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Dedra Ming stands in front of a helicopter.

Supporting Carolina veterans: Dedra Ming

Whether it was as an aviation structural mechanic in the Navy or building her own house or transitioning to life as a college student, Carolina sophomore Dedra Ming has never shied away from a new challenge.

Screen capture that shows the black night sky with stars and with flashes of light in the sky.

New research on imposter stars may improve astronomical data

UNC-Chapel Hill measures flashes of light, often mistaken for stars, reflecting off satellites and space trash in Earth’s orbit.

In a pre-pandemic photo, sports administration faculty gather in Carolina’s Kenan Stadium (l-r): Nels Popp, Brad Bates, Erianne Weight, Barbara Osborne, Jonathan Jensen, Bob Malekoff.

Rise in the rankings

Offering real-world experience, academic theory and classes that pay attention to social issues, Carolina’s graduate sport administration program ranks 11th internationally.

Dr. Rick Leuttich, director of the UNC Center for Natural Hazards and Disasters, uses computer modeling to predict storm surge from hurricanes and the areas effected.

UNC Researchers Receive NSF Grant to Study Extreme Weather Events with Interdisciplinary Approach

Piehler, along with Elizabeth Frankenberg and Rick Luettich, are leading a new project combining methods, insights, and data to develop adaptation and mitigation strategies for future storms and flooding.

Banjo by chance

UNC senior Anne Jarrell picked up the banjo on a whim at age 14 when her dad rescued one from a dumpster. She’s now been honored for her skills with the instrument by the International Bluegrass Music Association.

Charles H. "Pete" Peterson in his lab.

Marine sciences community mourns the loss of Pete Peterson

Charles H. “Pete” Peterson, Ph.D., 74, distinguished professor emeritus at the UNC-Chapel Hill Institute of Marine Sciences, passed away Oct. 24 surrounded by family in his Pine Knoll Shores home.

Two researchers in a lab wearing white coats and masks

Research leads the way

Last spring, the coronavirus pandemic disrupted everything. UNC Research helped chart a course to the new normal.