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Carolina, Duke put rivalry to good cause

There is no love lost when it comes to competition between the Tar Heels and Blue Devils. Whether it’s on the field, court or anywhere along Tobacco Road, the rivalry always takes hold. Another example: A group of Duke and Carolina students are hoping to tap into that competitiveness to provide affordable housing for local…

A squad of storytellers

Whenever associate professor Brian Sturm and his group of Carolina students walk into Estes Hills Elementary School ready to tell a story, librarian Laura Fox prepares for a spike in students browsing the shelves. “I find out through the students what’s been read because they want to get the book,” said Fox. “They’re excited about…

Gaining new perspectives at TEDxUNC

More than 1,000 people filled Memorial Hall at UNC-Chapel Hill on Feb. 27 to learn more about something truly universal: the human body. The afternoon of presentations, discussions and other activities was part of TEDxUNC 2016, an annual event on campus with a wide-ranging focus this year on the human body, featuring everything from mental…

Global perspective, local touch

Minh Nguyen’s second year of medical school at Carolina consisted of the usual challenges students face: learning complicated physiological and medical concepts, applying that knowledge in a clinical setting, and finding ways to create much-needed downtime amidst a full, rigorous schedule. At the same time, it contained an unusual challenge: responsibility for his younger brother,…

Helping students make it to ‘the other side’

The counselor pulled a list of names from her leather-bound folder. Her eyes were dark and intense as she introduced these students she has counseled, sharing their stories the way a proud mother shows off photos of her children. Warming to her subject, she emphasized points with her hands, the golden bracelets on her arms…

Past its prime

When Joe Jenkins entered UNC School of Medicine in the 1970s, Berryhill Hall was a new medical education building that fit the times. But more than 40 years later, the building’s limitations – both in size and design – are impediments to overcome for medical students like Krishan Sivaraj. Krishan Sivaraj of Cary considered a…

Renowned geneticist Magnuson named Vice Chancellor for Research

When Terry Magnuson walked onto the UNC-Chapel Hill campus in 2000, he knew he’d arrived at a unique environment for researchers. “My first day on campus is when I realized this is the place I want to be,” Magnuson, the Sarah Graham Kenan Professor and founding chair of the Department of Genetics at Carolina, said.…

Anorexia is not a choice

Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness. In fact, more than 10 percent of people with anorexia nervosa – dieting and/or exercising to the point of emaciation – will die prematurely from complications related to their eating disorder. The Food and Drug Administration hasn’t approved any medication to treat anorexia, and…

Third class of Tar Heel Trailblazers recognized

When Phil Ford was setting scoring and assist records for the Carolina men’s basketball team in the late 1970s, he never imagined he was creating a path for student-athletes to come. But Saturday, nearly 40 years since he last played for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Ford was honored for just that.…

Diversity in STEM

Faculty and staff from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill took a giant step toward better recruiting and educating a more diverse generation of scientists on Feb. 19 with the first Diversity in STEM Conference. “It’s really important for us that we continue to think about ways that we value diversity, how it…