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Hurricane Florence pictured from the International Space Station as a category 1 storm as it was making landfall near Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. (Photo: NASA Johnson Flickr)

Troubled waters: Capstone class addresses water contamination in North Carolina

This past semester, Annie McDarris participated in a capstone class through the Environment, Ecology, and Energy Program that examined well water contamination and environmental justice in the northern piedmont of North Carolina.

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New research explores the mechanics of how birds flock

A new study from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill explores the mechanics and benefits of the underlying flock structure used by four types of shorebirds.

Rachel Noble of the UNC-Chapel Hill Institute of Marine Sciences, examines water samples in her lab taken from a beach near Morehead City.

Preventing waterborne illness after a hurricane

Rachel Noble of Carolina’s Institute of Marine Sciences talks about her rapid water quality tests and how they can help North Carolinians stay safe during hurricane season.

Frank Leibfarth

Chemistry’s Frank Leibfarth named Beckman Young Investigator

Frank Leibfarth, an assistant professor of chemistry in the College of Arts & Sciences at UNC-Chapel Hill, has been named a Beckman Young Investigator by the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation.

Jason Metcalfe (right), mathematics professor, received the 2019 Faculty Award for Excellence in Doctoral Mentoring. He is pictured with Robert Booth, who received his doctoral degree in mathematics in August 2018 and participated in the 2019 Doctoral Hooding Ceremony. (photo by York Wilson)

Jason Metcalfe receives 2019 Faculty Award for Excellence in Doctoral Mentoring

Jason Metcalfe, professor of mathematics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has received the 2019 Faculty Award for Excellence in Doctoral Mentoring.

Andrew Pendergast

Andrew Pendergast is UNC-Chapel Hill’s 48th Goldwater Scholar

Andrew Pendergast, a third-year student at UNC-Chapel Hill, was recently selected for the prestigious Goldwater Scholarship. Pendergast, who is pursuing a major in chemistry, hopes to earn a doctorate of philosophy in analytical chemistry.

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BeAM Learning and Innovation Studio provides space for long-term projects

The new BeAM Learning & Innovation Studio – is an area that will give Carolina makers a place to iterate freely, explore important ideas and build projects over time.