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College faculty meeting covers topics from convergent science to public humanities

College of Arts & Sciences Dean Kevin Guskiewicz described the new Program in Environment, Ecology and Energy as “uniquely Carolina.” It was among several new initiatives that Guskiewicz and his senior leadership team highlighted at the College faculty meeting on May 2.


Kelly Hogan walks up and down the aisle in her large lecture class on biology, interacting with students. (photo by Vijy Sathy)

Inclusive teaching

Carolina’s innovative learning techniques are featured in a May 6 online article in The Chronicle of Higher Education, “Traditional Teaching May Deepen Inequality. Can a Different Approach Fix It?” The article features the work of Kelly Hogan, STEM teaching associate professor and assistant dean of instructional innovation in the College of Arts & Sciences.


The graphical image says Creativity Hubs with little icons at the top representing different facets of creativity.

Winners selected for UNC Creativity Hubs inaugural awards

UNC’s new Creativity Hubs initiative has announced awards to campus research teams pursuing solutions to two of the world’s most pressing issues: the obesity epidemic and the global clean water shortage. College of Arts & Sciences faculty play a key role on the teams.


Maze Day invites K-12 students with visual impairments, along with their parents/guardians and teachers, to the computer science department to experience a wide variety of educational games and tools created just for them. (photo by Emilie Poplett) A young male student with headphones is sitting with an older female student and they are looking at something on a laptop computer.

Computer science department provides an ‘empowering’ day for visually impaired students

Maze Day invites K-12 students with visual impairments, along with their parents/guardians and teachers, to the computer science department to experience a wide variety of educational games and tools created just for them.


High school senior fundraises, raises awareness for concussions, traumatic brain injuries

For high school senior Madeleine McCluer, completing her senior project was more than just a graduation requirement at Hickory High School in Hickory, North Carolina—for her, it was personal.


Madelyn Percy sits in front of a stack of drawers with one pulled out showing rocks. (She is a geologist)

Meet Madelyn Percy: President of the Graduate and Professional Student Federation

Madelyn Percy’s work has taken her to Chile, France, Belize and Iceland. She has spent a total of 18 weeks in the Galapagos Archipelago studying soil fertility. At UNC-Chapel Hill, Percy is pursuing her goal of becoming a “rock solid geoscience educator.”


Excellent teachers

Each spring, Carolina celebrates its outstanding faculty members with the University Teaching Awards, recognizing the professors and graduate students who are making an impact in their classrooms. Most of the winners were from the College of Arts & Sciences.