The Biology Department had offered Introductory Biology through the Friday Center as a correspondence course since 1987. The course, originally Biology 11 now Biology 101, was authored by Jean DeSaix and has recently had its 7th edition published. This self-paced, paper-based course has been completed by students all over the world. The recent revision by Peter and Jean DeSaix represents one of the few paper-based courses still offered and the decision to continue this format was based on recognition that only paper-based courses are available to North Carolina’s incarcerated population. The DeSaixs currently also offer on-line version of Biology 101. An on-line laboratory is being constructed.
Congratulations to Chanin Tolson Woods (Alain Laederach’s Lab) for her recent paper in Bioinformatics titled “Classification of RNA Structure Change by ‘Gazing’ at Experimental Data.” In this paper, Chanin used a series of machine learning techniques to identify novel features that expert RNA scientists use when looking at RNA structure data. From these analyses, she was able to build an automatic classifier that replicates human annotation of the data with very high accuracy. This work also identified the specific things scientists do when looking at data including dynamic time warping. From a more practical perspective, Chanin’s work has the potential to save many future graduate students studying RNA structure from the tedious work of manually annotating their data. READ MORE >>
Congratulations to UNC Biology faculty members Dr. Ken Lohmann and Dr. Lillie Searles, who both received 2017 Tanner Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. Congratulations also go to Dr. Corey Johnson, who was the recipient of a Chapman Teaching Award. READ MORE >>
Benjamin Kompa, a fourth-year UNC-CH student, who also works in the Kerry Bloom lab, has been awarded the prestigious Churchill Scholarship, “a research-focused award that provides funding to outstanding American students for a year of master’s study in science, mathematics and engineering at Churchill College, based at the University of Cambridge in England.” READ MORE >>