Campus Updates

“Changing World through Innovation” topic of March 4 talk

John Kao, author of “Innovation Nation,” and UNC public health alumnus Gary White, co-founder and chief executive officer of Water.org will discuss “Changing the World through Innovation” in a free public talk on March 4 at Carolina. Chancellor Holden Thorp, co-author of “Engines of Innovation,” will moderate the discussion at 5:30 p.m. in the auditorium…

Vote clears the way for Franklin Street project

Goodbye, University Square. Hello, 123 West Franklin. The Franklin Street project, to be developed on land owned by a University-affiliated private nonprofit corporation, received approval for rezoning and special use permits at the Feb. 11 Chapel Hill Town Council meeting. The unanimous vote cleared the way for a sweeping transformation of the 1960s-era shopping center…

Huge prehistoric reptile skeleton unveiling March 3

UNC paleontologist Joe Carter and Karin Peyer, a UNC alumna from the Museum of Natural History in Paris, are about to unveil a 12-foot long skeletal reconstruction of a one-of-a-kind prehistoric reptile. The unveiling will be at UNC’s Graham Memorial Hall at 1 p.m. on Sunday (March 3). Carter, Peyer, students and volunteers who worked…

UNC worldwide online partner with Coursera

The Carolina faculty’s expertise will be available to online learners around the world as part of a new partnership. Under an agreement announced today (Feb. 21), the University will partner with Coursera, an online education provider, to offer non-credit courses online at no cost. The University will offer its first massive open online courses, or…

Parisian sewer system subject of Feb. 27 lecture

“Paris Sewers and Sewermen” will be the subject of UNC history professor Donald Reid’s free public lecture on Feb. 27 at 5:30 p.m. in room 4003 at the FedEx Global Education Center. The FedEx Global Education Center is located at 301 Pittsboro St., Chapel Hill. Reid, a historian of modern France and a labor historian,…

Two students receive Luce scholarships

Carolina seniors William Douglas Leimenstoll and Henry Laurence Ross have earned 2013-2014 scholarships from the Henry Luce Foundation in New York City. The Luce Scholars Program funds a year of living and learning in East and Southeast Asia for recent college graduates up to the age of 30 with limited prior experience of the continent.…

Towelettes clean up difficult-to-remove anticancer drugs

A set of towelettes developed by two researchers at Carolina can safely remove difficult-to-clean anticancer drugs commonly found on surfaces in hospitals, pharmacies, clinics and labs. The product, called Hazardous Drug Clean – or HDClean – addresses the growing concern regarding the safety of health care workers who frequently handle these potentially dangerous drugs. “Health…

Thorp named provost at Washington University in St. Louis

Chancellor Holden Thorp will become the next provost of Washington University in St. Louis. Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton made the announcement today (Feb. 18). Thorp will succeed Edward Macias, the chief academic officer for the past 25 years, starting July 1. He also will hold an endowed professorship with appointments in chemistry and medicine. Washington…

Teaching awards honor instructors across disciplines

Twenty-four instructors in 18 different departments or schools received 2013 University Teaching Awards at Carolina. Winners of the award, the highest campus-wide recognition for teaching excellence, were recognized during halftime of the Carolina – Virginia Tech men’s basketball game on Feb. 2. A banquet will be held at the Carolina Club in April to present…

Chancellor Thorp honored with Nourish International Impact Award

Over the group’s signature Hunger Lunch of beans, rice and cornbread, Nourish International presented its first Impact Award to UNC Chancellor Holden Thorp. The group honored Thorp and co-founder Sindhura Citineni on Feb. 12 as part of the celebration of its 10th anniversary. Thorp was recognized for his work with innovation and student entrepreneurs. “Buck…