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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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Focus on: Bo Li

In Carolina’s chemistry department, Assistant Professor Bo Li studies the chemistry and biology of natural products to address major challenges in infectious disease and discover new antibiotics. Her lab’s novel approaches find ways to develop natural products that combat antibiotic resistance. Li explains that antibiotic overuse has mostly caused the worldwide problem of bacterial antibiotic resistance. […] ... Read More

Focus Carolina: Deen Freelon

Deen Freelon is an associate professor in the School of Media and Journalism. He researches how digital media influences political opinions and how those opinions are expressed online. He also creates tools for computational analysis, a new area in communication and journalism research.   ... Read More

Focus Carolina: Kurt Ribisl

Kurt M. Ribisl is a professor and chair of the Department of Health Behavior at the Gillings School of Global Public Health. He also co-leads the Cancer Prevention and Control Program at the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Ribisl’s primary research interest is reducing tobacco use by youth and adults with a particular focus on regulating the sales and marketing of tobacco products at the point of sale and on the internet. ... Read More

Focus Carolina: Linda Beeber

Dr. Linda Beeber is a professor and assistant dean in Carolina’s School of Nursing, where she leads the Ph.D. program and division. She has spent much of her career studying factors that contribute to depression for vulnerable new mothers and developing interventions to improve mental health and interactions between mother and child. ... Read More

Focus on Erika Wise

Erika Wise, associate professor of geography, researches the Earth’s climate — past and present — through dendrochronology, the study of tree rings. She collects samples to determine how old trees are and when droughts and fires may have occurred. Technology enables her to study trees all over the planet to observe climate change patterns and […] ... Read More

Focus Carolina: Daniel Wallace

Daniel Wallace directs the Creative Writing Program at UNC-Chapel Hill. He is the J. Ross MacDonald Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing in the Department of English and Comparative Literature in the College of Arts & Sciences. He is the author of six novels, including “Extraordinary Adventures.” His first novel, “Big Fish,” was adapted into a […] ... Read More

Focus On: Jeffrey Greene

  As a professor and associate dean in Carolina’s School of Education, Jeffrey Greene researches how students learn in digital environments, specifically their self-regulated learning. This includes how students’ knowledge, beliefs and characteristics influence their ability to monitor and control their learning.  While the internet is a valuable resource, Greene believes students need to have […] ... Read More

Focus Carolina: Jessica Lee

Dr. Jessica Lee is the Demeritt Distinguished Professor and chair of the Department of Pediatric Dentistry in the Adams School of Dentistry at Carolina. As a board-certified pediatric dentist, her primary research interests are in infant oral health, access to dental care for young children and health services research. She also explores innovative treatments for […] ... Read More

Focus Carolina: David Gotz

As an associate professor of information science in the School of Information and Library Science, Dr. David Gotz teaches and leads the Visual Analysis and Communications Lab. He conducts research related to the study and development of visual methods for information analysis and communication. He is also the assistant director for the Carolina Health Informatics […] ... Read More

Focus Carolina: Bo Li

As assistant professor of chemistry in the College of Arts & Sciences, Bo Li and the scientists in her lab are trying to unlock the hidden chemistry of bacteria for use in new antibiotics. Her research uses genomic-guided techniques to identify possibly therapeutic properties of bacteria, which could lead to new treatments for infectious diseases […] ... Read More