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A black and white photo of Mike Piehler sitting on the banks of a creek surrounded by old trees and tree roots and his reflection in the water.

Rooted: Mike Piehler

Mike Piehler has been contributing to research at Carolina for 25 years. He was recently featured in the Office of UNC Research’s feature “Rooted.”


Javier Arce-Nazario sits at his desk with computer screens showing brightly colored maps.

Creative cartography

Geographer Javier Arce-Nazario uses innovative mapping technologies to help communities in the Galapagos Islands, Puerto Rico and beyond.


A crowd of waving Carolina Winter graduates in their blue caps and gowns.

Class of 2022 celebrates achievements at Winter Commencement

Winter Commencement on Dec. 11 was an opportunity for graduating Tar Heels to relish in their achievements and celebrate all the work it took to earn a degree from Carolina.


This illustration shows the Surface Water and Ocean Topography satellite in orbit with its solar panels and KaRIn instrument antennas deployed. Credits: CNES

Hydrologist leads science behind SWOT satellite

NASA’s Dec. 15 launch of an eye in the sky to monitor Earth’s water follows 18 years of work by Tamlin Pavelsky, a professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, and a global team. 


headshot of Martha Isaacs

UNC-Chapel Hill student Martha Isaacs named Schwarzman Scholar

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill student Martha Isaacs has been awarded a prestigious Schwarzman scholarship, which funds a master’s in global affairs at Beijing’s Tsinghua University.  


Gerson Aguilera stands in Kenan Stadium in the bleachers.

An unexpected path

Three years after applying for C-STEP as a Guilford Community College student, Gerson Aguilera is now just a few days away from becoming the first in his family to graduate from college.


Tarini Ramesh stands next to a piece of equipment.

Future software engineer puts community first

Tarini Ramesh will join Microsoft as a software engineer after she graduates from UNC-Chapel Hill this December. Giving back to the campus community has been an important focus throughout her undergraduate career.


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