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Realizing her dream

Marine Corps veteran and Carolina occupational therapy master’s student Oyoana Allende is a month away from achieving her dream of becoming an occupational therapist—a profession she didn’t realize existed until becoming severely burned while serving in Iraq in 2005. Allende worked as a platoon truck driver while stationed in Iraq. While working with infantry Marines…

Personnel announcements, current events highlight trustees’ meeting

At the July 21 meeting of the Board of Trustees, Chancellor Carol L. Folt announced the appointment of faculty member Kim Strom-Gottfried as the director of ethics education and policy management. Strom-Gottfried is the Smith P. Theimann Jr. Distinguished Professor of Ethics and Professional Practice in the School of Social Work. Effective Aug. 1, she…

Three food tech start-ups, no stopping for Carolina alumna

Food tech entrepreneur Riana Lynn has chalked up more high-powered experiences at age 30 than most people accumulate in a lifetime. Since graduating from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2008, she has founded three startups, managed high-profile projects at the White House and secured a coveted spot as a Google-Code2040 entrepreneur-in-residence. Lynn is now negotiating the sale…

Well Said: Hurricanes and storm surges

Hurricane season has been relatively quiet on the East Coast so far this year. But the season is far from over and coastal areas need to be prepared to handle the dangerous storm and potentially deadly storm surges. In this week’s episode, Rick Luettich, director of the UNC Institute of Marine Sciences, discusses hurricanes and…

Big changes for Carolina’s Hooker Fields

When students return to campus for the fall semester, they’ll see some big improvements at one of Carolina’s busiest recreation spaces. The Michael Hooker Fields, home of Carolina’s intramural and club sports as well as many other University activities, are receiving a major renovation this summer. The project includes installing new field turf — complete…

Student-athletes team up for Day of Service

EFLAND, N.C. — More than 100 Carolina student-athletes and athletic department staff members spent Saturday morning volunteering at two Habitat for Humanity sites, serving their community while also building community among Tar Heel teams. The group, which included students and/or coaches from 12 UNC-Chapel Hill squads, teamed up to apply manpower to a variety of…

Tar Heels venture into space medicine

The human body’s circulatory system isn’t much of a mystery — when there’s gravity. In outer space, body fluid doesn’t circulate the way it does on Earth. Instead, it may be rushing to the head and causing all sorts of issues, including impairing astronauts’ vision during and after their missions. A Carolina senior and recent…

Fun in the Carolina sun

With the mercury climbing during this Carolina summer, many students, faculty and staff are looking for ways to keep cool. From water gun fights to snow cones and dives into the Kessing Outdoor pool, plenty of Tar Heels are finding ways to beat the heat in Chapel Hill. We want to know how you’ve been spending…

A long legacy of research

From building the first university astronomical observatory in the United States, to becoming the world’s leading scholar on Franklin Delano Roosevelt, to developing antiretrovirals that prevent HIV transmission by 96 percent — researchers at UNC-Chapel Hill have achieved amazing feats. To celebrate this history, the Office of Research Communications created an interactive timeline, from the…

Massey winner finally has her day

This story is one of a series featuring 2016 winners of the C. Knox Massey Distinguished Service Award. The late C. Knox Massey of Durham created the awards in 1980 to recognize “unusual, meritorious or superior contributions” by University employees. The award is supported by the Massey-Weatherspoon Fund created by three generations of Massey and…