Spotlight

Connecting with the community

Dressed in full uniform, Officer T. Williams of the UNC-Chapel Hill Department of Public Safety stretched over a cart to help a nine-year-old reach a stuffed rainbow zebra on a top-shelf display at a local Walmart store. Williams was one of nearly 40 officers from Carolina’s Department of Public Safety, Chapel Hill and surrounding law…

Four questions with Winter Commencement speaker Paul Cuadros

When Paul Cuadros takes the stage at Sunday’s Winter Commencement, he will continue Carolina’s long-standing tradition of having outstanding faculty members serve as the featured speaker of the annual ceremony. It’s an honor, he said, that he never expected. “This was completely out of the blue,” Cuadros said. “I was completely taken by surprise when…

360 – in 360

As journalism and media shift to adopt virtual reality and 360-degree video, Carolina’s Steven King wants to make sure his students are ready to lead the way. “It’s pretty much just-in-time learning,” said King, assistant professor of Interactive and Multimedia at the UNC School of Media and Journalism. “We are figuring this out, teaching it…

A caregiving community at Carolina

Since 1979, the physician scientist with a medical degree has teetered on the edge of the “endangered species” list. This group of doctors not only sees patients, but conducts research and teaches or mentors students. Early career physician scientists, in particular, struggle with working long hours, finding time to write grants to fund their research,…

Virtual money turned real scholarships

Laptops on. Twenty-four-hour news channel tuned. Financial newspapers and magazines bookmarked. A study room in Pi Lambda Phi’s UNC-Chapel Hill chapter fraternity house turned into a makeshift trading floor recently when four fraternity brothers teamed to win the TD Ameritrade thinkorswim Challenge. Each of the Carolina students – senior Alexander Bryan, sophomore Nyatefe Mortoo, sophomore…

Well Said: Creativity

People are always trying to be more creative. But is it a learned trait that can be improved or are some people just wired to be more creative than others? In this week’s episode, we talk about creativity and how people can hone the skill with R. Keith Sawyer, the Morgan Distinguished Professor in Educational…

Rowing to win

A runner and soccer player growing up, Phil Simons thought his competitive athletics career would end after high school. That is, until Simons found out about the UNC-Chapel Hill Crew Club and picked up a new sport. “It’s the best decision I’ve made since coming to Carolina,” said the junior. “It was just the right…

Breaking down Bluegrass

Playing in a new class called the Carolina Bluegrass Band, Liz Short experienced a surreal moment when the band shared a stage with the Grammy Award-winning Steep Canyon Rangers. “We had not even played in front of people, and we’re in Memorial Hall with an audience three times bigger than any I’ve performed for,” said…

A talent pipeline

When Jillian Lee Dempsey was interviewing for faculty positions across the country several years ago, she was thrilled to find that Carolina’s senior faculty members were uniquely supportive of her. “They were invested in my success,” said Dempsey, now a UNC-Chapel Hill assistant professor of chemistry in the College of Arts and Sciences who examines…