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Alexandra Odum pictured smiling on UNC-Chapel Hill's campus.

Adding nuance to incomplete narratives

Can pinpointing the right narrative for a documentary lead to addressing the achievement gap in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City School System?
Ryan Smith pictured smiling behind a brick wall background

A drive to serve and achieve

Chancellor’s Science Scholar Ryan Smith helps make science and technology accessible for underrepresented middle school students.
Lisa Dickey pictured standing in front of an audience lecturing.

The ghostwriter

Lisa Dickey has collaborated with U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth, First Lady Jill Biden and other well-known figures to produce best-sellers.
Hakeem Smith pictured standing outside of an Amazon fulfillment site with the sign reading in Czech foreign language

The global problem-solver

Working for Amazon in Prague, Hakeem Smith uses analytical skills gained through UNC’s TransAtlantic Master’s Program.
Raj Panjabi pictured assisting a malnourished child.

Fighting malaria is personal

Raj Panjabi was tapped by President Joe Biden to lead an initiative seeking to eradicate the mosquito-borne disease worldwide.
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.
Clara Yang pictured smiling in a dress in the woods, surrounded by trees and leafs on the ground

Creating sound stories

Pianist Clara Yang elevates the voices of underrepresented Black and female composers on stage and in the classroom.

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.
Cover of the Carolina Arts & Sciences magazine fall 2021 features three young women in Ecuador standing in front of a volcano. The text on the cover reads: Lessons from the Andes: High-impact research at high altitudes. ALSO INSIDE: Land and sea unite, English at 225, Seeing patterns in data.

Inside This Issue

Lessons from the Andes: High-impact research at high altitudes. ALSO INSIDE: Land and sea unite, English at 225, Seeing patterns in data. Click on the magazine cover to view a reader-friendly flipbook.

Dean Terry Rhodes poses with students after a boat trip.

Letter From the Dean

At the beginning of the semester, I took a field trip to the North Carolina coast to attend Rachel Noble’s undergraduate class, “Human Impacts on Estuarine Processes.”

Thomas Wadden pictured in a black and white 1976 class photo

Give to Carolina

“I received a priceless education at Carolina,” said Thomas Wadden (Ph.D. '81), whose support will help graduate students in clinical psychology. Wadden is a clinical psychologist and educator who is known for his research in behavioral medicine and health psychology.

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