Two UNC-Chapel Hill students earn Goldwater Scholarships

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Two UNC-Chapel Hill students earn Goldwater Scholarships

 

(Chapel Hill, N.C. –  March 31, 2017) – The Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program named University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill second-year student Scott Emmons and third-year student Sarah Miller as 2017 Goldwater Scholars.

 

This prestigious scholarship provides up to $7,500 per year for eligible educational expenses to students who excel in academics and who plan to pursue research careers in science, mathematics, engineering and computer disciplines.

 

“My congratulations go to Scott and Sarah on their recognition from the prestigious Goldwater Foundation,” said Chancellor Carol L. Folt. “They are prefect examples of the next generation of innovative researchers and problem solvers who will make an impact on a global scale. The diversity of their research — in areas ranging from visualization of microbiome data to non-coding RNA in embryonic stem cells — sets them apart as pioneers who will help create scientific breakthroughs.”

 

For 2017, the foundation selected 240 scholarship recipients. Emmons, Gray, and Miller were chosen from a field of 1,286 students who were nominated by 470 colleges and universities nationwide.

 

“We are thrilled that these three exceptional students have been selected by the Goldwater Foundation,” said Inger Brodey, director of the Office of Distinguished Scholarships. “Their exceptional academic qualifications and substantial practical research experiences exemplify the type of groundbreaking leadership we seek to nurture at Carolina.”

 

Emmons, 20, is a sophomore from Bloomington, Ind., majoring in computer science and mathematics in the College of Arts and Sciences. He is a Robertson Scholar and an Honors Carolina student.

 

At Carolina, Emmons has done research in visualization of microbiome data, and is now researching in the mathematics department on network theory. He spent last summer teaching middle school math in the Mississippi delta.

 

While still in high school, Scott Emmons co-founded Sparq Creative Solutions, LLC to help small business owners organize their resources and target them efficiently. He plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Computer Science and conduct research in network sciences and teach at the university level.

 

Miller, 20, is a junior from Wilmington, majoring in chemistry in the College of Arts and Sciences with a business administration minor in the Kenan-Flagler Business School.

 

She has been doing research on a non-coding RNA that regulates the transition to a differentiated (non-stem cell) fate in embryonic stem cells. She expects to be able to publish this work in the coming year.

 

Miller plans to pursue a M.D. and a Ph.D. in epigenetics and hopes to conduct research regarding long non-coding RNA. Her goal is to be principal investigator in a laboratory at a research university’s school of medicine, investigating epigenetic influences of certain RNA as they relate to human health.

 

Joshua Gray, a third-year student from Raleigh, was awarded an Honorable Mention.

 

Congress established the Goldwater scholarship program in 1986 to honor the late Barry M. Goldwater of Arizona who served in the U.S. Senate for 30 years. The first awards were given in 1989.

 

Click here for more information about the Office of Distinguished Scholarships.

 

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About the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the nation’s first public university, is a global higher education leader known for innovative teaching, research and public service. A member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, Carolina regularly ranks as the best value for academic quality in U.S. public higher education. Now in its third century, the University offers 77 bachelor’s, 110 master’s, 64 doctorate and seven professional degree programs through 14 schools and the College of Arts and Sciences. Every day, faculty – including two Nobel laureates – staff and students shape their teaching, research and public service to meet North Carolina’s most pressing needs in every region and all 100 counties. Carolina’s 317,000-plus alumni live in all 50 states and 156 other countries. More than 167,000 live in North Carolina.

 

Goldwater Foundation announcement: https://goldwater.scholarsapply.org/2017-scholars-press-release/

 

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Office of Distinguished Scholarships contact: Malindi Robinson, (919) 843-7756 malindi@unc.edu

UNC-Chapel Hill Communications contact: Will Rimer, (919) 445-0945 rimerwp@unc.edu

EPA awards multimillion-dollar contract to Carolina to protect air quality

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EPA awards multimillion-dollar contract to Carolina to protect air quality

 

Air quality analysis center receives contract worth up to $10.2 million to continue, expand operations

 

(Chapel Hill, N.C. – Oct. 20, 2016) – The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Institute for the Environment has been awarded a seven-year contract worth up to $10.2 million from the Environmental Protection Agency to continue and expand operations of its Center for Community Air Quality Modeling and Analysis.

 

Established in 2001, the EPA’s center has been hosted at Carolina since 2003 and works with the agency to lead the international, open-source, community-based air quality modeling and analysis software used to evaluate and propose regulations. The extended funding allows the center to continue and expand the scope of its work in these vital environmental and human health areas.

 

“UNC is a national hub for studying and protecting air quality,” said Terry Magnuson, vice chancellor for research. “This continued partnership with the EPA is a testament to the valuable role our research centers and institutes play at UNC—translating research into practical good for societal benefit.”

 

Since its inception, the center’s environmental and air quality models, have been used by regulatory offices at the EPA, as well as state governments, academics, businesses, industries, federal agencies and the international community. It has grown to serve more than 5,000 registered users in more than 90 countries.

 

“The growing and vibrant user community of these tools has not only helped promote scientific transparency regarding the models used in regulatory applications, but it is also helping evolve the modeling systems through contributions from the broader external environmental modeling community,” said Jennifer Orme-Zavaleta, director of the EPA’s National Exposure Research Laboratory.

