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How do you spell competition?

On a recent Friday night, spectators showed their tickets, took their seats and prepared for an evening of back-and-forth exchanges that would eventually determine a champion. But this crowd wasn’t gathered to watch numbers move on a scoreboard. Its focus was letters, and lots of them. In a town where sporting events often take center…

The dementia tour

Dementia is more than a disease — it’s a tragic mystery. For people struggling with dementia, the biggest questions: what helps? what doesn’t help? There is no way to know. More than 6 million Americans have Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia. No cure has been found, and families often rely on professional caretakers to…

Communidad y familia

The Latina/o Peer Mentoring Program seeks out first-year students who identify with Latina/o origin on their applications and offers them a familia (family) – not just a student or faculty mentor, but both, and then some.

Refrigerator mothers & computer geeks

The roles of mothers and fathers of autistic children, how adults with autism view themselves, how gender shapes discussions about autism. Jordynn Jack, associate professor in Carolina’s Department of English and Comparative Literature, looks at these subjects and more in Autism and Gender: From Refrigerator Mothers to Computer Geeks. This second book for Jack, who…

Celebrating undergraduate research

After months of data analysis, literature reviews, interviews and experiements, more than 140 Carolina students presented their research findings this week at the 15th annual Celebration of Undergraduate Research at the Frank Porter Graham Student Union. “Our undergraduate students’ research interests have great depth and breadth, and it was wonderful to learn something new from…

Taking the clinic to the streets

Every Thursday, a group of UNC psychiatrists leave campus and head to Franklin Street armed with plastic bags of tiny shampoos and travel toothpaste tubes, washcloths and bars of soap, thick new socks and knit hats. For the afternoon, the street is a moving clinic of sorts where Annie Kelly, clinical associate professor of psychiatry,…

Research double-time

Olivia Eskew’s research interests took her from the Galápagos Islands to conducting research in a faculty member’s laboratory that may help people with chronic pain. She will graduate in May, having been named second author on two research studies. Water quality in a setting where clean water is in short supply was the focus of…

Helping students find their voice

Two-time Carolina alumna Ada Wilson didn’t anticipate that her dream of aiding underserved communities would lead her where it did, but the work she does is both dear to her and life-changing for many Carolina students. After earning her undergraduate degree in journalism and mass communication at UNC-Chapel Hill, Wilson remained at Carolina to earn…

Adults with autism a TEACCH focus

When Carolina’s TEACCH Autism Program began in 1972, one in 2,500 children were diagnosed with ASD, or Autism Spectrum Disorder. Since then, the community of individuals with ASD has steadily grown. By 2002, 1 in 150 children were diagnosed, and by 2008, that statistic was 1 in 88. Along with that growth came deeper awareness…

Finding fresh water

How much fresh water is there around the world? The question seems like it would have an easy answer but UNC’s Tamlin Pavelsky will tell you that’s not the case. It turns out, if we need to know, for example, the total amount of water flowing through our rivers, the best estimate available could be…