Feature Stories

  • When UNCSA drama student Hassiem Muhammad scored a role in a one-act play inspired by the stories of burn survivors and their caregivers, he realized it would be a rare opportunity for a young actor like himself.

    Hassiem had never worked on a new play before, much less one that would evolve in real time with the playwright in the rehearsal room accepting input from the actors.

  • A student’s design for a modular restaurant created from shipping containers that can be disassembled, transported and reassembled took one of the top honors in the Planning and Visual Education (PAVE) 2017 Student Design Competition.

    Emma Morris, a senior in Appalachian State University’s interior design program, competed against more than 400 other entries and took third place, receiving $2,500 in scholarship funds. She was also recognized at the annual PAVE gala in December 2017 in New York City in front of an audience of more than 700 designers, retailers and suppliers.

  • University launches statewide advisory board to chart path forward

    A new review released by the University of North Carolina System takes a close look at the System’s undergraduate teacher preparation programs with an eye toward effective literacy instruction.

  • Young entrepreneurs

    Bringing vitality back into the economy

    North Carolina Central University has a wealth of programs and initiatives to assist students, alumni, and community members in bringing their ideas to the global marketplace.

    Entrepreneurs are increasingly driving economic activity across the country, and Durham is a great place to make it happen - ranked as America's sixth-best large city in which to start a business by personal finance website WalletHub. The U.S. economy saw entrepreneurial businesses grow by 15 percent between 2014 and 2016, according to the Kauffman Foundation.

  • A new study led by researchers at UNC-Chapel Hill and NC State University will give a weekly allotment of locally grown vegetables to low-income, high-risk patients at The UNC Family Medicine Center and will connect the patients with existing nutrition education programs. Researchers will track changes in patient diet and biometric measures, as well as the impact on farmers—the revenue and risks associated with the program.

  • Environmental Impact

    ECU professor using economics to influence farming

    As eastern North Carolina farmers continue to adjust to commercial challenges in the face of an aging population and overall decline in farmland, one East Carolina University professor is using the power of economics to aid the region.

    Dr. Greg Howard, an assistant professor of economics, is helping shape policies to encourage best farming practices that assist rural farmers while also benefiting the environment.

  • Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed a new technique for directly printing metal circuits, creating flexible, stretchable electronics. The technique can use multiple metals and substrates and is compatible with existing manufacturing systems that employ direct printing technologies.

  • “Berlin and Back Again,” a nine-minute film documenting an exchange program between the School of Filmmaking at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and Germany’s Filmuniversität Babelsberg Konrad Wolf, will be aired next week on two channels of UNC-TV, the state’s public television network.

  • Jessica Ocasio understands the frustrations of affordable housing options for young adults. A native of Puerto Rico, she saw the scarcity of student housing as an undergraduate student.

    Now, Ocasio is equipping herself with a Master of Fine Arts in Interior Architecture from the University of North Carolina Greensboro in hopes of easing the housing burden for young adults. Her research explores how microdwellings may offer a creative solution.

  • Truth and Civility

    Q&A with Robert George

    Robert George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and Director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University, recently spoke to the UNC System Board of Governors on the topic of civil discourse. Following that discussion, we sat down for a Q&A with the professor.

     

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