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Global Game Jam

A 48-hour marathon

Carolina was one of more than 900 Global Game Jam host locations last weekend, with nearly 90 students developing prototypes of video games over the span of two days.

Idea Machine graphic shows the words NSF Idea Machine" on a teal background, with a bunch of machine gears.

Biologist Karin Pfennig wins grand prize in NSF’s Idea Machine competition

Winning entries will help inform NSF’s research agenda through the nation’s 250th anniversary in 2026 and beyond.

John Bruno

Focus Carolina: John Bruno

John Bruno is a marine ecologist and professor in the Department of Biology. His research is focused on the impact of climate change on the ocean and marine ecosystems.

Mohit Bansal

Computer scientist Mohit Bansal receives two prestigious awards

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) awarded the prestigious Director’s Fellowship to assistant professor Mohit Bansal. He has also received the Microsoft Investigator Fellowship, a two-year fellowship that recognizes higher education faculty in the United States whose exceptional talent identifies them as distinguished scientists and teachers.

Don and Billie Stallings (photo by Steve Exum)

Transformational gift to fund new sports medicine complex

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has announced a transformational gift to support constructing a sports medicine complex that will enable further advances in its world-leading traumatic brain injury research.

Erika Wise

The Timber Chronicles

As a paleoclimatologist, Erika Wise studies climate trends from the past thousand years. Her methods of inquiry may be complicated — using microscopic crossdating and isotope analysis — but her research begins with something far more common: trees.

Physics and astronomy department wins National Teaching Award

The UNC department of physics and astronomy has won a national teaching award.