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SILS Welcomes Visiting Scholars

This semester, the School of Information and Library Science (SILS) welcomes at least two visiting scholars to the community. Dr. David Nichols is visiting from the University of Waikato in New Zealand. Dr. Jong Sung Kim hails from South Korea. Nichols is a senior lecturer in the Department of Computer Science at Waikato University. He is interested in webometrics… Read more »

Vimy Flight and Peter McMillan

The Vimy Expeditions: Promotional Video

November 3, 2011

Inspired by this spirit and the groundbreaking voyages of a particular WWI-era bomber plane, UNC alumnus Peter McMillan ’81 and Australian Lang Kidby undertook the challenge in 1992 of rebuilding the Vickers Vimy biplane, complete with open cockpit and cotton-covered wings, and re-creating three flights that ushered it into the history books: the first England-to-… Read more »

Vimy Flight and Peter McMillan

The Vimy Expeditions: About Peter McMillan

October 26, 2011

Peter McMillan ’81 is a vintage aircraft enthusiast who, in 1994, completed a replica of a Vickers Vimy WWI-era biplane with Australian Lang Kidby. Upon completion, the pilots of the Vimy replica, including McMillan, have since re-created three of the world’s first long-distance flights, which were completed by the Vimy in 1919 and 1920. “The… Read more »

From left, UNC Geography Professor Steve Walsh, Senior Associate Dean Jonathan Hartlyn, Dean Karen Gil and Vice Chancellor for Research Barbara Entwisle at the Galapagos Science Center.

Unique UNC Presence in Galapagos Helps Inform Conservation Debate

In the Galapagos Islands, future prosperity depends on delicately balancing growth spurred by the red-hot ecotourism trend while also protecting the environment. Home to the world-renowned Galapagos National Park, only three percent of the islands may be developed for other uses. “It’s a microcosm of contested places and spaces that suffer from the collision of conservation… Read more »

Archaeology Professor Creates New International Space Studies Program

September 1, 2010

Scott Madry, research associate professor of archaeology, has created a new space studies program for the International Space University (ISU) in Strasbourg, France. Madry will design and oversee the first Southern Hemisphere Summer Space Program in partnership with ISU and the University of South Australia in Adelaide, Australia, from Jan. 5 to Feb. 4, 2011. Madry is an expert… Read more »

Aotearoa

February 1, 2010

The first time I lifted the lid off a beehive, I was greeted by the gentle, energizing hum of beating wings, the flow of guard bees darting towards my face, and what I have come to know as the most comforting smell I’ve ever experienced—a mixture of warmed honey, fresh beeswax and nature’s sweetest nectars…. Read more »

Study Abroad at 3200 Feet

December 1, 2009

Selecting a far-away land for your travel experience is a romantic idea, filled with images of isolated beauty and untouched wonders. It is an irresistible prospect to transgress vast continents and oceans to set foot on a land your friends and family know barely anything about. Overpowered by excitement, it’s easy to glaze over the… Read more »