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Getting they/them pronouns right

Carolina study shows announcing pronouns, which is often used to signal gender identity, improves how pronouns are understood.

Pégard named Beckman Young Investigator

Nicolas Pégard, assistant professor in the department of applied physical sciences in UNC’s College of Arts & Sciences, has been named a 2021 Beckman Young Investigator by the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation.

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College launches new earth, marine and environmental sciences department

Merger of three units will strengthen interdisciplinary research, expand curricular offerings, and promote experiential learning opportunities for Carolina students.

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Dickerson named 2021 Searle Scholar for groundbreaking research

Bradley Dickerson, assistant professor and Kenan Honors Fellow in the department of biology, has been named a 2021 Searle Scholar. The honor supports groundbreaking research by exceptional young faculty.

TEAM ADVANCE: Targeting Equity in Access to Mentoring - UNC.

Making faculty mentorship more equitable

Carolina’s TEAM ADVANCE seeks to strengthen faculty pipelines by boosting mentoring for women, especially women of color.

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New data science minor to launch in fall 2021

The multidisciplinary program, based in the College of Arts & Sciences but open to all undergraduates, will introduce students to methods and applications that are used in basic and applied sciences, the humanities, social sciences and other fields.

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A Sharper Image

UNC researchers Jianping Lu and Otto Zhou have spent the last two decades refining technology that makes X-ray machines smaller, faster, safer, and sharper — research that’s changing the world of dentistry, medicine, and security.