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‘That fearless spirit of innovation’

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Joseph DeSimone’s scientific career has revolved around creating utilitarian technology. With every innovation — the engineering of a drug-eluting heart stent, the creation of new 3-D printing methods, revolutionizing the development of next-generation vaccines and medicines — the ability to apply his work to the real world and make an impact on…

Honors, ovations at May BOT meeting

The University Board of Trustees on May 19 honored four departing administrators who collectively have served the University for almost 140 years. Each received a standing ovation after resolutions of appreciation that detailed the singular qualities each possessed and used to create a unique legacy. Chancellor Carol L. Folt said she felt privileged to have…

Watch National Medal of Technology and Innovation ceremony on live stream

Joseph DeSimone, Chancellor’s Eminent Professor of Chemistry in the College of Arts and Sciences, will receive the nation’s highest honors for achievement and leadership in advancing the fields of science and technology May 19 at 2:30 p.m. A distinguished professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University, DeSimone…

Kang named Special Assistant to the Chancellor for the Arts

Leading arts administrator Emil J. Kang has been named Special Assistant to the Chancellor for the Arts at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He will begin his appointment July 1. Kang, who currently serves as the Executive and Artistic Director for UNC-Chapel Hill’s Carolina Performing Arts, was selected by Chancellor Carol L.…

A helping hand

Improving the quality of life for people far too young to come to campus is the focus of one of Carolina’s newest student organizations. The Helping Hand Project, launched in 2015, features a group of about 40 students who use 3-D printing to make prosthetic devices for children and adolescents born without fingers. The group…

Reconstituting rain, revitalizing rivers

Rainwater collected from the roofs of UNC-Chapel Hill’s Genome Sciences Building (GSB) drains into a 350,000-gallon, stone-filled cistern below the Bell Tower Amphitheater. This water is used to irrigate Kenan Stadium and flush toilets in the GSB. The FedEx Global Education Center is also double-plumbed — a cost-effective setup featuring two plumbing systems, one that carries…

Maximizing microbiome knowledge

Microbiomes – communities of diverse microorganisms that live together in different environments – are invisible to the naked eye.  But these communities play an enormous role in maintaining the health of ecosystems found in plants and soils, the ocean and atmosphere, and systems within the human body, like our digestive track. The White House Office…

Carolina names Mark W. Merritt new General Counsel

Veteran Charlotte attorney Mark Merritt has been named vice chancellor and general counsel at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He will begin his appointment Sept. 6. Currently a partner at the Charlotte law firm Robinson Bradshaw, Merritt was chosen after an extensive nationwide search, led by Felicia Washington, UNC-Chapel Hill’s vice chancellor…

Well Said: Earthquakes

We’re talking earthquakes with UNC-Chapel Hill postdoctoral research associate Berk Biryol of the Geology Department. Biryol has been studying the possible causes of earthquakes in the Southeastern United States — an area located in the middle of the plate and shouldn’t be prone to quakes. Join us every other Wednesday for the University’s new podcast…

‘Back home again’

Alvin Tyndall’s 50th Class reunion wasn’t just about seeing old friends. As he walked down the long familiar hallway of a residence hall on the lower quad, he quickly picked up his pace as he neared room 301. There, the trip back to Chapel Hill became much more than just a reunion weekend. “It’s about…