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Impact on Our State

Supporting the community that supports us. Our success is North Carolina’s success. 

  • Josh Himmelstein standing near the ocean.

    Mucking in the marshes

    Josh Himmelstein is getting knee-deep in marshes to understand the effects of sea-level rise.

  • Fiorela Villegas standing outside and leaning against a column

    Serving her community

    Carolina junior Fiorela Villegas extended her SECU Public Fellows summer internship to continue serving her community this semester.

  • Waves at the Atlantic Beach pier

    The wave whisperer

    Jana Haddad uses physics to study how living shorelines affect ocean waves and could stem the tide of coastal erosion.

  • Ricardo Crespo standing in a field.

    #GDTBATH: Ricardo Crespo

    Having grown up surrounded by fields in southeastern North Carolina, Ricardo Crespo is training to practice medicine in the same kinds of rural communities. He’s starting that mission with Carolina’s Student Health Action Coalition.

  • Nyjah King smiling in a fluorescent vest outside

    Making an immediate impact

    Carolina junior Nyjah King is spending her summer serving the Kinston, North Carolina, community as a SECU Public Fellows Intern.

  • Mollie Yacano holding a soil sample and surrounded by phragmites

    #GDTBATH: Mollie Yacano

    Carolina Ph.D. candidate Mollie Yacano studies an invasive species that is surprisingly effective at preventing erosion and pollution on the North Carolina coast.

  • A flooded highway on the coast of North Carolina

    King tides offer peek into coastal future

    Carolina researchers are studying these highest of high tides to predict how rising sea levels and increasingly frequent flooding will alter North Carolina’s coast.

  • Madhu Vulimiri talking as a podium

    Supporting North Carolina’s families

    Madhu Vulimiri '14 always wanted a career that allowed her to make a meaningful difference in the health of our state's communities. Throughout the pandemic, she's done just that by providing crucial resources for families as part of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.