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Jon Abramowitz

How stressed should we feel right now?

Jon Abramowitz is a professor of clinical psychology and an expert in anxiety disorders. He addresses the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our daily lives – including how isolation and social distancing affects our routines.

Old Well and tulips

Revised Pass/Fail Grading Policy for Spring and Summer 2020 FAQ for Students

An FAQ for undergraduate students in the College of Arts & Sciences about the revised grading policy for spring 2020.

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Johnny Appleseed of Science

UNC-Chapel Hill biologist Bob Goldstein leads DIY microscope-building workshops to empower North Carolina public school teachers.

Pink Dogwoods bloom in front of the Old Well in early spring on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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.

Bell Tower

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.

A green sea turtle swims through Darwin Bay off of San Cristóbal Island in the Galápagos. Photo by Mary Lide Parker

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.