Polar Regions News

UNC Alumna Zena Cardman Selected for NASA’s New Astronaut Class

June 7, 2017

Life-changing moments can come when you least expect them. On a hot August afternoon, Zena Cardman is working on her laptop from the comfort of her couch when she feels her phone buzz. The screen displays a number she doesn’t recognize — an area code from Houston, Texas. She hesitates to answer, thinking it might be a marketing call.

Out and About: LGBTQ Abroad

April 10, 2016

For many who identify as LGBTQ, the prospect of studying abroad can seem both incredibly enriching and downright terrifying. UNC linguistics major and Phillips Ambassador Grant King ’17 weighs in on how to navigate the world as an LGBTQ-identified person.

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Professor Receives Award to Advance Environmental Chemistry Research

Rose Cory, assistant professor of environmental sciences and engineering at Gillings School of Global Public Health, is one of nine researchers in the U.S. to receive the 2012 Camille & Henry Dreyfus Foundation Postdoctoral Program in Environmental Chemistry award. The award enables Cory to advance her research in environmental chemistry and its potential impacts on… Read more »

Zena Cardman

Exploring Life’s Limits on Earth

December 3, 2012

As part of her research into how life survives in places where it seemingly shouldn’t, Zena Cardman dove deep into a lake in British Columbia alongside researchers from NASA and the Canadian Space Agency and dug holes in the permafrost in the Arctic. The work is helping scientists determine if life exists or existed on… Read more »

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Arctic Conference Brought Global Leaders to Campus

May 11, 2012

As countries continue to rely on dwindling oil and gas reserves to serve their energy needs, conversation and debate around the Arctic’s icy waters are heating up. In March, a number of academics, policymakers and activists convened at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to explore political, economic and environmental issues related to… Read more »


Conference Addresses Global Challenges in the Arctic on March 28

March 14, 2012

Climate change, navigation lanes, sovereignty and resource extraction in the Arctic are subject to growing international attention. Now, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is drawing the debate into the limelight at a conference on March 28 to address the region’s future. Experts on the countries with the longest Arctic coastlines will convene… Read more »

Polar Exploration: Captivating Tales of Polar Explorers

April 21, 2010

Be captivated by the thrilling tales of the first Polar explorers and hear from modern day Polar explorers in this family-friendly event! Also enjoy a live solo flute performance by Brooks de Wetter-Smith with awe-inspiring photography, videography and nature sounds of Antarctica!  We hosted a similar event on the Arctic in February to a standing-room-only… Read more »