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Science Without Silos: Collaboration begets innovation. Also inside: Studying oceans apart; An entrepreneurial mindset; Next acts.

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Nancy and Doug Abbey

New gift endows speaker series promoting constructive public discourse The Scoop

$8 million gift to fund Abbey Speaker Series in the UNC Program for Public Discourse.

Chloe Russell in her Steele Building office. (photo by Donn Young)

‘We’re here to champion each student’s individual story’ The Scoop

Chloe Russell (B.A. journalism and mass communication ’07) was named associate dean for academic advising in September.

Oswaldo Estrada, holding his notebook, in his office in Dey Hall.

IAH fellows explore race and place Tar Heels Up Close

The first two faculty to receive IAH Race, Memory, and Reckoning Initiative funding are Oswaldo Estrada, professor of romance studies, and John Sweet, associate professor of history.

Rachel Bangle adjusts a device in the laser labs in Murray Hall. Bright blue lights reflect, against a warm orange glow.

Where Science Meets Solutions Features

Interdisciplinary faculty research designed to tackle compelling problems is finding support from the Institute for Convergent Science in the Genome Sciences Building on campus.

Rachel Bangle works in the laser lab with a mask on and pulsing lights around her.

Chasing sunlight Features

UNC-Chapel Hill chemists are leading an effort to make next-generation liquid fuels directly from sunlight and air.

Samantha Pattenden, Paul Dayton and Sunny Kasoji wear lab coats and masks in the Triangle Biotechnology lab in Research Triangle Park.

Jump-starting startups Features

Two up-and-coming companies are receiving support through the KickStart Accelerator in the Genome Sciences Building.

Waves crash against a barrier on the Outer Banks.

Building resilience for storm-battered N.C. Features

A diverse team of researchers is addressing the long-term impact of extreme weather.

Jiayi Bao and Abhisekh Ghosh Moulick at a staircase in Abernethy Hall.

How to Think Like an Entrepreneur Features

New faculty in the Shuford Program in Entrepreneurship are helping students learn how to turn opportunity into possibility.

Vivienne Benesch in the Paul Green Theatre next to a display showing a script to introduce Edges of Time.

All Too Human Features

Amid a global pandemic, when other theaters were shutting down, PlayMakers Repertory Company programmed its first virtual season.

Adam Versényi works in his office, with a blurred effect around him.

Students, an ocean apart, study drama and the plague Features

An international online course connects students from three universities to explore how theater-makers can adapt, recover and thrive amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Rahima Benhabbour holds an AnellO PRO, a 3D printed intravaginal ring.

Rethinking drug delivery systems Tar Heels Up Close

Rahima Benhabbour’s innovative medical devices have the potential to benefit marginalized women around the globe.

Sierra Roark at her office desk at the Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum.

If plants could talk Tar Heels Up Close

Sierra Roark seeks to tell a more inclusive history by studying plant remains and the medicinal uses of plants in the South.

Michael Sparks warms his hands at the top of Mount Fuji (black and white photo).

Through a filmmaker’s lens Tar Heels Up Close

Watching the sunrise on Mount Fuji is among the memorable experiences in senior Michael Sparks award-winning film about his trip to Japan.

Rebecca Darwin smiles and holds a copy of Garden & Gun magazine.

Publishing pioneer Tar Heels Up Close

Alumna Rebecca Wesson Darwin redefined Southern magazines with the award-winning Garden & Gun.

Donald Haggis holds a copy of Hippocrates on Head Wounds by Maury Hanson.

A doctor’s love of ancient medicine leads to gift for classics department The Scoop

When Maury Hanson died at age 100 last spring, he bequeathed an unrestricted planned gift to the department of classics and to University Libraries.