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Frank Leibfarth joins Popular Science’s Brilliant 10 of 2021

Frank Leibfarth, assistant professor of chemistry, was selected to join Popular Science’s “Brilliant 10” roster of 2021. The Brilliant 10 roster recognizes 10 early-career scientists and engineers across the nation who have the potential to transform the world with their innovative approaches to key issues.


Ashley Dos Santos wears a mask in the BeAM makerspace.

#GDTBATH: Ashley Dos Santos

Senior Ashley Dos Santos knew that Carolina’s makerspaces were where she belonged even before she was officially a Tar Heel. Now an active member in the Be A Maker Network, she’s working to bring the world of making to more students.


The outside of a BeAM makerspace lab on campus, with a student working at a desk.

The wondrous world of Carolina’s makers

At BeAM — Carolina’s coalition of makerspaces — all are welcome and empowered to design, create and make, for any reason.


Photo collage, clockwise from top left: Nicholas Law, Daniel Matute, Alice Marwick, Cleo Samuel-Ryals.

Four UNC faculty members honored with prestigious Hettleman awards

The annual Phillip and Ruth Hettleman Prizes for Artistic and Scholarly Achievement have been awarded to four associate professors who exemplify groundbreaking and innovative research. Three are in the College.


A swarm of monarch butterflies. (photo by Kristen Grace)

Who observes the observers? Scientists conduct large-scale study of iNaturalist users

Scientists analyzed more than 31 million iNaturalist records in a new study to find out who most often uses the popular nature app and what types of observations they submit. The most observed species? The monarch butterfly.


Research UNCovered: Nihar Vaidya

Nihar Vaidya is a Chancellor’s Science Scholar who uses computational neural networks to analyze brain patterns found in MRI data sets to predict when patients may encounter seizures caused by epilepsy.


Jason and Johna smiling in a UNC Sports Medicine building

Divide and Conquer

Jason Mihalik and Johna Register-Mihalik — both exercise and sport science professors —met and got married at Carolina. They’ve since gained tenure and now oversee innovative and complementary research programs within the field of sports-related concussion.


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