Campus Updates

Researchers crack 50-year-old nuclear waste problem, make storage safer

Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have adapted a technology developed for solar energy in order to selectively remove one of the trickiest and most-difficult-to-remove elements in nuclear waste pools across the country, making the storage of nuclear waste safer and nontoxic – and solving a decades-old problem. The work, published…

Carolina students’ traveling science roadshow visits northeastern North Carolina

Two University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill second-year students will spend their spring break visiting communities in northeastern North Carolina with the state’s first-ever traveling science roadshow. Jonathan Martinez and Steve Mow, student ambassadors for the North Carolina Science Festival, will present live science demonstrations aboard a ferry crossing the Currituck Sound, as well…

Zakaria calls for a renewed commitment to higher education

Despite fears that higher education in the United States is in decline, CNN host Fareed Zakaria told a packed auditorium at UNC-Chapel Hill that he is extremely optimistic about the future. “You hear that you’re not going to be able to get jobs, you’ll be saddled with mountains of debt, the whole thing is a…

Carolina Research Ventures selects Hatteras as manager of investments

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has taken another step forward in helping its startups get off the ground. On March 2, Carolina Research Ventures, which helps fund Carolina-based companies, hired Hatteras Venture Partners. Serving as the manager of CRV’s investments, Hatteras will invest up to $10 million in companies and projects started…

Business First ranks UNC-Chapel Hill the nation’s top public university

Once again, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has been recognized as the nation’s top public university. The second annual national study by Business First rated Carolina first among 477 four-year public institutions across the country based on 20 indicators of academic excellence, prestige, affordability, diversity and economic strength. This comes on the…

Three UNC-Chapel Hill faculty members receive 2016 Sloan Research Fellowship

Three Carolina faculty members have been awarded a 2016 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, a two-year grant given to early-career scientists and scholars whose distinguished performance and unique potential identify them as rising stars, the next generation of scientific leaders. Carolina’s recipients this year are Zhen Gu, Jillian Dempsey and Alexander Miller, bringing Carolina’s total…

UNC-Chapel Hill hosts fifth annual TEDxUNC conference, Feb. 27

A speed climber, podcast comedians, dance and circus groups, local artisans and Carolina students and faculty are just part of the highly anticipated lineup for the fifth annual TEDxUNC conference on Feb. 27. The compelling group of speakers and performers will explore the theme “Bodies: Being Human” from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the…

Deep ocean researcher to deliver Doctoral Hooding address

Samantha Joye, a leading researcher on the impact of oil and gas seepage in deep ocean environments, will give the keynote address at UNC-Chapel Hill’s 2016 Doctoral Hooding Ceremony. The event recognizes graduate students receiving their doctoral degrees and is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. May 7 at the Dean E. Smith Center. Joye, who holds…

Carolina receives top marks from ‘Big Three’ credit rating agencies

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has received top ratings this year from all three nationally recognized statistical rating organizations, commonly known as the “Big Three” credit rating agencies, reinforcing the University’s strong financial profile. Earlier this week, Moody’s Investor Service and Fitch Ratings both issued their highest ratings to the University, Aaa…