Spotlight

A long legacy of research

From building the first university astronomical observatory in the United States, to becoming the world’s leading scholar on Franklin Delano Roosevelt, to developing antiretrovirals that prevent HIV transmission by 96 percent — researchers at UNC-Chapel Hill have achieved amazing feats. To celebrate this history, the Office of Research Communications created an interactive timeline, from the…

Massey winner finally has her day

This story is one of a series featuring 2016 winners of the C. Knox Massey Distinguished Service Award. The late C. Knox Massey of Durham created the awards in 1980 to recognize “unusual, meritorious or superior contributions” by University employees. The award is supported by the Massey-Weatherspoon Fund created by three generations of Massey and…

Well Said: Carolina and hemophilia research

For decades, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers have worked to understand and treat blood disorders from hemophilia to HIV. In this episode, Tim Nichols, professor of cardiology of the Department of Medicine and the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, discusses Carolina researchers’ role in the growing understanding of hemophilia and the…

An Eagle among Tar Heels

North Carolina Central University undergraduate Prince Neequaye has become a steady presence in the labs at UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center this summer. For eight weeks, he has been working as a Fellow, conducting cancer research alongside Carolina’s world-class faculty. The research fellowship is a critical component of the Partners Cancer Research Education program. As…

Chancellor, experts give a lesson on Zika

Summer is a time for fireworks, sweet corn and constant mosquito-swatting in North Carolina. The good news is that — so far — our local mosquito species doesn’t seem to carry the Zika virus. The bad news is that we don’t know how long that will be true or how likely it is that the…

Lifting up and giving back

The 270 high school students gathered on the Connor front lawn are there for icebreakers – fun activities for these Project Uplift participants to get to know each other and their counselors. Students in one group clasp hands across a huddle and then gradually unwind themselves without letting go of the other person’s hands. Next…

A Lost Colony find

The Lost Colony is a mystery that has captivated North Carolinians for centuries. In 1587, more than 100 English settlers came to Roanoke Island, commissioned by Queen Elizabeth I and led by Gov. John White, to establish a permanent settlement in the New World. Just three years later, when ships returned to bring supplies to…

From magazine article to Disney film

In Kampala, Uganda, chess barely exists. There is not even a word for it in the city’s native language of Luganda. But standing in the dilapidated Agape Church in the slum of Katwe, Tim Crothers watched as dozens of impoverished children studied the pieces spread across checkered boards, strategizing their next move in a game…

Ort ready to write next chapter

A few days ago, Brian Hogan ambled into Shirley Ort’s office and spotted a replica of the Magna Carta on the nearly empty bookcase in her Pettigrew Hall office. Without missing a beat, Hogan deadpanned, “Shirley, I knew you were old, but I didn’t know you were that old.” As the creator of the Carolina Covenant,…