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Spring 2021 photo on campus shows white flowers and a pink flowering tree on campus. (photo by Donn Young)

Padua tapped for Executive Leadership Institute

Darin Padua, chair of the department of exercise and sport science in the College of Arts & Sciences at UNC-Chapel Hill, has been tapped for the University of North Carolina System’s Executive Leadership Institute.

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#GDTBATH: Allison Dawn

Senior Allison Dawn has been using drone aerial imagery and tag data to study foraging patterns of blue whales, establishing baseline patterns and behaviors for the animals.

Photo of Kay Youngstrom posing on UNC-Chapel Hill's campus

Kay Youngstrom

Through an internship with Med Aditus, Kay Youngstrom uses data analysis to address which of the company’s drugs are most accessible and least susceptible to counterfeits in Sub-Saharan Africa.

A young couple with masks sit together; the young man has her head on the young man's shoulder.

Positive emotions and public health

Throughout history, societies have relied on people’s behaviors to help curb the spread of disease. A new paper offers the first evidence that the affective quality of people’s ordinary social interactions in both private and public spaces may shape infection-reducing behaviors during COVID-19.

Side view photo of South Buildings with beautiful white blooming flower in the front from spring 2018.

UNC-Chapel Hill faculty named to National Academy of Sciences

The four distinguished professors, including three from the College, were among the new members elected April 26 in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.

Carolina scientists earn prestigious Keck Award

UNC-Chapel Hill scientists Charles Carter, Qi Zhang, and Abigail Knight were awarded $1 million from the W.M. Keck Foundation to answer the age-old question: How did life on Earth begin?

Two birds shown with a mountain background, the bird on the left is seed eating while the bird on the right looks the other way

Do dinosaurs and birds flock together?

A retired Carolina biologist’s new book offers more evidence to contradict the prevailing theory that today’s birds evolved from advanced dinosaurs and why that’s important.