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Carolina in my mind (online exclusive)

As we move to remote teaching, learning and working, many of us are missing these views. As an online-only Finale, here are some virtual backgrounds to use for your meetings, classes and more.
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Discovering a new fundamental underwater force

A team of mathematicians from UNC-Chapel Hill and Brown University has discovered a new fundamental underwater force.
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University adds new Korean studies major

Thirteen years after 23 students enrolled in the first Korean language class at Carolina, the University has added a major in Korean studies.
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Meaning of emotions may differ across the world

Psychology researchers from UNC-Chapel Hill studied languages around the world and found that the meaning of emotions may differ across speakers of different languages.
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A virtual museum of ancient N.C. history

Ancient North Carolinians is a new virtual museum that raises awareness of the 15,000-year history of North Carolina’s indigenous populations.
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Mellon-funded fellows develop new public humanities projects

The inaugural class of Humanities Futures undergraduate fellows began work this spring as part of the Humanities for the Public Good initiative.
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Estimating the global extent of river ice loss

A new study from UNC-Chapel Hill researchers found that annual river ice cover will decline by about six days for every one degree Celsius increase in global temperatures.
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#Throwback: Happy 100 years, sociology

Sociology marks its centennial birthday this year.
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Transformational gift to fund sports medicine complex

A transformational gift from Don and Billie Stallings will fund the physical expansion of current University programs dedicated to sports medicine, sport-related traumatic brain injury and concussion research, and create the Stallings-Evans Sports Medicine Complex.
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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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The Frog Family

Every summer, biologists Karin and David Pfennig, along with their daughters, conduct fieldwork on spadefoot toads.
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Sleuths in the Archives

Students in an Honors undergraduate seminar spent last semester trying to understand how the University survived financially, in part, from the sale of enslaved people.
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Read more books: Spring 2020

Explore good reads from faculty and alumni.
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The Lion of Greenlaw

After teaching for 53 years at Carolina, professor Christopher Armitage turns the page on his next chapter.
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Good eating and good reading

From Appalachia to Virginia’s Eastern Shore to Southern roadside eats, three books by Carolina writers celebrate food, glorious (Southern) food.
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Countering antisemitism

“Topics in Jewish Studies: Confronting Antisemitism” is a new, one-credit-hour course that takes a broad look at antisemitism in history, our contemporary world and on campus.
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Working together

In its 227-year history, Carolina has witnessed a number of events that rocked the world, from world wars to the Spanish flu of 1918. Whatever challenges lie ahead, I am confident that we will rally as Tar Heels have always done.
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Terry Rhodes is handed the baton

Brava! to the new dean of the College of Arts & Sciences.
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Sharing Jewish life and culture across the state

Barry and Jan Schochet created a fund to share Jewish life and culture throughout the state.
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Bringing sociology to the business world

Lindsay Guzowski established a graduate student excellence fund to support graduate students in sociology who are pursuing careers outside of academia — just like she did.
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Inside This Issue

The Frog Family: The Pfennigs dig amphibians. Plus: The Lion of Greenlaw; Sleuths in the Archives and more. Read this issue as a PDF.

Terry Rhodes, at the piano, plays music with three students

Letter From the Dean

In its 227-year history, Carolina has witnessed a number of events that rocked the world, from world wars to the Spanish flu of 1918. Whatever challenges lie ahead, I am confident that we will rally as Tar Heels have always done.

Jodi Magness discusses her Huqoq mosaics research at Wayne Community College.

Give to Carolina

In partnership with the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies and Carolina Public Humanities, 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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