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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.

Andrew Adair stands in front of a chalkboard with mathematical formulas written on it.

Expert in knot theory heads to National Security Agency

Former lawyer Andrew Adair came to Carolina for a doctorate in mathematics, his first passion.

Julianne Davis stands in a river in waders

Testing the waters

Geological sciences doctoral student Julianne Davis studies the movement of mud and sand through subarctic rivers and lakes

Allen Wood, wearing headphones and gloves, works at a computer.

APS courses on careers put a future in focus for a physics phenom

Ph.D. student Allen Wood is planning his future career through the department of applied physical sciences’ required courses, which help students take ownership of their path forward.

Headshots of Laura Mersini-Houghton and Karin Pfennig with their names and departments listed below. Laura works in the department of physics and astronomy. Karin works in the department of biology.

Two professors named newest ‘Working on Women in Science’ initiative scholars

Professors Laura Mersini-Houghton in the physics and astronomy department and Karin Pfennig in the biology department will serve two-year terms as WOWS Scholars and receive annual grants to pursue initiatives of their choosing.

Gregory Copenhaver surrounded by plants in his biology lab.

Carolina innovator inducted into the National Academy of Inventors

Gregory Copenhaver, director of the UNC-Chapel Hill Institute for Convergent Science, has been named a 2024 senior member by the National Academy of Inventors in recognition of his work as both an innovator and a mentor to future inventors.

Two biologists win Chan Zuckerberg Initiative competitive neuroscience grant

Biologists Celia Shiau and En Yang at UNC-Chapel Hill have been awarded a competitive Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) grant to tackle unsolved grand challenges in neurodegenerative diseases and fundamental neuroscience.