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A mystery solved

Using a computer model developed by the Hamner Institutes for Health Sciences, researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill believe they have solved the mystery of why a diabetes drug introduced in 1997 caused liver failure and death in 63 patients. Their discovery makes it likely that similar drug-related deaths can be…

The broken promise of Brown

In the landmark 1954 decision Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, the U.S. Supreme Court boldly acknowledged the inherent inequality of the separate-but-equal doctrine in the field of education. Six decades later, our country again faces segregated schools separated by race, class and measurable inequities. Three Carolina scholars offer insight into Brown’s unfulfilled promise…

Bonilla’s drive to help others began with family

Nearly a century after the railroad arrived in Siler City in the 1880s, the town remained a sleepy Southern burg of a few thousand souls. Roughly half the town was white, the other half black. But in the 1990s, outsiders began trickling into Siler City, people who knew little about the town except that it…

The impact of innovation

Create, teach and apply. Those words, Student Body President Andrew Powell told the University’s Board of Trustees on Sept. 25, resonated with him after reading Chancellor Carol L. Folt’s recent online op-ed in U.S. News & World Report about why American universities must continue to innovate. The way to do that, Folt suggested, is not to replace…

Ten years, and performing

Carolina Performing Arts isn’t just 10 years old. It’s 10 years bold, as shown by another landmark season that features both internationally renowned performers and emerging artists for a total of 51 performances and presentations representing a vast diversity of styles, forms and origins. “Our 10th season allows us, first and foremost, to celebrate our…

Carolina research-award total climbs

Faculty from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill brought in $792.7 million in research contracts and grants in fiscal 2014, up $14.9 million from a total of $777.8 million in fiscal 2013. “Carolina’s research excellence continues to drive significant economic growth and job creation in North Carolina, and those stellar results allow major…

Giving at-risk youth a second chance

After getting into a fight at school, a 16-year-old boy is charged and convicted. It’s his first offense, but he now has an assault on his permanent record — before he is even old enough to vote. “Your life shouldn’t be controlled by that stupid decision you made when you were 16 or 15 years…

Award honors Templeton’s most-valued role

More than 20 years ago, Joe Templeton’s mother-in-law gave him a box of 1,000 business cards. Embossed under Carolina’s bright blue seal are the words “Joe Templeton, Professor of Chemistry.” Unlisted are all the other titles he’s held: chemistry department chair, senior associate dean in the College of Arts and Sciences, chair of the faculty,…

Thinking pink

South Road on the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus became a make-shift parade stop Tuesday morning as the Pink Heals National Tour rolled into town for a day-long celebration to support women and raise awareness to help battle cancer. The fleet of trucks – a couple in pink paint and a few…

Rethinking the origins of the universe

Black holes have long captured the public imagination and been the subject of popular culture, from Star Trek to Hollywood. They are the ultimate unknown – the blackest and most dense objects in the universe that do not even let light escape. And as if they weren’t bizarre enough to begin with, now add this…