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Kia Caldwell

Inequality amplifies African Americans’ COVID-19 risk

Recent data shows that minorities are more at risk for contracting COVID-19 and experiencing poor health outcomes. In particular, African Americans in COVID-19 hot spots are twice as likely to die from the virus than their white counterparts.

Jonathan Williams (photo by Emily Williams)

Broadband providers adjust as internet use spikes under COVID-19

Global stay-at-home orders in response to COVID-19 have shifted even more of people’s daily lives onto the internet, and providers have struggled to keep pace.

The Kelly family on the porch of their home on Ransom Street in Chapel Hill. (Jon Gardiner/UNC-Chapel Hill)

Front porch revival

With origins in the South, outdoor spaces are fostering a sense of ‘we are all in this together.’ Historians may look back at the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic as a time when people returned to their front porches, stoops, balconies and fire escapes for fresh air and a neighborly greeting. One need look no further than the daily news or their … Read more

Benjamin Mason Meier (right) discusses law reforms to prevent disease with the Global Health Law Consortium in Stellenbosch, South Africa, in April 2019. (photo courtesy of Benjamin Mason Meier)

During a Pandemic, Strong Public Policy Can Save Lives

When it comes to a country’s ability to prevent, detect, and respond to infectious disease, strong public health policy can mean the difference between life or death for millions.

Marianne Gingher's illustration of her on a Zoom computer screen.

One strange semester

Impressions, insights and lessons learned by faculty during spring’s historic shift to remote teaching.

Michael Emch has spent the past 15 years at UNC-Chapel Hill teaching and conducting research on infectious diseases. He specializes in disease ecology, or how human interaction and environment impact the spread of viruses like COVID-19. (photo by Kristen Chavez)

The Disease Ecologist

Michael Emch has spent decades tracking the spread of infectious diseases in human populations around the world. Now he confronts what it means to teach and conduct research during a pandemic.

photo shows closeup of graduation cap mortarboards with their Carolina blue tassels.

Carolina to host a Class of 2020 virtual celebration

At 10 a.m. on Sunday, May 10, the University will hold a Class of 2020 video watch party celebration so graduates and their families can celebrate together until it’s safe to hold an in-person ceremony.