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Inside the March 2005 issue of FYI Carolina

Carolina Covenant adds mentor program this spring
The Carolina Covenant is more than just a financial aid program for low-income students. A recently launched mentorship program aims to ensure Covenant Scholars have the support on campus they need to be successful. The program pairs trained faculty volunteers with small groups of Covenant students for regular interactions and activities. In other news, the Bank of America Charitable Foundation has made a $1 million gift to the Carolina First Campaign that includes generous support for the Carolina Covenant.

Alumnus Edwards leads Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity
Carolina has launched a new Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity being led by former U.S. Senator and vice presidential candidate John Edwards, a law school alumnus. The center, a nonpartisan initiative, is working to bring together UNC faculty and other U.S. public policy experts to examine ideas for moving more Americans out of poverty and into the middle class.

Durana makes USA Today’s All-USA College Academic Team
Pablo Durana, a Carolina junior from Colombia who now calls Montreal home, was selected to USA Today’s 2005 All-USA College Academic Team. He was among 20 undergraduates nationwide selected for first team honors from more than 600 students nominees. Criteria included grades, leadership, activities and how students extend their intellectual talents beyond the classroom. Durana is an outstanding student who is heavily involved in academics, athletics and public service.

UNC ranks first - again - in study abroad
For the second year in a row, Carolina posted a higher rate of students going abroad than any other U.S. public research university. That finding appeared in a report published by the Institute of International Education. In 2002-03, 1,426 Carolina undergraduates studied in other countries for academic credit. That represented more than 34 percent of the 3,560 undergraduate degrees conferred by the university.

Genetic medicine latest new building on horizon for bold construction plan
Carolina has broken ground for a new Genetic Medicine Building, which will be one of the largest facilities on campus. It will house scientists from the medical and pharmacy schools working to develop new biological targets for treating diseases and novel approaches to deliver gene therapy. Genetic medicine is among the latest highlights in a multi-year, $1.3 billion construction program now transforming the university. This link includes recent photos from some of Carolina's latest construction projects.

DeSimone tapped for prestigious national engineering honor
Joseph DeSimone, William R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor of chemistry, has been elected to the prestigious National Academy of Engineering. DeSimone was cited for his innovations in developing environmentally friendly practices. Basic science and engineering applications he developed use carbon dioxide as a replacement for water and organic solvents in a variety of synthetic and manufacturing processes.

Carolina athletics pioneers new approach to developing leadership for a lifetime
Carolina has launched a new Carolina Leadership Academy in the Department of Athletics to train Tar Heel student-athletes, coaches and athletic administrators in leadership skills. The comprehensive program, initiated by Director of Athletics Dick Baddour, aims to develop world-class leaders for a lifetime of success. Carolina is partnering with Jeff Janssen, a national expert, to apply his award-winning formula for leadership development to the specific needs of Tar Heel teams. The privately funded program only began last September, but already is yielding positive results.

Carolina tops 'best places to work for postdocs' list
Carolina appears first on a list of U.S. academic institutions recognized as "best places to work for postdocs," according to The Scientist magazine. Joining UNC-Chapel Hill in the top three slots were Washington University in St. Louis and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The ranking examined conditions for postdoctoral fellows working in the life sciences. Factors rated included good mentoring relationships.

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