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A sign outside the Galapagos Science Center with the center's name, "USFQ," and "UNC-Chapel Hill" written on it.

Center for Galapagos Studies seed grant funds new research on fisheries production

A seed grant from the Center for Galapagos Studies will fund Janet Nye’s research on the relationship between the ecosystem’s oceanography, the species living in the habitat and its upper trophic level production.

Headshots of (left) Wubin Bai and (right) Juan Song

Wearable drug patch shows promise for Alzheimer’s treatment

Researchers in the department of applied physical sciences and the department of pharmacology are developing a wearable patch for subcutaneous drug delivery, which shows promise for the treatment of neurodegenerative disorders and neurological injuries.

Two female students work together at a table solving an engineering problem.

UNC to offer undergraduate degree in applied sciences in fall 2024

Beginning this fall, the College of Arts and Sciences’ department of applied physical sciences will offer a B.S. in applied sciences that connects engineering to the liberal arts.

Carl Rodriguez stands in front of a chalkboard with writing on it.

Rodriguez awarded Warner prize from American Astronomical Society

Carl Rodriguez, assistant professor of physics and astronomy, has been awarded the 2024 Helen B. Warner Prize from the American Astronomical Society.

Through makerspace program, students get to test their skills at sea

The objective of UNC students and makers Lindsey Pegram and Lilia Su during a three-day expedition at sea was to investigate how they could operate makerspace equipment and assist researchers aboard the vessel, especially in an uncontrolled and unpredictable environment.

The Cape Fear River

Carolina chemists discover eight new PFAS with novel testing method

The “forever chemicals” found in the Cape Fear River were detected through a non-targeted testing method developed at UNC-Chapel Hill that broadens researchers’ abilities to identify the hazardous compounds.

Headshot of Pramit Thapa in a Carolina blue graduation gown, the Bell Tower in the background.

Community connections drive career

Winter graduate Pramit Thapa hopes to use his computer science experience to give back to the Nepalese community.