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NASA/USGS Landsat satellite images of coastal North Carolina after the passage of Hurricane Florence on Sept. 15, 2018.

North Carolina tropical cyclone-driven coastal flooding is worsening with climate change

Six of the seven highest precipitation events in Coastal North Carolina since 1898 have occurred within the last 20 years, UNC Institute of Marine Sciences researchers found.

Cassidy Harding is a resilient landscapes intern at the Environmental Defense Fund in Raleigh.

Tar Heels in the Field: Cassidy Harding

Working with the Environmental Defense Fund this summer, Cassidy Harding is realizing her high school dream of becoming an environmental scientist.

Gregory Copenhaver

Copenhaver receives NSF Breakthrough Technology Award to enhance food security

Biology Professor Gregory Copenhaver has received a Breakthrough Technology Award from the National Science Foundation. The awards fund research aimed at advancing functional genomics and crop breeding.

Alterovitz receives Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers

Computer Science Professor Ron Alterovitz was recognized with the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). The PECASE is the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government to outstanding scientists and engineers who are in the early stages of their independent research careers.

A photo of a man working on the everyscope which looks like a giant mushroom with a purple twighlight sky in the background.

Well Said: Revisiting the Evryscope

In this week’s episode of UNC’s Well Said podcast, assistant professor Nicholas Law from the physics and astronomy department discusses the Evryscope, how he and his team use it to monitor 50 million stars and what they’ve found so far.

UNC student Patrick Gorman and UNC assistant professor, Andrew Mann, use 3D printers in the Murray Hall Makerspace to create models of components for small satellites. (Jon Gardiner/UNC-Chapel Hill)

Could we make a Carolina Blue spacecraft?

Associate professor Andrew Mann is building small satellites in campus makerspaces to discover young planets that could one day sustain life.

Charles "Pete" Peterson in his lab at the UNC Institute of Marine Sciences in Morehead City. (photo by Jon Gardiner)

Captain of the Coast

From the shores of New Jersey to the North Carolina coast, Pete Peterson has always loved the ocean. He’s spent nearly five decades researching its marine life, fighting for its protection, and guiding the next generation of marine scientists to do the same.