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UNC women's basketball coach Sylvia Hatchell performs strengthening exercises with associate professor Claudio Battaglini.

Giving Hope: Helping cancer patients realize benefits of exercise, educational therapy Spring 2015

Cancer patients are usually advised to rest after treatment, but a pioneering UNC program is proving that recovery is faster if patients exercise.

A baby loggerhead sea turtle

For sea turtles, there’s no place like magnetic home Spring 2015

Adult sea turtles find their way back to the beaches where they hatched by seeking out unique magnetic signatures along the coast, according to new evidence from UNC biologists.

Baby breastfeeds

Breastfeeding prepares baby’s belly for solid food Spring 2015

A new UNC study found that breastfeeding influences a baby’s ability to transition from milk to solid foods and may have long-term health effects.

Two different images of tumor growth reduction; significantly more brown staining is on the left.

Potential pancreatic cancer treatment could increase life expectancy Spring 2015

UNC researchers have developed a device that could impact pancreatic cancer treatmentt: By using electric fields, the device can drive chemotherapy drugs directly into tumor tissue, preventing their growth and in some cases, shrinking them.

Researchers hike across volcanic ash to install a seismometer on Llaima Volcano in southern Chile.

Tracking the Earth’s Heartbeats Spring 2015

A team of researchers uses cutting-edge technology to better predict when and how one of South America’s most active volcanoes will erupt.

Drug Addiction photo illustration of model smoking a crack pipe.

Addiction science: Unraveling clues to addictive behaviors Spring 2014

UNC psychology researchers are looking inside the brain and testing clinical interventions to learn how drugs and alcohol affect the brain, and they are designing strategies to help break the cycle of addiction.

Kathleen Harris

Teen Health Tracker: Connecting the dots from adolescence to aging Spring 2014

Imagine if we had the ability to predict how teens’ health, social experiences, genetic makeup and living environment might influence their physical state later in adulthood. That mission drives the work of sociologist Kathleen Mullan Harris.

David Penn and Dave Roberts and friends celebrate

Making a difference for schizophrenia patients Spring 2014

The special mentor-mentee relationship between David Penn and Dave Roberts has led to improving the social lives of schizophrenia patients around the world.

sulphur butterfly

Caterpillars respond to climate change Spring 2014

Research by a team of UNC biologists and graduate student shows that some caterpillars are already evolving to cope with climate change.

Solar Energy Cell

Making solar affordable and accessible Spring 2014

UNC scientists are trying to find ways to bring the price of solar energy down, and make solar-power devices more practical for much wider use.

Illustration of solar fuels

Solar breakthroughs: Harnessing the power of the sun when it’s not shining Spring 2014

UNC scientists led by chemist Tom Meyer at the Energy Frontier Research Center have built a system that converts the sun’s energy to hydrogen fuel and stores it for later use, allowing us to power our devices long after the sun goes down.

Robin Beck, David Moore and Christopher Rodning at a field site

Exploring Joara: Excavating the past, shaping the future in western N.C. Fall 2013

Three UNC archaeology alums have uncovered the earliest European settlement in the interior U.S., near Morganton, N.C.

A closeup of a lionfish.

Caribbean’s native predators unable to stop aggressive lionfish Fall 2013

“Ocean predator” conjures up images of sharks and barracudas, but the voracious red lionfish is out-eating them all in the Caribbean — and Mother Nature appears unable to control its impact on local reef fish.

Student Rocco Disanto works on his project in Richard Goldberg's assistive technology class at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Biomedical Engineering for Undergrads Fall 2013

Carolina undergraduates are inventing devices to tackle real-world problems through biomedical engineering. The opportunity to study in one of the fastest-growing job fields evolved through a partnership between UNC’s College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Medicine.

Prehistoric rock art in South Africa

Exploring shamans and rock art in South Africa Fall 2013

UNC anthropologist Silvia Tomášková spent 2010 to 2011 in South Africa studying prehistoric rock art drawings as part of the research for her book, “Wayward Shamans: The Prehistory of an Idea.”