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Recent Awards and Grants Attained

October 25, 2021

Whitney Edwards, Ph.D. (4th year SPIRE scholar, Dr. Frank Conlon’s lab) – received a fellowship from the American Heart Association to fund her work titled TBX20/TLE Interaction Is Essential For Mammalian Heart Development Ashalla Freeman, Ph.D. (Director, Graduate Education, UNC … Continued

Pittman Receives 2021 Diversity Award

May 3, 2021

SPIRE scholar Dr. Nikea Pittman was awarded a Diversity Award from the University Office for Diversity and Inclusion which recognizes people and groups that have given their time and effort to advance diversity, equity and inclusion at Carolina and in … Continued

1000 Inspiring Black Scientists in America

January 19, 2021

Congratulations to 2 current (Nisan Hubbard and Sheldon Lawrence) and 7 former SPIRE scholars (Ashalla Freeman, Tony Baines, Bryan Wilson, Danielle Graham, Shannon Jones, Krystle McLauglin, and Lathiena Nervo) who have been included in Cell Mentor’s 1000 Black Scientists in … Continued

SPIRE Faculty Mentor Receives NSF Grant

October 7, 2020

The National Science Foundation has awarded Dr. Bob Poage, Associate Professor at UNC Pembroke a grant to develop computer simulations which may be used to test new methods of treating neuromuscular diseases. This project, entitled “Presynaptic structure-function relationships that control … Continued

100 inspiring Hispanic/Latinx scientists in America

September 17, 2020

Congratulations to former SPIRE scholar Omar Quintero, Ph.D. for being named one of the top 100 inspiring Hispanic/Latinx Scientist in America by Cell Press. Omar is currently Associate Professor at the University of Richmond. His research focuses on the role … Continued

Former SPIRE Scholars Earn Research Grants

July 2, 2020

In addition to attaining faculty positions across many different types of institutions, former SPIRE scholars are successfully awarded research grants. Most recent grants include: Antonio Baines, Ph.D. (Associate Professor, North Carolina Central University) earned a grant as co-PI from the … Continued

SPIRE Scholars Transition to Career Positions

February 11, 2020

SPIRE scholars who have recently attained positions are: Justin Baumann will begin a visiting assistant professor position at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, ME in Fall 2020. Rachel Bleich will begin a tenure track assistant professor position in biology at Appalachian … Continued

SPIRE Scholar Justin Baumann’s Research Featured

August 30, 2019

SPIRE Scholar Justin Baumann published his work on coral reefs and climate change in the latest issue of Global Change Biology. Read the story here. Nearshore coral growth declining on the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System Justin H. Baumann Justin B. … Continued

SPIRE Recognized for Promoting Diversity

June 18, 2018

SPIRE has been selected as one of the Intergroup Collaboration recipients of the 2018 University Diversity Award at UNC Chapel Hill. Recipients of the awards were honored during the annual University Diversity Awards reception on Wednesday, April 18, 2018. The University Diversity Awards reception is … Continued