Spotlight

Day in the life | Spin instructor

Carolina senior and environmental science major Andrea Orengo clocks a couple hundred hours on the spin bike each year, but it wasn’t always that way. “The first time I got on the bike, I almost passed out because I didn’t eat breakfast beforehand and I didn’t realize it was such a hard workout,” Orengo said.…

First-of-its-kind study accurately predicts autism in infants

Using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in infants with older siblings with autism, researchers from around the country were able to correctly predict 80 percent of those infants who would later meet criteria for autism at two years of age. The study, published Feb. 15 in Nature, is the first to show it is possible to identify which…

Bringing the constellations to North Carolina

As Caelen Taylor watched the sunset and the night sky rise over the horizon, the light cast by the moon and stars revealed her awe-struck face. It’s not that she had never seen stars before, but at 9 a.m. — and while sitting on the hardwood floor of an auxiliary gym — you don’t expect to…

Nursing dean discovers a new home in Chapel Hill

After more than 13 years at the University of Miami, Nena Peragallo Montano said leaving her longtime home in Miami and her colleagues and friends there was a tough choice. But she told the audience at the Carolina Club on Feb. 9, which had gathered to welcome her to campus, that she has found a…

Black History Month lecture examines American quest for justice

Seeking justice has been at the core of the American experience from the very beginning. It led to freedom from English tyranny in 1776, and today it leads the charge for racial equality. For Brenda Stevenson, that constant challenge has become as American as apple pie. “The powerful rally cry of ‘No justice, no peace’…

Carolina Inn snags a star chef

While Greensboro is only 50 miles from Chapel Hill, bussing tables at the local Chi-Chi’s is culinary light years away from directing the cuisine of the historic Carolina Inn and its Crossroads Restaurant. But then new Executive Chef Brandon Sharp, who’s also an Ironman triathlete, likes to take the long way around. He returned to…

A home worthy of great music

When scheduling the Feb. 8 dedication of the renovated Hill Hall and ribbon cutting for its modernized auditorium, the music department certainly planned to show off its superior acoustics with performances of Bach and Schubert by faculty and students. But organizers probably didn’t count on a sunny, 71-degree day in the midst of winter. “Again…

Well Said: The 40th anniversary of the Carolina Jazz Festival

When Jim Ketch founded the Carolina Jazz Festival 40 years ago as a small Music Department event, the goal was to give his students a chance to rub shoulders with professional musicians. In the decades that followed, the festival morphed into a much larger event, inspiring not just Carolina students but also high schoolers from…