Spotlight

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.

Man of 1,000 faces

Fans know him as the man of 1,000 faces. For nearly a quarter-century, Ray Dooley has been the mainstay of the PlayMakers Repertory Company stage; his body of work, a kaleidoscope of shifting form and muse. During the 2011–12 season alone, he played nine different characters. He went from Selsdon Mowbray in the 1982 comedy…

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…

Mending a child’s heart

Eight-year-old Maryam of Afghanistan has been adapting to American life this summer – swinging at the playground, eating hamburgers, playing at the beach and spending some time at a bowling alley. She’s also been well cared for by N.C. Children’s Hospital staff, who this month fixed a hole in Maryam’s heart. Maryam and five other…