Amid concerns about grad student mental health, one university takes a novel approach – Alli Schad & Dr. Jean Cook – Science Magazine
University campuses are hotbeds of mental health concerns, including among graduate students. But the demand for counseling services often outstrips capacity, according to a 2018 report. At the University of North Carolina (UNC) in Chapel Hill, students seeking mental health support are frequently referred to providers off campus. “It’s not that they can’t get treatment; they certainly can. … But it’s also not easy to set up,” says Jean Cook, an associate dean of graduate education at UNC who oversees the university’s biological and biomedical sciences Ph.D. program. Students have to arrange transportation, and for grad students there’s an added layer of complexity because they may have to explain why they need to take multiple hours out of their day to travel to an appointment off campus.
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In a study in Nature Communications, Pengda Liu, PhD, assistant professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics and Shelton Earp, MD, director of UNC Lineberger and the Lineberger Professor of Cancer Research, and their collaborators reported discoveries about a key signaling pathway that can be hyperactive in kidney cancer.
Dr. Carter has been working to unravel some of the biggest mysteries of molecular evolution — that is, how exactly did life on Earth as we know it rise from the primordial, chemical-laden soup four billion years ago. In particular, he investigates how information flows from genes to proteins found in living organisms via genetic coding.
Liu was one of 28 scientists who were awarded V Scholar Grants in 2018 by the V Foundation for Cancer Research. The two-year, $200,000 grants are designed to identify and advance innovative young scientists who are establishing their research careers.
UNC researchers including Leslie Parise, PhD and doctoral student Alex Chung have designed a novel way to attack an aggressive breast cancer. By working with a drug development company, they hope their laboratory discovery will translate to a new treatment combination in the clinic in the future.
We received over $19.2 million in funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in 2018. According to the Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research (BRIMR), this ranks us fourth among all Biochemistry departments and the 2nd highest among public institutions.
Aziz Sancar, MD, PhD, the winner of the 2015 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, and the Sarah Graham Kenan Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics, gifted one of 3 replicas of the Nobel Prize medal UNC. It is now on display in the newly installed numismatics exhibit at the Wilson Special Collections Library.