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Reconstituting rain, revitalizing rivers

Rainwater collected from the roofs of UNC-Chapel Hill’s Genome Sciences Building (GSB) drains into a 350,000-gallon, stone-filled cistern below the Bell Tower Amphitheater. This water is used to irrigate Kenan Stadium and flush toilets in the GSB. The FedEx Global Education Center is also double-plumbed — a cost-effective setup featuring two plumbing systems, one that carries…

Maximizing microbiome knowledge

Microbiomes – communities of diverse microorganisms that live together in different environments – are invisible to the naked eye.  But these communities play an enormous role in maintaining the health of ecosystems found in plants and soils, the ocean and atmosphere, and systems within the human body, like our digestive track. The White House Office…

Carolina names Mark W. Merritt new General Counsel

Veteran Charlotte attorney Mark Merritt has been named vice chancellor and general counsel at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He will begin his appointment Sept. 6. Currently a partner at the Charlotte law firm Robinson Bradshaw, Merritt was chosen after an extensive nationwide search, led by Felicia Washington, UNC-Chapel Hill’s vice chancellor…

Well Said: Earthquakes

We’re talking earthquakes with UNC-Chapel Hill postdoctoral research associate Berk Biryol of the Geology Department. Biryol has been studying the possible causes of earthquakes in the Southeastern United States — an area located in the middle of the plate and shouldn’t be prone to quakes. Join us every other Wednesday for the University’s new podcast…

‘Back home again’

Alvin Tyndall’s 50th Class reunion wasn’t just about seeing old friends. As he walked down the long familiar hallway of a residence hall on the lower quad, he quickly picked up his pace as he neared room 301. There, the trip back to Chapel Hill became much more than just a reunion weekend. “It’s about…

A quick look at Commencement

More than 6,000 students graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on May 8. Take a speedy look back…. Video by Carly Swain, Office of Communications and Public Affairs Published: May 9, 2016

‘Soak in this moment’

As more than 6,000 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill students prepare to enter the next phase of their lives, they were urged to focus on others as much as their budding careers. Caring, Anne-Marie Slaughter said, is as important as career. “Strive and struggle and work really hard, but invest in others as…

‘Another beginning’ at Hooding Ceremony

In addition to being a leading ocean researcher, Samantha Joye is also an introvert, a person naturally averse to the spotlight. But when her findings about the 2010 Deepwater Horizon well blowout in the Gulf of Mexico proved controversial, she knew she had to speak up. “Being in the middle of a controversy during a…

Watch Commencement and Hooding ceremonies on live stream

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is celebrating its 6,029 graduates this weekend during the Doctoral Hooding Ceremony and Spring Commencement. Click here for a replay of Saturday’s Hooding Ceremony, during which more than 200 of Carolina’s doctoral candidates were recognized. Click here for the live stream of Spring Commencement, which will be presided…

Engineering a better future

Ashley Johnson has always wanted to help people. At first she thought social work would be her avenue to achieving that goal. Then anthropology was a consideration. Ultimately, she landed on science. “I came to see science as a really powerful tool to help society,” she said. “I wanted to do something that I knew…