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Sociology department chair Andy Andrews shows off the crowded “wall of fame” of framed portraits of sociology faculty members who have led the discipline's most prestigious organizations. (Jon Gardiner/UNC-Chapel Hill)

A decorated department turns 100

When looking for leaders over the past century, national organizations and the University have repeatedly turned to Carolina’s sociology department. The sociology department had planned to celebrate its centennial with a springtime symposium. But with the pandemic’s disruption to group gatherings, the celebration has been virtual as the department looks back on 100 years.


Elizabeth Olson with the words George Johnson Prize on her photo.

Elizabeth Olson is awarded the George Johnson Prize

Elizabeth Olson, Professor and Chair of the Department of Geography at UNC-Chapel Hill, is the 2020 recipient of the George Johnson Prize for Distinguished Achievement by an Institute for Arts and Humanities Fellow.


During a campus Veterans Day ceremony, shadows of uniformed military personnel fall on the stone memorial to UNC alumni who have died in service. (Jon Gardiner/UNC-Chapel Hill)

Carolina salutes its employee veterans

Carolina salutes its 342 employees who are U.S. military veterans with stories of a grandfather’s influence starting a soldier’s path to leadership, an unlikely sailor from the NC mountains, and an Air Force veteran who directs Carolina’s Veterans Resource Center. 


Tim Morgan in combat fatigue.

Supporting Carolina veterans: Tim Morgan

After a career as an Army Ranger, senior Tim Morgan turned to Carolina to prepare him for his next career in law.


Collin O’Donnell stands in front of a chalkboard.

Supporting Carolina veterans: Collin O’Donnell

Collin O’Donnell enlisted in the United States Army right after high school and was leading soldiers in Afghanistan by the time he was 21 years old. Now as a Carolina senior, the Tar Heel is serving as a leader for student-veterans.


Dedra Ming stands in front of a helicopter.

Supporting Carolina veterans: Dedra Ming

Whether it was as an aviation structural mechanic in the Navy or building her own house or transitioning to life as a college student, Carolina sophomore Dedra Ming has never shied away from a new challenge.


Screen capture that shows the black night sky with stars and with flashes of light in the sky.

New research on imposter stars may improve astronomical data

UNC-Chapel Hill measures flashes of light, often mistaken for stars, reflecting off satellites and space trash in Earth’s orbit.


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