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2021-2022 Creativity Hubs Finalists Announced

December 8, 2021

The brain. Digital health. Climate science. These are just a few topics the six finalists for 2021-22 Creativity Hubs program want to tackle. Winning teams receive $500,000 in support from the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research to execute … Continued

UNC Epidemiologist Talks COVID with Legislators

December 7, 2021

On the same day the U.S. confirmed its first case of the omicron variant, UNC epidemiologist Justin Lessler found himself before a legislative commission answering questions about ongoing efforts to end the pandemic, encouraging state and local governments to promote … Continued

A New Way to Explore the Night Sky

December 7, 2021

Carolina physics and astronomy graduate students led by Associate Professor Nick Law spent the past year designing, engineering and developing a new telescope system that will allow researchers to explore previously unseen phenomena.

Possible Benefits to J&J Vaccine

December 6, 2021

“I think there is a silver lining to [the J&J] vaccine that a lot of people don’t see,” says David Martinez, a UNC Gillings School of Public Health postdoctoral fellow. He researches immune responses to COVID-19 vaccines. Several researchers report early hints that, while J&J offers less protection up front, it may remain effective in the body for much longer.

RUNC: Anna Fraser

December 1, 2021

Anna Fraser is PhD student in the Department of Chemistry within the UNC College of Arts & Sciences. She designs, synthesizes, and characterizes polymers for water purification.

Merging Science and the Great Outdoors in the Galápagos

November 30, 2021

UNC alumnus Will Larsen’s undergraduate research experience in the Galápagos made a lasting impact that helped him get to where he is today – still enjoying the great outdoors alongside science as a graduate student at Rice University, where he … Continued

Three Minute Thesis Competition Winner

November 30, 2021

At the Graduate School’s annual Three Minute Thesis competition, Ava Vargason, a doctoral candidate in the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, won first place for her presentation explaining her research on the trillions of microbes in our bodies which are … Continued

Understanding Autism and Other Neurodevelopmental Disorders

November 29, 2021

UNC School of Medicine Professor Damaris Lorenzo and colleagues published in eLife that ANK2 gene variants can change the organization and architecture of neurons potentially contributing to autism and neurodevelopmental comorbidities.

High-Tech Mouthguards Measure Head Impact

November 29, 2021

UNC-Chapel Hill is teaming up with the NFL to measure on-field head impacts using high-tech mouthguards fitted with a series of tiny sensors that record kinematic data such as impact speed, direction, force, location, and severity.