Spotlight

New UNC PA program serves military, students, rural N.C.

Even though he’s no longer on active military duty, Dave Manning plans to use many of the tools and skills he spent two decades crafting. Manning, a former U.S. Army and Navy medic, is one of 20 students enrolled in the first Physician Assistant Studies class, housed in the UNC School of Medicine’s Department of…

Carolina BOT unanimously passes Connect NC bond resolution

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Board of Trustees on January 28 unanimously passed a resolution endorsing the $2 billion Connect NC bond that will be on the March 15 ballot. If approved, the bond would include $68 million in funding for a new medical education building at the School of Medicine. Board…

Hauser named Churchill Scholar

Blake M. Hauser, a fourth-year student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has been named a recipient of the Churchill Scholarship, a research-focused award that provides funding to American students for a year of master’s study in science, mathematics and engineering at Churchill College, based at the University of Cambridge in England.…

Documenting Southern culinary cultures and histories

Elizabeth Engelhardt started writing about food by beginning with leftovers. Not the remains of a meal; the remains of her research. While she scoured resources for material to write a dissertation on women writers and environmentalism in Appalachia at the turn of the 20th century, she kept a separate file for “all kinds of materials…

Greenlaw 101, lecture hall for the 21st century

The recently remodeled Greenlaw 101 lecture hall has several cool features: a bright orange accent wall, rolling swivel chairs with adjustable desks and cupholders and a catwalk down the center of the room. The room’s eight big video screens plus a nine-panel screen in the front connect to the Internet or to an individual’s laptop…

Faculty exchange connects communities across the Atlantic

When UNC-Chapel Hill history professor Sarah Shields recently watched students file into her classroom, it was a familiar scene: backpacks filled with text books, undergraduates with notebooks and laptops under their arms. But there was one particular difference: the sky outside was a muted gray instead of Carolina blue – and her view was of…

Carolina celebrates King’s ideals, legacy

Classes were not in session Jan. 18, but campus was far from quiet. The sounds of marchers, runners and powerful lecturers engaged the campus as the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill celebrated the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with rallies, community services projects and talks. Monday’s events were just…

The chance for a new life

It was February, snowing, and Sheena Von Cannon was seven-months pregnant. She needed medicine, but the weather trapped her inside. She realized that day how unmanageable her life had become. She called on someone who had helped her before: Dr. John Thorp, a longtime OB-GYN and professor at UNC-Chapel Hill who 22 years ago founded…

New name, same style

Studying the collective behavior of flocks of birds or swarms of bees is an example of biology, a pure physical science. Exploring how collective behavior in nature can be used to make nanoparticles organize themselves into a structure to deliver medication more effectively in the body is an example of applied physical science. Assistant professor…