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Aggregates of the images that young participants (left panel) and old participants (right panel) associated with how they viewed God. Younger people believed in a younger-looking God.

UNC-Chapel Hill researchers ask Americans: “What does God look like?”

A team of psychologists at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have used a new technique to construct what a large sample of 511 American Christians think God looks like.

Picture shows a hungry/angry white man wearing a shirt and tie and eating a powdered donut.

Are you “hangry?” Hunger can lead to anger, but it’s more complicated than a drop in blood sugar, UNC study says

What makes someone go from simply being hungry to full-on “hangry”? More than just a simple drop in blood sugar, this combination of hunger and anger may be a complicated emotional response involving an interplay of biology, personality and environmental cues, according to research published by the American Psychological Association.

The art and science of leadership

Dean Kevin Guskiewicz shares his thoughts on leadership in this blog post from the Institute for the Arts and Humanities.

A student sits with a clear plastic-type showercap on his head in the neuroscience class of Marsha Penner. Another student is using a magic marker to make marks on the cap.

Interdisciplinary neuroscience major launches in fall 2018

The College of Arts & Sciences is launching a new interdisciplinary major in neuroscience, drawing on the strengths of 10 academic departments —biology, biomedical engineering, biostatistics, chemistry, computer science, exercise and sport science, mathematics, physics and astronomy, psychology and neuroscience, and statistics and operations research.

Amy Nicholson (photo by Jon Gardiner)

Supercomputers give scientists key insight into the lifetime of neutrons

Using the largest supercomputers in the country, scientists have reached a milestone decades in the making. The team, which includes a researcher from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has calculated the axial coupling of the neutron, an important process in nuclear physics that governs nuclear beta decay.

Mark Schoenfisch UNC's Inventor of the Year speaks at awards celebration with podium and balloons in background.

Inventor of the Year: Mark Schoenfisch makes NO the optimistic answer

While receiving the 2018 UNC-Chapel Hill Inventor of the Year award, Mark Schoenfisch, professor of chemistry in the College of Arts & Sciences, discussed his decades-long research of the molecule nitric oxide. Schoenfisch has a record of bringing his research to market, where it has the potential to improve the lives of patients through medical devices, pharmaceutics and drug development.

Ziegler utilizes a variety of equipment to catch fish. Here, she sets an experiment gill net as the tide comes in and the sun starts to lower. Bright sun shines on her and the net as she stands in the water.

Marsh Madness

North Carolina’s marshes continue to fragment every day. Shelby Ziegler attempts to rebuild them by gathering data from the healthy wetlands that remain — a feat she often tackles in the middle of the night.