Hitting the gap, UNC in stride

Amy Dingler came to Carolina from another Fayetteville, the one in Georgia. But instead of heading due north to arrive in Chapel Hill, as one would expect, Dingler’s route took her in a different direction — through India, Hungary and Madagascar, with a detour through Europe. As one of UNC’s first Global Gap Year Fellows,…

Helping and healing

New Year, New Faces: First-year student Allie Polk spent seven weeks conducting research at the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C.

Science scholars start new tradition

This summer, the two dozen incoming scholars participated in a science and math boot camp designed to prepare them for the rigors of a program meant to shape and help create the innovators of the future.

Beach bacteria

“When a beach is closed, what we’re really saying is that based on yesterday’s water sample, we’re closing the beach today,” says UNC-Chapel Hill marine microbiologist Rachel Noble. “It’s archaic. You’re just telling people that yesterday they swam in contaminated water.” That’s because the standard water-quality test used at beaches around the country takes time. Lab…

Beekeeping in Brooklyn

Surely Kate Grady must be in the wrong neighborhood. It was the hottest day she could remember. As the July sun baked the pavement of the Greenpoint neighborhood of Brooklyn, N.Y., she passed warehouse after warehouse. She was looking for a large patch of green here? Finally, she stumbled upon a huge, windowless building with…