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Cover of fall 2022 magazine shows a young woman researcher holding binoculars and looking up into the sky. She is standing in a field.

In the Field: A summer of discovery for Carolina researchers. ALSO INSIDE: When IDEAs meet action, Meet Dean Jim White, Exploring the multiverse.

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Laura Mersini-Houghton in her office with the book on her desk. She smiles at the camera.

Many universes, one story Chapter & Verse

What came before the Big Bang, and what exists outside of the universe it created? UNC cosmologist Laura Mersini-Houghton’s new book explores her journey in pushing boundaries.

Robert and Pearl Seymour stand on the lawn outside.

Pillar of Chapel Hill community leaves gift to College’s diversity, equity and inclusion efforts The Scoop

The Seymour family has established the Dr. Robert E. Seymour Jr. Dean’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Fund.

The arched sign to the Old Fort Gateway trails.

A new day for Old Fort Features

A creative collaborative supported by Southern Futures is conceiving a bright future for Old Fort, North Carolina.

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

Creative cartography Tar Heels Up Close

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

Ariana Vigil sits at a table.

Creating community in the classroom Tar Heels Up Close

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

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

Serial entrepreneur Tar Heels Up Close

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

Headshot of Caroline Williamson

Helping faculty break down silos, be part of ‘something bigger’ The Scoop

The College of Arts and Sciences’ Institute for the Arts and Humanities Advisory Board empowers faculty to achieve their full potential by creating community and cultivating leadership.

Headshot of Karla Slocum

College DEI efforts get a boost The Scoop

Karla Slocum, the College’s new senior associate dean for diversity, equity and inclusion, has made great progress in bringing the community together since she assumed the position last September.

Four engineering students work on a project in the classroom.

Minor teaches skills in engineering, entrepreneurship The Scoop

The applied sciences and engineering minor prepares students for a practical application of their skills through five core classes and electives from different science departments.

Emma Reinhardt examines a bird as she kneels in the field doing research.

Crouching researcher, hidden sparrow Features

Four UNC students spent their summer in Colorado studying Lincoln’s sparrows in search of answers to fundamental biological questions.

The jeweler's market in Peshawar.

Preserving endangered manuscripts Features

Religious studies scholar Waleed Ziad and UNC librarian Rustin Zarkar traveled to the Afghanistan-Pakistan border to work with local communities on digitizing endangered Sufi archives.

Jim White stand on a boat wearing a yellow vest.

A fall of firsts Letter from Dean

Dean Jim White shares what he's been up to since becoming dean of the College in July.

Dean White chats with students in line to take sips from the Old Well.

From Colorado to Carolina Features

Jim White, the College’s new dean, is a climate scientist and a consensus-builder.

The finished mural on the outside of the IMS building.

Mural, mural on the wall. Who’s the saltiest of them all? Finale

The Institute of Marine Sciences in Morehead City recently got a much-needed facelift in the form of a 66 by 40-foot mural three stories high.

Andy Lang gestures at a chalkboard while lecturing.

Lifelong learners and leaders Features

A new general education curriculum launched this fall at Carolina and is designed to support students as they engage in their communities and the world.