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Katya Pertsova, Elliott Moreton and Jennifer Smith and Fabian Monrose hold sporks

‘Spork Lab’ tackles password security

The challenge of creating attack-resistant passwords is a perfect fit for two departments who at first glance might seem to have little in common: linguistics and computer science.

Spring 2017 Cover Stories, Features, Issues, Spring 2017



Faculty and students in a class in Greenlaw Hall

Creating a buzz about health humanities

If you hear the word “lab” and picture test tubes and autoclaves, the Health and Humanities: An Interdisciplinary Venue for Exploration lab will expand your horizons.

Spring 2017 Cover Stories, Features, Issues, Spring 2017



Jeff Olander and Roberto Camassa next to the fluids lab wave tank in Chapman Hall

High-tech fluids lab attracts waves of research partners

The fluids lab in Chapman Hall is the nexus for collaborative projects in mathematics, anthropology, marine sciences, physics and computer science.

Spring 2017 Cover Stories, Features, Issues, Spring 2017



Sunset over a pier

Keepers of our coast

North Carolina’s barrier islands are dynamic landforms in a state of constant change (watch video). UNC researchers want to better understand what that means for the future of our coast.

Spring 2017 Features, Issues, Spring 2017



Long shadows in Badwater, Death Valley

Sci-Why

Research is messy, nonlinear and rewarding. New courses let students learn that firsthand.

Spring 2017 Features, Issues, Spring 2017



Students in a field geology class on a hike in California

Creating student scientists: A five-year plan

A five-year, campus-wide learning initiative launched this spring aims to transform UNC’s undergraduate science experience — with more opportunities for hands-on research and collaboration and experiences to help students hone … Continued

Spring 2017 Features, Issues, Spring 2017



Barber Brian Toulan gives Langden Ramseur a haircut

Barbershop Talk

Program provides welcome spaces — haircuts sometimes included — for men of color to navigate UNC.

Spring 2017 Features, Issues, Spring 2017



Members of the Carolina Choir sing from Verdi Requiem in a rehearsal

‘We will sing to the Nazis what we cannot say to them’

Hungry and tired, the 60 Jewish prisoners nevertheless sang — without scores or orchestral accompaniment — one of the most demanding choral works ever written: Giuseppe Verdi’s Requiem Mass.

Spring 2017 Features, Issues, Spring 2017



Jewell Brey, Melissa Serrano Burns, Andrea Rich, Jazmin McCorkle, Megan Dew.

BME i4 contest weds innovation, entrepreneurship

A competition offered annually by the biomedical engineering program, a joint department between UNC and NC State, helps students transform those ideas into real-world applications, with advice from experts in … Continued

Spring 2017 Features, Issues, Spring 2017



Steve Exum arranges a book held by Glaire Anderson, as Jan Chambers and Laura Miller stands behind her, ready for a photo shoot.

Behind the scenes: The Synergy Unleashed “Flight of Fancy” photo shoot

Enjoy a behind-the-scenes look at the making of our spring 2017 magazine “Synergy Unleashed” feature package photo shoot, featuring the story “Flight of Fancy.”

Spring 2017 Features, Issues, Spring 2017