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Overhead photo from a helicopter of the Waimakariri River.

Measuring Water from Space

A new NASA satellite is recording the first global survey of Earth’s water cycle with unprecedented accuracy — and Tamlin Pavelsky is verifying its data from North Carolina to New Zealand.

Monica M. Gaudier-Diaz named interim director of Chancellor’s Science Scholars

Monica M. Gaudier-Diaz, teaching assistant professor in psychology and neuroscience, has been named the interim director of Chancellor’s Science Scholars. Her term officially began on Sept. 1.

Ruitian Yan stands outside near the water.

Environmental scientist looks at climate from all angles

Incoming doctoral student Ruitian Yan wants to help vulnerable communities safely manage their risks, including financial.

Science bus intern steers rural students to STEM

As an instructor with the Innovation Mobile Lab, Fiona Chen uses cool experiments to spark interest in scientific careers.

A black and white photo of György “Hínár” Schrader Polczer standing in a place surrounded by tall trees and branches. He smiles at the camera.

Rooted: György “Hínár” Schrader Polczer, 22 years in the department of biology

György “Hínár” Schrader Polczer has worked for UNC-Chapel Hill for 22 years as a technology support analyst for the Department of Biology within the UNC College of Arts and Sciences.

A graduate student looks through a microscope.

Using “optical tweezers” to advance nanomedicine

Zijie Yan, associate professor of applied physical sciences, is using light to tackle significant challenges in the field of nanoscience.

Savannah Ryburn stands on steps leading down to the water. She is holding a clipboard and wearing a hat.

Shark Week researcher: Savannah Ryburn

Savannah Ryburn is a Ph.D. student in the Environment, Ecology and Energy Program within the UNC College of Arts and Sciences and a graduate student researcher within the UNC Center for Galapagos Studies. She studies the diet and ecology of sharks in the Galápagos and North Carolina.