Spotlight

Lifting up and giving back

The 270 high school students gathered on the Connor front lawn are there for icebreakers – fun activities for these Project Uplift participants to get to know each other and their counselors. Students in one group clasp hands across a huddle and then gradually unwind themselves without letting go of the other person’s hands. Next…

A Lost Colony find

The Lost Colony is a mystery that has captivated North Carolinians for centuries. In 1587, more than 100 English settlers came to Roanoke Island, commissioned by Queen Elizabeth I and led by Gov. John White, to establish a permanent settlement in the New World. Just three years later, when ships returned to bring supplies to…

From magazine article to Disney film

In Kampala, Uganda, chess barely exists. There is not even a word for it in the city’s native language of Luganda. But standing in the dilapidated Agape Church in the slum of Katwe, Tim Crothers watched as dozens of impoverished children studied the pieces spread across checkered boards, strategizing their next move in a game…

Ort ready to write next chapter

A few days ago, Brian Hogan ambled into Shirley Ort’s office and spotted a replica of the Magna Carta on the nearly empty bookcase in her Pettigrew Hall office. Without missing a beat, Hogan deadpanned, “Shirley, I knew you were old, but I didn’t know you were that old.” As the creator of the Carolina Covenant,…

Well Said: The Zika virus

With summer in full swing and the sports world gearing up for the Olympics in Brazil, we’re talking the Zika virus with Blossom Damania, Boshamer Distinguished Professor of microbiology and immunology. The incoming vice dean of research at the UNC School of Medicine, Damania discusses Carolina’s role in Zika research. Learn more about the virus…

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…