Spotlight

Well Said: Risk of E-cigarettes and vaping

They’re promoted as a safer alternative to smoking, but e-cigarettes may be posing their own serious health risks. In this week’s episode, Ilona Jaspers, the director of the toxicology program at the UNC School of Medicine, discusses how inhaling the vaporized flavored liquids is altering genes important for immune defense. Join us every Wednesday for…

Senior prom – with a twist

Twenty Carolina graduate and professional students from across disciplines united recently for a special event: a senior citizen prom. Designed and orchestrated by UNC-Chapel Hill’s Graduate and Professional Student Federation (GPSF), the senior citizen prom took place at Orange County’s Seymour Center. The event was the brainchild of GPSF Chief of Staff Anginelle Alabanza. Alabanza…

Carolina’s spectral side

Creaking floors where no human walks, a dapper phantom fond of performing arts, two lovers wandering the woods forever in search of one another. With more than 200 years of history, Carolina is bound to have ghost stories – and they take many forms. Halloween is right around the corner. Do you dare visit some…

An important dialogue

Approximately 100 students, faculty and staff came to the Student Union’s Aquarium Lounge on October 27 to join in on the third Carolina Conversations session of the new academic year. The topic: “Sexual Assault and Our Community: A Dialogue.” “I know that for some of us this will be a particularly difficult conversation and we…

A man of honor

At the start of his 50th season coaching the Carolina fencing team, Ron Miller remains the coaching legend most people never heard of. Miller traces the beginnings of his sport to medieval Europe – back when men of high position and character defended their honor by exacting a penalty at the point of a blade.…

Well Said: Chris Cotillo

With the World Series underway, we’re talking with major league baseball insider — and Carolina junior — Chris Cotillo. As a high schooler outside Boston, Cotillo launched a career in sports reporting with the simple creation of a Twitter account, @ChrisCotillo. Now he’s a student in the UNC School of Media and Journalism, honing the…

Centuries old meets high tech

Archaeology is often associated with objects that are hundreds of years old — and older. But a new technique being used by Carolina researchers is bringing the field firmly into the 21st century. UNC-Chapel Hill’s Research Laboratories of Archaeology, part of the College of Arts and Sciences, is one of only a few university programs in the…

A classic returns to the stage

For Vivienne Benesch, producing artistic manager for PlayMakers, the decision to revisit Arthur Miller’s The Crucible during PlayMakers’ 2016-2017 season and an election year was an easy one. The Crucible, in its essence, is a play about people living in fear. According to Benesch, it’s that fear that makes the play “wonderfully uncomfortable.” The masterpiece,…

Celebrating 50 years in bloom

When he was a graduate student in 1968, Ken Moore was approached by botany professor Ritchie Bell, who was looking for someone to help out around the North Carolina Botanical Garden for the summer. The next day, Moore was using garden tools, items salvaged from the dump and a few work-study students to construct a…

UNC Research: ‘We’ve seen powerful results’

Story and video by Higher Education Works Foundation Chancellor Carol L. Folt calls them “zingers” – imaginative ideas that, when coupled with years of fundamental research, produce enormous breakthroughs in science. And in just the past three years, Folt says in the accompanying video, UNC Chapel Hill has made extraordinary research advances in fields such…