Spotlight

‘Helping Hand’ featured on CBS This Morning

CBS This Morning on Monday featured the story of Jeff Powell, a senior in biomedical engineering in the College of Arts and Sciences at UNC-Chapel Hill who recently made a prosthetic hand for a 7-year-old boy for only $20 using a 3D printer. Click here for the CBS This Morning video. Click here for Powell’s…

Seymore, Golden earn prestigious Mitchell Scholarships

Sasha Seymore, a UNC-Chapel Hill senior, and Thomas Golden, a 2011 graduate from UNC-Chapel Hill, have been named recipients of the George J. Mitchell Scholarship, which supports graduate studies in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Seymore and Golden were two of 12 Americans selected Nov. 22 for the award, which provides tuition, accommodations, a living expenses…

Bufkin named Carolina’s 49th Rhodes Scholar

Sarah M. Bufkin of Atlanta, a 2013 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has received a Rhodes Scholarship, the world’s oldest and best known awards for graduate study. Bufkin, 23, was one of 32 Americans selected Nov. 22 for the prestigious award, which funds study at the University of Oxford in…

Fall-ing for Carolina

Light blue is usually the dominant color on Carolina’s campus, but these days, orange, yellow and red have been stealing center stage. From McCorkle Place to Manning Drive, dogwoods, maples and more are in full fall transformation — and treating students, faculty and staff to a burst of color.

Teaching with Ancestry

After 11 years as an educator, middle school library media specialist Kristen Ziller knows students. And she knows they can have wandering minds, making it tough to keep them engaged in their learning. So she recently took part in a project that demonstrated something that grabs – and holds – students’ attention: investigating their family…

The making of ‘Johnny Johnson’

In professional theater, there are obvious ways to tell whether a production has been a success. Reviews. Box office sales. How long an audience applauds – or laughs. For David Navalinsky, the director of undergraduate production at Carolina, there is a more subtle – and substantial – measure: how much his students learn. Trained as…

Stick-y sculpture

Why sticks? Patrick Dougherty, Artist-in-Residence at the North Carolina Botanical Garden and world-renowned for his stick-based sculptures, gets asked that a lot. “There’s an inherent interest in sticks,’’ he said. “It was our first building material, children know everything about it.” Volunteers ranging from Carolina students to community members showed up in droves beginning in…

Carolina Center for Public Service celebrates 15 years

For the last 15 years, the Carolina Center for Public Service has worked to fulfill the promise of the first public university – doing everything from providing fellowships to supporting students and faculty in public service and engagement. November 14, the Center celebrated that theme – and its decade and a half of service –…

Outnumbered: Portraits of women in science

An environmental engineer who studies nanoparticles and competitively races downhill mountain bikes. A wildlife biologist who traverses across North Carolina’s most remote swamplands to tag wildlife and monitor flooding. A 7-year-old budding scientist who collects rocks, builds circuits and has a pet snake. Carolina doctoral student and marine ecologist Clare Fieseler features these three women…

Shapiro’s award for literature is ‘very sweet’

Alan Shapiro, Kenan Distinguished Professor of English and Creative Writing, received a North Carolina Award for Literature at a ceremony on November 13. The awards, given for literature, public service, science and fine arts, are the highest civilian honor in the state. Shapiro is the author of 12 books of poetry (including Night of the…