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An artist’s conception of a white dwarf star in orbit with pulsar PSR J2222-0137.

Stellar discoveries: White dwarf stars and exotic exoplanets The Scoop

UNC astronomers Bart Dunlap and Nicholas Law played a key role in exciting summer 2014 discoveries involving white dwarf stars and exoplanet systems (planets around other stars).

Performance photo from the WWI Centenary Project

Exploring the legacy of World War I through talks, performances, art and more The Scoop

The legacy and impact of World War I will be explored during a yearlong, interdisciplinary conversation at UNC during the 2014-2015 academic year.

"Macrophage" by Tammy Shen and Jack Griffith.

Applied Physical Sciences: Bringing new inventions that change lives to the marketplace Features

Making solar energy more economical and developing targeted drug treatments to effectively fight cancer and cystic fibrosis — these are among the cutting-edge research activities affiliated with the new department of applied physical sciences.

Renee Craft, center, poses with Delia Barrera, left, and Atanasia Molinar following a Congo performance.

Digital Portobelo: Connecting scholarship and cultural preservation in Panama Features

Renee Craft’s digital humanities project is an interactive collection of ethnographic interviews, photos, videos, artwork and archival material that illuminates the rich culture and history of Portobelo, Panama.

A statue of Earl Scruggs greets visitors at the entrance of the Earl Scruggs Museum

Bluegrass Believers: UNC partners with heritage tourism project honoring Earl Scruggs Features

Visitors to the new Earl Scruggs Center, nestled in the renovated 1907 courthouse in uptown Shelby, N.C., can immerse themselves in the life of the late banjo player and bluegrass pioneer who grew up in the nearby Flint Hill community.

Jim Wann

Center Stage: Wann’s Tony-nominated musical revived on Broadway Tar Heels Up Close

Singer and composer Jim Wann ’70 saw his career take off when his first name became his last and he took to the stage as the bank robber Jesse James.

Fred Brooks holds a first-generation Mac.

Brooks’ influence spans IBM mainframes to next-gen virtual reality Features

In 1944 a 13-year-old Fred Brooks sat in the public library in Greenville, N.C., and read about the Mark I computer in Time magazine.

UNC Medical Image Display and Analysis Group (MIDAG) 40th Anniversary logo

Medical imaging extends frontiers, aids diagnosis and treatment Features

You’ve probably seen 3-D ultrasound images of a baby in a mother’s womb — maybe your own child, or those of a relative or friend.

Dr. Markus Gross (left), Doug James (center) and Theodore Kim during the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Scientific and Technical Achievement Awards on February 9, 2013, in Beverly Hills, California.

Want to work in movies? Learn to code Features

Turns out the road to Hollywood runs through Chapel Hill. Or at least it did for computer science alumni who have used their programming chops to develop special effects software you’ve probably seen on screen.

Photo illustration of computer science staff and students with robots surrounded by balloons and party hats.

Comp-Sci Turns 50: Breaking barriers from graphics to robotics Features

In 1964, Carolina embraced the nascent field of computer science. The department is still blazing trails a half-century later.

Karen Gil

Forging new paths Letter from the Dean

Frederick P. Brooks Jr. blazed trails as project manager for the revolutionary IBM System/360 family of computers and then as founding chair of Carolina’s computer science department in 1964.

Southport NC Shrimp Boats

Southport, N.C. Finale

A poem by Mackensie Pless ’15 reflects on the real — not Hollywood — image of Southport, N.C.

"Doing it at the Dixie Dew" book cover

College Bookshelf Fall 2014 Chapter & Verse

Books on the edible South, how Jesus became God, the aftermath of 9/11, ancient Roman libraries, mountain poetry and more.

A young Shirley Temple waves at the camera as she gets into a car

Shirley Temple Up Close: Q&A with John F. Kasson Chapter & Verse

John F. Kasson outlines the connections between Shirley Temple, FDR and The Great Depression in his new book.

Kevin Guskiewicz at the UNC-Chapel Hill football field

Concussion researcher visits White House The Scoop

Leading concussion researcher and MacArthur ‘Genius’ Fellow Kevin Guskiewicz participated in a White House Meeting on concussions this summer.