Spotlight

Well Said: Hurricanes and water quality

Whenever a hurricane hits, the big story is how the storm has impacted people and towns with flooding and storm surges. But the storms also leave behind a quieter and long-term danger: pollutants in the watershed that could poison people and kill fish. In this week’s episode, we talk about how hurricanes impact water quality…

Life cycle of a painting

What happens to paintings between the time they leave an artist’s hand and arrive on the wall of a museum? Turns out that, like people, they change throughout their life cycle. They age, become damaged, are painted over — all of which may change their original essence. Then, once in the hands of the museum,…

Carolina West

When Tar Heel Jennifer Lloyd Halsey arrived in California two decades ago, she didn’t know anyone. Now she routinely has 150 people coming to her Menlo Park home to watch Carolina games. “That is one of the beautiful things that’s emerged is this community of people who, over 20 years, through sports, have come together…

Carolinas HealthCare System, UNC Health Care announce plan to form new organization

In order to elevate health for North Carolinians, Carolinas HealthCare System and UNC Health Care today announced their plan to create one of the leading non-profit healthcare systems in the nation, by blending the best of a high-performing comprehensive healthcare system with a renowned academically-based enterprise. Carolinas HealthCare System and UNC Health Care have signed a Letter of Intent…

Well Said: Climate change and air pollution

Each year, millions of people die from exposure to air pollution. And if unaddressed, climate change could bring those numbers up even higher by the end of the century. Carolina researcher Jason West predicts that climate change’s effect on air pollution could actually cause 260,000 more premature deaths in 2100. In this week’s episode, we…

Conserving rare plants

The ground tremors slightly. In the distance, a soft boom sounds, echoing throughout the surrounding forest. “It’s a pretty regular occurrence to hear tanks and large ammunition being fired,” says Mike Kunz, chuckling. Then, as if on cue, a shadow creeps over the research team as a massive C-17 cargo jet momentarily blocks out the…

The race to get ready for students

Summer on a college campus. With apologies to Mr. Dickens: It is the quietest of times, it is the busiest of times. Quiet because thousands of students have abandoned the place for other pursuits. Busiest because facilities employees scurry to build, repair and maintain when there is the least disruption, and housekeeping staff scrub, sweep…

A week to welcome Tar Heels home

It has been a busy week for Tar Heels as they return to UNC-Chapel Hill’s campus for the fall 2017 semester. In Jurassic-themed style, members of the Carolina Kickoff squad welcomed new Tar Heels as their more than 70-year-old tradition continued. Family and friends pitched in through the weekend to get on-campus dwellers settled into…

Carolina celebrates record fundraising year

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill received $543.3 million in donor commitments in fiscal year 2017 (concluding June 30, 2017), marking Carolina’s third-straight fundraising record and first time topping $500 million. The total eclipsed fiscal year 2016’s previous record of $495 million by nearly $50 million. “A third consecutive record fundraising year tells…

A fast look at FDOC

With bikes, backpacks and plenty of Carolina blue, Carolina’s students, faculty and staff converged on campus for the first day of classes for the fall 2017 semester. Carolina is welcoming to campus nearly 5,200 new undergraduate students, including 4,373 first-year students, the largest first-year class in the University’s history. Like generations of students before them,…