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Focus Carolina

Every day, faculty members at UNC-Chapel Hill engage in groundbreaking research, innovative teaching and public service that makes an impact in our community and the state, nation and the world. College faculty are featured in some of the episodes.

Tune in to Focus Carolina on WCHL radio during morning, noon and evening drive times and on the weekends to hear their stories and find out what ignites their passion for their work. Focus Carolina is an exclusive program on WCHL, sponsored by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Current Focus Carolina episodes

Amy Gladfelter in her lab at UNC-Chapel Hill. (photo by Jon Gardiner)
Amy Gladfelter in her lab at UNC-Chapel Hill. (photo by Jon Gardiner)

(Aug. 13) Amy Gladfelter, associate professor of biology, is interested in how cells are organized in time and space, studying how cytoplasm is spatially patterned and how cells sense their own shape. Her team also investigates how timing in the cell division cycle can be highly variable yet still accurate. Gladfelter combines quantitative live cell microscopy and computational, genetic and biochemical approaches in fungal and mammalian cells. Listen to Amy Gladfelter’s episode.

Future Episodes

(Aug. 20) Mitch Prinstein, John Van Seters Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, uses a developmental psychopathology framework to understand how adolescents’ interpersonal experiences, particularly among peers, are associated with depression, self-injury, and health risk behaviors

(Aug. 27) William Vizuete, Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, uses high-performance computers and 3D simulations to model the atmosphere to understand how air pollution forms and to improve the tools and methods that policymakers use to make effective strategies to improve air quality, creating a healthier environment for everyone.


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