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A cartoon figure of Charles Darwin is shown looking at a globe in this screen capture from the animated Galapagos video.

Learn about UNC's Galapagos Initiative

Fall 2021

Learn about how UNC and USFQ partnered to create the Galapagos Science Center in San Cristobal, Galapagos, in this animated film. Here, researchers study the connection between humans and the environment in Darwin's living laboratory.
A beaver swims through the water in the screen capture for this video.

Leave it to Beavers

Fall 2021

As urban regions in the Southeast continue to grow and develop, harmful pollutants enter nearby waterways more frequently. UNC researchers think one of the best solutions to prevent this may be investments in the habitats of the furry neighbors already in our backyards: beavers.
Photo of a female researcher flying a drone with her back to the camera.

Carolina’s drone lab takes off

Fall 2021

Recently launched to provide a hub for innovative drone and sensing technologies at Carolina, CARDNL serves as a collaborative resource for faculty and student researchers to use for a host of research endeavors.
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History and place in Chapel Hill and Legendborn

Spring 2021

Tracy Deonn’s Legendborn brings Arthurian legends and magic to UNC-Chapel Hill. On a recent Southern Futures podcast, Deonn talks about incorporating the landmarks and the history of the campus, including the Old Chapel Hill Cemetery.
Read more in Chapter & Verse.
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Building resilience for storm-battered N.C.

Spring 2021

The record-breaking 2020 Atlantic hurricane season included 30 storms, and while North Carolina managed to dodge the 12 hurricanes that made landfall, that won’t always be the case in the future. A team of interdisciplinary researchers at UNC is combining their expertise in areas like human health, ecology, and urban planning to create a long-term holistic plan helping vulnerable communities prepare for the next generation of extreme weather events.
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"My Trip to Japan" by Michael Sparks

Spring 2021

Michael Sparks' film catalogs his journey through Japan from Tokyo, Sapporo, and Osaka to the top of Mount Fuji.
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Carolina students reflect on a year of COVID-19

Spring 2021

After a year of remote learning and being away from friends and the campus they call home, #UNC​ students reflect on their experiences.
Video: Tyree Daye

Miss Mary Mack Introduces Her Wings

Fall 2020

Creative writing associate professor Tyree Daye reads "Miss Mary Mack Introduces Her Wings" from his new book of poems, Cardinal (Copper Canyon Press, 2020). Read a profile on Daye in the fall 2020 issue.
Video: Dirty Work

Doing COVID-19 Dirty Work

Fall 2020

Employing wastewater epidemiology — proven useful in outbreaks of polio and opioid use — UNC microbiologist Rachel Noble is leading a state-wide collaboration tracking novel coronavirus outbreaks across North Carolina, gaining insight that testing individuals does not offer. Read the full story from Endeavors.
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Virtually, Viv with Billy Crudup

Fall 2020

PlayMakers Repertory Company Producing Artistic Director Vivienne Benesch talks with alumnus Billy Crudup (RTVMP ’90) in a new virtual series featuring industry professionals in a “fireside chat” with Benesch.
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Senior takes on role in local government

Spring 2020

As senior Tai Huynh begins his final semester at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he'll be splitting time between his computer science courses and serving the Town of Chapel Hill as a Town Council member.
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Supporting and advancing women faculty

Spring 2020

Targeting Equity in Access to Mentoring (TEAM) ADVANCE promotes accessible, equitable and effective mentoring across the University, with emphasis on supporting women of color and women in STEM fields.
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Meet a Tar Heel: Chris Suggs, Class of 2021

Spring 2020

Service has been a hallmark of Chris Suggs’ teenage years in his hometown of Kinston, North Carolina.
Video preview of the NSF's feature on Karin and David Pfennig's research

Tiny toad offers big potential (NSF)

Spring 2020

The National Science Foundation features research by Karin and David Pfennig and their research projects on spadefoot toads.
Climate game-changers video

Climate Game-Changers

Fall 2019

For thousands of years, the northern Andes Mountains have acted as a carbon sink, preserving organic matter as thick soil. As the planet warms, what will happen to all that carbon? This past summer, Carolina undergraduates traveled to Ecuador to take a closer look.

Video by Alyssa La Faro, Endeavors magazine. Read the full story. 
Borderlands: UNC Cumpston Fellows - Summer, 2018 video

Cumpston Fellows on the borders

Fall 2019

Seven Lookout Scholars connect their first generation college student identities with the idea of crossing borders in a global, research experience across Arizona and Mexico.

Read more about first generation student experiences at
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What is Chancellor's Science Scholars?

