Spotlight

It’s in her DNA

New Year, New Faces: As UNC-Chapel Hill prepares to begin a new fall semester, we introduce you to some of the new Tar Heels who will be looking to innovate, educate, serve – and change the world Like many Tar Heel offspring, first-year student Ann Berry Schrimsher of Charlotte had a pretty good idea of…

First Welcome: ‘Believe you can be successful here’

Nearly 20 percent of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s students are the first in their families to begin the journey of earning a college degree. But they aren’t alone. Hundreds of Carolina faculty and staff, including members of the University’s leadership team, understand the struggle – and excitement, and accomplishment. Because they…

A new world

RIO DE JANEIRO — “A new world.” That’s the slogan for the 2016 Summer Olympics, and that’s what 29 UNC-Chapel Hill School of Media and Journalism students are experiencing in Rio di Janeiro this month. The MJ School sent 25 students to Brazil to work for the Olympic News Service (ONS) and four additional students…

The patient provider

Two years ago, after taking an exam in the Physician Assistant (PA) Program at Campbell University, Danielle Harris and her classmates remained in the classroom to discuss their answers to the exam questions. While they were debriefing, the conversation turned to the bruises on the back of Danielle’s legs, which her father, James, had noticed…

Scans, sketches and skeletons

Two sets of bones from a large animal sit on a table – moose pelvis, apparently. A large and exquisitely detailed drawing of a turtle’s spine hangs on the wall. I’m not in the office of a zoologist. It’s the office of Amanda Nelson, a rheumatologist at UNC’s Thurston Arthritis Research Center. Nelson picks up…

Adapting, exploring and finding belonging

On Friday mornings, a small group of friends often can be found chatting as they sit on couches tucked along a window-lined wall in the FedEx Global Education Center on Carolina’s campus. Conversation flows in varied accents from across the globe.  They found each other thanks to their spouses and partners.  “It’s really boring staying…

‘Catalyst for the transformation’

Having traveled to Brazil countless times, Joseph Hiatt has always wanted to reach out to the Brazilian people and lend a hand. This spring, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School’s STAR Global project gave him that chance. Hiatt and a team of students helped a struggling community program in Rio de Janeiro develop a robust business model.…

Pursuing other dreams

It wouldn’t be hard to blame Sue Walsh for watching something else when the summer Olympic games come along every four years. In 1980, the then-Tar Heel swimmer made the U.S. Olympic team that ultimately didn’t compete in Moscow because of America’s boycott of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. Four years later, after she won…

Well Said: The intersection of politics and the Olympics

The Olympic Games may have been founded to serve as a political-free zone to foster peace, but it hasn’t always worked out that way. As the world turns its attention to for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, we’re talking about the intersection of politics and the Olympics with UNC College of Arts…

Professor helps track athletes go for the gold

He’s not a coach and he’s never been to the Olympics, but Carolina’s Bing Yu has helped athletes train for eight Summer Games, including the 2016 games in Rio de Janeiro. Yu is a professor in Division of Physical Therapy as housed in the School of Medicine’s Department of Allied Health Sciences. He uses his…