Engage Community Partners to Improve HealthMAHEC has nurtured relationships with on-the-ground organizations in all 16-plus counties of Western North Carolina. With that existing infrastructure, plus Carolina’s world-class research and teaching expertise, UNC Health Sciences at MAHEC is well-suited to engage trusted community-based organizations and leverage statewide and national expertise to implement needed change.
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Convergent Science at CarolinaSuccessful universities, both public and private, are engines for innovation - places where basic science meets technology to solve problems for the public good. Convergent science initiatives throughout the University will help Carolina lead in our service to the state and nation by bringing together innovators from the worlds of science, engineering, art, humanities, design and business.
Improve the Quality of Life for Vulnerable ChildrenWe are committed to understanding the complex biological, psychological, social, and environmental factors that affect child and adolescent development, and to accelerating the discovery and implementation of programs that strengthen children, families, and communities. Additional resources for outreach and dissemination will help us to promote early adoption of promising strategies and maximize their impact for the children and families who need it the most.
Transform Our SpaceAs we evolve as an institute, our space must shift and grow. We aspire to be a hub for innovative ideas and interdisciplinary partnerships that spark groundbreaking science. Our success relies on fostering a collaborative learning environment equipped with emerging technologies. New biobehavioral laboratories, innovative collaborative workspace, and better training facilities will strengthen our work and advance our mission.
Innovate through Strategic InitiativesWe promote innovative, interdisciplinary research at UNC and partner with a range of public and private stakeholders to translate new discoveries into transformative interventions that meet the needs of diverse communities. Strategic investments in seed grants, pilot programs, and implementation evaluations will enable innovation that will benefit thousands of children and families across the state and the nation.
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Build an Interdisciplinary Community of ScientistsWe foster the collaborative engagement of scientists across disciplines to address complex challenges facing children and families. Our interdisciplinary approach also prepares the next generation of scholars and scientists to work effectively with diverse partners and stakeholders. We learn from one another — integrating basic science with developmental science with implementation science. Funding for new fellowships and expanded training opportunities will enhance our learning community.
Engage ScientistsTo make STEM fields more approachable, we will expand our training programs that teach university researchers – both students and faculty – how to effectively translate and share their work in ways laypeople of all ages can understand and embrace. Through exhibits, shows and programs, researchers will then provide enrichment experiences that reach school children, as well as general North Carolina audiences.
Environmental Research VenturesSupport for multi-disciplinary collaboration among top experts is critical to take on ground-breaking higher-risk research into emerging environmental issues that need early data to establish traction. To achieve this we need to create an Environmental Venture Fund. The fund will also provide support for an innovation program to support emerging needs, tools and ideas that advance our mission across all areas of study, ultimately broadening our impact. In addition, this fund will support programming for the UNC Clean Tech Summit.
21st Century EducationWe will fund an endowment for an environmental scholarship fund to participate in field site education and international enrichment experiences at IE field sites in Morehead City, Highlands and Manteo, NC, the Galapagos and Thailand regardless of a student's need or major including support for expanded research experiences and internship opportunities.
Outreach and Public ServiceWe will support K-12 environmental science education programs to bring current environmental science with an experiential component to educators and community-based organizations statewide. In addition, we continue to translate science into action by connecting research with improved public policy and community well-being.
Revitalize Morehead’sWe will be fully equipped to engage students and the public. The Gateway Gallery will convey John Motley Morehead’s vision of a place where the arts and sciences intersect. The new “Breakthrough Hub: A Lab to Life” exhibit will showcase the transformative impact of scientiﬁc research happening right here on campus, while making the scientiﬁc process at-large real and relatable. A re-conﬁgured entry, facelifts for the GlaxoSmithKline Fulldome Theater and the science stage, an appealing new gift shop, new hands-on learning labs and improved outdoor spaces will meet and exceed the expectations of today’s visitors.
Expand Programming Across North CarolinaTo bring the wonders of science to more people of every age across the state, we will invest in science outreach programming, vehicles and tools, including our mobile lab and portable planetarium programs. We will focus on underserved areas and populations. We will broaden our engagement through local community partnerships. We will reach all of North Carolina’s current and next generations with a universe of possibilities.
Fund Access Regardless ofWe will work to ensure children from low-wealth, low-resource schools and areas continue to have access to Morehead. To spark a passion for STEM in young students, now and next, we will help schools champion science. An accessibility program will be an even more permanent part of Morehead's culture than it is now.
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Critical ResearchFirst and foremost, we must continue to push the boundaries of research in areas that represent our core strengths, such as air quality and water management, and affect the most lives worldwide. We will implement semester-long research projects, pairing scholars with undergraduate and graduate students to deliver environmental solutions that beneﬁt populations worldwide.
Former Chancellor’s Science Scholar Jeliyah Clark ’18 studies links between the environment and birth outcomes.
Chancellor's Science Scholar Yolanda Simpson ’22 likes living outside her comfort zone as she forges a path for a more diverse future in STEM.
Chancellor's Science Scholar Nihar Vaidya ’23 explores the intersection of computer science and neuroscience.