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Kumi Silva holds an awards certificate as she stands next to Beth Mayer-Davis.

College faculty receive awards for excellence in doctoral mentoring

Two faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences have received The Graduate School’s Faculty Awards for Excellence in Doctoral Mentoring: Gary Pielak in the department of chemistry and Kumi Silva in the department of communication.

Kristopher Lane leans on a column outside South Building, wearing a black T-shirt.

Graduating senior redirects his career at Carolina

Khristopher Lane had his eyes set on a career in the Army since he was a child. When that goal came to an abrupt halt because of a medical condition, he was forced to shift gears. Through C-STEP and Carolina, the graduating senior found a path to a new career in biomedical engineering.

Cy Pair stands surrounded by wood tools and other tools in the woodshop of the BeAM makerspace.

Senior builds a toolbox for success with the APSE minor and BeAM

Cy Pair is always looking for an opportunity to design, build and create. The physics major calls his minor in applied sciences and engineering (APSE) “among the most important and valuable educational experiences for me at Carolina.”

A view of the Galapagos islands with crystal blue water and sandy shores and green plants flanking the shoreline.

How SAS helps Galapagos researchers learn more about phytoplankton populations

A team of SAS analytics volunteers set out to model the phytoplankton ecosystem in the Galapagos Islands in partnership with researchers at the UNC Center for Galapagos Studies, working with Adrian Marchetti in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Jeff Dangl is surrounded by greenhouse plants as he looks at the camera.

Dangl elected to Royal Society

Jeffery Dangl, the John N. Couch Distinguished Professor of Biology and an HHMI investigator, has been elected a Foreign Member of the Royal Society, the U.K.’s national academy of sciences and the oldest scientific academy in continuous existence. 

Chad Lloyd stands outside surrounded by a big tree.

Student to Doctor — Double Tar Heel Chad Lloyd

What do you find at the bottom of the ocean? As a doctoral student in the department of earth, marine and environmental sciences, Chad Lloyd (MS ‘18; Ph.D. ‘23) traveled far off the coast to understand how bacteria breaks down organic matter in the ocean.

Emma turns her head to the side and nods, wearing her graduation cap, in the Carolina Gaming Arena.

Art + science: Senior embraces humanities and STEM at Carolina

Emma Zhang is headed to a job with a private investment firm in Boston after graduation. With majors in biology and computer science and a minor in French, she has championed an interdisciplinary Tar Heel experience.