“Sea turtles migrate across thousands of miles of ocean before returning to nest on the same stretch of coastline where they hatched, but how they do this has mystified scientists for more than fifty years,” said J. Roger Brothers (Ken Lohmann’s lab). “Our results provide evidence that turtles imprint on the unique magnetic field of their natal beach as hatchlings and then use this information to return as adults.” The findings by Brothers and Distinguished Professor Ken Lohmann were reported in the Cell Press journal Current Biology on January 15. The story was also featured in an NPR news segment and in a BBC article. READ THE UNC NEWS STORY >> READ THE ARTICLE >>
Dr. Kelly Hogan (Senior STEM lecturer and the Director of Instructional Innovation in the College of Arts & Sciences), and her husband Dr. Brian Hogan (Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry) created “The Hogan Book Award for First Generation College Students in STEM” in partnership with Pearson Education. The award provides free introductory Chemistry, Biology and Physics course textbooks to a selected group of first generation college students to help defray the costs of taking STEM discipline classes. The five inauguaral award recipients are: Chuyin Fan (Biology BS, Winston Salem, NC), Atemnkeng Forwang (Chemistry BS, Lanham, MD), Cherrel Manley (Chemistry, Fayetteville, NC), Brandon Carpenter (Biochemistry B.S., Cary, NC), and Brianna Albritton (Biology Major, Mebane, NC). READ MORE >>
It is with great sadness that we note the passing of retired UNC Biology Associate Professor Dr. Seth Robert Reice on Dec. 23, 2014. Dr. Reice was a faculty member in the department from 1973-2011, serving as Chair of the Ecology Curriculum from 1986-1996. During his 38 years in the department, he taught over 1000 students, published many research papers in a variety of journals, and wrote an ecological book about environmental disturbances and their role in bringing balance to an ecosystem. OBITUARY LINK >>
Congratulations to Biology PhD student Leslie Kennedy (Frank Conlon’s Lab) for being a recipient of the “Chancellor’s Doctoral Scholarship Candidacy Award”. This is a university-wide competition that has been made possible through the effort of Chancellor Folt to advance the Initiative for Minority Excellence at UNC.