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Caela O'Connell

Pandemic Lessons

College of Arts & Sciences faculty are pivoting their course content to address issues surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, teaching students to think creatively and to conduct research to benefit communities.

: In an ultra-small geometry under the right conditions, electrons can be treated like particles bouncing off a wall. If the electrons are contained in a wire and symmetry is broken, the electrons can be preferentially funneled in one direction and blocked in the other, creating an electrical diode.

UNC-Chapel Hill researchers develop one-way street for electrons

Research may unlock the ability for devices to process ultra-high-speed wireless data and simultaneously harvest energy for power.

Le Conte

Tips from remote field researchers on life in isolation, tough environments

The lessons marine science researchers learned while working in cramped quarters and without the comforts of home may be helpful to people adjusting to life in COVID-19 quarantine.

Bishop and Erickson

Tar Heel Reader enables virtual learning for students with disabilities amid COVID-19 outbreak

In a time of social distancing and stay-at-home orders, Tar Heel Reader exhibits a different type of virality, spreading among educators through positive reviews and conference testimonials.

closeup of arthritis researcher Brian Diekman in his lab.

Mastering the mechanics of mobility

As a biomedical engineer, Brian Diekman is committed to figuring out exactly why and how the tissue between our joints degrades over time. His research may lead to less pain and more mobility for millions of Americans living with osteoarthritis.

closeup of two hands holding a healthcare worker face shield made by BeAM.

‘There’s work to be done’

BeAM and medical students team up with Duke, NC State to design and produce face shields for healthcare workers.

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.