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2015 — in photos and stories

From graduation and the Nobel Prize to groundbreaking research partnerships and championships, 2015 marked another memorable year at Carolina. Take a look back at what the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill was up to this year with some of our favorite photos and the biggest stories from UNC.edu.   Throughout 2015, the University…

Top 15 videos of 2015

We’ve balanced on roofs, attached cameras to skateboards and Rameses, and captured images of everything from our two Nobel laureates to our 2015 Carolina graduates. We’ve dodged paint, dunked underwater, climbed to the cupola of South Building – and had a great time telling Carolina’s stories. Take another look at 2015’s top 15 most popular…

DeSimone to receive National Medal of Technology and Innovation

The White House on December 22 announced the latest recipients of the National Medal of Science and National Medal of Technology and Innovation — our nation’s highest honors for achievement and leadership in advancing the fields of science and technology. The new awardees — including Joseph DeSimone, Chancellor’s Eminent Professor of Chemistry in the College of…

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…