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“TAKE A BIOLOGIST TO LUNCH” PROGRAM

Would you like to have food and conversation with one of your Biology professors, instructors, or Teaching Assistants, on the Biology Department’s tab? You and one or two friends can invite a faculty member or TA to lunch anywhere within walking distance (e.g. Lenoir, Franklin Street) and the Abbey Fellows Program will pay the bill. The budget is limited, so only a limited number of lunches can be funded. To sign up, send an email to Dr. Elaine Yeh (yeh@email.unc.edu) with the names of the two or three students doing the inviting, and she’ll let you know whether there are still funds left. Then invite the biologist of your choice!


KEN LOHMANN RECEIVES A $2.4 MILLION DOLLAR GRANT

Congratulations to Distinguished Professor Ken Lohmann, who has received a $2.4 million grant from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research to investigate how sea turtles and other animals detect the Earth’s magnetic field. Collaborators on the 5-year project are UNC Physics Professor Amy Oldenburg, and Professor Sonke Johnsen, a former UNC biology graduate student who is now on the faculty at Duke University.  The team will use techniques from biology, physics, and genomics in an effort to identify receptors that underlie magnetic sensitivity.  READ MORE >>


FACULTY JOB OPPORTUNITIES

The Department of Biology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill invites applications for two faculty positions: an Assistant Professor in Plant Molecular Biology and Genomics and a Lecturer to teach courses in Ecology/Evolution and Introductory Biology.  READ MORE >>


COLLABORATIVE PROJECT DETERMINES PLANT BIOLOGY LITERACY

“The Department of Biology and the School of Education collaborated to determine the literacy of plant biology in kindergarten and first graders. Dr. Janice Anderson (Assistant Professor, School of Education) and Dr. Alan Jones (Kenan Distinguished Professor of Biology) published a paper in CBE Life Science Education entitled “Understanding Early Elementary Children’s Conceptual Knowledge of Plant Structure and Function through Drawings” where they used the classical “Draw a Scientist” test to measure the baseline understanding of plant structure and function in pre and young readers. Many interesting findings came out of this study.”  READ MORE >>


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