Campus Updates

Washington appointed vice chancellor for Workforce Strategy, Equity and Engagement

Felicia A. Washington has been appointed the University’s new vice chancellor for Workforce Strategy, Equity and Engagement, effective Feb. 1. An experienced attorney in issues involving employment, compliance and discrimination, Washington will replace former Vice Chancellor for Human Resources Brenda Malone. As approved by the Board of Trustees, the new name for the position reflects…

Researchers harness energy during day for use at night

Solar energy has long been used as a clean alternative to fossil fuels such as coal and oil, but it could only be harnessed during the day when the sun’s rays were strongest. Researchers led by Tom Meyer at the Energy Frontier Research Center at UNC-Chapel Hill have built a system that converts the sun’s…

Harper keynote speaker for MLK Jr. celebration

Actor and author Hill Harper will be the keynote speaker for the 33rd annual Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Lecture at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Hill is the author of the New York Times best-selling book, “Letters to a Young Brother: Manifest Your Destiny.” His latest book is “Letters to an…

Heart attack survivors paint a complex picture of adhering to medicine

Heart attack survivors of different races and genders are about equally likely to be on medications that reduce the risk of another heart attack and other potentially life-threatening cardiovascular problems. But, according to a new study at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, that’s not the case a year later. The odds that…

UNC research creates “guided missile” strategy to kill hidden HIV

Researchers at the UNC School of Medicine have deployed a potential new weapon against HIV – a combination therapy that targets HIV-infected cells that standard therapies cannot kill. Using mouse models that have immune systems composed of human cells, researchers led by J. Victor Garcia, found that an antibody combined with a bacterial toxin can…

#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…