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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.

Jean and Peter DeSaix win the Clark Kessler Mentorship Award!

December 8, 2021

Congratulations to UNC Biology’s own Jean and Peter DeSaix on their winning the first annual Clark Kessler Mentorship Award!

According to the announcement, “In honor of Fred Clark and Frank Kessler’s dedication to mentorship among our Carolina Covenant Scholars over the last seventeen years, we wanted to pay tribute to a mentor annually by creating an award known as the Clark Kessler Mentorship Award. This award will recognize mentors who go above and beyond in exhibiting the best characteristics of a strong mentoring relationship among our Covenant scholars, including but not limited to commitment, care, connection, initiative, and endorsement.” Congratulations!

UNC article highlights Jean and Peter DeSaix!

December 2, 2021

An article on UNC’s Campaign website outlines the success of Carolina Covenant’s Rural Medicine Pathway Program. The Rural Medicine Pathway Program supports Covenant Scholars as they pursue health careers in rural areas. UNC Biology’s own Drs. Jean and Peter DeSaix helped found the program and were mentioned in the article by a student: “‘I had so much support from mentors like Jean and Peter DeSaix,’ Aslam said. ‘We would have meetings at their house and they would give me great advice about different opportunities that were available or how to connect and network with people in the medical profession.’”

Read the full article here:

Copenhaver Lab published in PNAS!

December 2, 2021

The Copenhaver lab, including postdoctoral associate Dr. Jiyue (Jeff) Huang, has published a paper in PNAS entitled “Regulation of interference-sensitive crossover distribution ensures crossover assurance in Arabidopsis” together with their colleagues from Fudan University in Shanghai. The paper explores how the physical exchange of DNA between chromosomes during sexual reproduction is regulated at a genomic scale in plants. The research provides new insights into fundamental reproductive mechanisms that are shared broadly by animals, fungi and plants.