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UNC water-quality test gives same-day results for Great Lakes beaches

A new rapid DNA-based test for water quality developed and patented by a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill marine scientist is being used by the city of Racine, Wis., to test Great Lakes water samples this beach season. The test created by Rachel Noble, professor at the UNC Institute of Marine Sciences in Morehead City, dramatically reduces the … Continued


Climbing El Capitan

Geology graduate student Roger Putnam is busy doing research this summer, but he won’t be sitting in front of a computer all day. He’s currently scaling El Capitan, a 3,000-foot granite cliff in Yosemite Valley that is a favorite challenge of rock climbers. He’s mapping the cliffs as part of his master’s work.


Summer Youth Conservatory performs Tony-winning ‘Urinetown’

A cast of 25 young student actors will perform the Tony Award-winning musical satire “Urinetown: The Musical” July 19-22 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


Professors with Passion: Bill and Marcie Ferris

They say opposites attract, but sometimes shared interests bring two people together. Bill and Marcie Ferris, who have been married for 16 years, have more than just a few things in common.


Art professor’s award-winning film examines two cities: Dubai and Detroit

Sabine Gruffat, an assistant professor of art, received the Golden Badger Award at the Wisconsin Film Festival for her film, “I Have Always Been a Dreamer.” “I Have Always Been A Dreamer” is a documentary travelogue and film portrait of two cities: one in an apparently unstoppable state of growth, another in what seems to be a permanent state of … Continued


Magnetic map, smart swimming help loggerhead turtles survive

A magnetic map and smart swimming help endangered loggerhead turtles survive during migration. The most comprehensive perspective to date on how young loggerheads navigate the transoceanic migration was recently published by a research team led by marine biologist Kenneth J. Lohmann.


Southern Comfort: Sharing rural N.C. with NYC’s art scene

Three o’clock in the morning. It’s quiet and there’s no one around. A dim light emanates from beneath the studio door. Inside, among scattered books and photos, Damian Stamer puts the finishing touches on a painting titled Matinee, in which a remnant of a barn appears through a mysterious portal.