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Search. Grapple. Grasp. Question. For the dynamic mind, knowledge is a tool, and how you use it can move mountains.

  • A lifetime of building bridges

    Henry Frye was the first African-American student to complete all three years of study and graduate from the UNC School of Law in 1959 and eventually was named the first African-American chief justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court.

  • Tar Heel Trailblazer: Rochelle Small-Toney

    Rochelle Small-Toney had never played basketball before arriving at Carolina. But by her senior year, she was making history on the court.

  • Tar Heel Trailblazer: Peter Henry

    Before the age of 40, Peter Henry was named Dean of New York University. But it was his experience and the education he received at Carolina as a Morehead-Cain Scholar that laid the foundation for a professional career devoted to helping people

  • Tar Heel Lorrie Fair returns to Carolina

    As a member of three NCAA champion women's soccer teams, an Olympic Silver Medalist and 1999 FIFA World Cup Champion, Lorrie Fair Allen accomplished many things in her soccer career. Now she's returning to Carolina - as a student - to pursue her Master of Public Administration.

  • Why a fly?

    The genome of a fruit fly is strikingly similar to that of a human — so much so that scientists have been studying these tiny insects for over 100 years, in search of treatments for diseases like spinal muscular atrophy and neurological disorders. Carolina geneticist Bob Duronio is one of those scientists.

  • Learning from seven widowed fathers

    UNC Lineberger’s Donald Rosenstein and Justin Yopp have published a compelling book, “The Group: Seven Widowed Fathers Reimagine Life,” that recounts the lessons a group of widowed fathers learned in responding to loss and grief.

  • Speaking math

    Imagine spending an entire lifetime reading one sentence — that’s the kind of problem Joaquín Drut faces every day. The UNC physicist works with numbers too large to compute in an effort to better understand the way our universe works.

  • Generating power like plants

    When plants absorb sunlight, they convert carbon dioxide into energy-rich organic compounds. What if humans could do the same thing? What if we could pull CO2 out of the air and use it to build organic molecules? This revolutionary idea is still just that — an idea. But organic chemists at Carolina are laying the groundwork for turning it into reality.