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UNC Selected for AAU Project for STEM Education

June 27, 2013

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has been named a project site for the Association of American Universities’ (AAU) five-year initiative to improve the quality of undergraduate education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields at its … Read more

Middle-school Star Gazers

March 27, 2013

About 1,400 middle school students will be able to explore the universe with high-tech robotic telescopes in Chile and Chapel Hill through UNC’s global Skynet system. It’s part of a new $1.6 million National Science Foundation grant to encourage interest … Read more

SCALE-UP in Carolina Arts & Sciences Magazine

March 27, 2013

There’s a place on campus where you can actually hear learning happening. That place is in Phillips Hall 206 and 208, where students in introductory physics classes sit at round tables instead of in rows of desks. They listen to … Read more

Meet Laura Mersini-Houghton

October 19, 2012

The origins of the universe are being uncovered in Chapel Hill, NC thanks to Laura Mersini-Houghton, a cosmologist and theoretical physicist at the University of North Carolina. Her work delves even deeper into how our world came to be than … Read more

Faculty Award for Excellence in Doctoral Mentoring

October 19, 2012

Dr. J. Christopher Clemens, professor of physics and astronomy, received the 2012 Faculty Award for Excellence in Doctoral Mentoring at the University’s recent Doctoral Hooding Ceremony. The Graduate School presents the annual award to a faculty member who has: encouraged … Read more


October 9, 2012

National Science Foundation Particle and Nuclear Astrophysics program. UNC where various systems are being assembled and prepared for eventual installation underground. They’ve also deployed prototype detectors both here at UNC and underground at the nearby Kimballton Underground Research Facility in … Read more


October 9, 2012

In Fall 2010, the UNC department of Physics and Astronomy began teaching some sections of the Physics 116 and 117 in the SCALE-UP format that integrates lecture, lab, and recitation activities in an interactive and cooperative learning environment. SCALE-UP (Student-Centered … Read more