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Alexandra Odum pictured smiling on UNC-Chapel Hill's campus.

Adding nuance to incomplete narratives

Fall 2021
Can pinpointing the right narrative for a documentary lead to addressing the achievement gap in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City School System?
Ryan Smith pictured smiling behind a brick wall background

A drive to serve and achieve

Fall 2021
Chancellor’s Science Scholar Ryan Smith helps make science and technology accessible for underrepresented middle school students.
Lisa Dickey pictured standing in front of an audience lecturing.

The ghostwriter

Fall 2021
Lisa Dickey has collaborated with U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth, First Lady Jill Biden and other well-known figures to produce best-sellers.
Hakeem Smith pictured standing outside of an Amazon fulfillment site with the sign reading in Czech foreign language

The global problem-solver

Fall 2021
Working for Amazon in Prague, Hakeem Smith uses analytical skills gained through UNC’s TransAtlantic Master’s Program.
Raj Panjabi pictured assisting a malnourished child.

Fighting malaria is personal

Fall 2021
Raj Panjabi was tapped by President Joe Biden to lead an initiative seeking to eradicate the mosquito-borne disease worldwide.
Mariana Olvera pictured smiling beside her computer showing a mathematical model. She is sitting in front of a whiteboard filled with formulas.

Seeing patterns in the data

Fall 2021
Mariana Olvera-Cravioto uses mathematical models to understand complex topics. She hopes the new data science minor will make data more accessible to students.
Clara Yang pictured smiling in a dress in the woods, surrounded by trees and leafs on the ground

Creating sound stories

Fall 2021
Pianist Clara Yang elevates the voices of underrepresented Black and female composers on stage and in the classroom.

Understanding the ‘war on terror’

Fall 2021
An expert on global terrorism uses a long lens to explain what happened in Afghanistan — and what might happen elsewhere.
Jim Tanner

A champion for athletes

Spring 2021
Jim Tanner is certified as an agent by the NBA and has represented multiple former Tar Heels as clients.
Rebecca Darwin smiles and holds a copy of Garden & Gun magazine.

Publishing pioneer

Spring 2021
Alumna Rebecca Wesson Darwin redefined Southern magazines with the award-winning Garden & Gun.
Cover of the spring 2022 Carolina Arts & Sciences features Nikki Salazar, an undergraduate student, in Barcelona, Spain.

Inside This Issue

Re-opening the World: Study Abroad's COVID playbook. ALSO INSIDE: Pollution-cleaning plastics. Tackling tough subjects. Pandemic parallels. Click on the magazine cover to view a reader-friendly flipbook.

Letter From the Dean

It is bittersweet for me to realize that this is my last dean’s message for Carolina Arts & Sciences as I prepare to retire at the end of the semester, wrapping up 35 wonderful years of service to UNC-Chapel Hill.

Edie Summey scuba diving

Give to Carolina

John Summey and his late wife, Edie, knew they wanted to help students succeed for generations to come. As lifelong adventurists, they endowed two scholarships to support undergraduate Honors students and study abroad. "We greatly valued the high quality of education we received and the experiences we had at Carolina," John said.

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