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How to have a better day during the pandemic

Passively browsing social media is not good for you — and other useful findings on resilience and happiness from the ​Positive Emotions and Psychophysiology Lab.

Ronit Freeman holds a 3D printed model of the coronavirus.

Molecular approaches to detect and mitigate COVID-19

UNC-Chapel Hill researcher Ronit Freeman wins support to capture and disable coronavirus spikes.

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Seafood mislabeling in North Carolina

Two recent student-led papers based on research in the undergraduate “Seafood Forensics” class at UNC-Chapel Hill show that seafood mislabeling in North Carolina is a big problem.

In “Introduction to Design and Making,” an applied physical sciences course, students work in groups to do a structured peer evaluation of their projects. The assignment was to design and build a scale model of an innovative furniture project. This is one of many examples in which students are developing an entrepreneurial mindset through applied physical sciences courses.

UNC-Chapel Hill becomes newest partner institution of KEEN

Applied physical sciences receives grant to promote an entrepreneurial mindset in undergraduates.

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An Active Storm Season

June 1 marked the start of the 2020 hurricane season — and it’s slated to be an active one. In this Q&A, UNC researcher Rick Luettich talks about this year’s above-average hurricane forecast.

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College of Arts & Sciences recognizes 12 new distinguished professors

Congratulations to the 12 faculty who were recently appointed distinguished professors or distinguished term professors in the College of Arts & Sciences. Their new appointments take effect July 1.

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A Message from Dean Rhodes

This has been a deeply painful and disturbing week for our nation, with the video that has emerged of George Floyd and his horrible death in police custody in Minneapolis.