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Closeup of Jeff Dangl surrounded by plants.

Plant biologist Dangl receives lifetime achievement award

Jeff Dangl, the John N. Couch Distinguished Professor of Biology, recently received the Philip N. Benfey lifetime achievement award from the Arabidopsis Community in recognition of his work on plant immunity and plant-microbe interactions.

Nicholas Boyer stands in front of the Old Well.

Nicholas Boyer awarded Goldwater Scholarship

Nicholas Boyer, a rising senior at UNC-Chapel Hill double majoring in chemistry and computer science in the College of Arts and Sciences, was selected to receive a 2024 Barry Goldwater Scholarship.

A Family’s Legacy of Education and Curiosity

A strong affinity for UNC and a profound belief in the life changing influence of education inspired Nikin ’05 and Rashmi ’05 Shah to establish the Tilak and Aruna Shah Biomedical Engineering Scholarship.

Andrew Adair stands in front of a chalkboard with mathematical formulas written on it.

Expert in knot theory heads to National Security Agency

Former lawyer Andrew Adair came to Carolina for a doctorate in mathematics, his first passion.

Julianne Davis stands in a river in waders

Testing the waters

Geological sciences doctoral student Julianne Davis studies the movement of mud and sand through subarctic rivers and lakes

Allen Wood, wearing headphones and gloves, works at a computer.

APS courses on careers put a future in focus for a physics phenom

Ph.D. student Allen Wood is planning his future career through the department of applied physical sciences’ required courses, which help students take ownership of their path forward.

Headshots of Laura Mersini-Houghton and Karin Pfennig with their names and departments listed below. Laura works in the department of physics and astronomy. Karin works in the department of biology.

Two professors named newest ‘Working on Women in Science’ initiative scholars

Professors Laura Mersini-Houghton in the physics and astronomy department and Karin Pfennig in the biology department will serve two-year terms as WOWS Scholars and receive annual grants to pursue initiatives of their choosing.