Feature Stories


    Designed, engineered, sculpted and fabricated in UNC Asheville’s STEAM Studio, Mel Chin’s Wake sculptural installation was officially unveiled in New York City’s Times Square at a public and media event on July 11, 2018.

  • NCCU's Dr. Lopez and Dr. Melendez in their lab at BRITE.


  • Lizzy Mueller, a nutrition and dietetics major, experiments for the first time with pasta dough made from corn flour and potato starch.


  • UNCP's Holden Hansen wins UNC Award for Teaching Excellence

    Elisha Lawson is making his mark in television, landing roles in HBO’s Boardwalk Empire and CBS’s Blue Bloods. He recently filmed a recurring role in NBC’s Shades of Blue starring Jennifer Lopez and Ray Liotta.

  • Loggerhead sea turtles that nest on beaches with similar magnetic fields are genetically similar, according to UNC-Chapel Hill researchers.

    New research from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill provides valuable insight into the navigation and nesting behaviors of loggerhead sea turtles that could inform future conservation efforts. Loggerhead sea turtles that nest on beaches with similar magnetic fields are genetically similar to one another, according to a new study by UNC-Chapel Hill biologists Kenneth J. Lohmann and J. Roger Brothers.

  • Every year around Halloween, Melissa Pasquinelli’s students debate the existence of ghosts. Are they manifestations of the energy that leaves the body upon death? Or are they impossible because they lack mass? The laws of thermodynamics support both theories, depending on students’ assumptions.

    It’s the kind of questioning Pasquinelli likes to hear. The textile engineering professor comes up with challenges to encourage students to think critically about science, from debating ghosts to constructing a fabric bucket to carry water.

  • Saving an endangered language

    Sociolinguistic scholar and American studies assistant professor Ben Frey is helping revitalize the Cherokee language.

    Walk past Abernethy Hall Room 102 on any given Friday afternoon during the semester and you’ll likely hear sounds of an endangered language wafting through the halls.

    “Siyo.” (Hello.)

    “Osigwotsu?” (How are you?)

    “Osigwo.” (I am fine.)

    “Ihina?” (And you?)

    “Osda!” (Great!)

    It’s “AniKahwi,” Cherokee Coffee Hour, for students interested in learning to speak Cherokee.

  • BOONE, N.C. — Dr. Joseph J. Gonzalez, associate professor in Appalachian State University’s Department of Cultural, Gender and Global Studies, is the recipient of the 2018 University of North Carolina Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching. Gonzalez — who consistently tells his students to call him Joe — is one of 17 faculty members chosen for the prestigious award and will receive a commemorative bronze medallion and a $12,500 cash prize.

  • To Boldly Grow

    When John Z. Kiss was nine years old he stayed up late to watch Neil Armstrong take those first steps onto the surface of the moon and tell the world, “That’s one small step for man, one giant step for mankind.”

    “My life is sort of the space era,” says Kiss, a professor of biology and dean of the UNC Greensboro College of Arts and Sciences.

    But there’s no way he could have known in 1969 that he would one day do research that could help humans take longer space flights and live on the moon or Mars.

  • Bert Holmes, the Carson Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at UNC Asheville

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