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A visual representation of the virtual remodel of Jane Austen's desk. It features a panorama of her office: a fireplace, window, desk and chair, and decorated wall.

Jane Austen’s
 (Virtual) Desk

A new NEH grant will support UNC scholars’ creation of an immersive web environment designed to bring Jane Austen’s writing room — and her world — to life. Enter a … Read more

Spring 2023

Teens text on their smartphones.

Winston Center tackles crisis of teens and screens

With groundbreaking research linking social media habits to brain changes, the center also provides career training and public awareness. “We knew that we had done something amazing scientifically.” That’s what … Read more

Spring 2023

Outside, Diego Riveros-Iregui (left), holding a long measurement device and a student (right), gesturing to a notebook. Two students and the mountains in the background.

Carolina wins grant for climate change research in Ecuador

With a grant from the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Fund, students at UNC-Chapel Hill and Universidad San Francisco de Quito will conduct climate change research over the course of … Read more

Spring 2023

A burning log in the foreground and a thin line of pine trees and fire in the background, the entire image tinged dark orange from the wildfire.

Wildfire study shifts focus to helping poor communities

Wildfires pose a large and growing threat to communities across California, where fires are becoming more frequent and destructive. As climate change occurs, the frequency of wildfires is expected to … Read more

Spring 2023

Split image: top shows student wearing virtual reality headset, bottom shows vast stone ruins with two people in center, one standing and one sitting.

Tar Heels build language confidence with virtual reality

Virtual reality headsets are most closely connected to computer science, but they are a key ingredient in Caroline Sibley’s “Advanced Arabic” class. Though they were physically half a world apart, … Read more

Spring 2023

Geoffrey Sayre-McCord holding a book and gesturing while lecturing. Students sitting in the lecture hall visible in the background.

Sayre-McCord receives Thomas Jefferson Award

In their end-of-course comments, Geoffrey Sayre-McCord’s students describe him as “amazing,” “engaging,” “academically stimulating,” “respectful” and “brilliant” — as well as “a little goofy, as philosophy professors should be.” They … Read more

Spring 2023

Left-right: headshots of Ronit Freeman, Pedro Sáenz and Nicolas Pégard. The headshots sit on a gray background.

Sloan, Cottrell Awards given to three Carolina researchers

Three researchers in the College of Arts and Sciences won prestigious awards for early-career scientists this spring. Nicolas Pégard, an assistant professor in the department of applied physical sciences, and … Read more

Spring 2023

Headshot of Noreen McDonald

McDonald named senior associate dean

Noreen McDonald was named senior associate dean for social sciences and global programs in the College of Arts and Sciences in January. She succeeds Rudi Colloredo-Mansfeld, who completed his term … Read more

Spring 2023

Bush with pink flowers in foreground, students walking by and campus building in background.

UNC-Chapel Hill named top producer of Fulbrights

The Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs has named UNC-Chapel Hill a top-producing institution of Fulbright U.S. students. This recognition is given to the U.S. colleges and universities … Read more

Spring 2023

Collage of four headshots with names in blue lettering, left-right: Carol Arnosti, Melinda Beck, Michael Crimmins and Barbara Fredrickson.

AAAS selects four faculty as fellows

Four Carolina faculty members have been selected as 2022 fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world’s largest general scientific society and publisher of the academic … Read more

Spring 2023