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Fifty years ago, they started a revolution still going strong

Collectively, they have been with Carolina’s Department of Computer Science a total of 132 years. Fred Brooks came here to found the department in 1964, and Stephen Pizer arrived four years later with his newly minted Ph.D. from Harvard. Pizer’s dissertation adviser told him about the exciting new program that Brooks – another Harvard alum…

Expanding the horizon of science

An event horizon, according to UNC-Chapel Hill junior Raymond Blackwell, is a boundary in space-time where scientists’ current understanding of physics breaks down. But, he added, it’s also where some of the most fun and creative discussions about science take place. That’s why Blackwell, along with Carolina students John Cruickshank and Fedor Kossakovski, named their…

Carolina 32nd in U.S. News and World Report global rankings

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ranks 32nd among the world’s top 500 research universities, according to the inaugural U.S. News and World Report “Best Global Universities” rankings. The new ranking builds on U.S. News and World Report’s widely cited Best Colleges rankings, which have rated U.S. universities and colleges over the past…

Bluegrass believers

Visitors to the new Earl Scruggs Center, nestled in the renovated 1907 courthouse in uptown Shelby, N.C., can immerse themselves in the life of the late banjo player and bluegrass pioneer who grew up in the nearby Flint Hill community. They can watch footage of Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs in the 1960s sitcom The…

Carolina Covenant celebrates 10 years

In designing a program that would help Carolina attract the brightest students from low-income families, Shirley Ort knew she would need a simple message. As associate provost and director of UNC’s Office of Scholarships and Student Aid, Ort knew that everyone would understand the words “no loans.” And in 2003, that’s how the Carolina Covenant…

Vision — and visionary

As a teenager in rural Michigan, Shirley Ort had no expectations of going to college until the summer after her high school graduation, when her school principal rapped on her screen door. He was carrying an application to Spring Arbor College, a private liberal arts school only 60 miles from home. She did not understand…

Wainstein’s report into irregular classes released

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on Wednesday announced the results of an independent investigation conducted by former federal prosecutor Kenneth Wainstein into past academic irregularities at Carolina and took immediate action to address the findings. Wednesday’s actions build on the reforms already undertaken in the years since first learning about the issues.…

First class

Hope Alfaro very nearly left college. After growing up in Valdese, N.C., earning her way to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and working all the way to her junior year, she hit a roadblock that felt immovable. “You think you’re a good student in high school — you are a good student…

Roth elected to Institute of Medicine

UNC School of Medicine researcher Bryan L. Roth, MD, PhD, has been elected to the Institute of Medicine, a prestigious national organization of the top professionals in various fields inside and outside of medicine dedicated to independent analysis and science-based recommendations on important health issues. Roth, the Michael Hooker Distinguished Professor of Protein Therapeutics and…