Campus Updates

Varied events continue MLK celebration

UNC’s celebration of Martin Luther King Jr., which has the theme, “Unifying the Dream through Thought and Action,” continues with a variety of events, including a free expression contest, a photography exhibit that features social justice movements and a day of service. On Feb. 28, Cornel West, a professor of philosophy and Christian practice at…

Folt attends White House summit on college access and success

Chancellor Carol L. Folt’s attendance at a day-long White House summit on college affordability this week reflects Carolina’s long-standing commitment to ensuring access to a high-quality education for students, Folt says. “I was there because I believe in the importance, but I was also there because Carolina believes in the importance,” Folt says. “We are…

Research on autism interventions helps parents make better choices

More children than ever are being diagnosed with autism, which means more parents than ever face a dizzying array of often expensive treatment options. Giving parents and professionals authoritative information is the purpose of a new review spearheaded by the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.…

Chancellor Folt sends message to campus

Dear Carolina Community: I am writing today to provide my perspective on a topic that has been reported in the media recently, and more importantly, is of great concern to our community: what we are doing to ensure the integrity of our support for student-athletes and their success from admission to graduation. Carolina’s recent academic…

Project to improve services for young children with autism

Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have received a $900,000 grant to improve services for young children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their families. The State Implementation Grant comes from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The primary goal of the…

UNC researchers find new route for better brain disorder treatments

Scientists at the UNC School of Medicine and The Scripps Research Institute have discovered how salt acts as a key regulator for drugs used to treat a variety of brain diseases including chronic pain, Parkinson’s disease and depression. The finding, published online Jan. 12 in the journal Nature, has cleared the way for more precisely…

Washington appointed vice chancellor for Workforce Strategy, Equity and Engagement

Felicia A. Washington has been appointed the University’s new vice chancellor for Workforce Strategy, Equity and Engagement, effective Feb. 1. An experienced attorney in issues involving employment, compliance and discrimination, Washington will replace former Vice Chancellor for Human Resources Brenda Malone. As approved by the Board of Trustees, the new name for the position reflects…

Researchers harness energy during day for use at night

Solar energy has long been used as a clean alternative to fossil fuels such as coal and oil, but it could only be harnessed during the day when the sun’s rays were strongest. Researchers led by Tom Meyer at the Energy Frontier Research Center at UNC-Chapel Hill have built a system that converts the sun’s…

Harper keynote speaker for MLK Jr. celebration

Actor and author Hill Harper will be the keynote speaker for the 33rd annual Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Lecture at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Hill is the author of the New York Times best-selling book, “Letters to a Young Brother: Manifest Your Destiny.” His latest book is “Letters to an…