Alyssa LaFaro

On any given day, Alyssa can be found photographing the effects of climate change, digging up long-lost information in the University Archives, or writing furiously in her Bynum Hall office. As the editor of Endeavors, she’s mastered the art of “wearing many hats.” When she’s not behind a camera or a computer, she’s meeting regularly with communicators, students, and faculty from across campus to learn about the latest research projects and unlock new opportunities for collaboration.

Posts by Alyssa LaFaro:

Lessons in Field Work

January 19, 2024

Biology students gain hands-on experience working with a variety of organisms, from butterflies to fish, in the Outer Banks.

Poetic Portals

November 28, 2023

For Gabrielle Calvocoressi, poems are gateways to other worlds to explore emotions, identity, and the past.

Empathy for the Past

November 16, 2023

John Wood Sweet writes character-driven narratives filled with vivid descriptions and emotional moments to unpack early America’s complicated history.

A Boost for Biology Education

October 12, 2023

The Carolina Biology Education Research Lab makes research more accessible and unpacks career options for undergraduates — a vital service for a department with more than 2,800 majors.

The Bullying Pathway

September 21, 2023

Dorothy Espelage is a pioneering and prolific researcher in the study of school-based bullying, rapidly growing the field and protecting kids along the way.

All in the Family

September 19, 2023

Ramona Denby-Brinson has spent the last 30 years keeping children out of the foster system and in the homes of relatives.

Measuring Water from Space

September 14, 2023

A new NASA satellite is recording the first global survey of Earth’s water cycle with unprecedented accuracy — and Tamlin Pavelsky is verifying its data from North Carolina to New Zealand.

A Slow Burn

August 28, 2023

Ric Colacito’s research suggests that, in the worst-case scenario, rising temperatures could reduce U.S. economic growth by up to one-third over the next century.

Healing with Art

May 22, 2023

Denise “Dee” Yookong Williams uses art to help LGBTQ youth and youth of color process their experiences around suicide.

Extracting Extraordinary Things

April 24, 2023

Claire Bunschoten spent a year at The New York Botanical Garden unpacking the history and culture tied to one of America’s favorite flavors: vanilla.