Natural Sciences & Mathematics
UNC computer science alumnus Greg Turk (Ph.D. ’92) will receive the 2012 Computer Graphics Achievement Award from ACM SIGGRAPH at its annual conference in August. The award recognizes Turk for his contributions to physically inspired mathematical application in graphics, particularly his work on texture synthesis, geometric modeling and physical simulation involving thin structures. Much of Turk’s work on textures stems … Continued
UNC political scientists James Stimson and Georg Vanberg have won book awards from the American Political Science Association (APSA).
Liquidia Technologies, a biotech company based on the discoveries of UNC-Chapel Hill scientist Joseph DeSimone, has announced the initiation of a multi-year, collaboration with GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), potentially worth several hundred million dollars. The efforts of the two companies as a result of this agreement could lead to the development of multiple life-saving healthcare products. GSK has acquired exclusive rights to … Continued
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
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.
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.
Scott Madry, research associate professor of archaeology in UNC’s College of Arts and Sciences, received a 2012 President’s Volunteer Service Award from the “making a difference through volunteer service.” The award is given annually to individuals, families, and groups who have demonstrated outstanding volunteer service and civic participation. Madry was honored for his volunteer work with the Urban and Regional … Continued