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Cover of the spring 2022 Carolina Arts & Sciences features Nikki Salazar, an undergraduate student, in Barcelona, Spain.

Re-opening the World: Study Abroad’s COVID playbook. ALSO INSIDE: Pollution-cleaning plastics. Tackling tough subjects. Pandemic parallels.

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When creative arts and political science collide Tar Heels Up Close

One high school civics class changed everything for senior Jade Neptune, who created a nonprofit to support students’ extracurricular interests.

David Gardner smiling in front of a stone building

‘Chief Rule Breaker’ Tar Heels Up Close

David Gardner, co-founder of The Motley Fool, says his English degree helped him in creating financial advice that is accessible to people of all backgrounds and experience levels.

Headshot of Bashima Islam

‘Take risks and dream big’ Tar Heels Up Close

Forbes recently tapped rising star computer scientist Bashima Islam for its “30 under 30” list in science.

A women on a ladder in a bookstore surrounded by shelves of books.

Grab a cup of coffee or tea: Enjoy new books from College faculty, alumni Chapter & Verse

Expand your bookshelf as you enjoy more books in this issue.

A mindset of service Tar Heels Up Close

Former “Lost Boy of Sudan” is pursuing a doctorate in public policy to help advance peace and community in his home country.

A space to talk about hard things Features

The award-winning National High School Ethics Bowl teaches students how to thoughtfully engage with divisive topics — and with one another.

Susie Penman (left) and Caroline Efird in Wilson Library.

The Polio Project Features

Southern Oral History Program students probed memories of polio to better understand the COVID-19 pandemic.

An old black & white photo of IMS researchers on a boat in Morehead City

#Throwback: IMS turns 75 The Scoop

The Institute of Marine Sciences in Morehead City (part of the department of earth, marine and environmental sciences) celebrates a 75th birthday this year!

Headshot of Kennedy Miller

Senior music and English major named Marshall Scholar The Scoop

Kennedy Miller, a senior studying vocal performance and English, has been named Carolina’s 22nd Marshall Scholar.

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Clemens named UNC’s chief academic officer The Scoop

Chris Clemens, Jaroslav Folda Distinguished Professor of Physics and Astronomy, was named UNC provost — the University’s chief academic officer — in February.

Nikki at Cap de Formentor in Spain

Reopening the world Features

UNC’s Study Abroad Office adapted its programming during the pandemic, creating new global learning opportunities for students at home while helping others travel internationally safely.

A photo of Ront Freeman in a lab

Sugar-coated test takes advantage of COVID-19’s sweet tooth The Scoop

An interdisciplinary team led by scientists from UNC-Chapel Hill and the University of California, San Diego have designed a rapid and sensitive lateral flow assay that has the potential to become the gold standard for the detection of SARS-CoV-2 variants.

Headshot of Peter Hansen

Economist forecasts omicron’s infectiousness The Scoop

Building on statistical methods from econometrics Peter Hansen built a model to estimate the infectiousness of new COVID viral variants and better predict case numbers once a new variant emerges.

A group of three people sitting around a table during a meeting

AAU award will support development of STEM teaching evaluation models The Scoop

The Association of American Universities has selected five STEM departments at America’s leading research universities, including the department of biology to host demonstration projects in the evaluation of undergraduate teaching.

Students play "Layers of Fear" during their "Horror and the Global Gothic: Film, Literature, Theory" class in the Greenlaw Gameroom on January 31, 2020. (Megan May/UNC Research)

NEH grant will help develop critical games studies minor The Scoop

Courtney Rivard’s NEH grant will support a yearlong curricular development and faculty training program on teaching with games. The grant will lead to the development of a critical games studies minor.