To Boldly Grow

Scientists direct plant growth experiments on the International Space Station, with the ultimate goal of helping humans travel farther in space.

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CC-ED designers place community partners at the core of their process, to make sure the center's creations truly meet people’s needs.

The Long Game

Sports can teach children important skills and values. But for optimal impact, you need an intentional, educational approach. A 25-year effort equips kids for success.

Research Profiles

Much More Than Numbers

Research Excellence Award Winner

As a theoretical researcher and a statistical consultant, Professor Sat Gupta is all about impact.

A Common Language

Undergraduate Researcher

Education major Martha Reyes examines multilingual approaches to helping English language learners.

Water, Water, Everywhere

Graduate Researcher

Biology PhD student Austin Gray tracks antibiotic pollution in North Carolina streams and drinking wells.

The Right Idea

Stolen Names

How UNCG's Digital Library of American Slavery became one of the largest databases of slave names and more.

From Chile, with love

A Chilean company introduces Greensboro to a different type of theater, with a wordless story of exile, loss and love.

Plastics in the Gene Pool

Your exposure to BPA can impact your health, and the health of your descendants.

No Woman is an island

A network of exchange helped queer women in the early 1900s make it – and offers lessons for today.

Fire & Ice

Decreases in Arctic sea ice appear to contribute to increased wildfire activity in the Northwest.

The World is Your Classroom

Educators in North Carolina and China engage, to help schools prepare global-ready students.

The Word's Out

Attack of the Killer Ticks

A dystopian Appalachian tale, set in the near future, comments on our present.

Fighting to be Heard

"Union Time" follows the David-versus-Goliath struggle of workers at the Smithfield Foods pork processing plant.


An earthquake and a hurricane, roughly a century apart, offer insights into U.S. disaster recovery.

From the Vice Chancellor

Over the last year, UNC Greensboro celebrated its 125th anniversary. The occasion has given us time to remember our past — but also to envision our future. I was recently reminded of what a gift such moments are during UNCG’s 2018 Conference on African American and African Diasporic Cultures and Experience, where a presenter introduced me to the concept of Sankofa.

The term, from the Akan people of Ghana, means “to go back and fetch it.” It is typically heard as part of a proverb that translates to “it is not wrong to go back for what you have forgotten or lost.”

The symbol for Sankofa is a bird looking backward, with an egg in its mouth representing the future. The proverb has been particularly important to peoples of the African Diaspora, for whom the meaning has evolved to “remembering the past, to protect the future.”

As UNCG looks forward, I find myself thinking that Sankofa holds important lessons for us as scholars. The concept weaves through much of our work, as is evidenced in this latest  issue of UNCG Research Magazine.

Up & Coming

Fats and your Synapses

High saturated fat diets physically alter the way we think about food. Assistant professor Steven Fordahl measures real-time neurotransmission in response to food intake, to explore how saturated fats wreck the brain's pleasure center.

UNCG Research is published by the Office of Research and Engagement
at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Vice Chancellor for Research and Engagement
Dr. Terri L. Shelton

Associate Vice Chancellor for University Communications
& Chief Communications Officer

Jeff Shafer

Mike Harris and Sangeetha Shivaji

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Mike Dickens and Mark Unrue

Mike Dickens and Martin W. Kane

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Debbie Freund

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Alyssa Bedrosian, Elizabeth L. Harrison, Susan Kirby-Smith & Kimberly Osborne

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