Fall 2016

Chancellor's Science Scholars is the premier STEM scholarship program at UNC-Chapel Hill, but it is so much more than just a financial award. Learn more at the Chancellor's Science Scholars website.
Jane Austen Summer Program: video

'The power of adaptation'

Fall 2019

An annual conference brings together passionate Jane Austen fans, scholars and more to celebrate the author and her works, engaging in academic discussions, author talks and a Regency ball. Read more at
Micah Daley-Harris helps a baseball player analyze his stats.

Taking the classroom to the diamond

Spring 2019

Statistics major Micah Daley-Harris is taking what he's learning in the classroom to provide cutting-edge analytics for the Carolina baseball team. Read more at
Grammy-winning folklorist and professor Bill Ferris with his recording equipment.

Professor, folklorist and Grammy winner: Bill Ferris

Spring 2019

Carolina professor emeritus of history and folklorist William Ferris looks back on his career and his recent nomination for two Grammy awards. His box set, "Voices of Mississippi," which features decades of his recordings and films and was produced by Dust to Digital, is nominated for Best Historical Album and Best Liner Notes. Photos and audio are from the William Ferris Collection at UNC-Chapel Hill.
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Jonathan Reckford to deliver Commencement address

Spring 2019

Jonathan T.M. Reckford, who graduated from Carolina with a bachelor’s degree in political science in 1984, will deliver the Commencement address at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Spring Commencement on May 12, 2019.
Lucas Meachem video

Baritone Lucas Meachem shares his craft at Carolina

Spring 2019

Grammy-winning opera singer Lucas Meachem works with Carolina students during master classes as an artist-in-residence with UNC-Chapel Hill's department of music.
Two students look at an artifact from the Ackland Art Museum for a QEP class.

Connecting, doing and making

Fall 2018

The Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) is a five-year initiative that promotes experiential learning in its theme of “Learning by Connecting, Doing and Making.”
Video: Emotional Environment

Emotional environment

Fall 2018

Meredith Emery blends art and science in a multimedia project to change how the public relates to the local environment.
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225 Years of Carolina: The College

Fall 2018

As dean, Kevin Guskiewicz is dedicated to keeping the College of Arts & Sciences “strategic, bold and student-focused.”
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Water over the bridge

Spring 2018

Every single day, all over the world, the sea creeps up the coastline, and the distance between the top of the water and the bottom of bridges decreases, eliminating the possibility of shipping traffic for global freight to get under those structures. UNC American studies professor Rachel Willis is developing global ideas and solutions to help port communities cope with the impact of climate change.
Video preview: Chemistry Bicentennial

Chemistry Bicentennial

Spring 2018

Carolina chemistry is celebrating its 200th birthday. A key secret to reaching this venerable milestone and achieving an international reputation has been to invest in generations of promising young scientists and to provide them with the tools they need to thrive. Today, young scholars continue to work alongside foundational members of the department.
Video preview: Reef. Sleep. Repeat.

Reef. Sleep. Repeat

Spring 2018

In December, graduate students from the UNC Department of Marine Sciences spent 10 days transplanting corals on the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef in southern Belize. The data they collect from this research could impact coral reef conservation efforts in the future.
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Minor sets the stage

Spring 2018

The Writing for the Screen and Stage Program at Carolina is an interdisciplinary writing program housed in the communication department. As a two-year minor, it offers undergraduate students, from all disciplines, the unique opportunity to focus specifically on the craft of dramatic writing and is designed for those considering writing careers in theatre, film, television or the web.
Video preview: Keepers of the Coast

The keepers of our coast

Spring 2018

To better protect coastal communities, researchers from UNC-Chapel Hill are teaming up with researchers from Oregon State to conduct studies on North Carolina's sand dunes. How do they grow? How do they change over time? What environments promote dune growth?
Video preview: 10 years of the FedEx Global Education Center

10 years of the FedEx Global Education Center

Spring 2018

In honor of the FedEx Global Education Center’s ten year anniversary, this film highlights two values important to the centers, institutes, and offices within the Center: Nelson Mandela’s humanitarian ideals and the importance of languages in international education.
Video preview: Faculty on Research: Kathleen Harris

Faculty on Research: Kathleen Harris

Spring 2018

Sociologist Kathleen Harris discusses Add Health, the largest study on adolescent health that also looks at the social and biological determinants on health and health behavior.
Video preview: A Love for Latin Rhythm

A Love for Latin Rhythm

Spring 2018

You never know where you'll end up when you follow your passions. For music professor Steve Anderson, his passions have led him to the Dominican Republic on multiple occasions.
Video preview: 'Step Right Up'

'Step Right Up' to Dougherty's sculpture

Spring 2018

Patrick Dougherty's latest stickwork sculpture, "Step Right Up," has its home outside the Ackland Art Museum. Dougherty, who received a bachelor's in English in the College of Arts & Sciences in 1967, later returned to UNC's art department for post-graduate work in 1981 and 1982.
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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