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A transformative day for entrepreneurship at Carolina

An $18 million gift from three alumni siblings will more than double the size of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s nationally ranked undergraduate entrepreneurship program based in the College of Arts and Sciences. The gift from the Shuford family of Hickory, North Carolina is the largest single one-time gift by a living…

A RAPID Response to Hurricane Matthew

On October 8, 2016, Diego Riveros-Iregui couldn’t believe what he was seeing. News stations from all over North Carolina — and the nation — streamed endless aerial footage of submerged homes, collapsed roads, and residents escaping their hometowns in kayaks and motorboats. Flooding from Hurricane Matthew caused $1.5 billion in damage to 100,000 North Carolina houses, businesses,…

Summer School celebrates 140th anniversary

In 1877, Rutherford B. Hayes became president, Thomas Edison invented the phonograph, the first college lacrosse game was played and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Summer School opened its doors. In the Summer School’s first year, it also challenged the University’s gender barriers by becoming the first school at the University to enroll women.…

Diversity in discovery

How would you best build the A-team for making life-changing discoveries? Studies and many scientists who run laboratories suggest that diverse research teams often make quicker scientific advances. Flavio Frohlich’s lab at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is a perfect example of this. In their quest for new treatments of psychiatric and…

Well Said: Medical play kits

For a young cancer patient, the tools and medical devices in the UNC Hospitals’ Pediatric Hematology–Oncology Clinic can be terrifying. But two UNC School of Medicine students are working to provide medical play kits to help the children better understand their surroundings and ease their fears as they’re treated at the clinic. In this week’s…

‘Never forget where you came from’

For more than two centuries, Tar Heels have made their mark on the world. They’ve built businesses, been to space, governed states, saved lives and improved their communities. And on May 14, the journeys of more than 6,000 new University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill graduates began at Kenan Stadium. “Wherever you go, whatever…

Beginning of a ‘great responsibility’

After years of research, teaching and training, nearly 300 doctoral candidates closed out their Carolina careers May 13 at the Dean E. Smith Center. As their time at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill came to an end, they were given a new challenge: use their degree for public good. It’s a mission…

Watch Commencement via livestream

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is celebrating more than 6,000 graduates this weekend during the Doctoral Hooding Ceremony and Spring Commencement. Nearly 300 Carolina doctoral candidates were recognized at the hooding ceremony Saturday morning in the Dean E. Smith Center. Richard Lenski, a UNC-Chapel Hill alumnus and biologist who has tracked the evolution for more…

Continuing a passion for science after graduation

After graduation, Sierra Atwater will head to South Africa, where she’ll work for a STEM education startup company that encourages young girls to get involved in science. She’s taking a gap year before applying to medical school, and she hopes to incorporate a love of STEM education into her future career. Atwater is among the…

Day in the life | CNN anchor and Carolina alumna Brooke Baldwin

To many Americans, Brooke Baldwin’s day begins at 2 p.m., but when she addresses the CNN studio camera at that moment, her day is already several hours underway. Baldwin, anchor of “CNN Newsroom” from 2 – 4 p.m., a 2001 Carolina graduate and the 2017 UNC Spring Commencement speaker, begins preparing for her show the…