Feature Stories

  • How do you study a graph if you can’t see it?

    That’s the problem that faced East Carolina University students Lee Brame and Regan Simmer, his tutor at the Pirate Academic Success Center. The solution, it turned out, was puffy paint.

    Brame lost his eyesight due to a hereditary disorder called retinitis pigmentosis.

    “They told me at 13 I’d be blind at 20,” he said. “But it affects everybody differently, and I made it to 37 and a half.”

  • Five UNC institutions will waive application fees for a week

    For North Carolina high school students, filling out college applications just got better.

  • A model of education, service

    Chadwick receives UNC system award for public service

    Dr. Gregory Chadwick, dean of East Carolina University’s School of Dental Medicine, was awarded the 2017 Gov. James E. Holshouser Jr. Award for Excellence in Public Service on Friday, Nov. 3.

    The UNC Board of Governors bestows the honor each year on one faculty member from the University of North Carolina system who exemplifies public service toward improving the quality of life for all North Carolinians.

  • Laura Scheving is a prolific artist. As a student in UNCSA School of Design & Production’s Scene Painting program, she has a strong visual arts background and she simply can't stop creating art.

    “(Art pieces) were just piling up and it wasn’t like I was selling them or was doing anything with them. I was just creating them,” Scheving says. “Then it hit me. What if I actually did (art) for a purpose, for something that has a message attached to it?”

  • Saving Princeville

    The Princeville, North Carolina, residents gathered at a county administration building last month didn’t need a reminder that their town faces a challenging future as it struggles to recover from the devastation wrought by Hurricane Matthew in 2016.

    But nature underscored the point anyway.

  • NC one of only a few states without a strategic plan from pre-K through postsecondary education 

  • Drs. Zach and Alisha Farris address conservation and health crises in Madagascar

    Dr. Zach Farris was a country boy pursuing a degree in biology at the University of Central Arkansas when he picked up an encyclopedia of mammals and opened to a picture of an aye-aye. Something about the furry animal, which is found only in Madagascar, captivated him.

    “I learned that there were very few of them left,” he said. “I decided that I wanted to be an aye-aye biologist.”

  • Cradles of love

    UNC researcher partners with NC State industrial design students to create innovative new bassinet

    With the growing trend of keeping newborns in their mother’s hospital room post-delivery, hospitals must ensure that mothers are able to safely transfer their babies from and back to the bassinet for feeding, other care, and sleeping. A University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researcher hopes to help that effort.

  • Getting Innovative

    ECU, NC State, N.C. A&T and UNC Greensboro join prestigious NSF I-Corps program

    The University of North Carolina as a system has championed innovation and new start-ups for years, and four constituent institutions – East Carolina University, North Carolina State University, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro – have been named the newest sites for the National Science Foundation’s Innovation Corps (I-Corps) program, a program that encourages collaboration between academia and industry.

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