Spotlight

Well Said: Patrick Dougherty

Throughout his three-decade career as a professional artist, Patrick Dougherty has designed and constructed more than 300 stickwork sculptures across the world. Now, the world-renowned Carolina alumnus has brought his talents back to Chapel Hill with his recently finished “Step Right Up” sculpture, which will be on display outside the Ackland Art Museum for the next…

Stick sculptures — in 360

The latest artwork from Carolina graduate and sculptor Patrick Dougherty got its start in an overgrown field off Jones Ferry Road in Orange County. On a chilly October morning, volunteers cut down and gathered a truckload of tree saplings and hauled them to the Ackland Art Museum, where Dougherty was hard at work on a…

CURE-ious Chemistry

Madeline Cooke squats in the dirt and leans over the stacked, wooden two-by-fours supporting a raised garden. Scissors at the ready, she trims away weeds and checks the health of rows of red-stemmed succulents. Although many might consider this jade-like plant — called purslane — a weed, it’s actually edible, often found in Asian soups,…

The self-made scientist

Like a lot of young men from Virginia’s Tidewater region, Andrew Hinton found himself working in the shipyards. And like a lot of those men, it was practicality not passion that led him there. His grandmother, who had been his anchor and his support, had recently passed away. All of a sudden, Hinton’s college classes became a secondary…

Carolina launches bike share program

Tar Heel Bikes, a new bike share program to provide affordable, environmentally friendly transportation across campus, launched Oct. 25 at Carolina. The event was held at one of 18 initial bike racks on campus near the Pit, just in front of Davis Library. One hundred bikes, supplied by Gotcha Bike and sponsored for the inaugural…

A vision to guide Carolina’s growth

In its entire 223-year history, Carolina has never had one overarching vision to guide its growth. But that changed last spring when Chancellor Carol L. Folt introduced a new vision — The Blueprint for Next — with University community members. The Blueprint for Next is a strategic framework that spans across all University schools and…

Carolina champions

When Jenny Levy became North Carolina’s first women’s lacrosse coach in October 1994, she was initially intimidated by her colleagues. Levy’s fellow coaches included Dean Smith, Sylvia Hatchell, Anson Dorrance, Dave Klarmann and Karen Shelton, and between their five programs (men’s and women’s basketball, women’s soccer, men’s lacrosse and field hockey), they boasted 22 national…

Serving North Carolina’s rural areas

Imagine driving nearly an hour or 60 to 70 miles along backroads just for a simple checkup at the doctor. For many North Carolinians, basic healthcare is a major issue – and even more dire in an emergency situation. State lawmakers and healthcare officials face significant challenges in providing healthcare to residents of underserved and…