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ROI grants support research on data science, green fuels, hybrid materials technology

Applied physical sciences professor Jinsong Huang and his team have won a Research Opportunities Initiative (UNC ROI) grant from the University of North Carolina system to support their work on solar cells.

Students work to create their own wind turbines as part of the Energy Literacy, Engagement and Action Program. Photo by Lars Sahl.

Turbine Power!

The Energy Literacy, Engagement and Action Program, a free, week-long summer institute for twenty high school students, visited UNC in August. As part of the program, students were challenged to create their own wind turbines in order to learn about efficient wind energy.

New free online course focuses on making and examining materials on the molecular scale

Nanotechnology: A Maker’s Course” is a new free series of classes being offered online through Coursera and taught by faculty from Duke University, UNC-Chapel Hill and NC State. The course focuses on machinery involved in making high-tech products and studying materials on a molecular scale.

A mother talks to her son about gratitude.

Putting the “You” in “Thank You”

Some researchers believe gratitude is a fundamental human emotion, connecting us friends and partners who support our well-being. Two UNC psychologists focus on the long-lasting effects of living a life full of thanks.

Joseph DeSimone named recipient of 22nd Heinz Award

Joseph DeSimone, the Chancellor’s Eminent Professor of Chemistry in the College of Arts and Sciences at UNC-Chapel Hill and the William R. Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering at North Carolina State University, has been named the recipient of the 22nd Heinz Award in the Technology, the Economy and Employment category. The honor recognizes the extraordinary achievements of individuals … Continued

Senior Madeline Fisher is a double major in environmental studies and music. Photo by Alyssa LaFaro

Women in Science: Q&A with Madeline Fisher

Senior undergraduate Madeline Fischer is a double major in music and environmental studies. She was interviewed by endeavor as part of an initiative highlighting female researchers at UNC this year.

UNC's Well Said podcast

Well Said: Hurricanes and water quality

Department of marine sciences professor Hans Paerl discusses hurricane’s impact on water quality on UNC’s Well Said podcast.