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Flowing Together: Restoring North Carolina’s drinking water

PFAS, or “forever chemicals,” are prevalent in a variety of products and linked to a range of health problems. An interdisciplinary group of UNC-Chapel Hill scientists and engineers are deploying and evaluating technologies that filter these difficult-to-remove substances from N.C.’s drinking water.

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UNC-Chapel Hill researchers discover new clues to how tardigrades can survive intense radiation

UNC-Chapel Hill researchers have discovered that tardigrades – microscopic animals famed for surviving harsh extremes – have an unusual response to radiation. The research, led by UNC biologist Bob Goldstein, was published in Current Biology.

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Carolina researcher trailblazes environmental accountability

As a graduate student at Yale University, Angel Hsu traveled to Copenhagen for the 2009 United Nations Climate Change Conference, or the Convention of the Parties (COP) 15. Today the UNC associate professor of public policy says that experience changed her worldview.

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EcoStudio helps match Tar Heels with environmental internships

Open to undergraduate students of all majors and years, the program is dedicated to the exploration of careers in environment and sustainability.

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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.

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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.