Spotlight

A special return

When Jim Aspell became the first patient at UNC to receive a new aortic heart valve using transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), he had two primary goals: 1.) to survive and spend Easter with his family and 2.) to return to the Dean E. Smith Center to watch Carolina basketball. “Climbing those steps in the…

To the heart of the earth

Jonathan Lees, chair of the department of Geological Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has traveled all over the world — Russia, Guatemala, Italy, Japan — to conduct research on volcanoes and gain a better understanding of the inner workings of our earth. Most recently he and three of his students…

Carolina helps keep Triangle on the map as national tech hub

In his recent State of the State address, Gov. Pat McCrory laid out his vision of making North Carolina the third vertex of a “national innovation triangle.” That vision, which McCrory also outlined a few months ago during his University Day speech at Memorial Hall, calls for connecting the state’s economy with Silicon Valley and…

Songs, sweater vests and slippers – fans love their pregame rituals

When the Tar Heels are on TV, you won’t see Art Shelby sitting still for long. If the Carolina men’s basketball team is struggling, the long-time Tar Heels fan shuffles around his Harrisburg, Pennsylvania home looking for a new television to watch the game on with hopes that the change may spark the team. Sometimes,…

Multiple UNC-Chapel Hill graduate programs ranked by U.S. News & World Report

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill appears on multiple lists of schools, degree programs and specialty areas newly ranked in 2015 by U.S. News and World Report for the 2016 edition of “America’s Best Graduate Schools.” They include: School of Medicine Overall Primary care, 2nd Research, 22nd Specialty areas Family medicine, 2nd Rural…

Supporting the Northside Neighborhood Initiative

Calling the University the “catalyst” of the Northside Neighborhood Initiative, Chapel Hill Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt announced March 9 that Carolina is making a $3 million, 10-year, no-interest loan to help stabilize the traditionally African-American neighborhood. About 100 residents, University and town staff, politicians and even some toddlers clapped and cheered their approval at the event,…

Duke-UNC brings collaboration, too

When the Duke’s men’s basketball team traveled to the Dean E. Smith Center on Saturday evening, it walked into a raucous, hostile arena created by decades of rivalry. But off the court and outside the Dean Dome, University of North Carolina and Duke researchers are teaming up in science labs and have their eyes set…

‘The right thing to do’

A lifelong Tar Heels basketball fan, Julie Dalton Loos knew she wanted to be connected to the University of North Carolina basketball program when she arrived in Chapel Hill as a freshman in 1979. After an attempt to join the cheerleading squad failed to get Loos courtside, she took more drastic measures: she wrote coach…

Day in the Life: Daily Tar Heel Editor-in-Chief Jenny Surane

While most people are climbing into bed at the end of a long day, Jenny Surane is still going strong. As the Editor-in-Chief of The Daily Tar Heel and a senior business journalism major, Surane spends her day working with words, and many times that work doesn’t wrap up until after 2 a.m. Learn more…

The people’s clinic

Ethel Jones sits in the front of the small wood church facing the pews, looking up from the Saturday newspaper periodically to take an inventory of the waiting room. At 9:30 a.m., Gilbert Sutton is escorted past Jones and into a dining room, where his vitals are taken as he watches the kitchen transform into…