Spotlight

A home on the screen

When UNC journalism professor Paul Cuadros moved to North Carolina in 1999 to write about the Latino migration in the South, he never expected that he would form and then coach a high school state championship soccer team. He did, though, and then he wrote about the experience in his 2006 book “A Home on…

A life-changing experience for students

Though she had been a Carolina fan all her life, Sierra Atwater had been reluctant to attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She had grown up nearby in Pittsboro and her parents are Carolina alumni. Atwater had wanted to move farther away and create her own college experience, not relive that of…

‘Wisest man in the room’

Charles Daye has accomplished many things in his 70 years, but one task stands out as a source of recurring satisfaction. “One of the things I like to do is mow my lawn,” Daye said. “The thing about it is, after you are done, you can look around and see the results immediately.” As he…

Spiritual practicality

“I’ve learned to think in a way that does not restrict or position me into one particular career, but has opened a lifetime of possibilities for how I want to use my training.” That’s how Dustin Rawlings summed up his experience in the dual graduate degree program through UNC’s School of Social Work and Duke…

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…