Campus Updates

University to test emergency sirens Aug. 26

The University will test its emergency sirens on Wednesday, Aug. 26, between noon and 1 p.m. as part of Alert Carolina, a campus-wide safety awareness campaign. Anyone outside on or near campus, including downtown Chapel Hill and locations near the William and Ida Friday Continuing Education Center and University facilities off Martin Luther King Boulevard…

Zhen Gu named to MIT Technology Review’s top innovators under 35

Zhen Gu, an assistant professor in North Carolina State University and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s joint biomedical engineering program, has been named one of MIT Technology Review’s “Innovators Under 35” for his work on developing novel drug-delivery systems for treating cancer and diabetes. The annual list, which Tech Review has issued since…

First-year students immersed in service through SLI

In the days before classes began in the fall of 2003, 11 UNC-Chapel Hill first-year students gathered for a day of service work in the Chapel Hill community. Twelve years later, the Service-Learning Initiative (SLI) continues to make an impact on the community. With the largest SLI to date, 60 first-year and transfer students worked…

Catching up with Carolina

From major research announcements and the demolition of University Square on Franklin Street to the annual Fourth of July celebration and the introduction of a new dean at the Law School, The University of North Carolina kept busy this summer. Here’s what Carolina has been up to while many of you were away: Carolina announced…

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 17th 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…