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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) … Continued

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 … Continued

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 … Continued

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 … Continued

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 … Continued

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 … Continued

Fall 2020



Ben Kaiser standing in the Morehead Observatory

A MythBusters approach to life

For up-and-coming astrophysicist Ben Kaiser, a desire to figure things out for himself has led to a career investigating the far reaches of our universe.   As a kid, Ben … Continued

Fall 2020



Klaus Mayr with recording equipment outside the Chapel Hill Public Library.

Listening in

A senior in geography and history uses audio storytelling to enlighten and engage. NASA’s Perseverance rover blasted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on July 30, headed for Mars. … Continued

Fall 2020



Daniel Matute at his microscope in his home lab.

Resilient mindsets

Finding answers to big questions about evolution requires a particular mindset. For biologist Daniel Matute, that mindset includes a trait often found in our planet’s hardiest organisms: resiliency. How do … Continued

Fall 2020



Photo of Jennifer Morton

Supporting ‘strivers’

Philosopher Jennifer Morton focuses on grit, resilience and effective ways to support disadvantaged college students. On the first day of class each semester, associate professor of philosophy Jennifer Morton tells … Continued

Fall 2020