Campus Updates

UNC scientists identify brain circuitry that triggers overeating

Sixty years ago scientists could electrically stimulate a region of a mouse’s brain causing the mouse to eat, whether hungry or not. Now researchers from UNC School of Medicine have pinpointed the precise cellular connections responsible for triggering that behavior. The finding, published September 27 in the journal Science, lends insight into a cause for…

Saving NC oyster reefs: graduate students, faculty show how

How can North Carolina’s decimated oyster reefs be properly restored? A short film (shown below) by UNC graduate students shows what they and faculty members at the Institute of Marine Sciences (IMS) are doing to solve the problem. Featuring oyster-level views, research explanations and beautiful scenery, the film was recently shown at a Beneath the…

Seitz named interim vice chancellor; search committee named

Chancellor Folt announced in an email message to campus that Kevin Seitz will serve as interim vice chancellor for finance and administration beginning October 1. Karol Kain Gray, who previously held the post, is returning to her home state of New York to begin a career in the private sector. “I am grateful to have…

Two new centers to lead research on tobacco and public health

Carolina will open two new research centers focused on the study of a wide range of tobacco products and their impact on public health, with approximately $39.4 million awarded to the University over five years from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and that National Institutes of Health. Although cigarette use has declined among Americans,…

Economist to discuss economic growth lessons from developing countries

Peter Blair Henry, dean of NYU’s Stern School of Business and a Carolina graduate, will share findings from his new book “Turnaround: Third World Lessons for First World Growth” during a public discussion at 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 26 in the Nelson Mandela Auditorium in the FedEx Global Education Center. Henry will respond to questions…

Head to Tar Heel Downtown Oct. 17

Chapel Hill will be in the national spotlight on Thursday, Oct. 17, when Carolina’s football team will play the Miami Hurricanes in Kenan Stadium, an ESPN broadcast event with live, national coverage. “ESPN coverage will bring millions of viewers to our doorstep,” said Chapel Hill Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt. “This is a unique opportunity to showcase…

Magness featured in ‘Jerusalem’ IMAX film

UNC archaeologist Jodi Magness will be featured on the big screen — literally — in the new IMAX 3-D film, Jerusalem. Presented by National Geographic Entertainment, the film debuts at the Boston Museum of Science on Sept. 20, and in North Carolina, at Charlotte’s Discovery Place on Sept. 21. Magness will give a talk at…

Kenan-Biddle Partnership offers grants to bring Duke, UNC students together

Duke University and UNC-Chapel Hill are accepting applications for the fourth year of the Kenan-Biddle Partnership, funded by the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust and The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation. The initiative is designed to promote collaborative projects between students of these two great universities. Last year, the partnership awarded 11 grants totaling $54,600…