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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.
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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.
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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 a year.
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Wildfire study shifts focus to helping poor communities

A new study from researchers at UNC-Chapel Hill and Stanford University examines the relationship between fire frequency and community vulnerability.
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Tar Heels build language confidence with virtual reality

Virtual reality headsets are a key ingredient in Caroline Sibley’s “Advanced Arabic” class.
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

The Faculty Council honored philosophy professor Geoffrey Sayre-McCord with the 2022-2023 Thomas Jefferson Award.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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 journal Science.
Left to right: Guy Johnson and Jacquelyn Dowd Hall on a couch and Guion Johnson on a chair in a living room. In black and white.

#Throwback: SOHP marks a milestone

The Southern Oral History Program, part of the Center for the Study of the American South, celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.
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Approaching AI through an interdisciplinary lens

As anticipation and anxiety fuel debates about artificial intelligence, UNC’s AI Project brings together scholars from philosophy, computer science and linguistics to explore its implications.
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Inside This Issue

A Campaign for the People: In our cover package, read how the Campaign for Carolina benefited students, faculty and programs across the College. ALSO INSIDE: Southern voices, Starworks, Teens and tech. Click on the magazine cover to view a reader-friendly flipbook.

Dean Jim White sits at his desk in South Building.

Letter From the Dean

Dean Jim White shares successes from the Campaign for Carolina and what's next for the College.

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Give to Carolina

With groundbreaking research linking social media habits to brain changes, the Winston National Center on Technology Use, Brain and Psychological Development also provides career training and public awareness. A $10 million gift in March 2022 from the Winston Family Foundation created the center.

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