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  • Haley Plaas examines a bottle of water.

    Algal blooms pose possible respiratory threat

    Toxic blue-green algae has long proven to be harmful to the environment, human and animal health. While many studies examine the effects of ingestion or skin contact, doctoral student Haley Plaas looks at a different angle: aerosol.

  • Daniel Mulumba working in a field.

    A summer of service

    A member of the inaugural group of SECU Public Fellows Interns, rising senior Daniel Mulumba is helping North Carolina's rural communities grow their own food and become more self-sustaining.

  • Four men hold blue buckets near distillery equipment

    Alumnus transitions business to give back to community

    At the start of the pandemic, Carolina Law alumnus and Top of the Hill owner Scott Maitland transitioned his business from distilling liquor to producing organic hand sanitizer for first responders and consumers.

  • Aida Al-Akhdar

    Carolina student spends summer serving Chapel Hill community

    Rising senior Aida Al-Akhdar is interning at the Compass Center, helping the organization establish Orange County’s new domestic violence shelter and serving as an advocate for survivors of domestic violence.

  • The exterior of the School of Law.

    Serving North Carolina’s nonprofits during a pandemic

    UNC School of Law’s COVID-19 Legal Assistance Project has helped more than 20 nonprofits around the state navigate the pandemic by providing pro bono legal advice and services.

  • A research stands in a creek.

    Carolina researchers successfully remove hazardous chemicals from water

    Working across disciplines, UNC-Chapel Hill environmental engineer Orlando Coronell and chemist Frank Leibfarth have developed a filtration resin that has thus far been successful in removing most PFAS from water.

  • GDTBATH: Lucas Bouknight

    #GDTBATH: Lucas Bouknight

    When his classes were moved online in the spring, Carolina medical student Lucas Bouknight used some of his extra free time to train for a 100-mile bike ride and raise money for a Greensboro charity.

  • People work in the water in wetsuits.

    Protecting North Carolina’s seagrass

    North Carolina is home to extensive seagrass meadows, creating a dynamic habitat for vibrant wildlife. As more hurricanes strike our coast, Carolina researchers are taking a closer look to see how resilient these critical seagrass meadows are.