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Starting a (Carolina) Conversation

In small groups surrounding a dozen tables, more than 130 Carolina students, faculty and staff filled the Aquarium Lounge of the Frank Porter Graham Student Union on March 23. Chancellor Carol L. Folt, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Winston Crisp, Vice Chancellor for Workforce Strategy, Equity, and Engagement Felicia Washington and several other University leaders…

The gift of transplant

David Gerber had completed his general surgery internship and was beginning his second year of residency at Emory University when he met a recruiter from the U.S. Air Force. It was 1990, and the Gulf War had just begun. The recruiter made the pitch and Gerber listened. The Air Force didn’t immediately need his services,…

Annual Dance Marathon helps Children’s Hospital families

Throughout his six months of battling myelodysplastic syndrome —a form of pre-acute myeloid leukemia associated with Down Syndrome — at UNC Hospitals, William Erkkila often has turned around his bad days by breaking out his dance moves. “He can’t walk, but he can dance,” said Kaitlin Erkkila, the 2-year-old’s mother. During the weekend, William showed…

The innovation engine

Cancer. It’s a scary word encompassing a family of scary diseases that most people will experience in some way at one point or another in their lives. Cancer is insidious, complex and evolving. And even though doctors and researchers have made great strides in fighting many types of cancer, there’s still a lot to learn…

Carolina announces Carolina Conversations

Chancellor Carol L. Folt and other Carolina administrators on March 17 announced the launch of Carolina Conversations, a coordinated effort to ensure that Carolina stands always as a place that is inclusive and welcoming for all. In an email to the campus community Folt, along with Provost James W. Dean Jr. and vice chancellors Winston…

A special return

When Jim Aspell became the first patient at UNC to receive a new aortic heart valve using transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), he had two primary goals: 1.) to survive and spend Easter with his family and 2.) to return to the Dean E. Smith Center to watch Carolina basketball. “Climbing those steps in the…

To the heart of the earth

Jonathan Lees, chair of the department of Geological Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has traveled all over the world — Russia, Guatemala, Italy, Japan — to conduct research on volcanoes and gain a better understanding of the inner workings of our earth. Most recently he and three of his students…

Carolina helps keep Triangle on the map as national tech hub

In his recent State of the State address, Gov. Pat McCrory laid out his vision of making North Carolina the third vertex of a “national innovation triangle.” That vision, which McCrory also outlined a few months ago during his University Day speech at Memorial Hall, calls for connecting the state’s economy with Silicon Valley and…