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UNC concussion researcher participates in White House summit

Kevin Guskiewicz, a lead concussion researcher at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, was at the White House on Thursday when President Barack Obama announced new initiatives aimed at the prevention and treatment of concussions in youth sports. Guskiewicz was invited to participate in the inaugural conference, the Healthy Kids and Safe Sports…

Charting the right path for Carolina

Editor’s note: This marks a new, more thorough way of covering UNC-Chapel Hill’s Board of Trustees. It includes videos of important presentations, links to full remarks and an overall synopsis of what occurs at these key meetings.

UNC concussion researcher to participate in White House summit

Kevin Guskiewicz, a lead concussion researcher at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will participate in a special White House summit Thursday that will focus on finding new ways to identify, treat and prevent concussions, especially in youth sports. Guskiewicz, the senior associate dean for natural sciences in the College of Arts and…

Toxins in the environment might make you older than your years

Why are some 75-year-olds downright spry while others can barely get around? Part of the explanation, according to research from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is differences from one person to the next in exposure to harmful substances in the environment, chemicals such as benzene, cigarette smoke and even stress. While the…

Give ‘gift of life’ during annual Carolina Blood Drive on June 3

Liviya Anderson came home from school with a high fever one afternoon in October 2010. But after extensive testing, what the Anderson family thought was a simple case of strep throat was later revealed to be aplastic anemia, meaning Liviya’s body could not produce enough new blood cells to sustain her. Over the next few…

Scaling a Great Wall

The air pollution in China was so horrifying that UNC School of Medicine graduate student Lindsay Jaacks had to wear a mask when she took to the streets of Beijing. She also decided to pursue a new line of research – the effects of pollution on food and, as a result, the complex dietary effects on type 1 diabetes.

Building momentum for convergent science

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has long been a leader in innovative thinking that addresses broad challenges. That leadership was on display recently when faculty member Joseph DeSimone led a National Research Council committee of top scientists to explore the nation’s standing on convergent research, a new approach to help more quickly…

Meet a Tar Heel: Michael Highland

As associate academic coordinator at the Carolina Covenant Scholars program, Michael Highland loves helping students succeed. In the nine years he has worked with the program, which gives eligible low-income students who earn admission to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill the opportunity to graduate debt-free, he estimates he has helped hundreds of…