Spotlight

Developing materials that make a difference

To make a big difference, Carolina researchers start small – very small. The biggest breakthroughs come from the right atoms, in the right sequences, building the right structures. From drug-delivery implants smart enough to read the body to solar cells that turn sunlight into usable energy, the right materials are vehicles for real change. They…

Shad and Trey’s excellent adventure

Wherever Shad Albarazanji and Trey Bright are now, you can bet it’s hot. That’s because the UNC-Chapel Hill roommates and Pi Kappa Phi fraternity brothers are riding bikes 4,000 miles cross-country on Push America’s Journey of Hope. And they are taking the southernmost of three routes. It begins in Los Angeles and goes through Las…

Heart and desire

Coaches call it desire. Houston Summers refers to it more boldly as “my aggression.” As a child, he saw everything as a challenge. “Whether it was wrestling, football, baseball, basketball, it was really, really fun for me to go out there and compete,” he said. He needed that toughness to survive when in 2005, at…

Remembering D-Day

Retired Carolina professor Michael Berkut planned to spend much of Friday at home, relaxing in his easy chair. It’s a state of mind that couldn’t be more different than the one he experienced on the same day 70 years ago. On June 6, 1944, Berkut — who turns 99 later this month — was one of more…

Art in science yields fantastic images

A fantastical umbrella, a flowing robe of snowflakes and a nanoworld from a galaxy far, far away were the top winners in the sixth annual CHANL Scientific Art Competition. The Chapel Hill Analytical and Nanofabrication Laboratory sponsors the competition. Departments from across campus submitted images, and a vote by attendees at the UNC Science Expo…

Legacy of learning

Some people choose their life’s path, others seem to have their paths chosen. So it has been for UNC alumna Betty Debnam, whose strong background in journalism and education first led her toward the world of advertising copyediting and public relations. But her 12 years in the classroom as an elementary school teacher proved to…

Carolina calling

“They say you can’t go home again,

But I hear a quiet voice begin . . .

It must be Carolina calling me.”

May’s best photos: Carolina celebrates

May was a time to celebrate at Carolina for many reasons: Thousands of UNC students became Carolina alumni. Our sports teams had big wins. Seniors who are veterans, serving in the military or ROTC students commissioning received special recognition. Students and faculty alike made memories during a month packed with activities in a setting where…

Developing digital tools

John Clark’s students start with a blank wall. Within a few weeks, it’s covered with chaos. Sheets of paper sprawling with magic-marker brainstorms hang from floor to ceiling. What are the needs of the media industry, the holes that could be filled? What kinds of products could meet those needs? Over the course of a…

Expanding STEM at Carolina

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is looking to change the face of science, technology, engineering and math – by continuing to add more diverse faces in those fields. Carolina was one of three universities jointly awarded a $7.75 million grant this week for STEM education support from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute…