Spotlight

‘Spirit of innovation’

Of the more than 800 startups created at universities across the country this year, only 35 have been handpicked as the best and earned an opportunity to showcase their work to members of the U.S. Congress. Two of those top startups have their roots at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. “It’s a…

Big man on campus

One of the University’s most famous graduates didn’t really want to come here. Future novelist Thomas Clayton Wolfe of Asheville had his heart set on going to Princeton University or perhaps the University of Virginia. But – much like his thinly disguised alter ego, Eugene Gant, in Look Homeward, Angel – his father decided otherwise.…

With open arms

With a view of the border wall that separates Turkey and Syria in front of him, UNC School of Medicine student Yousef Abu-Salha pulls up a chair at a makeshift dental and medical clinic to talk to a child from Syria, a refugee orphaned by war. She is a student at Al Salam School –…

Top 5 — again

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the nation’s first public university, again ranks among the very best. For the 16th year in a row, Carolina – a leading public research university with an uncommon commitment to accessibility and affordability – placed fifth among national public universities in U.S. News & World Report’s annual…

Never forget

On the 15th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill honored the victims with a remembrance ceremony and by planting of thousands of American flags. Chancellor Carol L. Folt attended the solemn remembrance ceremony at the 9/11 Memorial Garden near George Watts Hill Alumni Center.…

‘A poignant reminder’

With each stair they climbed inside Kenan Stadium on Friday morning, Chapel Hill Police Chief Chris Blue and Fire Chief Matt Sullivan reflected on every first responder who didn’t go home after their shift on September 11, 2001. Blue and Sullivan joined Chancellor Carol L. Folt and more than 150 participants from the Carolina community…

World of wonder

Hordes of butterflies dance around blooming flowers to the beat of the buzzing cicadas. A firefly lightshow floods the spaces between trees. An unlucky ant meanders into the jaws of a Venus fly trap. There’s nothing more beautiful, or alive, than the North Carolina Botanical Garden (NCBG) in summer — but not everyone gets to…

Initiative showcasing Carolina arts and humanities kicks off Sept. 15

“Carolina’s Human Heart: Living the Arts and Humanities” is a major new initiative to showcase the work that faculty, staff, students and alumni at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are doing in the arts, humanities and qualitative social sciences. Sponsored by UNC’s College of Arts and Sciences, the yearlong effort includes lectures,…

Well Said: Social media and politics

Political campaigns are transforming as social media creates new ways for politicians to reach voters and showcase their platform. From well-timed tweets to digital missteps, social media has become a game-changer on the campaign trail. In this week’s episode, we’re talking politics and social media Daniel Kreiss, UNC School of Media and Journalism associate professor…