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Ranger Challenge Part II: The Competition

Eleven UNC-Chapel Hill Army ROTC cadets trained 40 times over 53 days to participate in the Oct. 17-18 Ranger Challenge. As we celebrate Veterans Day – and all who have served and continue to serve our country – we tell and show their story. Monday – Part I: The Training Today – Part II: The…

Ranger Challenge Part I: The Training

Eleven UNC-Chapel Hill Army ROTC cadets trained 40 times over 53 days to participate in the Oct. 17-18 Ranger Challenge. As we celebrate Veterans Day – and all who have served and continue to serve our country – we tell and show their story. Today – Part I: The Training Tuesday – Part II: The…

Happy Birthday, Rameses!

He saw Gio’s punt return. He saw Connor’s kick. He saw Dre’Bly and Julius Peppers, Chris Keldorf and T.J. Yates, LT, Charlie Justice, Chris Hanburger and William Fuller. He’s been a constant on the sideline at Kenan Stadium. Saturday marks the 90th birthday of Carolina’s beloved ram mascot, Rameses. With a team called the Tar…

Generating a buzz

When a trio of undergraduate students signed up for a study abroad course, they expected to learn about global business. What they found was inspiration to start a business of their own. In the summer of 2013, Chris Jones, Joey Skavroneck and Parker Draughon travelled to India on a Global Immersion Elective (GIE). Between company…

Unique program targets psychology undergrads

Undergraduate psychology majors in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill now have an opportunity to complete an academic internship, thanks to a gift from an anonymous Tar Heel donor. The Karen M. Gil Internship Program in Psychology was launched this fall and offers extensive psychology and…

Helping hand — in 3D

Jeff Powell has been building things for as long as he can remember. “I played with Legos all the time when I was young,” he said. “I’ve always been interested in taking things apart and seeing how they work.” Powell, a senior in biomedical engineering in the College of Arts and Sciences, recently applied that…

Drug discovery center draws on UNC bench science

When Stephen Frye completed his Ph.D. in chemistry at Carolina in 1987, he set out to make a difference. As a chemist concerned with hard-to-cure diseases, he spent 20 years at GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), eventually working his way up to Worldwide Vice President of Discovery Medicinal Chemistry. “When I finished up at Carolina, I felt that…

Ebola research could be accelerated — by a mouse

In the war against Ebola, one important hurdle has just been cleared – by a mouse. Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and colleagues have developed the first genetic strain of mice that can be infected with Ebola and display symptoms similar to those that humans experience. This work, published in…

Fifty years ago, they started a revolution still going strong

Collectively, they have been with Carolina’s Department of Computer Science a total of 132 years. Fred Brooks came here to found the department in 1964, and Stephen Pizer arrived four years later with his newly minted Ph.D. from Harvard. Pizer’s dissertation adviser told him about the exciting new program that Brooks – another Harvard alum…

Expanding the horizon of science

An event horizon, according to UNC-Chapel Hill junior Raymond Blackwell, is a boundary in space-time where scientists’ current understanding of physics breaks down. But, he added, it’s also where some of the most fun and creative discussions about science take place. That’s why Blackwell, along with Carolina students John Cruickshank and Fedor Kossakovski, named their…