earning her undergraduate degree in journalism and mass communication at UNC-Chapel Hill, Wilson remained at Carolina to earn…

Adults with autism a TEACCH focus

When Carolina’s TEACCH Autism Program began in 1972, one in 2,500 children were diagnosed with ASD, or Autism Spectrum Disorder. Since then, the community of individuals with ASD has steadily grown. By 2002, 1 in 150 children were diagnosed, and by 2008, that statistic was 1 in 88. Along with that growth came deeper awareness…

Finding fresh water

How much fresh water is there around the world? The question seems like it would have an easy answer but UNC’s Tamlin Pavelsky will tell you that’s not the case. It turns out, if we need to know, for example, the total amount of water flowing through our rivers, the best estimate available could be…

Turtle transport

Marine biologist Avery Paxton was planning an offshore diving trip with her research team at the UNC Institute of Marine Sciences (IMS) in December 2013 when she was asked to carry along some precious cargo: 19 stranded sea turtles trying to get to the Gulf Stream. After all, it was on her way. The doctoral…

Entrepreneurial ecosystem springs to life

Ryan Bregier has a simple explanation for why he became an entrepreneur: “I can’t help myself.” It’s how his mind works. When an idea pops into his head, it’s stuck there until he gives in to the urge to test it and find out how far he can make it fly. He started his first…

Global ready

Carolina took its global education ambitions to a new level in 2007, when the College of Arts and Sciences established an unusual joint degree program with the National University of Singapore (NUS), considered among the best universities in the world. Undergraduates from UNC and NUS can study abroad at the partner institution for two-to-four semesters…

Carolina No. 1 public in autism research

Carolina is the No. 1 public institution in the world for autism research, according to a 2012 report from the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee, a federal advisory committee. Ranked No. 2 overall, Carolina is just behind Harvard University. One reason Carolina is able to support so many different endeavors in autism research is the N.C.…

Decoding anorexia nervosa

More than 8,000 volunteers are going to help UNC researchers decode anorexia nervosa in an effort to better detect, treat and prevent the eating disorder. The Anorexia Nervosa Genetics Initiative (ANGI) is collecting clinical information and blood samples from more than 8,000 women and men who have had anorexia nervosa at any point in their…