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New Wastewater Treatment Tech Reaches Local Governments

July 20, 2023

The Highly Treated Wastewater pilot program, run through the North Carolina Collaboratory with assistance from the Environmental Finance Center (EFC) provides funding to five local governments in the state to replace and repair their wastewater treatment plants: Hot Springs, Lansing, Booneville, Maysville, and Ansonville.

Drug-Checking Project Cuts Overdoses

July 13, 2023

A few years ago, Nabarun Dasgupta went to a drive-thru COVID-19 testing site and left with an aha moment that’s now helping prevent overdoses in North Carolina. The senior scientist at the UNC Injury Prevention Research Center looked at the plastic test kit — vial and swab included inside — and thought, “We should be able to do the same thing with street drugs.”

Environmental Research Making a Difference in NC

July 10, 2023

This summer, Rose Houck ’25 is tackling two projects as an intern for the North Carolina Collaboratory to help improve the health and safety of North Carolina residents. One of her projects focuses on water quality at a local reservoir and the other tackles flood resiliency.

Where Are The Workers?

July 7, 2023

Between February and April 2020, employment dropped 12%, according to the N.C. Department of Commerce. But by November 2022, the state had 218,000 more jobs than it did pre-pandemic. As the economy’s wheels keep turning, businesses are struggling to find enough employees to meet their labor demands.

Taking a Closer Look at School Choice Decisions in North Carolina

May 31, 2023

Anna Egalite, Associate Professor in the College of Education at North Carolina State University, wants to know how families choose between public and private schools. To do so, she studies the Opportunity Scholarship Program, which helps students from low-income families attend private school.