Campus Updates

Summer Reading Author Bryan Stevenson to speak Aug. 17

Bryan Stevenson, author of the 2015 Carolina Summer Reading selection, “Just Mercy,” will speak at 6 p.m., Monday, August 17, in Memorial Hall on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus. A book signing will follow in the Anne Queen Lounge in the Campus Y from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Stevenson will talk about his work to…

“Cool Schools” ranking showcases sustainability initiatives at Carolina

Sierra magazine, the official publication of the Sierra Club, has ranked the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 15th out of more than 150 participating colleges and universities in its “Cool Schools” rankings, which highlight America’s greenest colleges and universities. Carolina, the only North Carolina university to make the top 20 list, was recognized…

University conducts successful emergency drill

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill must be prepared to handle any danger, including the possibility of responding to separate incidents in different locations. That’s the scenario that unfolded Aug. 10 during the emergency preparedness drill that involved scenarios of fatal shootings at the Pit on main campus and a hostage situation at…

UNC scientists pinpoint how a gene linked to autism changes the brain

Last December, researchers identified more than 1,000 gene mutations in individuals with autism, but how these mutations increased risk for autism was unclear. Now, UNC School of Medicine researchers are the first to show how one of these mutations disables a molecular switch in one of these genes and causes autism. Published today in the…

Strayhorn to deliver keynote for Diversity THINKposium

Terrell Strayhorn, a nationally recognized speaker and scholar who has been called one of the most highly visible scholars in his field by the Journal of Blacks in Higher Education, will deliver the keynote address at the 3rd annual Diversity THINKposium at UNC-Chapel Hill on August 12. Strayhorn will also serve as the keynote speaker…

Dibbert receives prestigious CASE award

The Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) recently named Doug Dibbert, president of the UNC General Alumni Association, the recipient of the prestigious Frank L. Ashmore Award for service to CASE and the advancement profession. Steve Grafton, president of the Alumni Association at the University of Michigan, said in his nominating letter that…

Carolina team to compete for top brain challenge prize

A team of UNC-Chapel Hill graduate students was among 13 winners of the Neuro Startup Challenge, an open innovation competition designed to bring promising medical inventions to market. Winning teams were selected based on their business plans, financial models and live pitches. The competition was organized by the Heritage Provider Network (HPN) in collaboration with…

Carolina Horizons hosts 43 American Indian seniors

Last week, the UNC American Indian Center hosted 43 rising high school American Indian seniors from 11 different native nations to learn about the college application process through Carolina Horizons. In its first year, Carolina Horizons is designed to promote higher education and prepare American Indian high school students for the college application process, through…