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Precarious workers in unprecedented times Fall 2023

Alexandrea Ravenelle’s latest book explores how COVID-19 affected the most vulnerable wage-earners.

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A thrilling debut Fall 2023

Victoria Wlosok signed a book deal for her young adult thriller with a “big five” publisher when she was still a first-year student. On Sept. 19, her work hit the shelves. 

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‘Root shock’ Fall 2023

Graduate student Ari Green is studying the experiences of Black people being displaced from their homes and communities in three urban areas.

Nicolas Pegard in his lab at UNC, surrounded by optical equipment.

Optimizing optics Fall 2023

Nicolas Pégard’s lab helps neuroscientists tackle research challenges with custom-designed optical technology.

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The Hollywood storyteller Fall 2023

Alumna Rayna McClendon found her love of screenwriting through classes in the department of communication at UNC.

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Borders and boundaries Fall 2023

Political geographer Banu Gökarıksel directs Carolina’s popular curriculum in global studies while exploring her own research about global and local belonging.

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Showcasing Native diversity Spring 2023

Graduate student Marissa Carmi is contributing to research about Oneida history, identity and sovereignty while supporting the larger narrative of Native diversity that has long been silenced.

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Gratitude and shared laughter are like probiotics for your relationship Spring 2023

UNC psychologist Sara Algoe and her team are taking a deep dive into what makes couples love, bond and stay happy — together.

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Constructive campus conversations Spring 2023

In her work, political scientist Sarah Treul Roberts is teaching students to engage with one another across their differences.

Headshot of Rahsaan Barber holding his saxophone, a portrait of John Coltrane hanging behind him.

Music mosaic Spring 2023

Saxophonist Rahsaan Barber has played with some of the greats. At Carolina, he’s sharing his passion for jazz and other musical genres with students.

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Leading Blue Heaven Fall 2022

Wing Commander Rachel McCarthy is the highest-ranking cadet in DET 590, aka Blue Heaven, but the senior’s path to ROTC wasn’t a traditional one.

Anna Atencio poses for a picture on the beach.

Surveyor and storyteller Fall 2022

Anna Atencio was a member of the first Chancellor’s Science Scholars cohort. Now she helps tell the unseen story below the seafloor as a geophysicist on the coast of North Carolina.

Gina Bartasi leans in front of wall bearing the name of her fertility care facility, Kindbody

Serial entrepreneur Fall 2022

Gina Bartasi ’91 is the founder of five companies; her latest venture focuses on streamlining fertility benefits to improve the patient experience.

Ariana Vigil sits at a table.

Creating community in the classroom Fall 2022

Ariana Vigil teaches and conducts research in Latina/o literature, militarization, and gender and sexuality.

Javier Arce-Nazario sits at his desk in front of his computer.

Creative cartography Fall 2022

Geographer Javier Arce-Nazario uses innovative mapping technologies to help communities in the Galapagos Islands, Puerto Rico and beyond.