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2024 University Teaching Awards honor 25 educators


The winners, selected from 677 nominations, represent “the best of what Carolina has to offer,” campus leaders said. Many of the winners are from the College of Arts and Sciences.



2024 University Teaching Awards honor 25 educators

The winners, selected from 677 nominations, represent “the best of what Carolina has to offer,” campus leaders said. Many of the winners are from the College of Arts and Sciences.


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Five individual shots of Roni Segupta, in different fun poses, edited into one group image.

The faces of AI

Roni Sengupta develops AI to modify images and works to make this technology more accessible to everyday creators.

Gregory Copenhaver surrounded by plants in his biology lab.

Carolina innovator inducted into the National Academy of Inventors

Gregory Copenhaver, director of the UNC-Chapel Hill Institute for Convergent Science, has been named a 2024 senior member by the National Academy of Inventors in recognition of his work as both an innovator and a mentor to future inventors.

Students listen to their instructor during a College Thriiving course in the classroom.

Helping college students thrive

A new paper takes a look at key outcomes after the first year of the “College Thriving” course in the new IDEAs in Action curriculum. We chatted with co-author Abigail Panter, senior associate dean for undergraduate education in the College of Arts and Sciences, about the research in this Q&A.

Two biologists win Chan Zuckerberg Initiative competitive neuroscience grant

Biologists Celia Shiau and En Yang at UNC-Chapel Hill have been awarded a competitive Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) grant to tackle unsolved grand challenges in neurodegenerative diseases and fundamental neuroscience.

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2024 University Teaching Awards honor 25 educators

The winners, selected from 677 nominations, represent “the best of what Carolina has to offer,” campus leaders said. Many of the winners are from the College of Arts and Sciences.

A researcher holding a laptop and wearing augmented reality glasses examines a model of a person, a red stick figure-like construction, through the AR technology.

Computer science team uses AR to treat Parkinson’s

Their software and augmented reality headsets allow clinicians to analyze patient movement and guide physical therapy.

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Possible Alzheimer’s disease treatment breakthrough: UNC researchers focus on amyloid plaque

A research team at UNC is studying how amyloid plaque forms in the brain of Alzheimer's patients in hopes of developing breakthrough treatments for the disease. "If we understand how (amyloid plaque) forms, can we understand how to deform them, how to so-called melt them in order to get rid of them and maybe in this way discover a path towards a cure," said Ronit Freeman, an associate professor of applied physical sciences at UNC.

 

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Danielle Purifoy: “Scenes of the Forgotten Black Forest” on Mar. 6

Danielle Purifoy, assistant professor in the department of geography and environment, will present in Battle Hall as part of the Spring 2024 Colloquium Series in the department of African, African American and diaspora studies. Through three scenes in the U.S. South, Purifoy’s talk will trace alternate histories and epistemic traditions surrounding U.S. forests through Black ecological practices for spiritual, social and political power.

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By the Numbers

18,000+
undergraduate students
2,300+
graduate students
979
faculty members
43
academic departments and curricula,
115 undergraduate programs of study
12
graduate programs ranked in the top 30
by U.S. News & World Report
80%
of all Carolina students graduate with at least one major in the College
$126.2M
in research funding
85%
of all undergraduate hours at Carolina are taught by College faculty