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Report shows Muslim-American terrorism cases continued to drop in 2017

A new report by a professor at UNC-Chapel Hill documents a continuing decline in the number of Muslim-Americans associated with violent extremism in 2017. The total for the first year of the Trump administration continued a downward trend that was visible in the final year of the Obama administration.


Mariam Alkazemi, Gulf University for Science & Technology, with advisor Deb Aikat and UNC Mideast Center program director, Charles Kurzman.

UNC Mideast Center Hosts Final Cohort of Carnegie Fellowships in Support of Arab Region Social Science

The Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations was pleased to host its final cohort of early-career social scientists from universities in the Arab world for semester-long fellowships.


Chalkboard showing numbers and figures in physics equations (graphic illustration by Corina Cudebec, Endeavors magazine)

Speaking Math

Imagine spending an entire lifetime reading one sentence — that’s the kind of problem Joaquín Drut faces every day. The UNC physicist works with numbers too large to compute in an effort to better understand the way our universe works.


Photo of Hyde Hall, the home of the Institute for the Arts and Humanities. (photo by Donn Young)

Nelson Schwab: The arts and humanities prepare you “for a more whole life”

Nelson Schwab III (’67), chair of the advisory board of the Institute for the Arts and Humanities, talks about his service as a Carolina alumnus, his favorite class, why he supports the arts and humanities, and how his UNC education contributed to his career success.


A graduate student sets up a light-driven reaction with an organic dye. (photo by Mary Lide Parker)

Generating Power Like Plants

When plants absorb sunlight, they convert carbon dioxide into energy-rich organic compounds. What if humans could do the same thing? What if we could pull CO2 out of the air and use it to build organic molecules? This revolutionary idea is still just that — an idea. But organic chemists at UNC are laying the groundwork for turning it into … Continued


Victoria Miller stands in front of a poster about her research.

Student research spotlight: Victoria R. Miller

Victoria N. Miller wanted to learn about research in a meaningful, direct way and create something important to her. Then she was invited to take part in the Science and Math Achievement and Resourcefulness Track (SMART).


UNC geneticist Bob Duronio is one of those scientists who studies fruit flies. He is holding a vial of fruit flies.

Why a Fly?

The genome of a fruit fly is strikingly similar to that of a human — so much so that scientists have been studying these tiny insects for over 100 years, in search of treatments for diseases like spinal muscular atrophy and neurological disorders. UNC geneticist Bob Duronio is one of those scientists.


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