Dec. 6, 2017
The University has received a funding boost for its research in the Galápagos Islands and work elsewhere in the world, including in Hawaii and Puerto Rico. The NASA Land Cover/Land Use Change Program has a...Read More
Dec. 5, 2017
After nearly a decade leading UNC’s Graduate School, Steven W. Matson is stepping down as dean. Matson, a biology professor who specializes in genetics and molecular biology, will return to the biology department once a...Read More
Dec. 1, 2017
For the first time, the University’s annual research expenditures have surpassed $1 billion, $632 million of which are sponsored by federal government agencies, notably the National Institutes of Health. The figures, reported via the nation’s...Read More
Kerry Steven Bloom, the Thad L. Beyle Distinguished Professor of biology at the University, has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious honorary societies and a leading center for independent policy research.
Bloom, a biologist who studies the organization and distribution of chromosomes when cells divide, is among 198 new fellows and 12 new foreign honorary members that include some of the world’s most accomplished leaders in academia, art, business, philanthropy, science and the humanities. Bloom will be inducted in October in Cambridge, Mass.
Members of the 2013 class include winners of the Nobel Prize; National Medal of Science; the Lasker Award; the Pulitzer and the Shaw prizes; the Fields Medal; MacArthur and Guggenheim fellowships; the Kennedy Center Honors; and Grammy, Emmy, Academy, and Tony awards.
With Bloom, UNC has 36 faculty members in the academy.
Throughout his career, Bloom has become an internationally recognized expert on chromosome segregation, which is key to understanding birth defects and cancer. He was the first person in the world to clone and molecularly describe a centromere, the region on a DNA molecule that directs segregation of chromosomes to daughter cells, and has developed biochemical and optical methods to visualize these dynamics — work that has pioneered the field of nuclear migration.
Bloom began his career at UNC in 1982, and received UNC’s highest research award, the Ruth and Philip Hettleman Prize for Artistic and Scholarly Achievement, in 1989. During his tenure, Bloom has received numerous honors and awards, including election to the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2011.