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Mariana Olvera pictured smiling beside her computer showing a mathematical model. She is sitting in front of a whiteboard filled with formulas.

Seeing patterns in the data

Mariana Olvera-Cravioto uses mathematical models to understand complex topics. She hopes the new data science minor will make data more accessible to students. If you type “UNC” into Google, chances … Read more

Fall 2021

Clara Yang pictured smiling in a dress in the woods, surrounded by trees and leafs on the ground

Creating sound stories

Pianist and UNC music department faculty member Clara Yang elevates the voices of underrepresented Black and female composers on stage and in the classroom. When Clara Yang sits down at … Read more

Fall 2021

Understanding the ‘war on terror’

An expert on global terrorism uses a long lens to explain what happened in Afghanistan — and what might happen elsewhere. Navin Bapat had already begun to research terrorism as … Read more

Fall 2021

Jim Tanner

A champion for athletes

Jim Tanner is certified as an agent by the NBA and has represented multiple former Tar Heels as clients. Of the dozens of athletes, coaches and broadcasters he has represented … Read more

Spring 2021

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

Publishing pioneer

Alumna Rebecca Wesson Darwin redefined Southern magazines with the award-winning Garden & Gun. “Garden” and “gun” are words that don’t seem to go together, but Rebecca Wesson Darwin (history ’75) … Read more

Spring 2021

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

Through a filmmaker’s lens

Watching the sunrise on Mount Fuji is among the memorable experiences in senior Michael Sparks award-winning film about his trip to Japan. Michael Sparks ’21, a communication studies and computer … Read more

Spring 2021

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

If plants could talk

Sierra Roark seeks to tell a more inclusive history by studying plant remains and the medicinal uses of plants in the South. Through her archaeological work examining plant remains from … Read more

Spring 2021

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

Rethinking drug delivery systems

Rahima Benhabbour’s innovative medical devices have the potential to benefit marginalized women around the globe.  Listening to Rahima Benhabbour describe the research in her lab feels a bit like peering … Read more

Spring 2021

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

IAH fellows explore race and place

The Institute for the Arts and Humanities’ Faculty Fellowship Program provides semester-long leaves for faculty to pursue research and creative work. In 2019, the institute announced it would award additional … Read more

Spring 2021

Joe Puccio at his laptop.

Creative computing

Entrepreneur Joe Puccio ’16 developed an app to help students plan their class schedule. Coursicle now has 400,000 users across the United States and Canada. Securing a spot in courses … Read more

Fall 2020