Spotlight

Returning the favor

Guam was a new experience for Bruce Cairns, who grew up in Chapel Hill, completed his undergraduate degree at Johns Hopkins, medical degree at the University of Pennsylvania, and surgery residency and trauma and critical care fellowships at UNC Medical Center. But it was a welcomed one. As a Lt. Commander in the Navy, Cairns…

Oldest living Carolina athlete to lead Walk for Health

On any given day, it’s a reasonably simple task to find Bob Gersten. If the 94-year-old isn’t at the Chapel Hill Tennis Club, he’s probably playing a round at Finley Golf Club. That is, of course, unless its raining. Then he’ll be heading to the movies. No matter where he is, Gersten’s daily goal is…

From classroom to freezer

Carolina students Will Chapman and Patrick Mateer hope to transform the local food market when they launch their line of flash frozen local produce, Seal the Seasons, later this spring. With the help of Daniella Uslan, project manager at the UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, the 2015 SECU Emerging Issues prize-winning company…

1915 mail-order catalog inspires a 2015 challenge

In 1915, 84-year-old former UNC President Kemp Plummer Battle sent an unusual gift to the North Carolina Historical Society — a “hermetically sealed tin box” containing a letter and a Montgomery Ward catalog from that year. He requested that in 1965, and again in 2015, that a member of the University community write an essay…

The devils in the details

Renee Alexander Craft has been going to Panama for 14 years, a few weeks at a time. She is fascinated by a small seaside town called Portobelo, its Afro-Latin residents and the special spin they give to their pre-Lenten Carnival. They call their version of Carnival season, “Congo Season.” “It’s a small town that’s rich…

Challenge and opportunity

Chancellor Carol L. Folt came to Carolina because, she said, “I wanted to be part of something bigger than myself” at a place with a long and rich history. Twenty months later, she told University Board of Trustees on Thursday, that wish has come true in ways she could not have imagined. It has been,…

Celebrating the powwow tradition

Jingles of bells and the beats of hide drums reverberated throughout Woollen Gymnasium as dancers, dressed in brightly colored costumes of feathers and furs, twirled around the room — much like their ancestors had done for generations. The vibrant performances, held March 28, were part of the Carolina Indian Circle’s 28th annual powwow. The celebration,…

Sweet collaboration

Carolina, Duke and N.C. State are all competing in the NCAA Sweet 16 this week. But back on our campuses, we’re also proud of the ways we collaborate as world-class research universities – and the Sweet way we can have a little fun on social media together. Check out our joint Twitter, Instagram and Facebook…

Harnessing the power of the immune system

Two new faculty members have joined the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center to help launch groundbreaking immunotherapy clinical trials that will test an experimental treatment in which patients’ own immune cells are genetically engineered to fight their cancer. The clinical research program will be the first of its kind at UNC Lineberger and in North…

Heroes in blue coveralls

Sure, it’s sunny and warm now, but think back a couple of weeks when the campus was covered with snow, then ice, then even more snow. On those days when the University was closed or on a delayed schedule, most employees could hit the snooze button and roll back over. Most, but not all. Faster…