Month: October 2016

New course highlights race, gender, sexuality, more

Three College of Arts and Sciences faculty members will team-teach a new course this spring that will explore issues of race, gender, sexuality and inclusion, highlighting topics such as racial profiling, gender discrimination, identity formation, social and environmental justice — and how these things intersect. The course, “Intersectionality: Race, Gender, Sexuality and Social Justice” was …

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From “overwhelmed freshman” to chief legal officer, James Wellons supports Summer Bridge students

“You have to prove them wrong, James. You have to!” These words of encouragement still resonate for James Wellons ’86.  Wellons earned a double major in political science and African-American studies at Carolina and later graduated from the Beasley School of Law at Temple University. Today, he lives in Philadelphia and is chief legal officer …

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Centuries old meets high tech

Archaeology is often associated with objects that are hundreds of years old — and older. But a new technique being used by Carolina researchers is bringing the field firmly into the 21st century. UNC-Chapel Hill’s Research Laboratories of Archaeology, part of the College of Arts and Sciences, is one of only a few university programs in the …

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Carolina researchers earn NIH BRAIN grants

Four researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, including Kathleen Gates in the department of psychology and neuroscience, were granted five awards totaling more than $7 million in the second round of the NIH BRAIN Initiative awards — the announcement of which coincided Oct. 13 with President Obama’s White House Frontiers Conference in Pittsburgh, PA.

Sustaining ecotourism in the Galapagos

If ecotourism in the Galapagos Islands — a province of Ecuador 1,000 kilometers from the mainland — continues to match its growth rate of the past two decades, the renowned sea turtles, giant tortoises, marine iguanas and unique landscapes that help attract visitors face serious risks. That’s among the scenarios developed by researchers at the …

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Research: Students benefit from flipped classroom model in large lecture economics course

New research by faculty members Rita Balaban and Donna Gilleskie in the department of economics in the College of Arts and Sciences provides evidence that the flipped classroom instructional format increases student final exam performance, relative to the traditional instructional format, in a large lecture course on principles of economics. Balaban discusses the research in …

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