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Benjamin Mason Meier (right) discusses law reforms to prevent disease with the Global Health Law Consortium in Stellenbosch, South Africa, in April 2019. (photo courtesy of Benjamin Mason Meier)

During a Pandemic, Strong Public Policy Can Save Lives

When it comes to a country’s ability to prevent, detect, and respond to infectious disease, strong public health policy can mean the difference between life or death for millions.


Marianne Gingher's illustration of her on a Zoom computer screen.

One strange semester

Impressions, insights and lessons learned by faculty during spring’s historic shift to remote teaching.


Ketch directs a rehearsal of the UNC Jazz Ensemble. (Jon Gardiner/UNC-Chapel Hill)

Something magical happened

Longtime music professor Jim Ketch will retire July 1. Because of Ketch’s career of significant influence on and service to North Carolina, Gov. Roy Cooper recently conferred Ketch as a member of The Order of the Long Leaf Pine.


Alice Marwick

Marwick awarded Carnegie Fellowship

Associate professor of communication Alice Marwick’s research project questions narratives of online radicalization, asking how and why people come to believe fringe, false or extremist viewpoints that they encounter on social media platforms.


Michael Emch has spent the past 15 years at UNC-Chapel Hill teaching and conducting research on infectious diseases. He specializes in disease ecology, or how human interaction and environment impact the spread of viruses like COVID-19. (photo by Kristen Chavez)

The Disease Ecologist

Michael Emch has spent decades tracking the spread of infectious diseases in human populations around the world. Now he confronts what it means to teach and conduct research during a pandemic.


Biomedical engineering graduate student Thomas Kierski works on the ventilator prototype at the manufacturing facility of Toshiba Global Commerce Solutions in Research Triangle Park. (Photo by Toshiba Global Commerce Solutions)

What they’re trained for

Biomedical engineers at Carolina and NC State respond to COVID-19 by teaming to speed the development of an emergency ventilator.


photo shows closeup of graduation cap mortarboards with their Carolina blue tassels.

Carolina to host a Class of 2020 virtual celebration

At 10 a.m. on Sunday, May 10, the University will hold a Class of 2020 video watch party celebration so graduates and their families can celebrate together until it’s safe to hold an in-person ceremony.


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