 

Through the center, scientists at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Institute for the Environment have developed a largely participant-funded training program covering air quality and emissions models. The center’s trainings are conducted on campus, online and at national and international sites.

 

“Protecting air quality for human health and the environment is paramount,” said Adel Hanna, a research professor at the UNC-Chapel Hill institute who leads the center. “We will continue to enhance existing capabilities while, as required by the contract, we continue to develop new ones.”

 

The center also hosts an annual conference that brings together leading air quality scientists from all over the world. The 15th annual conference is Oct. 24-26, 2016, at the William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education. For more information on the center and the annual conference, visit cmascenter.org.

 

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About the Institute for the Environment

The Institute for the Environment at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill catalyzes and advances interdisciplinary environmental research to solve local to global challenges, educates the next generation of leaders committed to the health and stewardship of our planet and informs and engages the public to enable environmental problem solving. The institute seeks solutions to critical environmental issues—including those related to water resources, public health, energy, climate change, air quality, land-use change and biodiversity—to enable sustainable human communities and their coexistence with natural systems. For more, visit www.ie.unc.edu.

 

About the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the nation’s first public university, is a global higher education leader known for innovative teaching, research and public service. A member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, Carolina regularly ranks as the best value for academic quality in U.S. public higher education. Now in its third century, the University offers 77 bachelor’s, 113 master’s, 68 doctorate and seven professional degree programs through 14 schools and the College of Arts and Sciences. Every day, faculty – including two Nobel laureates – staff and students shape their teaching, research and public service to meet North Carolina’s most pressing needs in every region and all 100 counties. Carolina’s more than 317,000 alumni live in all 50 states and 150 countries. More than 167,000 live in North Carolina.

 

UNC Institute for the Environment contact: Emily Williams, emilywilliams@unc.edu, (919) 962-0965

UNC-Chapel Hill Communications contact: Will Rimer, rimerwp@unc.edu, (919) 445-0945

Paul Cuadros to deliver Winter Commencement address

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Paul Cuadros to deliver Winter Commencement address

 

Award-winning investigative reporter, Latino initiative director focuses on race, poverty issues in America

 

(Chapel Hill, N.C. – Oct. 14, 2016) – Paul Cuadros, associate professor in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Media and Journalism and executive director of the UNC Scholars’ Latino Initiative, will be the featured speaker at the Winter Commencement ceremony.

 

Chancellor Carol L. Folt will preside at the event, which takes place at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 18, in the Dean E. Smith Center.

 

Cuadros emboldens students to investigate issues affecting communities, the state, the country and the world by examining race and poverty in America. He was selected by Folt in consultation with the Commencement Speaker Selection Committee, which includes students and faculty. His selection highlights Carolina’s continued tradition of outstanding faculty speakers at the ceremony.

 

“Paul’s remarkable career as an award-winning reporter and his wonderful contributions that enlighten our students as a distinguished member of our faculty are shining examples of his superb professionalism and daily dedication to making a difference,” Folt said. “I am excited that he will share his insights and experiences with an even larger audience at our Winter Commencement. His commitment to uncovering and highlighting the important issues of race and poverty in North Carolina and across our country will inspire our graduates to go forward and make an impact in our state, nation and around the world.”

 

Cuadros, who joined the University in 2006, serves as the chair and executive director of the UNC Scholars’ Latino Initiative, a three-year mentoring and college preparatory program between Carolina students and Latino students at six area high schools. He is the co-founder of two campus organizations: the Carolina Latina/o Collaborative, a Latino educational and cultural center, and the Latina/o Caucus, a coalition of faculty and staff that advocates for Latino interests on campus. Cuadros won the UNC Diversity Award in 2012 for his work opening doors for minority students, faculty and staff on campus.

 
His book, “A Home on the Field: How One Championship Team Inspires Hope for the Revival of Small Town America,” which tells the story of Siler City’s struggles with Latino immigration through the lives of a predominantly Latino high school soccer team, was Carolina’s summer reading program selection for new students in 2009. Cuadros is the only faculty member to have his or her book selected. His book has also been chosen for summer reading programs at other universities and is currently the focus of a documentary film project and episodic series.

 

Cuadros has received numerous awards and recognitions, including a fellowship with the Alicia Patterson Foundation in 1999, considered one of the most prestigious journalism fellowships; the 2006 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Journalism Award, for his contribution to the radio series “North Carolina Voices: Understanding Poverty;” and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists’ award for online reporting.

 

Cuadros completed his undergraduate degree in communication and media studies at the University of Michigan in 1985 and earned his master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications in 1991.

 

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About the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the nation’s first public university, is a global higher education leader known for innovative teaching, research and public service. A member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, Carolina regularly ranks as the best value for academic quality in U.S. public higher education. Now in its third century, the University offers 77 bachelor’s, 113 master’s, 68 doctorate and seven professional degree programs through 14 schools and the College of Arts and Sciences. Every day, faculty – including two Nobel laureates – staff and students shape their teaching, research and public service to meet North Carolina’s most pressing needs in every region and all 100 counties. Carolina’s more than 308,000 alumni live in all 50 states and 150 countries. More than 167,000 live in North Carolina.

 

UNC-Chapel Hill Communications and Public Affairs contact: Will Rimer, (919) 445-0945, rimerwp@unc.edu