The recent passage of HB2 compels us, as biologists and educators, to state unambiguously that all people are equally valued, respected, and accepted in our department, without discrimination on any basis, including sexual orientation or gender identity. As biologists, we affirm that these characteristics are natural and intrinsic to a person and must not be used as criteria for discrimination of any kind. Thus, we reject both the spirit and substance of HB2. This statement is part of a more general principle of the Department of Biology: that all people are welcomed in our department. We embrace diversity and are deeply committed to building a diverse community of faculty, staff, and students. We value and respect each and every individual with whom we work.
Statement adopted by unanimous vote of the faculty of the Department of Biology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, on April 27, 2016.
Mark Peifer has been appointed to the National Advisory General Medical Sciences Council, an advisory body of NIH’s National Institute of General Medical Sciences. The NAGMS is composed of leaders in the biological and medical sciences, education, health care and public affairs. Its members are appointed for 4-year terms and meet three times a year, performing the second level of peer review for research and research training grant applications assigned to NIGMS. Council members also offer advice and recommendations on policy and program development, program implementation, evaluation and other matters of significance to the mission and goals of NIGMS. READ MORE >>
Congratulations to Biology undergraduate Andrew Saintsing for being selected for the Stephen G. Brantley Award. This award was established in honor of the first professor of biology at UNC, Henry Van Peters Wilson. It is presented to a senior Biology major based on excellence in research in molecular, cell and developmental biology.
Congratulations to Biology undergraduate Laura Hamon, for being chosen for the Robert Coker Award. This annual biology award is presented to a senior undergraduate for excellence in research in organismal biology and ecology.