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Carolina scientist Aziz Sancar awarded Nobel Prize in Chemistry

Aziz Sancar, a biochemist who has exquisitely mapped part of the DNA repair system in cancer cells, has been honored this year with the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, the Nobel Foundation in Stockholm, Sweden announced Oct. 7. Sancar, the Sarah Graham Kenan Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics at the UNC School of Medicine, received the…

Carolina physicists played key roles in Nobel Award-winning project

Canadian scientist Arthur B. McDonald, one of two scientists awarded the 2015 Nobel Prize for Physics, led a research project that included physicists at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The prize was announced Oct. 6 by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. McDonald, of Queens University in Ontario, was director of the…

From lab bench to marketplace

Between creating a new 3-D manufacturing method and engineering medical cures on the nano-level, it may look like Joseph DeSimone’s interests are all over the map. But at the heart of every new innovation made by the Chancellor’s Eminent Professor of Chemistry in the College of Arts and Sciences at Carolina is a toolbox of…

Collaboration, innovation at Board of Trustees

Before you can reach the world, it is sometimes necessary to build a bridge. Two of those bridges – and the people they have connected and work they have joined – were the focus at the University Board of Trustees meeting Oct. 1. One of the bridges was the joint Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME)…

Into the stratosphere

Danny Bowman started launching homemade balloons in the desert when he was 15 years old. Now, as a PhD candidate at UNC-Chapel Hill, Bowman launches payloads 20 miles into the sky on board NASA Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility balloons. Video by Mary Lide Parker, Endeavors Published October 1, 2015

DeSimone receives Kabiller Prize in Nanoscience and Nanomedicine

Joseph M. DeSimone, Chancellor’s Eminent Professor of Chemistry in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has been named the recipient of the inaugural $250,000 Kabiller Prize in Nanoscience and Nanomedicine for his invention and use of PRINT, a breakthrough technology that has been used to make…

Fighting food waste with a free meal

You could, in fact, get a free lunch if you were in the Pit on the afternoon of Sept. 29, as Carolina Dining Services hosted another round of Feeding the 5,000. The event was a success last October, and a smaller scale Feeding the 500 event went over well with students in the Spring. This…

Highlighting the importance of SERVICE

Carolina student Taylor McCain remembers her grandfather Franklin as someone she could always laugh with — even at 3 a.m. So she couldn’t help but smile when she saw his likeness among the 40 notable African-American leaders in North Carolina depicted in a large mural titled SERVICE, housed at the UNC School of Government, during…

In her brother’s footsteps

Tatum Lanier is a smart and happy 1-year-old girl fond of keeping her mother Melinda on her toes. “She wakes up with a smile and keeps it all day long,” Melinda Lanier said. “She is very curious and is always ready to learn new things. She loves playing with her big brother Gavin and thinks…

Turning first-years into leaders

For 24 first-year students, the road to success at Carolina took a three-hour detour west of Chapel Hill and up the Blue Ridge Parkway to Blowing Rock, North Carolina last weekend. Tucked away in the woods for the annual First-Year Males Student Retreat, the students began to connect with the University of North Carolina at…