Spotlight

The quiet professional

Todd Williams’s 28-year military career took him to countries and combat zones around the world: Korea, Haiti, sub-Saharan Africa, Afghanistan, and Iraq. Although the retired Green Beret medic, also known as an 18-Delta, doesn’t share many details about his experiences overseas, he does open up about an invaluable gift given to him by his sister-in-law…

Honoring the unfinished work

Playwright Howard Craft’s connection with UNC’s Process Series led to an off-off Broadway production of his play Freight: The Five Incarnations of Abel Green that won rave reviews from The New York Times. Freight tells the story of an African-American man who exists in five dimensions of the same universe at different points in American…

Two universities, two continents, one life-saving goal

Carolina and Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden have similar-sounding names, but that’s not the only thing they share. Both institutions are working to save lives through research to unlock the mysteries behind eating disorders. The research is led by Cynthia Bulik, Distinguished Professor of Eating Disorders at UNC-Chapel Hill, who splits her time between Carolina…

Another piece of the puzzle

If a child has autism, the condition is uniquely their own. The genes involved, how those genes are expressed to give rise to the proteins his or her brain cells need to function, how the neurons are wired to articulate thoughts or navigate social interactions or think through a problem — all of these things…

Massey winner is a rare Byrd

Randi Byrd fingered the delicate string of tiny colorful glass beads around her neck. She made the necklace herself, in the beaded jewelry tradition of her Cherokee ancestors. Beading was her hobby – until she discovered giant pumpkins. “It’s an addiction,” she said, her eyes lighting up. These aren’t pie pumpkins. These are behemoths grown…

Boot camp helps veterans head back to school

This summer, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill participated again in the Warrior-Scholar Project — a program designed to help military veterans transition from the service and head back to school. Attendees in early June were veterans and transitioning service members enrolled or planning to enroll in or transfer into a four-year undergraduate…

Well Said: Social media and adolescence

This week, John Van Seters Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience Mitch Prinstein and doctoral student Jackie Nesi discuss social media and its influence on adolescents. Join us every Wednesday for the University’s new podcast as we talk with Carolina’s newsmakers and experts. Each week, students, faculty, staff and alumni will discuss whats going on…

Chancellor Folt op-ed: How to fix higher education

The following op-ed appeared in The Wall Street Journal on June 7: Higher education was once the backbone of American economic and scientific growth. Following World War II, the government doubled down on its investments in our nation’s colleges and universities and helped drive corporate growth, intellectual property and technological innovations that became the envy…

Uncharted territory: Using drones to detect sharks

Ever since he was a kid, Martín Benavides has viewed sharks a little differently than most people. “I’ll never forget the first time I watched the movie ‘Jaws,’” he said. “I was crying when the shark died at the end. My family thought I was crazy, but for me, it was really traumatic to see…

Cyr’s ordeal teaches a valuable lesson in giving

Robin Cyr began the morning of Nov. 15, 2015, as she did most mornings – sitting in a meeting. By the end of the day, she was in an emergency room, clinging to life. Cyr, associate vice chancellor for research compliance, remembers feeling sick enough during that meeting to think she might have the flu. She…