Campus briefs, August 19

Aug. 18, 2014 @ 11:01 AM

UNC-led team given $2.2 million to develop water strategy

CHAPEL HILL – A team led by a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill professor has been awarded $2.2 million to develop strategies for meeting future water demands in the Southeast, according to UNC News Services.

The grant was made to a team led by Gregory Characklis, a professor of environmental sciences and engineering at the Gillings School of Global Public Health and director of the Center for Watershed Science and Management at the UNC Institute for the Environment.

It was made by the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to develop strategies for meeting water demands in the region in a sustainable way.

The Southeast is an area generally accustomed to abundant water supply, according to the UNC News Services release. But the region faces unprecedented water scarcity caused by global climate change, population growth, economic expansion and limits on the development of new sources.

The project will bring together experts in hydrology, economics and engineering, as well as local government and utility officials, to design water management strategies for regions like the Southeast that are facing new and acute water shortages. The strategies will be able adapt to changing conditions and different regions.

MUSC, UNC partner in diabetes outreach study

CHARLESTON, S.C. – The Medical University of South Carolina and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are partnering to decrease diabetes prevalence and complications in a rural South Carolina county, according to a news release.

Called the Bamberg Diabetes Transitional Care Study, the effort involves the South Carolina Clinical & Translational Research Institute in South Carolina and the North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences Institute in Chapel Hill.

The project will involve using iPad technology to explore the impact and feasibility of different diabetes interventions for patients transitioning from the hospital to home.  

Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in South Carolina, and nearly 15 percent of residents of Bamberg County have the disease, according to the release.

The three-month study will investigate which of three approaches is most effective: bringing in community health workers to aid high-risk patients in managing care, follow-up phone calls by nurses, or standard physician instructions alone.  

MUSC and UNC-CH will partner with the Bamberg County Diabetes Coalition, the Regional Medical Center of Orangeburg and Calhoun Counties and the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. Voorhees College has served as the local host for the project.

Fellowships support UNC faculty research

CHAPEL HILL --   Two faculty members will hold nine-month faculty fellowships offered by the Institute of African American Research at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, UNC News Services announced.

Launched last spring, the annual fellowships support research by two UNC faculty members engaged in studies of African Americans and the African diaspora.   

During his fellowship, Enrique Neblett is an associate professor in the department of psychology.

In one of two projects he will work on as a faculty fellow, he will conduct a longitudinal pilot study investigating the psychological well-being of two cohorts of African American college freshmen. 

Alvaro Reyes is an assistant professor in the department of geography. As a faculty fellow, he will continue his work on a book manuscript that examines 20th-century black and indigenous movements. 

Both fellows will give a public talk. Neblett’s talk is scheduled for Nov. 6, while Reyes’ will be in January.  

Four receive scholarships

CHAPEL HILL -- Four University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill students have received scholarships from the German Academic Exchange Service for the 2014-2015 academic year, according to UNC News Services.

Katherine Charlotte Marie Lindemann, a political science major, was awarded a graduate study scholarship.

Peter Gengler, a history Ph.D. candidate, and Matthew West Feminella , a Germanic languages Ph.D. candidate, were awarded research grants for doctoral candidates and young academics and scientists.

Christian Loftin, a physics and computer science double major, was accepted into the Research Internships in Science and Engineering (RISE) program.

The DAAD scholarships are a part of the UNC Office of Distinguished Scholarships non-endorsed international awards.

Students selected must be at least juniors. The scholarships cover 10 months of graduate study and research at universities in Germany in addition to two- or four-month stipend of language study at the Goethe Institute in Germany before the scholarship period.