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A Day in the Life of a Dolphin Researcher

November 6, 2017

Since she was 14 years old, Liah McPherson has studied the lives of wild dolphins. This past summer, the freediving fanatic and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill junior worked as a field assistant for The Wild Dolphin Project in … Continued

Rachel Willis Helps Port Communities Cope with the Impact of Climate Change

October 6, 2017

Orange traffic cones surround a fluorescent yellow-garbed construction worker on NC-12. He raises his hand perpendicular to the roadway, signaling to slow down with a weathered red stop sign. As cars speed past in the left-hand lane, enormous cranes on ocean barges lift heavy beams onto a bridge being built alongside the existing one.

Life Cycle of a Renaissance Painting Comes Into View at the Ackland

August 14, 2017

If a picture is worth 1,000 words, what is a nearly 500-year-old painting worth? “Portrait of a Young Lady” sat in storage at the Ackland Art Museum since its arrival there in 1968, until UNC art history professor Christoph Brachmann pulled it from the vaults last year. He immediately sensed the possible importance of this piece, thought to be created in 1522 by Barthel Bruyn.

Exploring Carolina’s Connection to Deep Space

July 20, 2017

In the fall of 2018, when the James Webb Space Telescope launches to an orbit four times farther away than the Moon, it will have an unprecedented ability to see distant events and objects in the universe. Six times larger than the Hubble … Continued

Willis’ Research Focuses on Port Planning for Climate Change

June 26, 2017

Rachel Willis is a professor of American studies, global studies, and economics within the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill College of Arts & Sciences. Her research focuses on how sea-level rise, drought, and increased storm severity threaten port communities, influence … Continued