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Greenlaw 101, lecture hall for the 21st century

The recently remodeled Greenlaw 101 lecture hall has several cool features: a bright orange accent wall, rolling swivel chairs with adjustable desks and cupholders and a catwalk down the center of the room. The room’s eight big video screens plus a nine-panel screen in the front connect to the Internet or to an individual’s laptop…

Faculty exchange connects communities across the Atlantic

When UNC-Chapel Hill history professor Sarah Shields recently watched students file into her classroom, it was a familiar scene: backpacks filled with text books, undergraduates with notebooks and laptops under their arms. But there was one particular difference: the sky outside was a muted gray instead of Carolina blue – and her view was of…

Carolina celebrates King’s ideals, legacy

Classes were not in session Jan. 18, but campus was far from quiet. The sounds of marchers, runners and powerful lecturers engaged the campus as the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill celebrated the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with rallies, community services projects and talks. Monday’s events were just…

The chance for a new life

It was February, snowing, and Sheena Von Cannon was seven-months pregnant. She needed medicine, but the weather trapped her inside. She realized that day how unmanageable her life had become. She called on someone who had helped her before: Dr. John Thorp, a longtime OB-GYN and professor at UNC-Chapel Hill who 22 years ago founded…

New name, same style

Studying the collective behavior of flocks of birds or swarms of bees is an example of biology, a pure physical science. Exploring how collective behavior in nature can be used to make nanoparticles organize themselves into a structure to deliver medication more effectively in the body is an example of applied physical science. Assistant professor…

The new social network

A man sits outside a café in North Carolina. His wife, in Paris, calls him and tells him she would like to have lunch. He puts on a pair of eyeglasses and presses a button. Then, suddenly, she is sitting across the table from him. He gets up and sits next to her, and she…

An oath to military service

Matthew Braswell has long known he was called to service. Raised in Wilmington, North Carolina, the son of two teachers, Braswell said his parents stressed that whatever career he chose to pursue should be one that helps people. After attending UNC-Chapel Hill as an undergraduate, Braswell looked for a way to combine his desire to…

UNC-Chapel Hill student and alumnus among first cohort of Schwarzman Scholars

Larry Han, a fourth-year student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Max Seunik, a 2015 Carolina alumnus, have been named recipients of the inaugural Schwarzman Scholars program award, an elite China-based scholarship modeled after the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship and founded by American financier and Blackstone Co-Founder and CEO Stephen A. Schwarzman.…

Harvesting a new landscape

You are what you eat – that’s what Mom always said to nudge us into making healthy food choices. Now Mom has a new ally: The Carolina campus itself is providing an innovative way to encourage people to eat healthily. The concept, known as edible landscaping, mixes food-producing and ornamental plants in the natural landscape.…