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On the front lines

Some of the planet’s tiniest organisms are visible from space. Phytoplankton — single-celled, water-dwelling algae — are one-millionth of a meter in size and produce about 50 percent of the oxygen we breathe. These microscopic oxygen factories inhabit the sunlit portion of the world’s oceans, supplying nourishment for much larger organisms and valuable information for…

No. 1, again

For the 15th time, the nation’s first public university is first in value. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is once again the best value in public schools across the country and also number one for best out-of-state value, a new category added this year by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. Carolina also moved into…

Compassionate care and a taste of home

At the Carrboro home of Dr. David Wohl, Patience Wesseh walks back and forth to the kitchen. Today – like most days – she’s making Fufu, a staple dish of her home of Monrovia, Liberia. Fufu is made with flour made from the cassava plant. It is sticky, the consistency of mashed potatoes. Typically, it…

‘Innovation Generation’ receives degrees

On an unseasonably warm Sunday afternoon, December Commencement speaker Kelly Hogan began her talk unlike most people at a podium. Instead of requesting her audience to put away their smartphones, she asked the Class of 2015 and the estimated 4,000 members of the crowd to keep their phones out and within reach. “I will be…

A Nobel week

More than two months after being awoken by a phone call from Sweden to inform him that he had won the 2015 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, Aziz Sancar has been presented with his Nobel Medal. Sancar, the Sarah Graham Kenan Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, traveled…

Connecting science with business

The first members of a new graduate program at UNC-Chapel Hill will walk across the stage and into their careers on Dec. 13 with a carefully crafted skill set that balances science and business. The Professional Science Master’s Program is a year-and-a-half long program during which students take a breadth of science, business and professional…

‘Beyond persistent’

Ever since first arriving in the United States from China eight years ago, nothing has been particularly easy for Yachao Fan. Nearly every step of the transition has posed new challenges — from communicating to forming professional connections in a new country. But he found a way to barrel through the obstacles. With the weight…