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New ROI to Optimize Biomedical Resource Allocations

Public and private entities that fund biomedical research face difficult choices on how to allocate a finite level of capital, and scientists often take risks in selecting research topics multiple times in their academic careers. UNC Charlotte data scientist Lixia Yao, in a recently published article in Nature Biotechnology titled “Health ROI as a Measure of Misalignment of Biomedical Needs and Resources,” suggests a better method for those funding agencies and scientists.

“We believe that greater returns on investment can be achieved for the entire society if we could more effectively distribute biomedical research resources, including both funding and human capital,” said Yao, an assistant professor in the Department of Software and Information Systems in the College of Computing and Informatics. She worked with collaborators at Columbia University, GlaxoSmithKline and the University of Chicago to develop the health ROI.

Click here to read more about the research.

Kissau Named Foreign Language Teacher of the Year

Scott Kissau, an associate professor of foreign language education in the Department of Middle, Secondary, and K-12 Education, was named Foreign Language Teacher of the Year in higher education by the Foreign Language Association of North Carolina.

"Dr. Kissau distinguished himself from the other candidates by immersing himself in the education of languages and cultures and by demonstrating his in-depth involvement with growing and supporting world language teachers," said Foreign Language Association of North Carolina (FLANC) Awards Chair Delynda Ramirez-Carter.

College of Education Associate Dean Melba Spooner stated, "I have observed him teach, and from that first-hand experience, I confirm what students constantly say: that he is passionate, organized and well-planned. He asks great questions and challenges his colleagues and students to do the same."