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A view of the Galapagos islands with crystal blue water and sandy shores and green plants flanking the shoreline.

How SAS helps Galapagos researchers learn more about phytoplankton populations

A team of SAS analytics volunteers set out to model the phytoplankton ecosystem in the Galapagos Islands in partnership with researchers at the UNC Center for Galapagos Studies, working with Adrian Marchetti in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Jeff Dangl is surrounded by greenhouse plants as he looks at the camera.

Dangl elected to Royal Society

Jeffery Dangl, the John N. Couch Distinguished Professor of Biology and an HHMI investigator, has been elected a Foreign Member of the Royal Society, the U.K.’s national academy of sciences and the oldest scientific academy in continuous existence. 

Chad Lloyd stands outside surrounded by a big tree.

Student to Doctor — Double Tar Heel Chad Lloyd

What do you find at the bottom of the ocean? As a doctoral student in the department of earth, marine and environmental sciences, Chad Lloyd (MS ‘18; Ph.D. ‘23) traveled far off the coast to understand how bacteria breaks down organic matter in the ocean.

Emma turns her head to the side and nods, wearing her graduation cap, in the Carolina Gaming Arena.

Art + science: Senior embraces humanities and STEM at Carolina

Emma Zhang is headed to a job with a private investment firm in Boston after graduation. With majors in biology and computer science and a minor in French, she has championed an interdisciplinary Tar Heel experience.

Nick Lauersdorf smiles while standing in front of a poster.

Ph.D. candidate selected for prestigious fellowship program

Nick Lauersdorf is among a highly prestigious group of graduate students selected for the National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship Program. The fellowship provides opportunities for career development while honing Lauersdorf’s technical skills.

Sarah Vickers stands in front of a whiteboard with notes and equations on it in her physics lab.

Knowing neutrinos: A Carolina junior is part of the hunt for one of physics’ most sought-after discoveries

In advance of UNC’s Celebration of Undergraduate Research on April 26, we caught up with junior Sarah Vickers who will be presenting her work as part of the Gruszko lab in the department of physics and astronomy.

Jim White stands in front of a window in South Building looking out at the Old Well.

Meet Jim White, College of Arts and Sciences dean

The acclaimed climate scientist discusses the new curriculum, the College’s $135M research enterprise and employee retention.