Campus Updates

UNC neuroscientists discover new ‘mini-neural computer’ in the brain

Dendrites, the branch-like projections of neurons, were once thought to be passive wiring in the brain. But researchers at UNC-Chapel Hill have shown that the dendrites do more than relay information from one neuron to the next. They actively process information, multiplying the brain’s computing power. “Suddenly, it’s as if the processing power of the…

Commencement set for December 15; watch via live webstream

Kevin Guskiewicz, a world renowned concussion expert and MacArthur “genius” grant winner, will speak at December Commencement ceremony at UNC-Chapel Hill. Chancellor Carol Folt will preside at the Dec. 15 ceremony at 2 p.m. in the Dean E. Smith Center. She selected Guskiewicz, Kenan Distinguished Professor of Exercise and Sport Science and senior associate dean…

Myron Cohen receives North Carolina’s highest civilian honor

Myron S. Cohen, MD, a UNC physician and scientist who is internationally recognized for his work studying the transmission and prevention of HIV/AIDS, has received the 2013 North Carolina Award for Science. The North Carolina Award is the state’s highest civilian honor. Since 1964, awards have been given annually in four categories: fine arts, literature,…

UNC, partners receive $54.6 million to help improve health of North Carolinians

UNC-Chapel Hill has been awarded a new five-year $54.6 million Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) from the National Institutes of Health. With the award, UNC will partner with two institutions – RTI International and North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University – to accelerate the pace at which clinical and translational research directly benefits…

Carolina Cares, Carolina Shares campaign underway

Carolina employees proved that Tar Heels Give More last year by raising more than any other campaign for the State Employees Combined Campaign. Organizers hope the Carolina community will donate even more this year and have set a goal of $1 million. UNC employees donated $894,533 last year. In the first three weeks of this…

Early and one-stop voting on campus Oct. 17-Nov. 2

Early voting for the Nov. 5 municipal and school board elections will run from Oct. 17 through Nov. 2 on the second floor of UNC’s Rams Head Dining Hall, 320 Ridge Road. Through one-stop voting, those who haven’t yet registered may register and vote on the same day if they show proof of Orange County…

UNC startup secures $12.5 million investment

A startup company at UNC-Chapel Hill has received $12.5 million in venture capital funding to help ease the toxic side effects of chemotherapy and radiation in cancer patients. G1 Therapeutics, a company based on discoveries made at the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, will use the funds to launch human drug trials aimed at decreasing…

Tar Heel Service Day: 1,398 alumni, 8,161 hours

Nearly 1,400 Carolina alumni and friends served a grand total of 8,161 hours in honor of the University’s 220th birthday on October 12, 2013.  The event, Tar Heel Service Day, was organized by the University’s General Alumni Association. Tar Heels rolled up their sleeves in 36 different states and six different countries in a food…