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David Pfennig to be featured in American Scientist

February 25, 2022

Congratulations to David Pfennig for his upcoming article in American Scientist. The article, entitled, “Evolution and the Flexible Organism,” asks, “Do environmentally induced changes to individuals affect natural selection, and if so, how?” Check out more info here.

You can also hear David and recent UNC graduate student Nick Levis on the Big Biology Podcast. Both the article and podcast highlight David’s ideas and research on the role of phenotypic plasticity in facilitating adaptive evolution in novel environments. Congratulations, David!

Copenhaver Lab Published in PLOS Genetics

February 24, 2022

The Copenhaver lab has published a collaborative paper in PLOS Genetics entitled “Histone demethylase IBM1-mediated meiocyte gene expression ensures meiotic chromosome synapsis and recombination” which shows that a gene, IBM1, which encodes a protein that removes methyl groups from histone H3, regulates chromosome pairing and recombination during meiosis. This work advances our understanding of how epigenetic mechanisms influence plant reproductive biology

Find it here.

Alan Jones’ Physician’s Garden featured by UNC!

February 1, 2022

UNC Biology’s Dr. Alan Jones‘ course, “The Physician’s Garden,” has been featured on the UNC website! According to the article, “The Gardening and Ethnobotany in Academia Project is a student organization that maintains the Sam W. Hitt Medicinal Garden on campus and encourages students and faculty to explore the relationship between plants and people — medicinally, economically and culturally at a local and global scale.” The garden itself is a product of Dr. Jones’ course. Read more here.

Kelly Hogan featured in The Chronicle!

January 25, 2022

Congratulations to UNC Biology’s own Kelly Hogan, as well as UNC Professors Viji Sathy and Nicole Else-Quest, for the publication of their essay in The Chronicle of Higher Education! The essay, titled “How to Give Our Students the Grace We All Need,” lists ways in which faculty members can support their students without exhausting themselves in the process. Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz highlighted the essay in a university-wide email last week! Check it out here.

December PhD Graduates

January 13, 2022

Congratulations to all our December 2021 Biology Ph.D. graduates! This is a huge accomplishment and the department would like to extend our appreciation for all your hard work over the years. We wish you the best of luck in your next phase of life!

Bob Goldstein featured on Nautilus!

December 14, 2021

UNC Biology’s own Dr. Bob Goldstein has written an article featured on Nautilus about Rita Levi-Montalcini. The article, called “A Lab of Her Own,” explores Levi-Montalcini’s journey from purchasing a microscope to discovering how the nervous system is wired while sheltered in her bedroom during World War II. Be sure to check out the article here!

Kelly Hogan quoted in the Chronicle!

December 9, 2021

Congratulations to Kelly Hogan for being quoted in the Chronicle of Higher Education! From the article: “Kelly Hogan, associate dean of instructional innovation in the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, shared what’s happening in the biology department, where she’s a STEM teaching professor. ‘My co-instructor and I (and many of the faculty teaching the large intro courses in my department) have done testing online, open-notes all semester,’ Hogan writes. ‘We probably vary most in whether we give them a window of time to choose when to start the timed exam or whether it occurs only during the scheduled class time. We’ll all continue this for the final exam this semester.'”

Check out the full article here.

Brian Lerch interviewed on All Things Considered!

December 9, 2021

Congratulations to UNC graduate student Brian Lerch for being interviewed on NPR’s All Things Considered! Lerch was interviewed about a study that he has out in Proceedings of the Royal Society with Susan Alberts from Duke University. The study found that “the fission of social groups in baboons is best described by egalitarian decisions where each community member contributes to the outcome, rather than decisions driven primarily by a single individual.”

Listen to the NPR segment here and read the article here.