Follow Heather Twitter Facebook
Email Heather Email
Education
Sep 1, 2022

UNCW Research Stories

Sponsored Content provided by Heather McWhorter - Director, UNCW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

This article was contributed by Stuart Borrett, PhD, UNCW Associate Provost for Research and Innovation.

University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW) is maturing as a research university and growing the impactof its research and innovation. UNCW researchers are discovering new knowledge and developing solutions to problems critical to the region, North Carolina, and the world. This effort enhances student learning and helps to forge knowledge leaders. Students benefit as the faculty integrate this new knowledge into the traditional classroom, and beyond the classroom, students can join research teams or conduct their own independent research. Here are a set of UNCW research stories to illustrate the impacts of this research. 
 
An interdisciplinary team of faculty led by Dr. Nathan Grove has created a program of research experiences for first year undergraduate students who aspire to work in the marine sciences. Faculty work closely with students during a 10-week summer experience to discover new insights about marine systems, and then the teams collaborate with faculty and staff at D.C. Virgo to prepare classroom materials that highlight the research findings for K-8 students. This effort is funded by the National Science Foundation. 
 
As part of his graduate studies at UNCW, Aaron Ramus conducted an experiment in the Cape Fear River to determine how an invasive habitat-forming seaweed alters marine ecosystem functioning. The species was already present, and his goal was to understand if and how it changed the ecosystem. Counter to expectations, he found that in select cases the invasive species can have a positive effect on the overall ecosystem functioning. This work is published in a well-cited academic journal article in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 
 
The National Drug Court Resource Center supports the success of treatment court across the nation that assist those with substance abuse and mental health disorders in the justice system. The center is co-directed by UNCW faculty Dr. Christina Lanier and Dr. Kristen DeVall, and is comprised of an interdisciplinary team of researchers, staff, and students. Their work includes conducting related applied research, sharing knowledge about best practices, and building partnerships. For example, they just released a new report Painting the current Picture: A National Report on Treatment Courts in the United States that includes a summary of some of the most important recent findings from the scholarly literature presented in a way that is accessible to practitioners. 
 
Have you used the Coastal Eco Explorer mobile application to learn about the island ecology at Carolina Beach State Park? For this project, UNCW faculty and students collaborated with park rangers to create a new tool for visitors to learn about and enjoy this local habitat. 
 
UNCW researchers are making discoveries from the Arctic to the Antarctic, from space to the ocean floor. Their work is helping to improve cybersecurity and healthcare outcomes for people in our region. They are helping to build the blue economy, and to understand how we can live resiliently at the coast. The next time you meet a faculty member or student from UNCW, I encourage you to ask them about their research story. 

Other Posts from Heather McWhorter

Uncw cie 22
Ico insights

INSIGHTS

SPONSORS' CONTENT
Screenshot2022 01 06at338 162234623

Genesis Block Targets Contract Conversion with MED Week Event at The Wilson Center

Girard Newkirk - Genesis Block
Drewsmith copiersplus headshot

A Little More Communication, A Lot More Cohesion

Drew Smith - Copiers Plus
Brookeskipper saltair headshot2

Improving Indoor Air Quality Requires a Systematic Approach

Brooke Skipper - Salt Air

Trending News

Avelo Airlines Extends Seasonal Offerings At ILM

Miriah Hamrick - Dec 5, 2022

More Space To Film: Dark Horse Studios Plans $20M Expansion

Cece Nunn - Dec 5, 2022

Wilmington Named As A Top City For Remote Workers In Nationwide Study

Staff Reports - Dec 6, 2022

Endowment To Announce Inaugural Grant Recipients At Friday Event

Staff Reports - Dec 5, 2022

At Chamber’s Economic Summit, Experts Talk Talent And Site Selection

Johanna F. Still - Dec 6, 2022

In The Current Issue

Retirement U-Turn

Many Cape Fear area retirees might initially opt for a life of leisure but discover that they still have a lot to give, and perhaps a lot to...


FNB, UB Bancorp's Local Impacts

Despite a scarcity of acquisition targets, the state will continue to see mergers and acquisitions because the North Carolina economy is so...


Back To School At Any Age

Amy Keith returned to UNCW in 2009, this time as a program coordinator at OLLI, which focuses on lifelong learning for people 50 and older....

Book On Business

The 2022 WilmingtonBiz: Book on Business is an annual publication showcasing the Wilmington region as a center of business.

Order Your Copy Today!


Galleries

Videos

Trying to Grow a Business?
2020 Health Care Heroes
2020 WilmingtonBiz 100