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Classroom is community for Pollock

Communication studies professor Della Pollock was collecting the stories of alumni of Chapel Hill’s former all-black high school for an oral history project when one man’s statement caught her off guard. “He said, ‘Y’all have studied the hell out of the black community and given nothing back!” Pollock recalls Ed Caldwell Jr. saying to her…

Entrepreneur class links innovation, liberal arts

Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick in the Wall” played as 300 students in Introduction to Entrepreneurship (Economics 125) listened. Unlike other musical pieces played at the beginning of each class during the fall 2012 semester, this one was not on the original list that Chancellor Holden Thorp and Chancellor Emeritus James Moeser had chosen. The last-minute…

Music at the front lines of war

Musicians as soldiers intrigue UNC musicologist Annegret Fauser.  During World War II,  the United States government believed in the power of music, Fauser says. So did musicians. And so did soldiers. Music as therapy. Music as entertainment. For morale. As a weapon. For Fauser, conductor Serge Koussevitzky said it best in 1942: “We, as musicians,…

A tale of courage, generosity, renewal

“The Longest Night: A Winter’s Tale” is a one-of-a-kind fulldome planetarium show that immerses its audience in a timeless fable of courage, generosity and renewal. Its story explores the concept that winter is a time for Earth to rest, waiting for new growth in the spring. The fable’s star, a young girl born into a…

Plague among us

Bill Goldman is battling the next outbreak of the plague before it happens. The plague is alive today, as evidenced by what happened in 2008, when biologist Eric York finds a dead mountain lion on the Grand Canyon’s southern rim. The lion has a bloody nose but no other signs of trauma. York performs an…

Exploring life’s limits on Earth

As part of her research into how life survives in places where it seemingly shouldn’t, Zena Cardman dove deep into a lake in British Columbia alongside researchers from NASA and the Canadian Space Agency and dug holes in the permafrost in the Arctic. The work is helping scientists determine if life exists or existed on…

American Indian Center’s “beautiful mission”

It’s in Amy Locklear Hertel’s blood to give back. “Giving back – reciprocity – is a very important value in tribal communities,” she said. Hertel, of the Lumbee and Coharie tribes, became director of Carolina’s American Indian Center in May 2012. As a high school student in Fayetteville, she could look ahead and see herself…

Life-changing work

Bruce Cairns arrives at the North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center each day with one primary concern: He wants to shut it down. “My mission here is to put us out of business,” he said. Cairns, medical director of the 21-bed center at UNC Hospitals and John Stackhouse Distinguished Professor of Surgery, would love to see…

A new title: Robertson Scholar

Sophomore Loren Shealy is a talented player on Carolina’s top-ranked field hockey team. She’s also an academic star with a 4.0 G.P.A. This year Shealy garnered a new title – Robertson Scholar. It’s a title that no other Carolina or Duke athlete has ever had. The Robertson Scholars Program is a joint undergraduate scholarship program…