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January 2009

Student poses in front of snow-covered Old Well

Snow blankets campus

True winter weather finally returned this week to Chapel Hill. Students took pictures at the Old Well, made snow angels on Polk Place and delighted when classes were canceled for the afternoon. It was the first significant snowfall in Chapel Hill for several years. View a photo gallery with winter scenes from campus.
Kiplinger's cover

Carolina #1 for academic quality, affordability on Kiplinger’s list

Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine ranked Carolina the No. 1 best value in American public higher education for the eighth consecutive time. Carolina has been first on this list every time Kiplinger’s has produced it since 1998. Kiplinger’s top 100 public colleges and universities represent schools offering the best “combination of outstanding academic quality and an affordable price tag.” The latest ranking appeared in the magazine’s December issue.
Rhodes Scholars portraits

Carolina has two new Rhodes Scholars

Two Carolina seniors won the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship, providing support for graduate study at Oxford University in Great Britain. Senior biology major Elisabeth “Lisette” Yorke of Hillside Boularderie, Nova Scotia, was one of 11 students from Canada selected. Cary senior Aisha Saad was one of 32 U.S. Rhodes Scholars. Both are Morehead-Cain Scholars. Overall, 43 Rhodes Scholars have come from Carolina.
Joe DeSimone

Joe DeSimone: Tar Heel of the Year, a ‘potent force of change’

The (Raleigh) News & Observer chose Carolina chemist Joe DeSimone as the 2008 “Tar Heel of the Year.” The annual story is one of the newspaper’s signature efforts. DeSimone is the first scientist and youngest person – at 44 – selected. Click the link above to read the newspaper’s story, which calls DeSimone one of the nation’s premier scientists for his innovations in nanotechnology and chemistry.
Old Well

Carolina coping with budget cuts, economic crisis

The University faces one-time state budget cuts totaling 6 percent that are expected to increase by at least 1 percent, and is planning for possible permanent state cuts next year ranging between 3 percent and 7 percent. Chancellor Holden Thorp is keeping the campus community informed about the latest developments with messages also posted on his Web site. State appropriations account for slightly less than a quarter of the total campus budget.
Law students in New Orleans

Law students take pro bono award for New Orleans service

Students at the School of Law have been recognized with the Pro Bono Law School of the Year award for providing free legal assistance to New Orleans residents. UNC law students have been spending spring and winter breaks working in the area since Hurricane Katrina devastated the city in 2005. The students documented their work with a blog.
Baby

C-section babies before 39 weeks face more serious problems

A new study conducted at the School of Medicine found that babies delivered by elective Caesarean section before 39 weeks of pregnancy to mothers who previously had an elective C-section are much more likely to have serious health problems than newborns delivered under the same circumstances at 39 weeks.
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