Posts by elisemahon:

The Bone Decoder

May 18, 2022

Clark Larsen uncovers the stories of bones, recreating the lives of people who lived thousands of years ago.

Roots of Afro-Latin Rhythms

April 14, 2022

In each episode of the Mix(ed)tape Podcast, researchers Melissa Villodas and Andrés Hincapié speak to Black dancers, choreographers, musicians, and academics about the roots of various Afro-Latin rhythms, the role of dance and music in identity formation, and how racism manifests in the Afro-Latin dance scene.

Small Bodies, Big Stressors

March 10, 2022

An interdisciplinary team of researchers from UNC-Chapel Hill and Michigan State University is conducting a long-term study to determine how poverty-induced stress might impact an infant’s ability to grow and develop. They're collecting their data from two places: the brain and the gut.

Cell by Cell

January 18, 2022

Since he was in high school, Craig Cameron has been interested in viruses and vaccines. Now, he and a team of microbiologists and immunologists are studying viral infection on a single-cell level to help create better medicines.

The Sanctity of Cherokee

November 15, 2021

As a result of systemic oppression, there are fewer than 200 native Cherokee speakers in North Carolina. To keep the language alive and pass it to the next generation, UNC-Chapel Hill researcher and Eastern Band Cherokeean citizen Benjamin Frey has teamed up with computer scientists Mohit Bansal and Shiyue Zhang to create a new translation model and grow the literary library of works available in Cherokee.

The Sanctity of Cherokee: Audio Clip 2

It’s one of my favorite examples: I’m going to go get coffee is Kawi widatsinegisi. So, coffee is Kawi; widatsinegisi means “I’m going to go get a liquid object at a distant location.”

The Sanctity of Cherokee: Audio Clip 1

Siyo nigadagwu; Ben Frey dagwado’a yonega gv’di, ale Tuya Digvtsatlanvhi anoseho giduwagi gv’di. Hello, my name is Ben Frey as they say in English, or Tuya Digvtsatlanvhi is what they say in Cherokee.

Sifting Through Schoolyard Memories

October 14, 2021

This summer, UNC-Chapel Hill PhD student Colleen Betti and 80 volunteers rushed to uncover a historic schoolyard that was about to be paved over and transformed into a parking lot. Their mission: to illuminate the overlooked, everyday lives of African American school children from the 19th century.

A Respectable Use of Time

September 14, 2021

How do official records of the American past differ from those documented by the everyday women who lived through it? Danielle Burke, a master’s student in the UNC-Chapel Hill Department of American Studies, is combining studio art with archival and ethnographic research to explore class, gender, and identity through an overlooked sector of craftspeople: handweavers and lacemakers.