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Early space journeys began at Morehead Planetarium

Before Neil Armstrong made his small step onto lunar soil, his journey to space began the same way as the rest of America’s first astronauts: walking the halls of Morehead Planetarium. For more than a decade, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s planetarium served as the hub for celestial navigation training for 62…

The shark scientists

The UNC Institute of Marine Sciences has the country’s oldest, longest-running shark research program. Started in 1971 by Frank Schwartz, researchers have been tagging sharks in North Carolina’s coastal waters for over 40 years. Video by Mary Lide Parker, Office of Research Communications Published July 15, 2015

A complete team

Eighth grader and star catcher Liam Canard, of Our Lady of Lourdes School (OLLS) in Raleigh, loves baseball. When he isn’t playing for his school team, he’s playing with his travel team, the NCDB RiverCats, in weekend tournaments. As far back as he can remember, he’s been swinging a bat and wearing a glove. “When…

Building a better microscope

Spencer Smith peers through a microscope of his own creation, trying to home in on a single neuron. The cell is tiny, about 0.015 millimeters in diameter. He attempts to clamp a microscopic pipette directly onto the neuron’s dendrite — an arm-like extension of the cell. He wants to explore its function in greater detail…

Carolina students bring sci-fi to life

With hours of hand-sewing and creative crafting, Carolina’s graduate costume production students are working their way onto a platform even bigger than the stage. The Washington, D.C.-based Museum of Science Fiction was in its early developmental stages when subcommittee chair Steve Dreyer was tasked with finding precise costume replicas from famous science-fiction feature films and…

‘Take the hit and recover later’

Gillian Litynski is at the top of her form in fencing, as the first-ever ACC women’s saber champion, and in academics, as a prestigious Hillman Scholar for Nursing Innovation in the School of Nursing. Student-athletes have enough trouble achieving this balanced success, but the captain of the Tar Heel fencing team did it with a…

UNC humanities team brings century-old mill into digital age

What was once the region’s largest mill under one roof is now the subject of the largest digital humanities project ever undertaken by the University. Digital Loray came together through a near-perfect alignment of business, philanthropy, volunteerism, education and technology. Preservation North Carolina president Myrick Howard and Loray Redevelopment LLC partner Billy Hughes wanted to…

Yoga in the galleries

Grab a mat, a museum cushion and take a deep breath. Yoga and Tai Chi classes in the Ackland Art Museum galleries are about to begin again. After nearly a month of closed doors, the museum reopened July 1 with fresh renovations. Along with new paint and flooring, students, faculty and staff can also find…

A good heart

UNC medical student Eric Strand had completed the tenth grade at his Alabama high school in 1997 when he dropped out and left home. Although perfectly capable of academic achievement, breaking free from the structure of school seemed like a great idea at the time. The only problem was that he didn’t know which direction…