Campus Updates

AAU report shows progress in STEM teaching at Carolina and seven other schools

The Association of American Universities (AAU) released a five-year status report that highlights institutional progress in improving the quality of undergraduate science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) teaching and learning resulting from the Undergraduate STEM Education Initiative. The Oct. 3 report provides detailed analysis of STEM educational reforms at eight seed-funded AAU STEM project sites, including…

Chapel Hill officials preparing for Halloween

The Town of Chapel Hill continues its preparation efforts for the night of Halloween with the focus on safety for people and property. “We launch a massive cooperative effort to encourage safety at Halloween on Franklin Street,” said Town Manager Roger Stancil. “We are in this together – Town, University, students, businesses and residents –…

Carolina brings innovative spirit, cutting-edge exhibits to Smithsonian festival

UNC-Chapel Hill faculty, students and staff recently joined with the 14 other universities in the Atlantic Coast Conference at the ACCelerate Creativity and Innovation Festival, where they shared the novel application of ideas and research. The three-day festival featured performances, discussions and 48 interactive installations at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. Led by the Office of the Vice…

Sharpless sworn in as director of the National Cancer Institute

Dr. Norman E. “Ned” Sharpless was sworn in as the 15th director of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) on Tuesday. Sharpless, who served as director of UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center from January 2014 to June 2017, succeeds Dr. Harold E. Varmus, who stepped down as the NCI director in March 2015. Dr. Douglas R.…

Message from Chancellor Folt on new round of named scholarships

Dear Campus Community, At last year’s University Day ceremony, we named 21 scholarships for Noteworthy Firsts — courageous people who helped break down barriers and pave the way for others at Carolina. We said that these newly named grants and fellowships were a starting point, and we pledged to find additional ways to share the…

GAA honors journalists, entrepreneur with Distinguished Young Alumni Awards

The GAA has recognized two journalists and a nonprofit entrepreneur with its 2017 Distinguished Young Alumni Awards. The recipients are: Brooke Baldwin ’01, of New York, TV anchor for CNN’s afternoon news show; Nicholas Black ’13 (MBA), of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, founder of entrepreneurial nonprofits; and Nikole Hannah-Jones ’03 (MA), of Brooklyn, New York, award-winning education features writer for The New…

Message from Chancellor Carol L. Folt on NCAA decision

Today, we received the decision from the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions in our case resulting from academic irregularities that ended more than six years ago. The hearing panel found no NCAA bylaw violations by the University; you may read its decision here. We believe this is the correct—and fair—outcome.

Alumna Nikole Hannah-Jones named 2017 MacArthur Fellow

UNC School of Media and Journalism alumna, investigative reporter and former Park Fellow Nikole Hannah-Jones ’03 (M.A.) was named a 2017 MacArthur Fellow on Wednesday, Oct. 11. The fellowship is considered a $625,000 investment in a person’s originality, insight and potential, enabling recipients to exercise their creative instincts for the benefit of human society. The MacArthur Fellowship —…

UNC Global to host annual passport drive Nov. 14-15

Take advantage of an easy on-campus opportunity to apply for or renew your U.S. passport at the FedEx Global Education Center from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Nov. 14 and 15. Students, faculty, staff and their families are invited. Officials from the U.S. Department of State will be on campus both days to accept…