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UNC cultural historian Bernie Herman

Oyster Culture: Cultivating the foodways of a Virginia coastal community Features

Bernie Herman is not a marine biologist, but he knows an awful lot about oysters.

Greg Allgood

Precious Resource: Scientist saves lives through clean water Features

Greg Allgood (B.S. ’81, M.S.P.H. ’83), a Procter & Gamble scientist, knew his company had developed a packet of chemicals that could clean dirty water in 30 minutes. The product drew widespread interest, but it was almost nixed.

Lee Weisert records water sounds

Fluid Music: UNC musician explores sounds created by water Features

When Lee Weisert first heard the chords in “The Rite of Spring” as a high school student, the hairs on the back of his neck stood up.

North Carolina Coastline

The Future of the Outer Banks: Climate change’s effect on N.C.’s barrier islands Features

Laura Moore uses historical maps, geologic data and computational modeling tools to create simulations that show how the barrier has moved since it first formed about 8,500 years ago, and to calculate how the islands may continue to evolve in the decades and centuries to come.

Roger Putnam

Climbing El Capitan The Scoop

UNC geology graduate student Roger Putnam is busy doing research this summer, but he won’t be sitting in front of a computer all day. He’s currently scaling El Capitan, a 3,000-foot granite cliff in Yosemite Valley that is a favorite challenge of rock climbers.

Doris Betts

College Bookshelf: Doris Betts Chapter & Verse

On April 21, UNC lost one of its literary luminaries with the passing of creative writing professor Doris Betts, UNC Alumni Distinguished Professor Emerita.

Ron Alterovitz in his lab

They, Robots: The future is already here Features

If you haven’t come across a robot lately, it’s because they’re still not very good with people, says UNC computer scientist Ron Alterovitz.

Huqoq mosaic

Monumental synagogue building discovered in excavations in Galilee The Scoop

A monumental synagogue building dating to the Late Roman and Byzantine periods (ca. 4th to 6th centuries C.E.) has been discovered in archaeological excavations at Huqoq in Israel’s Galilee.

Whirligigs by Vollis Simpson

Whirligig Wonders: Preserving the folk art of Vollis Simpson The Scoop

For more than 25 years, both locals and visitors from near and far have traveled to the “whirligig farm” of 93-year-old folk artist Vollis Simpson, a former machine repair shop owner and World War II veteran.

Patricia Parker

Parker named director of faculty diversity initiatives The Scoop

Patricia S. Parker has been appointed Director of Faculty Diversity Initiatives for the College of Arts and Sciences, a new position recommended by the College’s Faculty Diversity Task Force.

Jean DeSaix

Meet the Teacher: Jean DeSaix, biology The Scoop

Jean DeSaix, a UNC biology master lecturer, understands those university students from small towns and rural areas.

Old Well Color Illustration

The Old Well: Past, Present and Future Finale

From a hole in the ground to a Temple of Love, the Old Well has come a long way. And if you’re wondering just how old the Old Well is now? It’s so old that it’s not even a well anymore: It’s a water fountain. That’s what wells become when they grow up.