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Researchers Shed Light on Common Childhood Disease

A new study by UNC Charlotte scholars is shedding light on the connection between diet and a common childhood disease.

Using national health data, the researchers determined children who ate certain types of food or dealt with food insecurity may be more likely to contract the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV). EBV is a common virus that often causes no symptoms on its own; it’s better known as a cause of infectious mononucleosis and having a connection to some cancers.

Ahmed Arif, an associate professor in the College of Health and Human Services Department of Public Health Sciences, co-authored the new study, which considered EBV infection among U.S. children ages 6 to 15 using data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). Click here to learn more about the study.

Engineer Gets $500K NSF Award

Chris Vermillion, an assistant professor in the William States Lee College of Engineering Department of Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Science, has won a $500,000 National Science Foundation CAREER award to further his research in creating low-cost methodologies that optimize the combined physical system and controller for high-altitude wind energy systems.

The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is the NSF’s most-prestigious award in support of junior faculty members. The NSF awards CAREER grants to faculty members who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research and excellent education.

Vermillion has been with the Lee College of Engineering since 2014. His research of the flight dynamics and control of tethered airborne wind energy systems employs a first-in-world rapid prototyping framework that makes possible small-scale flight experiments that can be run at much lower cost than full-scale prototypes.