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Ruitian Yan stands outside near the water.

Environmental scientist looks at climate from all angles

Incoming doctoral student Ruitian Yan wants to help vulnerable communities safely manage their risks, including financial.


Horsepen Lake with trees in the distance.

Engaging communities in Carolina research

The Center for Public Engagement with Science gets North Carolinians involved in UNC-Chapel Hill research — including a unique project with NASA that educates volunteers about lakes in their own communities. Tamlin Pavelsky in the College is involved in one of the projects.


A black and white photo of György “Hínár” Schrader Polczer standing in a place surrounded by tall trees and branches. He smiles at the camera.

Rooted: György “Hínár” Schrader Polczer, 22 years in the department of biology

György “Hínár” Schrader Polczer has worked for UNC-Chapel Hill for 22 years as a technology support analyst for the Department of Biology within the UNC College of Arts and Sciences.


Study: Sea level rise shifts habitat for endangered Florida Keys species

A new study describes the response to sea level rise by an endangered species only found in the Florida Keys. Paul Taillie, the lead author, completed the study as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Florida and is now an assistant professor of geography at UNC.


A graduate student looks through a microscope.

Using “optical tweezers” to advance nanomedicine

Zijie Yan, associate professor of applied physical sciences, is using light to tackle significant challenges in the field of nanoscience.


Savannah Ryburn stands on steps leading down to the water. She is holding a clipboard and wearing a hat.

Shark Week researcher: Savannah Ryburn

Savannah Ryburn is a Ph.D. student in the Environment, Ecology and Energy Program within the UNC College of Arts and Sciences and a graduate student researcher within the UNC Center for Galapagos Studies. She studies the diet and ecology of sharks in the Galápagos and North Carolina.


Sarah Vickers sits at a desk in her lab

Rising senior Sarah Vickers researches “ghost particles”

Her work to help detect neutrinoless double beta decay could help explain why there is significantly more matter than antimatter in the universe