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Perry Samson, a professor of atmospheric sciences at the University of Michigan and the founder of LectureTools, now known as Echo360, stands in front of one of his lecture classes. Photo courtesy of Perry Samson.

Despite lack of engagement, STEM classes are usually taught using lectures

Studies have shown that students respond better to interactive teaching styles, but STEM classes are primarily taught through lectures. Some professors are developing strategies for more active learning, moving towards evidence based teaching strategies. 


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UNC APAHM holds panel to discuss barriers and challenges Asian Americans face

The "bamboo ceiling" keeps Asian Americans from reaching leadership positions in their fields of work due to the quiet and passive stereotypes that follow them. "So, who in this country has the perfect set of leadership skills? It’s a system built for a particular group of people, and those perceptions are built into that as well," UNC graduate student Melissa Luong said.


Greek life educates campus on sexual assault with It's On Us

“What the It’s On Us campaign is encouraging is that sexual violence is everyone’s issue,” said  Shelley Gist Kennedy, the program coordinator for the Carolina Women's Center. “There is no one who gets to opt out because it affects each of us and each of us have a role to play. You each have a role to play in preventing violence. You each have the potential to serve as an ally, as an active bystander, as a supporter to survivors.”


Students completing honors theses spend several months researching topics that relate to their fields.

Honor theses give students the chance to explore specific interests

UNC offers students the opportunity to complete an honors thesis in their major fields of study. To start working on the project, students must be in the second semester of their junior year or the first semester of their senior year. Out of thousands of students at UNC, only about 350 are willing to spend six credit hours and months of research to complete an honors thesis. 


Moving forward after Arts Everywhere Day, UNC has a long term goal of increasing interest in the arts.

Despite Arts Everywhere initiative, UNC arts staff feels neglected by University

Arts initiatives like Arts Everywhere are creating a public platform for the arts at UNC, integrating them into campus life through new events, performances and installations of public art. But despite this visible appreciation for the arts, there are still signs of internal neglect. Many arts facilities on campus are in disrepair and have been for years. Sabine Gruffat, associate professor of studio art at UNC, pointed out that there’s no public space on campus for contemporary art.


Ritwik Pavan presenting at an entrepreneurial showcase. Photo courtesy of Pavan.

UNC makes strides to become a hub for business development

UNC is a  launch pad for startups and research ventures according to data published by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Economic Development on behalf of Innovate Carolina. The office tracks data on the success of ventures founded by University faculty, staff or students at campus or three years after leaving.