Spotlight

National Security Adviser a two-time Carolina graduate

H.R. McMaster, a two-time Carolina graduate and the lieutenant general President Donald Trump has chosen to be national security adviser, often has been described as a scholar-warrior, earning his hard-charging reputation on the battlefield and on the best-seller list. The New York Times, The Washington Post and other national media have recounted McMaster’s military triumphs, including commanding…

Bronze Stars, White Coat

In September 2014, Curtis Carr was at home, in Whispering Pines, N.C., on a break between special forces combat deployments in Afghanistan. His wife, Suzi, a nurse practitioner, was about to give birth to their second son, Augustus. As a Green Beret medic, or 18-Delta, it was unusual for Curtis to be home. Military commitments…

Carolina launches five-year ‘Creating Scientists’ initiative

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has launched a five-year initiative, “Creating Scientists: Learning by Connecting, Doing and Making,” to expose undergraduate students to more hands-on research and collaborative opportunities and help them hone their analytical and problem-solving skills to tackle real-world problems. The plan is not just for science majors, notes Kelly Hogan, director…

Well Said: Creating a more diverse legislature

With the high price of running for elected office and the costs of living in a capital city, being a politician isn’t cheap. For blue-collar workers who may be living off hourly wages, those high costs, combined with income lost while in legislative session, may keep them from running for political office at all. Could…

A welcoming place for women

When your women’s center has only five employees to serve a campus that is 60 percent female, you quickly learn the power of collaboration, says Gloria Thomas, Carolina Women’s Center director for the past seven months. “Ideally, I’d love to serve as the hub, to be sort of the clearinghouse, the place that brings it all…

It takes a neighborhood

When the UNC chapter of Habitat for Humanity pledged to build 10 homes in the Northside community, co-chair Alex Mitchell knew that the Heels for Homes project meant lots of labor and long hours, but he was surprised to discover the power of people when they work together. “This is such a big project that…

Researchers link increased infant brain fluid to autism

A national research network led by UNC School of Medicine’s Joseph Piven, M.D., found that many toddlers diagnosed with autism at 2 years of age had a substantially greater amount of extra-axial cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) at 6 and 12 months of age, before diagnosis is possible. They also found that the more CSF at 6…

‘A treasure’

The Carolina Indian Circle celebrated its 30th annual powwow Saturday at Fetzer Gym with more than 30 dancers from American Indian tribes from throughout North Carolina participating in the ceremony. “It is a spectacular gift for our University,” Chancellor Carol L. Folt said. “It’s a chance for all of us to be a part of…

‘Time for innovation’

The future of North Carolina’s economy will depend largely on the success and innovation of the clean technology industry, which has created nearly 10,000 jobs in the state in the past decade. That was one of the main points made Thursday on the opening day of the fourth-annual UNC Clean Tech Summit held at the…

More than just the biggest game of the year

When the Carolina Tar Heels and Duke Blue Devils men’s basketball teams meet for the 244th time Saturday night, they’ll be carrying on one of the greatest and most storied rivalries in college sports. But they’re not the only Tobacco Road teams renewing a rivalry this weekend. Hours before the Tar Heels and Blue Devils…