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Focus Carolina: Amelia Gibson

Dr. Amelia Gibson is an assistant professor in the School of Information and Library Science. Her work looks at how members of marginalized communities access health information. She is currently focused on identifying the ways that people with Autism and their families seek and exchange information in their local communities and how public libraries can support […] ... Read More

Focus Carolina: Jeff Welty

aa Jeff Welty is an expert in criminal law and procedure in the School of Government. He founded and contributes regularly to the North Carolina Criminal Law Blog, an award-winning resource visited by approximately 100,000 users each month. He also serves as the director of the North Carolina Judicial College, which provides training and education to the state’s […] ... Read More

Focus Carolina: Carissa Hessick

Carissa Byrne Hessick is the Anne Shea Ransdell and William Garland “Buck” Ransdell Jr. Distinguished Professor of Law. She is also the director of the Prosecutors and Politics Project at Carolina’s School of Law. The project was started to bring scholarly attention to the accountability of elected prosecutors, to understand the relationship between prosecutors and […] ... Read More

Focus Carolina: Rocio Quinonez

A pediatric dentist, Dr. Rocio Quinonez is widely known for her work in children’s oral health, including her signature collaborations: the Baby Oral Health Program (bOHP); its sister initiative, Prenatal Oral Health Program (pOHP); and Into the Mouths of Babes. She is also the School of Dentistry’s first associate dean for educational leadership and innovation. […] ... Read More

Focus Carolina: Dr. Cedric Bright

Dr. Cedric Bright runs the Medical Education Development program, a joint effort between Carolina’s Schools of Medicine and Dentistry. This summer professional education curriculum helps disadvantaged students successfully compete for admission to health professional schools. Through this program, Carolina ranks sixth in the number of African-Americans to graduate from medical school. Many of those graduates […] ... Read More

Focus Carolina: Shawn Hingtgen

Shawn Hingtgen is a scientist specializing in cell and gene therapy. Working with a cross-disciplinary team, his research harnesses the potential of stem cells to develop new and better methods for treating terminal cancer. In 2015, Hingtgen founded Falcon Therapeutics to commercialize discoveries generated in his lab and accelerate towards clinical trials. About Focus Carolina Every […] ... Read More

Focus Carolina: Penny Abernathy

Penny Abernathy is the Knight Chair in Journalism and Digital Media Economics and a director of the Center for Innovation and Sustainability in Local Media. Her research focuses on two overlapping areas: Documenting areas of the country that are at risk of becoming news deserts and finding sustainable business strategies to keep local news organizations […] ... Read More

Focus Carolina: Kelly Ryoo

Kelly Ryoo came to Carolina in 2012, and is focused on creating ways to design and use technology to help English learners with science. She was the recipient of a National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation post-doc fellowship 2014-2016 and a National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER award in 2016. She is currently working on a five-year […] ... Read More

Focus Carolina: Ed Maydew

Ed Maydew is the David E. Hoffman Distinguished Professor of Accounting and director of the UNC Tax Center, which brings together tax scholars, policymakers and practitioners. His research focuses on taxation and accounting and the role they play in economic decisions. ... Read More

Focus Carolina: Frank Baumgartner

Frank R. Baumgartner is the Richard J. Richardson Distinguished Professor of Political Science at UNC-Chapel Hill. He is known for his work on racial dynamics in the criminal justice system, among other topics. This year, he has published two books: one that looks at the death penalty in the modern era and the other that takes […] ... Read More