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Message from Dean Terry Rhodes

A message from Terry Rhodes to faculty and graduate teaching assistants in the College of Arts & Sciences sent on Wednesday, March 18, 2020.

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College of Arts & Sciences COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions for Instructors

The purpose of this FAQ is to answer questions that the Dean’s Office is receiving from faculty, teaching assistants and other instructors of record. It is not meant to be a complete set of answers to all questions, and it will be updated as needed.

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Coronavirus update

The University has announced a new plan that will encourage greater “social distancing” and mitigate the spread of coronavirus. Spring break is extended through March 22. Remote instruction for the majority of courses will begin the week of March 23.

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Why do sea turtles eat ocean plastics? New research points to smell

New research from Carolina shows that plastics floating in the ocean build a coating of algae and microorganisms that smells edible to turtles.

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Supporting and advancing women faculty

Funded by a nearly $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation, TEAM ADVANCE provides programs to improve mentor and mentee experiences, from seminars to peer mentoring circles.


New year, new goals: How to have happier relationships

Barbara Fredrickson studies the psychology of positive emotions, including love. Her research offers tips to build happier relationships and bring more love into our lives. Barbara Fredrickson is an expert on the science of love. For more than two decades, Fredrickson has studied the psychology of positive emotions. Now the UNC-Chapel Hill professor is focusing in on one of those … Continued

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Rhodes named dean of the College of Arts & Sciences

She joined the faculty in 1987 and is the first faculty member from the fine arts to be named dean of the College since it took its modern-day name in 1935.