Campus Updates

UNC-Chapel Hill No. 10 for Student Fulbright Awards

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill tied for 3rd among public research universities with the most students and recent graduates receiving Fulbright awards for 2014-2015. UNC is ranked 10th nationally among all research universities on the Fulbright U.S. Student Program list. Reported recently in The Chronicle of Higher Education, UNC and Rutgers University…

PlayMakers announces 2015-2016 season

A Pulitzer Prize-winner straight from Broadway, the world premiere of a new adaptation of a timeless classic and a tour de force musical by Stephen Sondheim will highlight the six-play 2015-2016 main-stage season from PlayMakers Repertory Company. The theater will also present three topical, thought-provoking shows in its PRC2 second-stage season. The PRC2 series is…

Morehead Planetarium and Science Center receives $1 million endowment gift

The Burroughs Wellcome Fund has announced a $1 million gift to Morehead Planetarium and Science Center to create an endowment fund to support the North Carolina Science Festival. “The Burroughs Wellcome Fund has supported the North Carolina Science Festival since its very beginnings,” said John Burris, president of the Burroughs Wellcome Fund. “By providing an endowment…

The Ackland displays three paintings by Picasso on loan

This trio doesn’t get out of the house very often. In fact, it’s the first time they have ever appeared together in public. They are taking a short vacation at the Ackland Art Museum through March 8, and they’d love to have you visit them in the museum’s 20th century gallery. These privately held paintings…

Carolina awards Nobel Physicist Higgs an honorary degree

Peter Higgs, professor emeritus in the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Edinburgh, was presented with an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill during a ceremony at the University of Edinburgh on March 3. The honor was presented to Higgs by Carol L.…

After Ebola crisis, UNC website model lives on

Ebola is not the crisis it once was in Africa, especially in Liberia. There, schools shuttered since autumn reopened Feb. 16, and in the week before that, only three new Ebola cases were reported in the whole nation. But back in August, the disease was raging and hundreds were dying each week. The Liberian Ministry…

Cahoon wins Sloan Research Fellowship

James F. Cahoon of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is among 126 scholars being awarded the 2015 Sloan Research Fellowship by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Given annually since 1955, the fellowships go to early career scientists and scholars whose achievements and potential identify them as rising stars, the next generation of…

UNC selects ‘Just Mercy’ for 2015 summer reading

The true story of a young attorney who learned the importance of compassion in the fight for justice is UNC-Chapel Hill’s 2015 selection for the Carolina Summer Reading Program. “Just Mercy” by Bryan Stevenson was selected by a nine-person panel consisting of 3 faculty, staff and students each. Stevenson’s book focuses on the story of…

Litynski claims first-ever ACC women’s sabre crown

Fencing in front of family, friends and even a favorite professor, North Carolina senior Gillian Litynski claimed the first-ever Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Sabre Championship Sunday afternoon at Carmichael Arena. Her championship bout victory, 15-6 over Notre Dame’s Claudia Kulmacz, provided a fitting finale for UNC, which hosted the return of the ACC Fencing Championship…

Honoring trailblazers

Karen Stevenson might not have set out to blaze a trail, but she did. Charles Waddell, too, was ahead of his time. For the second straight year, Carolina Athletics on Saturday will honor pioneering former student-athletes with the Trailblazer Award, and this year’s honorees are memorable in a myriad of ways. Stevenson, who competed in…