Spotlight

Mending a child’s heart

Eight-year-old Maryam of Afghanistan has been adapting to American life this summer – swinging at the playground, eating hamburgers, playing at the beach and spending some time at a bowling alley. She’s also been well cared for by N.C. Children’s Hospital staff, who this month fixed a hole in Maryam’s heart. Maryam and five other…

Eat This, Walk That

Say you’re at a fast-food place ordering a crispy chicken sandwich. Would seeing that it has 620 calories give you pause? What if you saw that it might take a 6.5-mile walk to burn it off? “Calorie information alone is so out of context,” says Anthony Viera, a public health researcher and doctor at UNC Family Medicine.…

“There truly is a Carolina spirit”

In a video message, Carolina’s new chancellor, Carol Folt, says that the meetings she’s had with members of the campus community affirm what she already knew: “There truly is a Carolina spirit.” “It shows in the timeless principles of excellence, inclusivity and integrity on this campus,” Folt says. “That spirit will keep us steady and…

The Ph.D. fabricator

As with many budding researchers, Glenn Walters found his calling in the field. In his case, however, “the field” was not a clinical site, a remote corner of the globe or a neighborhood ruined by industrialization. For Walters, inspiration came from a junkyard. “The junkyard wasn’t far from where I grew up in Vermont,” Walters…

Child hears father’s voice for first time

Grayson was born with no cochlear nerves and as a result could not hear. The 3-year-old from Charlotte received the first-ever auditory brain stem implant in a child during a surgery done in spring 2013 at UNC Hospitals. “I’ve never seen a look like that today,” said Grayson’s father, Len Clamp, of the day that…

Champion of undergraduate research

On a cold winter night in 1979, Pat Pukkila woke up at 3 a.m., turned to her husband and said, “Honey, I have to go into the lab.” A biology postdoc at Harvard, Pukkila knew that after many months, the results of her experiments, designed to show how bacteria correct mistakes made when DNA is…

Unlocking life’s code

UNC clinical geneticist Jim Evans helped to open the new Smithsonian exhibition, Genome: Unlocking Life’s Code. Portions of the exhibit include – understanding DNA; the role of genomics in health and medicine; biodiversity; medical testing and direct-to-consumer genomics; and genetic ancestry. The exhibition, open to the general public, is a collaboration between the Smithsonian’s National…

Research hooks undergraduate

Before Margo Williams enrolled in Psychology 395 for her last semester at Carolina, she had no idea a single course would draw on both her majors, allow her to contribute to important research on young children and cement her career choice. The Charlotte native, who graduated in May, will soon start working as a research…

My homework’s in the dumpster!

“My homework is in the dumpster!” An excuse for some, but it’s the truth for students participating in UNC’s Sustainable Triangle Field Site (STFS). The students explore how communities, industries, governments and nonprofits on or near UNC’s campus practice sustainability. One exploration put them in the middle of a city’s trash, learning about the waste…

‘Where did the agriculture go?’

They say home is where the heart is. For recent alumna Jessica Kennedy, home is also the subject of her undergraduate research.    With her father active in local government, Kennedy grew up familiar with the social issues of Watauga County— an uncertain transition from an agricultural based economy, hunger and poverty. She applied for and…