Spotlight

The chance for a new life

It was February, snowing, and Sheena Von Cannon was seven-months pregnant. She needed medicine, but the weather trapped her inside. She realized that day how unmanageable her life had become. She called on someone who had helped her before: Dr. John Thorp, a longtime OB-GYN and professor at UNC-Chapel Hill who 22 years ago founded…

New name, same style

Studying the collective behavior of flocks of birds or swarms of bees is an example of biology, a pure physical science. Exploring how collective behavior in nature can be used to make nanoparticles organize themselves into a structure to deliver medication more effectively in the body is an example of applied physical science. Assistant professor…

The new social network

A man sits outside a café in North Carolina. His wife, in Paris, calls him and tells him she would like to have lunch. He puts on a pair of eyeglasses and presses a button. Then, suddenly, she is sitting across the table from him. He gets up and sits next to her, and she…

An oath to military service

Matthew Braswell has long known he was called to service. Raised in Wilmington, North Carolina, the son of two teachers, Braswell said his parents stressed that whatever career he chose to pursue should be one that helps people. After attending UNC-Chapel Hill as an undergraduate, Braswell looked for a way to combine his desire to…

UNC-Chapel Hill student and alumnus among first cohort of Schwarzman Scholars

Larry Han, a fourth-year student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Max Seunik, a 2015 Carolina alumnus, have been named recipients of the inaugural Schwarzman Scholars program award, an elite China-based scholarship modeled after the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship and founded by American financier and Blackstone Co-Founder and CEO Stephen A. Schwarzman.…

Harvesting a new landscape

You are what you eat – that’s what Mom always said to nudge us into making healthy food choices. Now Mom has a new ally: The Carolina campus itself is providing an innovative way to encourage people to eat healthily. The concept, known as edible landscaping, mixes food-producing and ornamental plants in the natural landscape.…

ALS won’t stop Reznick from making the world a better place

The disease took control of UNC-Chapel Hill psychology professor Steve Reznick’s right ring finger in early summer of 2013. He couldn’t lift it. It affected his typing. “I crafted a brace that used a rubber band to lift my right ring finger, thus allowing me to pull it down onto a key,” Reznick said. That…

World View introduces North Carolina educators to Ecuador

Antonio Wilkins, principal of Magnolia Elementary in Lumberton, North Carolina, has deep roots in Robeson County. He grew up in nearby Pembroke, a town of around 3,000 and seat of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina, of which he is a member, and earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the University of North Carolina…

‘Step up to the future’

It is again time, Governor Pat McCrory said, for North Carolina voters to “step up to the future” by approving the $2 billion Connect NC bond on March 15. During the past century, North Carolina voters have said yes to the future again and again – including a $40 million highway bill called for by…