Campus Updates

Carolina awards Nobel Physicist Higgs an honorary degree

Peter Higgs, professor emeritus in the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Edinburgh, was presented with an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill during a ceremony at the University of Edinburgh on March 3. The honor was presented to Higgs by Carol L.…

After Ebola crisis, Carolina website model lives on

Ebola is not the crisis it once was in Africa, especially in Liberia. There, schools shuttered since autumn reopened Feb. 16, and in the week before that, only three new Ebola cases were reported in the whole nation. But back in August, the disease was raging and hundreds were dying each week. The Liberian Ministry…

Cahoon wins Sloan Research Fellowship

James F. Cahoon of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is among 126 scholars being awarded the 2015 Sloan Research Fellowship by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Given annually since 1955, the fellowships go to early career scientists and scholars whose achievements and potential identify them as rising stars, the next generation of…

UNC selects ‘Just Mercy’ for 2015 summer reading

The true story of a young attorney who learned the importance of compassion in the fight for justice is UNC-Chapel Hill’s 2015 selection for the Carolina Summer Reading Program. “Just Mercy” by Bryan Stevenson was selected by a nine-person panel consisting of 3 faculty, staff and students each. Stevenson’s book focuses on the story of…

Litynski claims first-ever ACC women’s sabre crown

Fencing in front of family, friends and even a favorite professor, North Carolina senior Gillian Litynski claimed the first-ever Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Sabre Championship Sunday afternoon at Carmichael Arena. Her championship bout victory, 15-6 over Notre Dame’s Claudia Kulmacz, provided a fitting finale for UNC, which hosted the return of the ACC Fencing Championship…

Honoring trailblazers

Karen Stevenson might not have set out to blaze a trail, but she did. Charles Waddell, too, was ahead of his time. For the second straight year, Carolina Athletics on Saturday will honor pioneering former student-athletes with the Trailblazer Award, and this year’s honorees are memorable in a myriad of ways. Stevenson, who competed in…

Public safety explores use of body-worn cameras

Soon, Carolina’s public safety officers may have a new tool at their fingertips – or more precisely, on their uniforms. At semester’s end, Chief Jeff McCracken, director of public safety, hopes to have all of Carolina’s 53 sworn officers equipped with body-worn cameras when they go on patrol. Matt Fajack, vice chancellor for finance and…

ESPN’s First Take to broadcast live from UNC

ESPN’s First Take will broadcast live from the FPG Student Union at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on Tuesday, a day ahead of the Carolina at Duke men’s basketball game. Hosts Skip Bayless, Stephen A. Smith and Cari Champion will be there, along with Rameses, the Carolina cheerleaders, the pep band and…

Students honor Smith’s role as civil rights champion

While many tributes for UNC-Chapel Hill basketball coach Dean Smith have focused on his unparalleled record on the court, a group of Carolina students came together Tuesday night to celebrate Smith as a champion for civil rights. Dozens huddled together in the cold at a memorial outside the basketball arena that bears Smith’s name and…

Message to the Campus Community: Feb. 11 vigil to honor the departed

The campus community is invited to a vigil this (Feb. 11) evening to honor the three young people who died yesterday evening. At 6:30 p.m. in the Pit, Triangle university and community leaders are coming together to remember the departed. Sadly, Deah Barakat, a student in the School of Dentistry, and his wife, Yusor Abu-Salha,…