Carolina Maker Fair
Technologies That Create
April 24, 2014 marks the first maker fair at UNC. The event is unique and the first of it's kind, showcasing maker technologies like laser cutters, 3D printers, and scanners. The Carolina Maker Fair is calling attention towards the maker movement and what it means to have the resources and accessibility to physically create. Participate in creative workshops and experience hands-on maker resources. Be a part of this movement and join us from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in front of Davis Library. Make sure you make it there...
New Data, New Generation
NCDS Networking Event Introduces Big Future for Data Science
The National Consortium for Data Science is recruiting a new generation of scientists to think of innovative ways to organize and manage data. Their latest networking event included a panel discussion and networking session to engage student participants with NCDS Faculty Fellows, calling attention to the opportunities for future ideation in the field of data science.
Peter Mucha Moves Science to Marketplace
Carolina's First New Science Department in 40 Years
Peter Mucha said investing in applied physical science is like investing in health science, energy, and water, all areas that will contribute to making Carolina a leader in the future to come. Mucha leads the first Department of Applied Physical Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences. The department's focus is to help translate "bench science" to products and services in the marketplace that can impact people's lives and the world. Mucha said, “The activities of this department are organized around ideas to impact – to build things and apply knowledge, and unite with other campus activities – so that Carolina is recognized as a world leader, not just in the creation and teaching of knowledge, but also the application of that knowledge.”
From the Clinic To Franklin Street
UNC Psychiatrists Serve Local Homeless Community
Alicia Watson, Annie Kelly and Anisha Gulati go to Franklin Street every Thursday handing out hygiene kits with shampoo, bars of soap, and knit hats. You name, they've got it. Their mission? The UNC psychiatrists are calling attention to the Franklin Street homeless community in effort to address larger psychiatric problems the population may have like substance abuse or mental illness. Handing out these bags is a kind of community psychiatry is called assertive engagement. The women hope that by talking with members of the homeless population, they will be able to connect them to more in depth psychiatric needs like housing resources and medicines.
An Entrepreneurial Environment at 1789
Combining Work, Mentorship, and Fun Spreads Entrepreneurial Culture
Located above Four Corners on East Franklin Street, the 1789 Venture Lab is thriving with entrepreneurs transitioning their ideas to reality. The physical space provides an area where startup companies can work with fellow team members, hang out, and receive mentoring from faculty like Jim Kitchen. Kitchen worked on creating this space so that current UNC-CH students and UNC grads would have an engaging and youthful place to work and receive support while encouraging the expansion of the entrepreneurial ecosystem.
UNC Ranked No. 1 Public School in Autism Research
Programs like TEACHH and CIDD Increase Autism Outreach
UNC-CH has been ranked the No. 1 public institution in autism research according to a 2012 report from the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee, a federal advisory committee. Programs like TEACHH Autism Program and the Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities, CIDD, are expanding autism research and outreach. The Program for Early Autism Research, Leadership and Service, PEARLS, along with the Rehabilitation Counseling and Psychology program, partnered with CIDD and received a $900,000 federal grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Multiple programs that support autism outreach are spread across UNC's campus and are helping increase awareness for further research.