Campus Updates

Crisp delivers seniors’ Last Lecture

It’s not surprising that the Class of 2016 picked popular Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Winston Crisp to deliver the class’s Last Lecture. But the talk’s outdoor setting provided an ironic twist to Crisp’s remarks Thursday evening. For years, Crisp said, he has been telling pre-college students that his greatest motivation in college was central…

Carolina joins launch of SPARK, nation’s largest autism research study

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill today helped launch SPARK, a research initiative designed to become the largest genetic research study for autism ever undertaken in the United States. The historic nationwide project will collect information and DNA from 50,000 individuals with autism — and their families — to better understand the causes…

Five students selected as 2016 Burch Fellows

Five students from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill were selected as recipients of the 2016 Burch Fellowship, to pursue unique and self-initiated proposed experiences anywhere off UNC-Chapel Hill’s campus. The Burch Fellows Program was established in 1993 by a gift from UNC-Chapel Hill alumnus Lucius E. Burch, III with the goal of…

Inclusion and diversity climate survey begins this month

Carolina is conducting a survey of the climate for inclusion and diversity on campus this spring. On April 11, staff and students will receive an email link to the Inclusion and Diversity Climate Survey. The staff survey takes approximately 20 minutes to complete. Both the undergraduate and graduate and professional student surveys take approximately 25–35…

Message from University leaders: Update on House Bill 2

Dear Campus Community: Over the past several weeks, since House Bill 2 (HB2) became the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act, the response to this new law on our campus has grown more intense and more quickly than any issue we’ve faced in recent memory. Diversity and inclusiveness are at the heart of what makes…

Katie Ziglar named Director of Ackland Art Museum

The Ackland Art Museum at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill announced today that Katie Ziglar has been appointed as the director of the Museum. Ziglar is currently the Director of External Affairs at the Freer|Sackler Galleries, Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., a position she has held since 2003. “We are delighted that…

Two students recognized by Goldwater Foundation

The Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program named University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill third-year student Chiara Pancaldo as a 2016 Goldwater Scholar and Mike Lebhar, also a third-year student, as a 2016 Goldwater Honorable Mention. This prestigious scholarship provides up to $7,500 per year for eligible educational expenses to students who…

Women in Science Symposium helps build networks, confidence

In high school, Tojan Rahhal quickly noticed that there was a shortage of women in her math and science classes. As an undergraduate at NC State and then as a graduate student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, she personally sought out women scientists to serve as mentors and build a network…