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Patricia Gensel sits at a desk in front of a flat rock -- a giant fossil containing an ancient plant.

Adventures in Ancient Plants

Patricia Gensel has spent her career studying 400-million-year-old plants at Carolina and across the globe.

Kohen wears a white coat and safety goggles and works at a station in a lab at UNC.

Fun experiments in a friend’s garage fueled this Tar Heel’s passion for engineering

Recent graduate Kohen Goble balanced a major in chemistry, a minor in applied sciences and engineering and two undergraduate research assistant positions while at Carolina.

A woman holds a white VR headset up to her eyes

Virtual rehabilitation

Fear of reinjury can greatly increase an athlete’s chances of getting hurt again – but VR techniques developed by Shelby Baez can get them back in the game.

Perovskite solar cells, which look like black computer chips, are tested in the sun during a research experiment.

An innovative chemical treatment can improve the efficiency of a promising solar technology

Jinsong Huang, leading expert and Louis D. Rubin Jr. Distinguished Professor in the department of applied physical sciences, discusses the new research findings.

A woman sits in front of a computer screen and scientific instruments in a lab.

Research at its core

UNC Research Core Facilities, including those in the College of Arts and Sciences, are shared services that enhance and expand the collaborative capabilities of Carolina’s research enterprise.

Photo shows harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie.

UNC-Chapel Hill part of new center which will study links between Greak Lakes algal blooms, human health

Great Lakes researchers at the University of Michigan have been awarded a $6.5 million, five-year federal grant to host a center for the study of links between climate change, harmful algal blooms and human health. UNC’s Hans Paerl discusses his team’s role in the study.

Lucy Ren holds a laptop in a gym at a hackathon

How a pinball project made Lucy Ren’s education click

Exploring engineering through applied sciences helped Ren, who graduated this May with a degree in computer science, unlock her creativity at Carolina.