Campus Updates

TEDxUNC soars with ideas from astronaut alumnus, students, faculty

As American astronaut Jerry Linenger finished his riveting description of life in space, the full house in attendance for Saturday’s TEDxUNC event “Taking Flight” soared to its feet. The crowd at UNC’s Memorial Hall expressed enthusiastic appreciation for the Tar Heel hero, who twisted, turned and arched on stage to accent the extraordinary story of…

UNC team gives military veterans tools to help themselves

Eric Elbogen, a forensic psychologist in Carolina’s School of Medicine, heads a team that developed tools mental health clinicians can use to assess and reduce risk for violent behavior in veterans. Through a grant from the National Institute of Mental Health, Elbogen and colleagues identified risk factors associated with risk of violence in veterans and,…

One Carolina celebrates Anthony’s day

Marcus Paige, Leslie McDonald and members of the UNC men’s basketball team recently spent part of a day in Chapel Hill, on campus and behind the scenes at the Smith Center with Anthony Hernandez, a 12-year-old Tar Heel fan from Morganton, N.C., who has a form of muscular dystrophy. One Carolina is a new, student-run…

UNC School of Dentistry provides free dental care to local children

Nearly 100 preschoolers received free dental care services during the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry’s Give Kids a Smile Day event. More than 200 volunteers, including School of Dentistry students, residents, staff and faculty members, participated in the event on Feb. 7. The Durham Head Start students, ages 3-5, received…

Researchers build nonflammable lithium ion battery

In studying a material that prevents marine life from sticking to the bottom of ships, researchers led by chemist Joseph DeSimone at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have identified a surprising replacement for the only inherently flammable component of today’s lithium-ion batteries: the electrolyte. The work, published in the Feb. 10 issue…

‘We Love Valentines’ afternoon at the Ackland

Enjoy an afternoon of creativity and crafting in the spirit of love at the Ackland Art Museum on Sunday, February 16. The public is invited to come to “We Love Valentines” Night at the Ackland and show their love — for art, for UNC and for their family and friends — during the museum’s extended…

Conference to address Environments of Global American South

The 2014 Global American South Conference, “Cities, Rivers and Cultures of Change: Rethinking and Restoring the Environments of the Global American South,” will take place at the FedEx Global Education Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from Feb. 21-22. The conference is free and open to the public. It will address…

Chancellor Folt reflects on National African American History Month

Dear Carolina Community: Last night I had the privilege of attending an inspiring program at the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History commemorating National African American History Month. Dr. Hasan Kwame Jeffries, award-winning author and civil rights scholar, recounted the struggles and successes of African Americans here in North Carolina, and encouraged…