Spotlight

Annual lecture focuses on reconnecting a fragmented culture

As technology continues to bring the world to our fingertips, our culture is becoming more fragmented and losing the common grounds that connect people. As a writer with The New York Times, Frank Bruni has seen how these technological innovations are leading people to burrow deeper into a single interest — paying attention only to the opinions…

Facilitating conversations

Russ Shafer-Landau arrived at Brown University 34 years ago seeking the answer to the meaning of life. His search began that first semester in a philosophy class. But the course proved to be so dry and dull that he resolved never to take another philosophy class. By the end of his sophomore year, he had…

Celebrating 50 years of collaboration, innovation

Triangle Universities Nuclear Laboratory, or TUNL as it’s so affectionately called, is a place like no other. One of only four Department of Energy Centers of Excellence for Nuclear Physics in the nation, TUNL brings together the resources of three universities: the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Duke University, and North Carolina State…

Inspiring young minds

Two hundred and thirty-eight middle school students took part in the 2015 Tar Heel Preview Day on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on Oct. 30. The program, in its second year, was created to introduce male students from diverse backgrounds to the opportunities that await them in college. UNC-Chapel…

‘It just feels right’

Kevin Guskiewicz still remembers the first time he set foot on Carolina’s campus. It was February 1995, and he had come to visit Chapel Hill to consider one of the many job offers he had received as he neared completion of his doctoral degree in sports medicine from the University of Virginia. Driving back to…

Student teams get a Clue about Wilson Library

A ghost is haunting Wilson Library, spreading ectoplasm on the precious archival materials and special collections inside. October 29, the Supernatural Investigation Agency detained six researchers in separate rooms as suspects. One of them was the messy ghost, but which one? Was it gruff Col. Mustard? Eccentric Mrs. Peacock? Perspicacious Professor Plum? Frightened Mrs. White?…

Carving out a spirited Halloween

Happy Halloween, Tar Heels! Wishing you an Oct. 31 filled with great costumes, yummy sweets — and perhaps some pumpkin carving? For more information on festivities near UNC-Chapel Hill’s campus, check out this information from the Town of Chapel Hill.  And if you haven’t had a chance to design your jack-o’-lantern quite yet, here are some…

Guskiewicz chosen as next dean of College of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Kevin Guskiewicz, a neuroscientist and internationally recognized expert on sport-related concussions and a senior associate dean in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s College of Arts and Sciences, will become the College’s 22nd dean. Guskiewicz was selected after an extensive nationwide search led by Executive Vice Provost and Chief International Officer Ron…

Global origins

Much has changed at Carolina since 1985. Thirty years ago, for instance, no Tar Heel student hailed from Denmark. But today, the Nordic nation is among UNC-Chapel Hill’s top seven international countries of origin for students — due in part to Carolina’s partnership with the Copenhagen Business School (with Kenan-Flagler Business School’s GLOBE program). Following national…