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Rising ocean temperatures harm protected coral reefs

Special conservation zones known as marine protected areas provide many direct benefits to fisheries and coral reefs. However, such zones appear to offer limited help to corals in their battle against global warming, according to a new study involving UNC researchers.

Chemistry professor among Board of Governors teaching excellence award winners

The Board of Governors of the multi-campus University of North Carolina has selected 17 of its most outstanding faculty, including chemistry professor Linda Spremulli in the College of Arts and Sciences, to receive the 18th Annual Awards for Excellence in Teaching.  Each award winner will receive a commemorative bronze medallion and a $7,500 cash prize. The 17 recipients, representing an … Continued

A Little Bit of Promise: UNC chemist builds school in Guatemalan village

In his own words, UNC chemist Brian Hogan calls himself a “crazy scientist who wanted to build a school in Guatemala.” This is a story of how one man with an idea really can change the world. It’s also a story about how Carolina is helping him to do just that.

Clinical psychology program ranked 2nd by U.S. News & World Report

The College of Arts and Sciences’ graduate program in clinical psychology tied for second place in the latest rankings of graduate degree programs recently released by U.S. News & World Report magazine. UNC appears on multiple lists of schools, degree programs and specialty areas newly ranked in 2012 for the magazine’s 2013 edition of “America’s Best Graduate Schools.” Following are … Continued

The deal with DHA: Earliest foods can affect brain function

In every baby’s brain, there’s a building boom. … Neuroscientist Carol Cheatham is working to find out exactly how the nutrients a mom passes on to her baby — first through the placenta and later through her breast milk or in formula — can affect brain power for life.

Carolina Women’s Leadership Council honors faculty mentors

Jean DeSaix, a senior lecturer in the biology department in the College of Arts and Sciences, received the faculty-to-student mentoring award from the Carolina Women’s Leadership Council.

iContact’s growing success began with two UNC undergrads

iContact began as an idea for an email and social media marketing company that grew from a conversation among entrepreneurs. Aaron Houghton and Ryan Allis, both then Carolina undergraduates, co-founded the company in 2003, spending late nights working from storefront space above a Franklin Street business. Houghton earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science. Allis was the president of an … Continued