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Physics and Astronomy Student Project to be Aboard NASA Balloon During Solar Eclipse

A unique project conceived and designed by UNC Physics and Astronomy students will be aboard a NASA high-altitude balloon that will be launched during the solar eclipse Aug. 21. Seniors and military veterans Josh Fender, Justin Morse and John Ringler will spend the first day of fall classes witnessing the launch from Camp Guernsey in southeastern Wyoming, which is in the path of the full eclipse. Continue Reading.

 unc American Chemical Society student affiliate

 The UNC American Chemical Society (ACS) Student Affiliate received the Salute to Excellence Award from the Colorado Local Section of the ACS for their volunteer work that contributed to the success of the Rocky Mountain Regional Meeting held in October 2017.




​NAtional Audiology Award Recipients 

meinke  jenny weber

 Deanna Meinke received the National Hearing Conservation Association’s Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Field of Hearing Conservation. Deanna’s passion for hearing loss prevention aims to prevent hearing loss due to hazardous noise. Read the NHCA article here.

Jenny Weber received the American Academy of Audiology’s Outstanding Educator Award for Contributions to Audiology. “Dr. Jenny Weber has made significant contributions to the field of audiology through her dedication and focus on excellence as an educator, clinical supervisor, and mentor of audiology students.” Read the American Academy of Audiology article here.

Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Volcanologist interviewed by discovery channel

Steve Anderson, a professor in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences shares his insights regarding the Kilauea volcanic eruption of Hawaii with Discovery Channel.  

Anderson has closely observed the activity at Kilauea and has seen the effects of structural changes first-hand. The two primary areas of concern are the lava flows in the Leilani Estates and the lava lake at the summit of the Kilauea volcano. Anderson has observed the damage from the recent explosion including lava flow, dangerous gases, and the potential for acid rain.

Watch his interview with Discovery Channel here.


Biological science professor stuns nikon small world exhibition



A stunning image of a bat fetus produced by University of Northern Colorado Professor Rick Adams is circulating widely online after placing 15th out of 2,000 entries submitted from 88 countries in Nikon’s annual Small World contest. 

Adams, a foremost authority on bats, took the photo using an Olympus dissection microscope with an Olympus digital camera. He used red-and-blue dyes on the third-trimester fetus of the flying fox fruit bat. He then removed the pigmentation with rubbing alcohols to produce a see-through specimen similar to a 3-D, color X-ray. The backlighting technique he added is called “dark field” photomicroscopy.

“This is part of a study on the development of wings in bats as a surrogate for understanding how a ‘standard issue’ mammalian embryo evolved wings, giving rise to bats 55 million years ago,” Adams said.

For more about his lab, visit his website.

NHS Retiring Faculty and Staff

Faculty and staff retiring from the College of Natural and Health Sciences in 2018. Collectively, the retiree's pool 245 years of service to the College in varying fields.

  • Ellen Gregg (Dean, and School of Human Sciences)
  •  Bill Blubaugh (School of Mathematical Sciences)
  •  David Pringle (Dept. of Chemistry and Biochemistry)
  •  Richard Hyslop (Dept. of Chemistry and Biochemistry)
  •  Coni Francis (School of Human Sciences)
  •  Lynne Jackowiak (School of Human Sciences)
  •  Sally Anderson (School fo Human Sciences/School of Nursing)
  • William Hoyt (Dept. of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences)

NHS Retirees 2018




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dietetics alum shares story about unc and being the director of TEAM nutrition for the denver broncos

Adam Wilson

PHYSICS AND MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES ALUM builds bb-8 droid for star wars


NHS faculty within Audiology and Speech-Language Sciences, Dietetics, Nutrition, Community Health, and Nursing collaborated with faculty within the College of Performing and Visual Arts (PVA) to create the Interdisciplinary Patient Simulation Academy (ISPA). The intention of the ISPA is to develop standardized patient simulations for students.  

The first simulations took place over the summer. Drs. Katie Bright from Audiology, Carlo Parker from Nursing, and Shelly Gaza and Ken Womble from Theatre Arts and Dance, trained theater students to portray patients suffering from either a cardiac arrest or a terminal illness. Nursing students in their fifth semester participated in the simulation to gain experience treating the patients suffering from heart attacks and talking to the terminally ill patients and their family members.  



The Professional Science Master's (PSM) in Environmental Geosciences is an innovative interdisciplinary graduate degree certified by the Council of Graduate Schools through the Professional Science Master’s Association.  This program prepares scientists through advanced scientific training combined with development of professional workplace skills for high-level careers in science. The program graduated their first students in spring and summer 2016. This year they have eight continuing students and 12 new students. 

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