On Monday, March 14, UNC system President Margaret Spellings visited the NC Research Campus as part of her “100 Days” tour. Along with the NC Research Campus, she is visiting all 16 public universities, the NC School of Science and Mathematics and UNC Health Care to “learn and experience first-hand what makes the UNC system the greatest public university in the country.”
President Spellings toured the David H. Murdock Research Institute learning specifically about the institute’s capabilities in genomics, NMR and microscopy. Following the tour, she met with State Senator Fletcher Hartsell, Kannapolis Mayor Darrell Hinnant, State Representative Linda Johnson and Mark Spitzer, vice president of operations for Castle & Cooke, the developers of the NC Research Campus. They discussed the growth of the campus focusing on the critical role of the partnership with the university system and the upcoming revitalization of Kannapolis’ downtown.
She met with scientists from the NC State University Plants for Human Health institute, the Dole Nutrition Institute and the UNC Charlotte Bioinformatics Research Group who are the leaders of the NC Research Campus’ Plant Pathway Elucidation Project (P2EP). Graduate students in P2EP presented their research conducted in part by undergraduate summer interns on crops like oat, blueberry and broccoli. She then visited the Appalachian State University Human Performance Laboratory and witnessed an ongoing study with cyclists investigating the proteomic signature of athletic overreach. She ended her tour at the UNC Nutrition Research Institute gaining insight into how the institute is advancing the field of targeted nutrition through their laboratory work and advanced instrumentation like a human whole-room calorimeter that measures a person’s metabolic rate over a 24-hour period.
Mike Todd, executive director for the UNC system at the NC Research Campus who represents the seven partnering universities, commented, “We are so pleased that President Spellings could visit us so early in her tenure. This was the first opportunity she’s had to visit the NC Research Campus and learn about our capabilities, our contribution to the state and how our model of scientific collaboration works. We look forward to future visits and working closely with her and her office.”
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