The 2019-2020 Endeavors magazine. Published in October, 2019.

November 1st, 2019

2019-2020 Endeavors Magazine

Cover of the 2019-2020 Endeavors magazine. Click to view a flipbook version of the print magazine.

Research at Carolina is thriving. We are discovering cures for diseases, answering questions in every research discipline, accelerating business through technology advancements, and creating tens of thousands of jobs across North Carolina. We conduct research in every county in North Carolina and in over 100 countries across the globe. We are facilitating the basic curiosity, passion, and creativity that’s inherent in our faculty, staff, and students with the goal of unleashing their innovative potential.

That’s why the print edition of Endeavors has returned with an annual issue! This new iteration of our 35-year-old magazine highlights the unique breadth and depth of the research enterprise at Carolina – from student and faculty researchers measuring carbon in the Andes Mountains of Ecuador to dentists at UNC Hospitals practicing an innovative procedure using baby teeth as a replacement for permanently missing teeth in children. Read about these stories and more here.

Stories in this Edition


Seniors Maribel Herrera and Chloe Schneider and junior Nehemiah Stewart use an infrared gas analyzer to measure carbon dioxide levels in the peatlands of the North Andean páramo.

Climate Game-Changers

For thousands of years, the northern Andes Mountains have acted as a carbon sink, preserving...
Ria Kontou

Eleftheria “Ria” Kontou

Eleftheria “Ria” Kontou is a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of City and Regional...
Juan Carlos Gonzalez Espitia

Juan Carlos González Espitia

Juan Carlos González Espitia is an associate professor of Spanish in the Department of Romance...

The Known Unknowns

In 2016, a group of North Carolina researchers published evidence of high rates of PFAS...
Julianna Prim (right) monitors Ryan Brooks' heart rate on a computer as he steps up on a platform

Combating Concussions

There are a thousand ways service members can receive mild traumatic brain injuries during training...

Sea Turtle Secrets

How do sea turtles navigate using Earth’s magnetic fields? To shed light on this incredible...
Glenn Reside and Pawel Plakwicz

A Tooth for a Tooth

When an adult loses a front tooth, dentists can replace it with an implant. What...
Cherie Rivers Ndaliko gives instructions to the cast of the film Matata

Confronting Conflict with Creativity

From Chapel Hill to the Democratic Republic of Congo, music professor Chérie Rivers Ndaliko empowers...
Laura Mersini-Houghton

An Origin Story

Most theoretical physicists don’t see their predictions confirmed in their lifetimes, as it can take...
a graphic of a Swiss army knife; the large blade is provenance, the small blade is indexing, the nail file is integrity, the scissors are compliance, the magnifying class is auditing, the keychain is storage tiering, the corkscrew is automated ingest, and the pen is publishing

Carpe Datum

Every day, humans create 2.5 quintillion bytes of data. How do we protect, store, and...

Chasing Cephalopod Dreams

Jared Richards recalls childhood memories walking through the halls of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of...