Spotlight

Stopping the spread of HIV

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers have found the use of a combination of AIDS medications known as antiretroviral therapy can help prevent the transmission of HIV through sexual activity — a finding that could eradicate the virus. Myron Cohen, director of the Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases at UNC-Chapel Hill and…

Launch-ing the latest entrepreneurs

Most students dream of having a job lined up after graduation. Not Roger Nahum. He’d rather be the boss. Roger and his partners at SWAP Socks, which sells uniquely mismatched socks with a mission to generate aid and awareness for the global visual impairment epidemic, are ready to expand their business – almost. First they’ll…

And the Kassons go rolling along

For much of its history, Radcliffe College was a kind of poor stepsister to its proud and privileged big brother Harvard in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Even in the 1960s, Harvard refused to share its facilities equally with Radcliffe, but men and women mingled freely in the classroom and in many extra-curricular activities. This could have been…

Stephen Hawking to deliver lecture in Stockholm

Stephen Hawking will join many of the founding members of modern physics in Stockholm in August for a rare — and historic — weeklong conference for some of the world’s leading physicists to discuss one of the most complex and mind-twisting topics of our time: whether singularities in black holes exist and whether Hawking radiation…

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…