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Graduate student Liah McPherson has used drones to record the lives of dolphins and whales — and her time as an undergraduate researcher at UNC-Chapel Hill helped set her on her way. (photo courtesy of Liah McPherson)

Capturing the Lives of Sea Creatures

Liah McPherson records the lives of dolphins and whales — from Hawaiʻi to Antarctica. She’s now a master’s student at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa; she graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2019 with a dual degree in biology and animal behavior and a minor in marine science.


Jared Richards holds a Eurypterus lacustris — a prehistoric, marine arthropod similar to a scorpion — specimen in the invertebrate paleontology collection at Harvard University's Museum of Comparative Zoology. (photo by Melissa Aja, Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard University)

Bewitched by Invertebrates

Jared Richards studies bizarre and beautiful sea creatures over 480 million years old. At UNC, he studied quantitative biology, combining his love of science and statistics, as a Chancellor’s Science Scholar. He’s now a graduate student at Harvard University.


A headshot of Michael Figueroa

Michael Figueroa: Facilitating community

Michael Figueroa, who has led the Faculty of Color and Indigenous Faculty Group at the IAH throughout the pandemic, views the group as an opportunity for people to find support networks. “I want the ethos of the group to scale from the one-on-one to the collective.”


UNC's Barbara Stephenson (left) and USFQ's Diego Quiroga (right) sign agreement to renew strategic partnership.

UNC-Chapel Hill and USFQ reaffirm commitment to strategic partnership

The Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ) and UNC-Chapel Hill recently renewed their long-term strategic partnership.The two universities dedicated the joint Galapagos Science Center (GSC) in 2011 and are celebrating the 10th anniversary this year.


Old Well surrounded by flowers in spring. Photo by Donn Young.

Fourteen Tar Heels awarded Fulbrights for global research, teaching

Fourteen students and recent graduates from UNC-Chapel Hill have been selected to receive the Fulbright U.S. Student Program award. This year’s recipients represent graduating seniors to doctoral candidates in multidisciplinary fields, including English, history, public policy and public health.


Closeup of Catherine Haas smiling in front of a map of the world in the FedEx building. (photo by Donn Young)

A new publication celebrates all things global

Catherine Haas (M.A. global studies ’22) and fellow graduate students won an Arts Innovation Grant to launch a digital student journal, The Global Gazette.


Frank Bruni stands at podium at graduation.

Carolina’s Class of 2022 graduates

Nearly 6,200 Tar Heels celebrated their graduation at Sunday’s Spring Commencement, where keynote speaker Frank Bruni challenged the Class of 2022 to choose happiness and count their blessings. Bruni encouraged the new alumni to exercise ‘a special kind of wisdom.’


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