March 20, 2018
Donald Trump won the presidency with the backing of more than eight in 10 white evangelical voters. That stark fact — that a thrice-married candidate who has been recorded making crude comments about women and...Read More
Jan. 26, 2018
One of the largest research awards made to the University just got bigger. It’s not only UNC’s largest project in global health, but the largest single award the University has ever received, at $231.9 million....Read More
Jan. 22, 2018
Twenty-five faculty members and teaching assistants have been named winners of 2018 University Teaching Awards. The University Committee on Teaching Awards, which oversees the selection process, encouraged students to nominate deserving faculty and graduate teaching...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.