Campus Updates

#ScienceFail to feature Chancellor Folt, Nobel Laureate Smithies

The road to scientific discovery is filled with untold stories of dead ends, road blocks and failures. Every scientific paper has a personal story behind it. What were the struggles and sacrifices that led to the significant findings? How did failure lead to success? How did success lead to failure? University of North Carolina at…

University to offer credit monitoring for people affected by data breach

The University is offering people affected by a recent data breach a one-year subscription to a credit monitoring service that checks activity at all three credit bureaus, at the University’s expense. People who were affected by the breach are being notified directly by the University by mail in early January 2014 about how they can…

UNC research tabbed as a top autism breakthrough of 2013

Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, selected UNC School of Medicine research on the underlying causes of autism as one of the top 10 advances in autism research of 2013. In August, the labs of Mark Zylka and Ben Philpot, both published findings in the journal Nature, showing how dozens of autism-related…

Watch Chancellor Folt’s end-of-semester message to campus community

In a video message to the campus community, Chancellor Carol Folt on Thursday thanked the students, faculty and staff for making her first months as chancellor “so wonderful.” “I’ve met so many creative and dedicated Tar Heels here on campus and in my visits across North Carolina and other parts of the country. Your reception…

Happy holidays from Chancellor Folt

Experience the magic of the season with these wintery images from Carolina. Chancellor Carol Folt sends holiday greetings as she celebrates Carolina students and the spirit they bring to campus throughout the year in this holiday card. The card was designed and developed by the offices of UNC Creative and Web Content, with photography by…

Movies for kids send mixed messages about eating habits and obesity

In a world where animals often take the place of humans, sugar-sweetened beverages, exaggerated portion sizes and unhealthy snacks are common. So is TV watching, computer use and video games. But this world is not kind to those who are overweight. A panda that aspires to be a martial arts master is told he’ll never…

‘Flipped’ classroom yields improved student performance, pharmacy study shows

UNC pharmacy professor Russ Mumper “flipped” his Basic Pharmaceutics II classroom, then conducted a study that shows a significant improvement in learning outcomes. The results are described in today’s Chronicle of Higher Education article, which includes a link to the study results to be published in February 2014 in Academic Medicine, the journal of the Association…

UNC scientists find potential cause for deadly breast cancer relapse

Researchers at the UNC School of Medicine, working with cell lines in a lab, have discovered why some of the most aggressive and fatal breast cancer cells are resistant to chemotherapy, and UNC scientists are developing ways to overcome such resistance. Adriana S. Beltran, a research assistant professor in the department of pharmacology, found that…