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Sarah Vickers stands in front of a whiteboard with notes and equations on it in her physics lab.

Knowing neutrinos: A Carolina junior is part of the hunt for one of physics’ most sought-after discoveries

In advance of UNC’s Celebration of Undergraduate Research on April 26, we caught up with junior Sarah Vickers who will be presenting her work as part of the Gruszko lab in the department of physics and astronomy.

Jim White stands in front of a window in South Building looking out at the Old Well.

Meet Jim White, College of Arts and Sciences dean

The acclaimed climate scientist discusses the new curriculum, the College’s $135M research enterprise and employee retention.

Joel Fodrie stands on a boat holding a fish.

Estuarine ecologist measures NC’s marine health

With the help of the N.C. Collaboratory, Joel Fodrie of the Institute of Marine Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences is leading a landmark study of coastal resources.

Collage of the two winners, from left, Amy Gladfelter and Robert Hummer.

Hummer and Gladfelter named to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

The newest members of the prestigious academy come from the departments of sociology and biology.

Background image shows blue waves with three photos of water researchers, from left to right: Xiao-Ming Liu, Janet Nye and Rachel Noble.

Water researchers help protect precious resources

Three Carolina faculty members share the ways they keep our water healthy and clean, preserve marine life and work toward a sustainable future.

A graphic showing the GlycoGrip universal sensor for all SARS-CO2 variants.

Evolving candy crush: New paper shows omicron relies more on sugars for infection

UNC’s Ronit Freeman is working to understand how Omicron’s mutations make it the most infectious variant yet. A new paper examines how the increased positive charge on the surface of spike proteins of variants is affecting the virus’ interactions with its receptors. 

Jinsong Huang and Ying Zhou look at data on a computer in a lab. Lab equipment is visible on the desk with the computer and shelving in the background.

Self-powered photon counting detector may facilitate safer medical imaging

The new detector will have direct applications to consumer electronics, sensors, optical communication and radiation detection.