June 2017

Computer scientist helps make breakthroughs in sound simulation

While the quality of visual images in video games and virtual reality continues to advance impressively with technology improvements, the sound and music quality of those games haven’t kept pace. A team of faculty and students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Department of Computer Science has been developing sound simulation technologies to overcome that barrier for almost a decade.

Day in the Life: Orientation leader Ti Grant

If he has to get up for an 8 a.m. class when the fall semester begins, Ti Grant will have had plenty of practice during his summer break. The summer orientation leader at UNC-Chapel Hill sets his alarm for 6 a.m. to make sure he is in place for his 7:30 a.m. meetings with his colleagues. On many days, it’s nearly 10 p.m. by the time he finishes introducing Carolina to the groups of incoming students he leads.

Music community celebrates Hill Hall transformation

It’s been 87 years since Hill Hall was first dedicated as the home of UNC’s department of music. On Feb. 8, this storied building was presented anew after a $15 million, 18-month renovation. The celebration included musical performances from faculty and students and remarks from Chancellor Carol Folt; Kevin Guskiewicz, dean of the College of …

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Lookout Scholars Program provides new resources to first-generation students

At Carolina, approximately 20 percent of undergraduates are first-generation college students. Those students are twice as likely as other students to leave college before the start of their second year. Sunny and Lee Burrows hope to change that. The couple recently established the Lookout Scholars First-Generation Students Fund to create a learning community that will …

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Willis’ research focuses on port planning for climate change

Rachel Willis is a professor of American studies, global studies, and economics within the UNC College of Arts & Sciences. Her research focuses on how sea-level rise, drought, and increased storm severity threaten port communities, influence migration, alter global food sheds, and impact future access to work through complex water connections related to infrastructure for global freight transportation.

Disruptive Driving

What if we could eliminate all car accidents caused by human error? That is one of the main arguments made by proponents of autonomous vehicles — safety. Our country, and the world, is on the cusp of a revolution in transportation technology and infrastructure. While industries are focused on perfecting the technology, and consumers are skeptical about trusting it, researchers face a blank page — there is no pre-existing data.

The writer’s life is Daniel Wallace’s own ‘extraordinary adventure’

Daniel Wallace calls his new book, Extraordinary Adventures (St. Martin’s Press), his most autobiographical work yet. Set in Wallace’s hometown of Birmingham, Ala., the book features the journey of Edsel Bronfman — yes, that’s Edsel as in the late 1950s Ford car that became a commercial failure — and his quest to open himself up to life and to love.