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Spring campus scene on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. April 17, 2018. (Jon Gardiner/UNC-Chapel Hill)

When national and international media need experts to comment on and analyze news and trends, they turn to Carolina faculty and alumni. Of course, College of Arts & Sciences faculty members often make news of their own with groundbreaking research findings. Here are just a few examples; see more at

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“With the last couple of referendums, Ireland and Dublin have embraced their new presentation as an inclusive, progressive and loving place.” — Andy Reynolds, professor of political science, on gay rights in Dublin and LGBT-friendly cities. Reynolds is the author of The Children of Harvey Milk: How LGBTQ Politicians Changed the World


NBC News

“Find a phrase that speaks to you to remind yourself that negativity cascades do end. ‘This too shall pass’ is one that can work in many different circumstances. ‘At least I’m not in this alone’ is another that fits in almost every circumstance.” — Barbara Fredrickson, Kenan Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, on things you can do to recover from setbacks


WRAL-TV (Raleigh)

“There are so many students that come into this space and never thought they would learn to use a power tool. We call it an ‘empower tool’ because there’s a personal growth that goes on when you are suddenly using something you were scared of.” — Rich Superfine, BeAM faculty director and chair of applied physical sciences, on the maker movement at Carolina


CBC Radio-Canada

“If you can carry on your shoulders the voiceless people with whom you’ve worked and given them a voice and etched their names, as Faulkner would say, ‘on the face of oblivion’ for the future then you’ve lived a good life and you’ve done as much as possible to make the world a better place.” — William Ferris, history professor emeritus, whose Voices of Mississippi: Artists and Musicians won two Grammy Awards


PBS News Hour
“Since the mid-’90s, these storm events have increased both in frequency and also in severity. With all that rainfall, we’re obviously also getting a lot of nutrient discharge that’s coming out of the watersheds.” — Hans Paerl, marine scientist, on why coastal Carolina may never recover from its intensifying hurricanes



“Of the many factors that make up your worldview, one is more fundamental than any other in determining which side of the [political] divide you gravitate toward: your perception of how dangerous the world is.” — Political scientists Marc Hetherington and Jonathan Weiler, authors of Prius or Pickup: How the Answers to Four Simple Questions Explain America’s Great Divide















Published in the Spring 2019 issue | The Scoop

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