Spotlight

Seventeen Tar Heels representing four countries in Rio

The rest of the sports world will stop for nearly a month as more than 10,000 athletes from the around the world compete in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in the Summer Olympic Games. And 17 of those elite athletes are Tar Heels. Representing the United States, Turkey, India and New Zealand, former Carolina student-athletes will…

Sancar accepts O. Max Gardner Award

“I marvel at your success,” said UNC System President Margaret Spellings when introducing 2015 Nobel Laureate Aziz Sancar at the July 29 Board of Governor’s meeting. Sancar was there to receive the O. Max Gardner Award, the oldest and most prestigious statewide honor given to a faculty member who has “made the greatest contribution to…

Medicine’s Mentors: Kenya McNeal-Trice, MD

Dr. Kenya McNeal-Trice, associate professor of pediatrics at UNC-Chapel Hill and director of the Pediatrics Residency Program at the UNC School of Medicine, opens up about her experiences from Mississippi to Spelman College to Wayne State University to Carolina. Click here for a video — and more — from UNC Health Care. Published July 28,…

Massey winner is a man on a mission

For many years, a photo pinned to the wall of the News Services office showed Mike McFarland crouching on the floor at the National Press Club in Washington, holding a small tape recorder above his head to catch the words of then-Chancellor James Moeser. The caption read, “Our man in the shadows.” McFarland, now director…

Led to do more

As a former high school English teacher, UNC-Chapel Hill Ph.D candidate Ronda Taylor Bullock often felt insufficient. Hundreds of students were coming to high school struggling to read, and she felt ill equipped to tackle what she began to see as a social justice issue. Bullock felt heartbroken and guilty. That guilt was only intensified…

A sheltering place for refugees

Dark clouds loomed over the Transplanting Traditions Community Farm on a recent evening, threatening to rain on a midsummer potluck dinner. But underneath the tin roof of the farm’s largest building, everyone was dry and happy, eating at picnic tables and talking in English and Karen. Like the roof covering the diners, the Triangle has…

Realizing her dream

Marine Corps veteran and Carolina occupational therapy master’s student Oyoana Allende is a month away from achieving her dream of becoming an occupational therapist—a profession she didn’t realize existed until becoming severely burned while serving in Iraq in 2005. Allende worked as a platoon truck driver while stationed in Iraq. While working with infantry Marines…

Personnel announcements, current events highlight trustees’ meeting

At the July 21 meeting of the Board of Trustees, Chancellor Carol L. Folt announced the appointment of faculty member Kim Strom-Gottfried as the director of ethics education and policy management. Strom-Gottfried is the Smith P. Theimann Jr. Distinguished Professor of Ethics and Professional Practice in the School of Social Work. Effective Aug. 1, she…

Three food tech start-ups, no stopping for Carolina alumna

Food tech entrepreneur Riana Lynn has chalked up more high-powered experiences at age 30 than most people accumulate in a lifetime. Since graduating from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2008, she has founded three startups, managed high-profile projects at the White House and secured a coveted spot as a Google-Code2040 entrepreneur-in-residence. Lynn is now negotiating the sale…

Well Said: Hurricanes and storm surges

Hurricane season has been relatively quiet on the East Coast so far this year. But the season is far from over and coastal areas need to be prepared to handle the dangerous storm and potentially deadly storm surges. In this week’s episode, Rick Luettich, director of the UNC Institute of Marine Sciences, discusses hurricanes and…