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Lyn Koehnline and Jan Paris are art conservators at the UNC Wilson Library. Part of their work involves reconstructing paper artifacts, deciphering fine prints, and restoring old photographs.
David Mora-Marin is an assistant professor of linguistics and one of the few specialists in ancient Mayan languages from around 400 BC to 200 AD. A recent article was published about the writing system used by the Olmecs, the first civilization in Mesoamerica. Mora-Marin analyzed the Olmec writing tablet and found patterns that contradict the researchers’ findings.
Chrysography is a technique employed by early Christian scribes who used gold ink to copy the Gospels of the Bible. Chrysography became a crucial element in Crusader icon paintings, but little is known about why it was used. Jaroslav Folda, a professor of art history, believes it provides insight into differing developments in medieval and Renaissance art.
Textbooks often show pools of magma underneath volcanoes. While such pools do exist, new research by geologists Allen Glazner and Drew Coleman suggest that magma pools are probably much rarer than scientists previously thought.
Computer scientists Ming Lin and Dinesh Manocha developed a modeling and simulation program that is being used to train military soldiers how to stay alive in the combat zone. Other software is being developed to train first responders, emergency response, and police, and to simulate hurricane evacuations.