Campus Updates

Computer science students receive Google PhD Fellowships

Two UNC-Chapel Hill doctoral students in computer science are among 15 nationwide and in Canada to receive 2013 Google PhD Fellowships. Yunchao Gong received the fellowship in machine perception and Yinqian Zhang received the fellowship in computer security. Additional fellowships were awarded to doctoral students in Australia, China, India and Europe, totaling 39 Google fellows.…

Graduate students propose Duke/UNC project as innovative idea, win NSF award

Two UNC doctoral students won second place in the National Science Foundation’s Innovation in Graduate Education Challenge for presenting the Duke/UNC Scientists with Stories Project as a model of incorporating narrative-based science communication training into graduate education. The NSF competition invited graduate students across the nation to submit ideas with the potential to improve graduate…

UNC receives $8 million grant to improve safe motherhood in Malawi

UNC has received a five-year, $8 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to improve maternal and infant health and save the lives of mothers and infants in Malawi by strengthening the President’s Maternal Health and Safe Motherhood Initiative (SMI). “We are thrilled to receive this funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates…

Two Ph.D. candidates awarded national dissertation fellowships

Two UNC-Chapel Hill doctoral students, Nathaniel Sharadin in philosophy and Natalia Suit in anthropology, will start the 2013-2014 academic year with Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships. The two were among only 22 nationwide to receive the prestigious award. Each Charlotte W. Newcombe fellow receives a 12-month award of $25,000. Out of nearly 600 applicants…

Carol Folt starts new era as 11th chancellor

Carol L. Folt, former interim president of Dartmouth College and the Dartmouth Professor of Biological Sciences, took office Monday (July 1) as Carolina’s 11th chancellor. Folt, the first woman to lead Carolina, is an internationally recognized environmental scientist and was an award-winning teacher at Dartmouth, a member of the prestigious Ivy League. Folt will spend…

New mosaics discovered in synagogue excavations in Galilee

Excavations in the Late Roman (fifth century) synagogue at Huqoq, an ancient Jewish village in Israel’s Lower Galilee, have brought to light stunning mosaics that decorated the floor.  The Huqoq excavations are directed by Jodi Magness, Kenan Distinguished Professor in the religious studies department at UNC-Chapel Hill, and co-directed by Shua Kisilevitz of the Israel…