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Haggis, Kotch receive NEH awards for archaeological, Civil Rights journalism projects

Donald Haggis and Seth Kotch in the College of Arts and Sciences have received National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) awards for research that explores an archaeological project on the island of Crete and Civil Rights-era journalism.

UNC researchers reveal evolution’s design for keeping lungs clean and healthy

With each breath, we inhale life-sustaining, oxygen-rich air. But that same air is also riddled with germs that threaten our health. Now, in collaboration between the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Medicine, scientists reveal evolution’s design for keeping our lungs clean and healthy.

A thousand sips of good luck

UNC has always been rich in legends and traditions. One popular legend says that if you take a sip of water from the Old Well on the first day of classes, you’ll get a 4.0 GPA. Enjoy this time-lapse video of students stopping by for a sip of good luck.

UNC gymnast goes for top marks in Hong Kong

While the American women’s gymnastics team is shining at the London Olympics, an outstanding Carolina gymnast has been having an international adventure of her own.

Roots and Microbes: Bringing a complex underground ecology into the lab

Beneath the surface of the earth, an influential community of microbes mingles with plant roots. In the first large-scale analysis of those communities, led by UNC’s Jeff Dangl, scientists have now catalogued and compared the hundreds of types of bacteria that associate with the roots of one model plant.

Joseph DeSimone on being an inventor

Joseph DeSimone is a chemist, an inventor and a man with vision into the future. He holds more than 115 patents. DeSimone spoke of his work, about what it’s like to invent things with EarthSky’s Jorge Salazar.

Murray and DeSimone named American Chemical Society fellows

The American Chemical Society has named Carolina chemistry professors Royce Murray and Joseph DeSimone as ACS fellows. The new class of 96 fellows will be honored at the society’s fall national meeting in Philadelphia in August. The ceremony will be hosted by ACS Immediate Past-President Nancy B. Jackson. “ACS is especially proud to honor these chemists, who have given so … Continued