Campus Updates

The business of saving lives

Conducting industry-changing research is costly, difficult and time consuming. It requires help – lots of help – from partners in industry and academia. But when the work has the potential to have a positive impact on millions of people living in some of the worst conditions around the world, it can be a very rewarding…

Improvements for nonflammable lithium-ion batteries

Joseph DeSimone from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Nitash Balsara from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory revived industry and consumer confidence last year when they created the first prototype of a nonflammable lithium-ion battery. Now, they have made the nonflammable prototype even better, replacing the liquid electrolyte with a liquid-solid hybrid that…

A look back at Commencement

More than 2,000 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill students turned their tassels last weekend at the annual Winter Commencement. Here’s a look back at our Winter Commencement coverage, in case you missed it: Hogans, heroes: Faculty couple wed to student success Q&A with Commencement speaker Kelly Hogan ‘Beyond persistent’ ‘Failure wasn’t an option’…

Nobel winner to donate prize money to Chapel Hill foundation

Aziz Sancar, the Sarah Graham Kenan Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics, is under contract with the Nobel Foundation to donate the entire share of his 2015 Nobel Prize in Chemistry award money to the Aziz & Gwen Sancar Foundation of Chapel Hill. Sancar’s total prize money exceeds $310,000, one-third of the total prize amount. The…

UNC-Chapel Hill announces new degree pathway program for military population

Following the introduction earlier this year of a number of new initiatives to support the armed forces, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill announces plans to expand the UNC CORE general education program to include an undergraduate general education certificate. Targeted to launch in the Fall 2016 semester, the certificate is the first…

Parking, other information for Commencement

Kelly Hogan, Director of Instructional Innovation for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s College of Arts and Sciences and Senior STEM Lecturer in the College’s Biology Department, will deliver the address during UNC-Chapel Hill’s Winter Commencement on Dec. 13. Chancellor Carol L. Folt will preside over the ceremony, which will begin at 2…

Giddens to perform at UNC-Chapel Hill in February

Carolina Performing Arts at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill announced that Rhiannon Giddens, singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and founding member of the Grammy Award-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops has been added to the 2015-2016 season, with a performance in recognition of Black History Month on Feb. 28 at Memorial Hall. Accompanied by cellist Leyla McCalla…

Red Cross joins UNC-Chapel Hill community to give ‘gift of life’

In this season of giving, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is teaming with the American Red Cross to offer patients the gift of life. The 17th annual Carolina Holiday Blood Drive takes place Dec. 8 at Fetzer Hall on South Road. UNC-Chapel Hill students, faculty, staff and community members who give blood…