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TraCS Director and members among researchers selected for UNC Creativity Hubs Inaugural Awards

Carolina Research Teams Span Disciplines to Fight Obesity, Advance Water Purification

UNC’s new Creativity Hubs initiative, a component of the Carolina Blueprint for Next strategic framework, has announced awards to campus research teams pursuing solutions to two of the world’s most pressing issues: the obesity epidemic and the global clean water shortage. The Creativity Hubs initiative was developed by Vice Chancellor for Research Terry Magnuson as a platform on which to assemble teams of researchers from diverse disciplines to tackle major societal challenges and leverage additional support from external sponsors.

“While Carolina has long prided itself on its culture of low stone walls, we must be aggressive in capitalizing on our unique strengths and positioning our faculty to tackle major scientific challenges,” Magnuson said. “The two project teams that have been selected for these initial awards embody the bold approach that I envision of Creativity Hubs award winners.”

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