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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 Features

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.”

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

BME i4 contest weds innovation, entrepreneurship Features

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 business, law and manufacturing.

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

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

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.

Barber Brian Toulan gives Langden Ramseur a haircut

Barbershop Talk Features

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

Students in a field geology class on a hike in California

Creating student scientists: A five-year plan Features

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 their analytical and problem-solving skills to tackle real-world problems.

Long shadows in Badwater, Death Valley

Sci-Why Features

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

Sunset over a pier

Keepers of our coast Features

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.

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

High-tech fluids lab attracts waves of research partners Features

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

Faculty and students in a class in Greenlaw Hall

Creating a buzz about health humanities Features

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.

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

‘Spork Lab’ tackles password security Features

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.

Patricia McAnany looks at a document

Helping students explore being Maya Features

Maya from the Margins connects anthropologists and librarians in North Carolina and Mexico to teach students about their Maya identity.

Jan Chambers, Glaire Anderson and Laura Miller hold a facsimile of an 11th-century Arabic manuscript

Flight of fancy Features

An art historian, a costume designer, a math biologist, a biomedical engineer and a team of undergraduate researchers unite to reimagine a breathtaking 9th-century flying experiment —and make a notable contribution to early aviation history.

Jan Chambers' sketches based on Abbas Ibn Firnas' designs

Synergy Unleashed: Exploring the potential of interdisciplinary mashups Features

In the College of Arts & Sciences, we believe that the whole is indeed greater than the sum of its parts, which is why we are removing the barriers that prevent creative collaborations across disciplines.

Kevin Guskiewicz

Yes, and… Letter from the Dean

The first rule of improv – and a principle that has increasingly been adopted by organizations as a powerful team-building tool – is “yes, and ….” It refers to building upon what has come before and encourages the sharing of ideas, opening the door to true collaboration

Illustration of the exterior of the Irregardless cafe

A chef and a philosopher Tar Heels Up Close

Arthur Gordon, owner of Irregardless Café, is a pioneer in the local food movement.