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Black hole at the center of the Milky Way

After a wild blowout a few million years ago, the central black hole in our galaxy now dozes fitfully

A multi-institutional team led by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill traces still active particle beam. 

The Old Well viewed from across the street, with a tree with red berries in the foreground of the photo.

College faculty tapped for highly cited researchers 2021 list

Five College of Arts & Sciences faculty members have been named among the world’s most highly cited researchers in their respective fields for 2021.

Frank Leibfarth with his dog Roscoe.

Of placekicking, polymers and pets

Frank Leibfarth, the main speaker at Carolina’s Winter Commencement, talks about growing up in a small town, being fearless in his college football career and plastics research, his dog Roscoe and Broseidon the goldfish.

Hannah King stands in cap and gown beside Rameses XXII outside on a farm.

Caring for a Tar Heel icon

Graduating senior Hannah King grew up on a sheep farm in rural North Carolina, and when she got to Chapel Hill, she realized there was a high-profile role that she was perfectly qualified for: caring for Rameses XXII.

Headshot of Kainat Aslam in a UNC graduation robe standing in front of the Old Well

Creating A Pathway

With help from the Carolina Covenant’s Rural Medicine Pathway Program, Kainat Aslam is now a first-year medical student fulfilling her dreams to become a doctor.

A researcher standing and staring at a volcano

How one UNC undergrad merged science with the great outdoors in the Galapagos

UNC Alum Will Larsen was able to navigate undergraduate research after stumbling upon UNC Center for Galapagos Studies and has now officially published a paper on his research in the Galapagos Islands.

Carolina Tar Heels use high-tech mouthguards in player safety research

Use of the NFL’s mouthguard sensor at collegiate level will broaden, inform head injury reduction efforts for elite athletes.