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Can sustainable plastics clean our plastic-polluted water?

UNC researchers across disciplines are harnessing the power of a new plastic to remove pollutants from drinking water. Their work just got a significant boost from the state legislature. Inventing … Continued

Spring 2022



Nikki Salazar at Cap de Formentor-Pollença on Mallorca Island. She smiles at the camera with the water in the background.

Reopening the world

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. The UNC in Sevilla cohort … Continued

Spring 2022



The Polio Project

 A mysterious disease. Stressed-out health care workers. The race for a vaccine. Southern Oral History Program students probe memories of an earlier pandemic to better understand the current one. Oral … Continued

Spring 2022



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A space to talk about hard things

The award-winning National High School Ethics Bowl teaches students how to thoughtfully engage with divisive topics — and with one another. Is it OK to “ghost” someone you’ve been dating? … Continued

Spring 2022



closeup of diverse plant life in the paramo.

Perseverance in the Páramo

This past summer, Tessa Davis, Kriddie Whitmore and Liz Farquhar spent two months conducting research at the Cayambe Coca Ecological Reserve. Located about 45 minutes outside of Quito, Ecuador, the … Continued

Fall 2021



Deck of a ship with people on it and equipment.

A merger of land and sea

Union of geological and marine sciences disciplines erases artificial boundaries. Undergraduate student Joey Carter wades into Albemarle Sound to deploy instruments for research on how waves are impacting living shorelines. … Continued

Fall 2021



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A (Really) Big Birthday Bash

The department of English and comparative literature celebrates 225 years of rhetoric, writing, film and literature at UNC-Chapel Hill in October. The department ties its history to the founding of … Continued

Fall 2021



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

Students, an ocean apart, study drama and the plague

An international online course connects students from three universities to explore how theater-makers can adapt, recover and thrive amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The first page of the syllabus for Adam … Continued

Spring 2021



Vivienne Benesch sits on the Paul Green Theatre stage, which is designed for

All Too Human

PlayMakers Repertory Company’s 45th season has been a season like no other. Amid a global pandemic, when other theaters were shutting down, the company programmed its first virtual season. With … Continued

Spring 2021



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

How to Think Like an Entrepreneur

New faculty in the Shuford Program in Entrepreneurship are bringing their backgrounds in public policy and creative teaching methods to help students learn how to think like an entrepreneur, and … Continued

Spring 2021