Spotlight

Carolina women we admire

Who is a woman at Carolina who inspires you? In honor of Women’s History Month, we asked that question to nearly two-dozen students and faculty and staff members on campus. The answers were wide-ranging and immediate. For Kya Sorli, a junior astrophysics major, inspiration has come from Sheila Kannappan, associate professor of physics and astronomy in the…

A preeminent Southern historical archive at Carolina

Since 1930, the Southern Historical Collection at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has collected and preserved the history of the American South. Today, more than 5,000 distinct collections, containing some 20 million items, reside in the stacks of Wilson Library and tell the stories of the past. Through Carolina’s African American Collections…

Carolina’s nursing pioneer

In August 1950, Elizabeth L. Kemble took a road trip across North Carolina. She traveled nearly 600 miles from Murphy to Manteo, stopping at filling stations, professional offices, and stores along the way to chat with her new state neighbors. She wanted to know them, to understand their personalities and needs. That’s what made the…

Well Said: Eric Montross and March Madness

It’s time for March Madness. With Carolina’s tipoff a few days away, we’re talking with former All-American and starting center of the Tar Heels’ 1993 national championship team Eric Montross, who currently serves as a commentator for UNC Basketball. Join us every Wednesday for the University’s podcast as we talk with Carolina’s newsmakers and experts.…

National Security Adviser a two-time Carolina graduate

H.R. McMaster, a two-time Carolina graduate and the lieutenant general President Donald Trump has chosen to be national security adviser, often has been described as a scholar-warrior, earning his hard-charging reputation on the battlefield and on the best-seller list. The New York Times, The Washington Post and other national media have recounted McMaster’s military triumphs, including commanding…

Bronze Stars, White Coat

In September 2014, Curtis Carr was at home, in Whispering Pines, N.C., on a break between special forces combat deployments in Afghanistan. His wife, Suzi, a nurse practitioner, was about to give birth to their second son, Augustus. As a Green Beret medic, or 18-Delta, it was unusual for Curtis to be home. Military commitments…

Carolina launches five-year ‘Creating Scientists’ initiative

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has launched a five-year initiative, “Creating Scientists: Learning by Connecting, Doing and Making,” to expose undergraduate students to more hands-on research and collaborative opportunities and help them hone their analytical and problem-solving skills to tackle real-world problems. The plan is not just for science majors, notes Kelly Hogan, director…

Well Said: Creating a more diverse legislature

With the high price of running for elected office and the costs of living in a capital city, being a politician isn’t cheap. For blue-collar workers who may be living off hourly wages, those high costs, combined with income lost while in legislative session, may keep them from running for political office at all. Could…

A welcoming place for women

When your women’s center has only five employees to serve a campus that is 60 percent female, you quickly learn the power of collaboration, says Gloria Thomas, Carolina Women’s Center director for the past seven months. “Ideally, I’d love to serve as the hub, to be sort of the clearinghouse, the place that brings it all…

It takes a neighborhood

When the UNC chapter of Habitat for Humanity pledged to build 10 homes in the Northside community, co-chair Alex Mitchell knew that the Heels for Homes project meant lots of labor and long hours, but he was surprised to discover the power of people when they work together. “This is such a big project that…