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Thanks to a Carolina research project, she can walk again

When she was six, a mysterious ailment caused Elizabeth Davis to walk on her toes. Kids began making fun of her. Doctors couldn’t figure out why she walked like this. Then her condition worsened. She began using crutches. Eventually, she didn’t want to leave the house and would rely on a wheelchair. She went on…

Construction keeps campus busy over the summer

Even with most students away on summer break, Carolina’s campus is still buzzing with activity as construction crews work on several projects across campus. At UNC Student Stores, crews are building a new café on the main level and a student lounge that will overlook the Pit on the third floor. Displays have also been…

Impact through Upward Bound

Griffin Smith is a rising senior majoring in mathematics and history and is considering a career in education. This summer, he has spent a lot of time teaching and mentoring with the Upward Bound Program at Central Carolina Community College. Upward Bound prepares recent graduates for college. “The kids I work with are first-generation college students, so any way…

Service through technology

Zareen Farooqui is a junior studying business administration and computer science at UNC-Chapel Hill. This summer, she’s using the knowledge she gained in her classes to revamp United Way of the Greater Triangle’s Teaming for Technology Program. That program refurbishes used computer equipment and makes it available to North Carolina schools, students and nonprofit organizations…

Learning through summer service

Tar Heels do not stop learning when the academic year breaks for the summer. For nearly 30 years, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill students have found a way to continue learning throughout the summer with APPLES Service-Learning based out of the Carolina Center for Public Service. The student-led program pairs Carolina students with community or…

Connecting community colleges with global resources

Shodeah Kelly was a Davidson County Community College student who had never left the United States when she joined the North Carolina Global Distinction Program. The program helped her develop skills and sensitivities that have started her on the path to becoming a global citizen. Kelly is now a second-year transfer student at UNC-Chapel Hill.…

A continuity of people – and purpose

The University Board of Trustees on July 27 elected a new chair and five current trustees began new four-year terms along with newcomer Richard Stevens, a former trustee who previously served as board chair. Chancellor Carol L. Folt echoed the words of Mark D. Martin, the chief justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court who…

Well Said: Concussions

From youth sports to the NFL, talk about concussions and the damaging effects of the brain injury has dominated the sports world for years.

Training a new wave of graduate researchers

For Keith Rogers and Sofía Valiente Suárez, summer has consisted of chemical formulas, beakers, pipettes and a deep dive into Carolina’s research databases. While the rising seniors attend universities outside of North Carolina, both have spent the past 10 weeks living on campus and engaging with Carolina’s research community through the Summer Undergraduate Pipeline. In…

Seafood forensics

Seafood mislabeling is a significant global problem, with health and social consequences. Last spring, undergraduate science students at UNC-Chapel Hill had the opportunity to conduct research on the issue in a new type of research-intensive course that goes by the acronym CURE: course-based undergraduate research experience.   Students enrolled in “Seafood Forensics” learned about the…