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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. 


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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.


Nuria Shin and Casey Mentch stand next to one another on the steps of Hill Hall, the music department's main building.

The music department wants to know: What is the soundtrack to finals season?

Music students Nuria Shin and Casey Mentch asked Tar Heels which songs they listen to when it is time to hit the books.


Alice Bennett stands in front of the Old Well, which is wrapped in holiday lights.

A slight change of plans

Friends, professors and fascinating coursework helped guide senior Alice Bennett to the most meaningful aspects of her Carolina experience –– and a degree in American studies.


Jeliyah Clark stands outside surrounded by greenery.

Stepping outside her comfort zone

Jeliyah “Liyah” Clark is among the first students from the Chancellor’s Science Scholars Program to graduate with a doctoral degree. She will become a double Tar Heel at Winter Commencement on Sunday.


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