College of Arts and Sciences

Kip Thorne giving a lecture

Nobel Laureate Shares His Love of Science and Art in Campus Talk

February 26, 2019

Kip Thorne, a professor of theoretical physics emeritus at Caltech, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2017 for his contributions to the observation of gravitational waves. He was also an executive producer on Christopher Nolan’s 2014 film Interstellar. On February 21, he spoke to a crowded audience at Carolina about how he combines his love of science with art.

Associate Dean for Study Abroad and International Exchange Heather Ward: ‘Study Abroad Is Not an Extra’

January 28, 2019

Heather Ward, who became the new associate dean for study abroad and international exchanges in UNC-Chapel Hill’s College of Arts & Sciences in January, will never forget the moment the value of her first study abroad experience clicked for her. As a sophomore at Vanderbilt University, she was spending the spring semester at the University… Read more »

Scott Emmons Named Churchill Scholar

January 22, 2019

Scott Emmons, a fourth-year student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has been named a recipient of the prestigious Churchill Scholarship, a research-focused award that provides funding to outstanding American students for a year of master’s degree study in science, mathematics and engineering at Churchill College, based at the University of Cambridge… Read more »

Combating Fake News: UNC Team Wins International Competition for Their Fact-Checking System

The increasing concern over misinformation and “fake news” in the marketplace of ideas has stimulated research efforts on automatic fact-checking via machine learning and natural language processing methods. A UNC-Chapel Hill computer science team, led by assistant professor Mohit Bansal, won first place in the first international Fact Extraction and Verification (FEVER) Challenge in Brussels, Belgium. The… Read more »

Three Students Selected As 2019 Weir Fellows

October 29, 2018

Three students from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill were selected as recipients of the 2019 William D. Weir Honors Fellowship in Asian Studies, a program designed for students who have started their Chinese language journey and would like to develop advanced working language skills. Second-year students Mattias Miller and Owen Warmuth and… Read more »

Gokyo Lakes, Nepal

Science, Spirituality and Synergy in Nepal

September 25, 2018

In a three-week journey from Chapel Hill to the Himalayas to study the effects of climate change on Buddhist holy lakes, two mathematicians, a marine scientist and a religious studies scholar overcame multiple challenges and proved the value of an interdisciplinary team. “It is not the mountains that we conquer, but ourselves.” — Sir Edmund Hillary,… Read more »

Celebrating Latin Jazz with a New Festival

September 24, 2018

The UNC Department of Music has been celebrating the intersection between Latin and jazz music for years, but this year is special. Professors Stephen Anderson, Juan Álamo and David Garcia each have a unique Latin music repertoire that they bring to the department. Now, the trio is putting their events together with the help of… Read more »