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Growth from the ground up

It’s 3 a.m. on a Monday morning. Sweet-smelling steam wafts through a large warehouse in St. Pauls, North Carolina. A vat full of golden kernels bubbles while a nearby machine smashes two stones together, grinding the freshly cooked corn into putty. Across the warehouse, the sound of whirring machinery signals the start of a conveyer…

Sharpless appointed National Cancer Institute director

President Donald Trump on Friday announced his intent to appoint Norman E. (Ned) Sharpless as director of the National Cancer Institute. Sharpless is the director of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Wellcome Distinguished Professor in Cancer Research. He would succeed Douglas Lowy, who has served as acting…

Predicting autism

For the first time, autism researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill used MRIs of six-month olds to show how brain regions are connected and synchronized, and then predict which babies at high risk of developing autism would be diagnosed with the condition at age two. A previous Carolina-lead study, published in…

Tar Heel selected for NASA’s new astronaut class

From the basalt lava fields of Hawaii to the vast white expanse of Antarctica, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill alumna Zena Cardman has ventured to some of Earth’s most unique and remote places. Now she’s setting her sights on the ultimate frontier—space. Over 18,300 people applied to be in NASA’s upcoming class of…

Teaching medicine, literature and more at the Ackland

On a recent morning, about a dozen students huddled in an upstairs corner of the Ackland Art Museum, studying and discussing “City Hall, Reno, Nevada,” a glossy black and white photograph of a young, well-dressed couple posing in a close embrace. “They’re dressed up for a special occasion.” “That makes me think ‘church.’” “It’s like…

UNC researchers respond to Hurricane Matthew

One of the most destructive hurricanes of the past decades, Hurricane Matthew delivered 350 millimeters of rain over the course of just 24 hours in North Carolina alone. It caused $1.5 billion in flood damage to 100,000 houses, businesses, and government buildings, took the lives of 28 North Carolinians, forced more than 4,000 people to…

Well Said: HIV research

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is home to some of the world’s best HIV research. Numerous teams of researchers are tirelessly investigating the virus, which infects nearly 37 million people around the world. One of the those projects, led by Jenna Bone Honeycutt, has recently made to a key discovery that could change the way…

Amateur archivists

Fourteen high school students listened attentively as University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill anthropologist Gabrielle Vail invited them to examine letters, drawings, photos, diaries, codices, newspapers and other Maya materials from the Southern Historical Collection in Wilson Library. “Start thinking about these materials in terms of ‘how can I tell the story of Maya…

Remembering our military

On Memorial Day, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill remembers all the men and women who lost their lives during military service to the country. The more than 700 Carolina graduates who died in battle or in training accidents during time of war are honored on campus with the Carolina Alumni Memorial in Memory of Those…

‘A light of hope’

UNC Horizons’ new state-of-the-art facility is a place where women and children go to heal, and the program’s intergenerational, multi-disciplinary approach to healing holds the key to help women and children around the world, said Hendrée Jones, the program’s executive director. UNC Horizons is a world leader in treating women with substance use disorder and…