Campus Updates

UNC-Chapel Hill trustees honor four with prestigious Davie Awards

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Board of Trustees presented its highest honor, the William Richardson Davie Award, to four alumni in recognition of their “dedication, commitment, loyalty and service.” During a dinner on Nov. 14, at the Carolina Inn, Chancellor Carol L. Folt and the trustees honored Alston Gardner of Chapel Hill,…

165 at UNC-Chapel Hill inducted into Phi Beta Kappa

Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest and most honored college honorary society, has inducted 165 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill students as new members. The recent induction ceremony featured a keynote address by Martin H. Brinkley, dean of the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Law and Arch T. Allen Distinguished Professor of Law. New…

UNC awards $648,234 in study abroad support to 182 Students

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has provided $648,234 in scholarships, fellowships and program support to 182 undergraduate students pursuing study abroad programs in Spring, Summer and Fall 2017, and yearlong programs during the 2017-18 academic year. Funded by private gifts to the College of Arts & Sciences, the awards enable students to…

Graduate students compete in Three Minute Thesis competition

Understanding how HIV remains in the body even after treatment or discovering new materials to improve the way we capture and store solar energy takes months — or years — of research. But at the annual Three Minute Thesis competition finals, 10 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill graduate students had only three minutes…

Carolina celebrates American Indian Heritage Month

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will celebrate American Indian Heritage Month beginning Nov. 1 with a series of events hosted by the American Indian Center. This year’s month-long celebration will include lectures, cultural activities and film viewings that share traditions, examine cultural impacts and discuss the ways of American Indian life. The…

AAU report shows progress in STEM teaching at Carolina and seven other schools

The Association of American Universities (AAU) released a five-year status report that highlights institutional progress in improving the quality of undergraduate science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) teaching and learning resulting from the Undergraduate STEM Education Initiative. The Oct. 3 report provides detailed analysis of STEM educational reforms at eight seed-funded AAU STEM project sites, including…

Chapel Hill officials preparing for Halloween

The Town of Chapel Hill continues its preparation efforts for the night of Halloween with the focus on safety for people and property. “We launch a massive cooperative effort to encourage safety at Halloween on Franklin Street,” said Town Manager Roger Stancil. “We are in this together – Town, University, students, businesses and residents –…

Carolina brings innovative spirit, cutting-edge exhibits to Smithsonian festival

UNC-Chapel Hill faculty, students and staff recently joined with the 14 other universities in the Atlantic Coast Conference at the ACCelerate Creativity and Innovation Festival, where they shared the novel application of ideas and research. The three-day festival featured performances, discussions and 48 interactive installations at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. Led by the Office of the Vice…

Sharpless sworn in as director of the National Cancer Institute

Dr. Norman E. “Ned” Sharpless was sworn in as the 15th director of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) on Tuesday. Sharpless, who served as director of UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center from January 2014 to June 2017, succeeds Dr. Harold E. Varmus, who stepped down as the NCI director in March 2015. Dr. Douglas R.…