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Inside the May 2006 issue of FYI Carolina
- Teach for America founder shares insights with graduates
Teach for America founder Wendy Kopp brought an inspiring message about public service to Chapel Hill while speaking passionately about the potential of the Class of 2006 graduates during her May 14 Commencement remarks. Click the link above to see excerpts, the entire speech and photos from Commencement.
- Tar Heel Bus Tour highlights commitment to North Carolina
Three dozen of UNC's newest faculty just completed a weeklong introduction to the state and its people as the Tar Heel Bus Tour made its ninth journey across the state. Since 1997, more than 250 new faculty and administrators have experienced this guided tour. The goal is to help them gain a better understanding of North Carolina and the people the university serves. Click here to see photos from some of this year's stops.
- Faculty elected to prestigious arts and sciences academy
Two professors were elected fellows of the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Sciences for preeminent contributions to their disciplines and to society at large. Christopher R. Browning, Frank Porter Graham Professor of History, and Edward D. "Ted" Salmon, James Larkin and Iona Mae Ballou Distinguished Professor of Cell Biology, were among 195 new inductees. Thirty academy members now have Carolina connections.
- FedEx $5 million gift supports global education building
FedEx Corp. has committed a $5 million gift to Carolina to support a global education building that will bring several key international activities under one roof and advance a major academic priority. The university broke ground in 2004 for the building, which will create a vibrant hub of international teaching, research and public service. The gift counts toward the Carolina First Campaign.
- Sickle cell research changes views on pain, patient therapies
The pain can begin suddenly. In your arms or legs, chest or stomach. Sharp or dull, throbbing or stabbing, it can last for days and require an emergency room visit. Such a pain crisis is common for the 72,000 U.S. patients - mainly African Americans - affected by sickle cell disease. Doctors know that a pain crisis happens when red blood cells become stuck in small blood vessels. But they don't know the cause or how to prevent it. UNC research, described in the spring issue of Endeavors magazine, is changing how doctors think about pain's cause and has opened the way for new therapies.
- BusinessWeek ranks UNC Kenan-Flagler's BSBA Program 11th
In its first ranking of the best undergraduate business programs, BusinessWeek magazine ranked UNC Kenan-Flagler's bachelor of science in business administration degree program 11th. Kenan-Flagler was also ranked 5th among public programs, 7th for academic quality and 10th for student satisfaction. Students said, "Resources and teaching get a thumbs up at UNC."
- School Overall Winner in 'The Pulitzers of College Journalism'
Led by strong showings in broadcast news and photojournalism, students from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication finished first overall in the 2005-2006 Hearst Journalism Awards. Often called the Pulitzers of college journalism, the awards are presented under the auspices of the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication with funding by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation of San Francisco.
FYI Carolina is for alumni, parents of current students and friends of the university. Through this free newsletter, the Office of University Relations provides opportunities for you to learn about people, events and issues at Carolina. If you have comments or questions, email FYICarolina@unc.edu or write to the Office of University Communications, 210 Pittsboro St., Chapel Hill, NC 27599-6210.