Amber Koonce: Savvy social entrepreneur and role model

A savvy entrepreneur and social advocate, Morehead-Cain Scholar Amber Koonce is one of America’s top 10 college role models. Dubbed “The Social Entrepreneur” in Glamour magazine’s October issue, Koonce founded BeautyGap, a nonprofit startup that collects and ships dolls of color to children around the world.

Ross helps Carolina celebrate 218th birthday

Newly inaugurated UNC President Tom Ross says University Day felt like a homecoming. Ross, a UNC law school alumnus, was the featured speaker at the Oct. 12 convocation marking the laying of the cornerstone of Old East.

Honoring those who defended free speech

Also on University Day, Carolina dedicated a new marker on the stone wall between McCorkle Place and Franklin Street to commemorate the student leaders who successfully fought the Speaker Ban Law in the 1960s.

Kash receives top honor for early career scientists

Pharmacology researcher Thomas Kash won the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. It’s the highest honor given by the U.S. government to science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their research careers.

Of beaches and barrier islands

Three thousand years of underwater muck tell the story of North Carolina’s beaches and islands. Doctoral Student Emily Elliott knows the story well. Elliott, her faculty adviser and others have looked at the barrier island system of the Outer Banks in new ways.

Rubinow elected to Institute of Medicine

David Rubinow, chair of psychiatry, has been elected to the Institute of Medicine, one of the nation's highest honors for health and medicine professionals. He is an internationally recognized expert in the evaluation and treatment of women with mood disorders.

Cunningham named 7th athletic director

Lawrence “Bubba” Cunningham, now in his 10th year as a Division I athletic director, will become Carolina’s new athletic director in November. He comes to UNC from the University of Tulsa and worked 14 years in athletics at Notre Dame, where he holds two business degrees. Click here for a tarheeblue.com interview.

Moving genomics to clinic, one experiment at a time

Terry Magnuson has chaired the genetics department and directed the Center for Genome Sciences, among other duties. Now he leads UNC’s role in a national consortium to accelerate the pace of biomedical research and train the next generation of researchers.

Positivity scholar to speak at December Commencement

Barbara Fredrickson, an internationally acclaimed psychology professor who studies positive emotions and human wellbeing, will speak at UNC's December Commencement ceremony.
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