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Wednesday March 22nd


UNC's Environmental Law Project fosters community for students

At the UNC School of Law, the Environmental Law Project is a space for students interested in the field to socialize, serve their communities and engage in mentorship opportunities.  Specific programs include pro bono work and research opportunities, as well as a recycling initiative.  “The core of what we do is giving people the knowledge of what this field looks like, giving them the resources they need to pursue it further,” Rachel Coutinho, treasurer of the ELP,  said. 

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'We've had death threats': UNC's Baric Lab is subject of internet conspiracies on COVID-19

Since the start of the pandemic, the Baric Lab has been the target of internet conspiracy theories, ranging from accusations of engineering SARS-CoV-2 — the virus that causes COVID-19 — to allegations of bioweaponry. There is no evidence to support these claims. In 2021, the National Intelligence Council determined the virus “was not developed as a biological weapon” and most intelligence agencies assessed that COVID-19 was likely not genetically engineered. “When things happen that hurt people — and a virus that crosses the planet and kills a lot of people definitely hurts people — they want to have a reason for why that happens,” Rachel Graham, an assistant professor of epidemiology, said.

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The Galapagos Science Center on San Cristobal Island is pictured on April 3, 2018.
Photo Courtesy of Kennedy Cox.

UNC program will study climate change in Ecuador, receives grant

This summer, four UNC undergraduate students will travel to Ecuador alongside Diego Riveros-Iregui, a professor of geography and co-director of the Center for Galapagos Studies, to conduct climate research in the Páramo, a region of the Andes Mountains.  These students will pair up with other students from Universidad San Francisco de Quito to analyze the findings.  

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