Published: Monday, May 16, 2011
Dr. Xiaoxin Chen, associate professor in the Julius L. Chambers Biomedical/Biotechnology Research Institute, has received a grant of $275,000 from the N.C. Biotechnology Center to develop a model of human gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and Barrett’s esophagus (BE) using the esophagus of a pig. Esophageal adenocarcinoma, the most rapidly increasing cancer in this country, occurs as a result of GERD and BE.
Dr. Cecelia Steppe-Jones has received a grant of $49,250 from the UNC General Administration to improve students’ performance at Hillside New Tech High School in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The program includes mentor relationships, online courses for high school freshman and the development of a blended learning model for teachers, combining online and face-to-face instruction.