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The rotunda of the Russell Senate Office Building.

15 Weeks in D.C. Features

For 15 weeks every spring, students in the UNC Honors Seminar on Public Policy and Global Affairs in Washington, D.C. spend four days a week at prestigious internships in the city’s corridors of power.

Don Baer in his office

Interns Meet Former White House Communications Chief Features

Alumnus Don Baer has been involved with the UNC public policy internship program for the past three years, sharing career advice and Chapel Hill anecdotes with the students.

Katharine Aha, seated at a table in the Graham Memorial Building lounge.

Analyzing political accountability abroad Features, Student Up Close

Druscilla French Fellowship helps Ph.D. candidate Katharine Aha advance her research on ethnic minority coalitions in East-Central Europe.

Kevin Guskiewicz, Ed Samulski, Chris Clemens and more look over early design concepts of the Institute for convergent Science

The right chemistry Letter from the Dean

As the dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, I have gained a new appreciation for the stellar chemistry faculty we have at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Mike Wiley in the rehearsal hall of the Joan H. Gillings Center for Dramatic Art.

Shining a spotlight on African-American history Tar Heels Up Close

Mike Wiley was a young actor in 1999 when he discovered a historic tale that inspired him to write his first play. It changed his life.

American studies assistant professor Ben Frey at his computer with a coffee pot and surrounding mugs. Words in Cherokee is written on the board behind him.

Saving an Endangered Language Features, Tar Heels Up Close

Sociolinguistic scholar Ben Frey helps revitalize Cherokee.

Bill and Marcie Ferris, in the kitchen of their Chapel Hill home, will retire at the end of the spring semester, but Bill promises “we’ll continue our support for students and for UNC." (photo by Donn Young)

Dynamic Duo Features, Tar Heels Up Close

Faculty couple Bill Ferris and Marcie Cohen Ferris are retiring, but their collective contributions to Southern studies and support for the university they love is far from over.

A grant from the Clare Boothe Luce Program will support new graduate fellowships for women in chemistry. The program, with a mentoring component, will be led by Jillian Dempsey (right). (photo by Jon Gardiner)

Luce grant supports female chemists Features

Encouraging women chemists to pursue academic careers is a priority of the chemistry department. A recent $300,000 grant from the Clare Boothe Luce Program will support new graduate fellowships for women in chemistry and create a mentoring program to support them while they are at UNC.

Maurice Bursey (center in this undated photo) wrote the departmental history Carolina Chemists, published in 1982, and another book seven years later on Francis P. Venable. (photo courtesy of N.C. Collection, University Libraries)

Chemistry Milestones, 1818 – 2018 Features

Milestones of Carolina chemistry, from 1818 to 2018.

Bo Li is one of Carolina chemistry’s rising young stars. Behind her is Royce Murray, who has been with the department for nearly six decades and for whom Murray Hall is named. (phot

Chemistry at Carolina: Two centuries forever young Features

In April, Carolina chemistry will celebrate its 200th birthday. A key secret to reaching this venerable milestone and achieving an international reputation has been to invest in generations of promising young scientists like Bo Li and to provide them with the tools they need to thrive.

The National High School Ethics Bowl gives student teams from across the United States the chance to exercise their philosophical and ethical muscles as they analyze topical issues. (photo courtesy of The Parr Center for Ethics)

Parr Center for Ethics wins $10,000 award to support Ethics Bowl The Scoop

The Parr Center for Ethics has received a $10,000 diversity and inclusiveness grant from the American Philosophical Association to support the National High School Ethics Bowl.

The FedEx Global Education Center is a vibrant hub for many of the College’s and University’s global programs. (photo by Kristen Chavez). Pictured is a cake that says "Celebrate 10 Years: FedEx Global Education Center."

FedEx Global Education Center celebrates 10 years The Scoop

The 2017-2018 academic year marks the 10th anniversary of the FedEx Global Education Center. The diverse work of the units within the building makes a global impact here and abroad.

Victoria Bautch (seated, center) with members of her research lab.

Bautch receives $6 million NIH outstanding investigator award The Scoop

Victoria Bautch, chair of the biology department, has been awarded a $6 million Outstanding Investigator Award from the National Institutes of Health’s National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NIH-NHLBI).

#Throwback: This 1986 photo shows Colin Palmer (second row, fourth from right). , with his history department colleagues. That year he became the first African-American to chair a department at UNC. Did you take a class with Professor Palmer? We’d love to hear from you. Email us at (photo courtesy of Universtiy Libraries)

Pioneering professor honored for contributions to UNC The Scoop

Colin Palmer became the first African-American chair of a department at UNC-Chapel Hill when he was appointed to lead the history department in 1986, a post he held until 1991.

Yaiza Canzani’s Sloan Fellowship, awarded to “the next generation of scientific leaders,” is the first Sloan for the mathematics department in about 10 years. (photo courtesy of Yaiza Canzani)

Mathematics’ Yaiza Canzani named a Sloan Fellow ‘rising star’ The Scoop

Yaiza Canzani, an assistant professor of mathematics in UNC’s College of Arts & Sciences, has been awarded a 2018 Sloan Research Fellowship.