Campus Updates

UNC must welcome scrutiny as opportunity, Folt says

Chancellor Carol L. Folt says it’s important for the University to make amends by fully acknowledging mistakes that led to athletic and academic scandals, mistakes that could have been avoided – and must be avoided in the future. “As one of a small number of leading national research universities that also has a highly competitive…

University to postpone emergency siren test

The scheduled test of the emergency sirens and related text messages is being postponed because of possible adverse weather moving into the Chapel Hill-Carrboro area at the same time the test was to be conducted. The siren test had been scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 28, between 2 and 3 p.m., but it will be conducted on…

Varied events continue MLK celebration

UNC’s celebration of Martin Luther King Jr., which has the theme, “Unifying the Dream through Thought and Action,” continues with a variety of events, including a free expression contest, a photography exhibit that features social justice movements and a day of service. On Feb. 28, Cornel West, a professor of philosophy and Christian practice at…

Folt attends White House summit on college access and success

Chancellor Carol L. Folt’s attendance at a day-long White House summit on college affordability this week reflects Carolina’s long-standing commitment to ensuring access to a high-quality education for students, Folt says. “I was there because I believe in the importance, but I was also there because Carolina believes in the importance,” Folt says. “We are…

Research on autism interventions helps parents make better choices

More children than ever are being diagnosed with autism, which means more parents than ever face a dizzying array of often expensive treatment options. Giving parents and professionals authoritative information is the purpose of a new review spearheaded by the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.…

Chancellor Folt sends message to campus

Dear Carolina Community: I am writing today to provide my perspective on a topic that has been reported in the media recently, and more importantly, is of great concern to our community: what we are doing to ensure the integrity of our support for student-athletes and their success from admission to graduation. Carolina’s recent academic…

Project to improve services for young children with autism

Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have received a $900,000 grant to improve services for young children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their families. The State Implementation Grant comes from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The primary goal of the…

UNC researchers find new route for better brain disorder treatments

Scientists at the UNC School of Medicine and The Scripps Research Institute have discovered how salt acts as a key regulator for drugs used to treat a variety of brain diseases including chronic pain, Parkinson’s disease and depression. The finding, published online Jan. 12 in the journal Nature, has cleared the way for more precisely…

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…