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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Yesterday, WCHL named Lineberger member, Dr. Joseph DeSimone, a Hometown Hero. Each weekday the station selects a Hometown Hero who goes “over and above the call of duty,” exemplifying excellent service and dedication to others in the community.

DeSimone is Chancellor’s Eminent Professor of Chemistry at UNC, William R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering at NCSU, Director of the Institute for Advanced Materials and the Institute for Nanomedicine at UNC, and Co-Director of the Carolina Center of Cancer Nanotechnology Excellence. DeSimone was recently selected for the 2010 Mentor Award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science , recognizing his dedication to advancing the diversity of doctoral-level chemists entering the workforce.

Listen to the Hometown Hero interview with Dr. DeSimone , in which he talks about his focus on diversity and innovation. (Look for the March 23, 2011 segment and click “Listen.”)