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Giving voice to the marginalized

A graduate student is using digital humanities tools to examine musical recordings from prisons in the American South to bring the true stories of the recordings to light.
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Leader, advocate, entrepreneur

Service is the thread that runs through Chris Suggs’ endeavors, from founding an organization to help teens in his hometown to serving as president of the Black Student Movement at UNC-Chapel Hill.
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Preserving an accurate visual history

An art historian is leading efforts to inform decision-makers about the historical implications of digital reproduction methods, particularly for people of color.
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Molecule maker

Polymer chemist Frank Leibfarth is rethinking plastics, with a focus on sustainability.
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India rising

An international economist is the director of a new initiative that will advance knowledge and understanding of India’s emergence as an economic powerhouse.
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Singing to heal and connect

Carolina alumnus founds Chicago-area choirs for adults with early-stage memory loss.
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Legal Falcon

Mike Egan oversaw construction of the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, host of the 2019 Super Bowl.
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Unfettered curiosity

Frank Bruni's wide-ranging career began with a stint at The Daily Tar Heel.
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Text and textile

A Ph.D. student’s innovative dissertation weaves together scholarship, fabric and storytelling in an immersive art installation.
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Non-binary code

A Chancellor’s Science Scholar is helping to diversify the computer industry by building a visible community of LGBTQ professionals in the coding world.
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Affordable housing may be a click away

UNC scholars will develop an app to help low-income families find affordable homes in better neighborhoods.
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Master of adaptation

Ronit Freeman’s research crosses interdisciplinary boundaries and has potential applications in diagnostics, drug delivery and more.
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Secret science

UNC alumna was among “The Girls of Atomic City” who worked on the development of the first atomic bomb.
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Driving change at Uber

Monica Parham ’90 leads diversity and inclusion efforts at the multinational technology company based in San Francisco.

Inside This Issue

The Frog Family: The Pfennigs dig amphibians

Letter From the Dean

This issue celebrates the tenacity of our first-generation students — and a few of the uniquely Carolina programs that support them during their time on campus

Give to Carolina

In partnership with the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies and Carolina Public Humanities, the Barry and Jan Schochet created the Sidney and Mary Schochet Family Series on Jewish Life and Culture, which supports UNC-Chapel Hill faculty travel to community colleges throughout the state to present their research, particularly on topics related to Judaism.


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