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Entrepreneur Deshpande talks universities, innovation

Gururaj “Desh” Deshpande, co-founder of the Deshpande Foundation, president and chairman of Sparta Group, LLC, chairman of Tejas Networks and serial entrepreneur, visited Carolina in early September to speak with students in the College of Arts and Science’s Introduction to Entrepreneurship class. While he was on campus, Deshpande shared his thoughts on how universities fit into…

Remembering 9/11

As the fog rolled through a dark Kenan Stadium on Friday morning, the sound of 400 stomping feet radiated from the stands. Running up and down 110 flights of stairs, UNC ROTC cadets were joined by local law enforcement officers and firefighters to honor the victims of Sept. 11, 2001. “September 11th was a tragedy…

Carolina ranks fifth among national public universities

For the 15th straight year, the nation’s first public university has been ranked as one of the best. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – a top public research university with a strong focus on access and affordability and high graduation rates – ranks fifth among the nation’s best public universities, according to…

Serving up Food for All

As far as steering committee co-chairs Marcie Cohen Ferris and Alice Ammerman are concerned, Carolina’s food theme is organic to the campus. “We don’t see this as something we are doing to the campus,” Ammerman said. “It’s the campus rising up together and getting inspired by the theme, each other, crossing disciplines and working side-by-side…

Historic conference, historic challenge

Six days weren’t enough to solve a problem that has stumped physicists for 40 years. Still, the week-long Hawking Radiation Conference in Stockholm, Sweden was productive. “UNC-Chapel Hill has been so fortunate because we have been able to co-sponsor this historic conference with some of the greatest institutes of theoretical physics in the world,” UNC-Chapel…

Measuring the success of MEASURE Evaluation

To understand the remarkable global impact of MEASURE Evaluation, part of the Carolina Population Center, think back to 2003. Back then, HIV/AIDS in America was no longer a death sentence but a manageable, long-term illness for those with access to antiretroviral drugs. Yet in sub-Saharan Africa, where there were no such medications, more than 20…

Showcasing a century of football

When Carolina quarterback Marquise Williams graced the cover of the season opening football game program, it was be a far cry from the 50-cent publications that fans held in the stands when North Carolina and South Carolina met at the 1955 Oyster Bowl. Sixty years ago, that program featured a hand-drawn picture of non-descript players…

A chance to recharge

This semester, you can recharge your phone — and yourself — under the shade across UNC-Chapel Hill’s campus. Six organizations came together over the summer to bring one bright idea to life: solar umbrellas. “It uses the sunlight to generate electricity through the panels on top of the ribs of the umbrella,” said senior Charlie…

Summer internship grants make a world of difference

Before this summer, Carolina student Destiny Planter had never lived in a big city. But as she sat down to a breakfast meeting in downtown Washington, D.C., in July, she had all the confidence of a capital-city powerbroker. “I’m worn out, but I survived it!” she said, settling into a booth. “Now I know I…