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Displaying students’ dreams

For months, Tafadzwa “Taf” Matika has been asking Carolina students to share their dreams. As he stood in the Student Union’s gallery this week — surrounded by visualizations of others’ goals, hopes and aspirations — Matika saw one of his own dreams come to fruition, too. The nearly 200 photos filling the wall created the…

Carolina Research Venture Fund to support UNC-Chapel Hill startups

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Board of Trustees announced Wednesday the formation of the Carolina Research Venture Fund, a fund to help University startup companies overcome funding gaps, accelerate growth and more quickly bring Carolina’s best-in-class research to real-world application. “Some of the best and brightest ideas in science and business are…

Celebrating MLK Day

With no class Monday, Ashlyn Vinson had the perfect opportunity to stretch her weekend another day and catch some extra sleep. But that’s not how she believes Martin Luther King Day should be commemorated. Instead, the UNC-Chapel Hill senior psychology student spent the sunrise sorting through hundreds of canned foods with dozens of volunteers at…

Five sayings from your mother that could keep you healthy

As an infectious disease epidemiologist and a mother of two young children, Emily Sickbert-Bennett is passionate about translating infection prevention practices to all settings. In the past year, she has helped implement Clean In, Clean Out, a novel, house-wide hand hygiene program at UNC Hospitals that has engaged more than 4,500 employees throughout the hospital, produced and…

Annual banquet celebrates MLK, helps future leaders

University of North Carolina junior Andrea Stewart never set out to follow in the footsteps of Martin Luther King Jr. She simply enjoyed providing service to her community. So when her plethora of volunteer work helped connect her to King’s legacy as a recipient of the Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Award in 2012, she…

Carolina innovation creates jobs, revenue

Startups are a booming business at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

More than 150 North Carolina companies have spun out of UNC, many from the University’s research. They generate more than $7 billion in revenue in the state each year, providing nearly 8,000 jobs to residents and 38,000 jobs worldwide.

Gallo built a legacy as a ‘friend to all’

Larry Gallo Jr. was an only child whose parents early on laid down the law about what his childhood would be like. “My Dad said to me, ‘As the only child, we can make it so that you don’t have to do anything, or we can make it so you have to do everything. Which…

Day in the life: Interdisciplinary artist

As a conceptual artist, Paul Travis Phillips starts with an idea. The materials — paint, drawing, sculpture, video, performance — come as a secondary. According to Phillips, who is now in his second semester in UNC’s Master of Fine Arts program in the College of Arts and Sciences, the hours of an artist are nonstop. Though his…

Beating cancer shouldn’t mean the end of care

A registered nurse and professor in the School of Nursing, Deborah Mayer is also a national pioneer in research on cancer survivorship. Earlier this year, she was named director of cancer survivorship at the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, where she leads the effort to enhance clinical and research initiatives for cancer survivors. Mayer is…

Day in the life: Undergraduate researcher

Sophomore Carrie Hamilton loves science. Which is a good thing, since she spends the majority of each day immersed in it. From early morning field work to regularly scheduled classes to late nights in the lab — Hamilton devotes most of her time and energy to learning as much as she can about marine habitats.…