Natural Sciences & Mathematics
Catastrophic brain injuries associated with full-contact football appear to be rising, especially among high school students, according to a new report. The increase is alarming and indicates more coaches and athletic trainers should change how they teach the fundamental skills of the game, according to UNC researchers.
In a paper published today in the journal Nature Methods, a team from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill demonstrates a simple, cost-effective technique for three-dimensional RNA structure prediction that will help scientists understand the structures, and ultimately the functions, of the RNA molecules that dictate almost every aspect of human cell behavior. When cell behavior goes wrong, … Continued
The Carolina Center for Public Service recently hosted the University’s annual Public Service Awards ceremony. Several students from the College of Arts and Sciences were recognized.
Alexandru Bacanu, a junior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, won a 2012 Goldwater Scholarship while Surojit Biswas, also a junior at UNC, received an honorable mention.
UNC researchers have found that gene switches do more than just flip “on” or “off.” The specific proteins called transcription factors that control which genes are turned off or on actually exhibit much more complex binding behavior. For the first time, “we are able to show the molecular equivalent of a real-time traffic report,” says biologist Jason Lieb.
Marine sciences doctoral student Ashley Smyth led a series of experiments assessing oysters’ ability to improve ecosystem health in North Carolina. Smyth’s research was recently honored by The Graduate School at UNC with a 2012 North Carolina Impact Award.
Enchantment is the word UNC biologist Bill Kier uses to describe his love of the subjects he teaches. And a shared sense of enchantment is what bonds him to his students.