Campus Updates

Rawlings Panel on higher education and athletics completes report

A panel of distinguished national leaders in higher education and athletics has completed a report with recommendations about the role of athletics in campus life commissioned by UNC-Chapel Hill. The panel’s suggestions have broad implications for the national higher education community. The panel, chaired by Hunter Rawlings, president of the Association of American Universities, was…

Intervention in Syria roundtable Sept. 3

UNC-Chapel Hill’s Curriculum in Peace, War and Defense and the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations will host the roundtable discussion “Intervention in Syria?: Problems, Prospects and Contexts” from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 3, in the Nelson Mandela Auditorium at the FedEx Global Education Center. The…

Researchers discover a possible cause of autism

Problems with a key group of enzymes called topoisomerases can have profound effects on the genetic machinery behind brain development and potentially lead to autism spectrum disorder (ASD), according to research announced today in the journal Nature. Scientists at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine have described a finding that represents a significant…

Q and A: UNC research shows U.S. schools separate, unequal

Fifty years ago, the March on Washington ushered in an era of civil rights that included efforts to desegregate public schools across the country. Today, the nation’s schools are more segregated than they were in the late 1960s, according to research by Dana Thompson Dorsey, an assistant professor at UNC-Chapel Hill’s School of Education. Thompson…

UNC system to absorb $64 million net funding reduction

The state budget approved in July by the N.C. General Assembly included a permanent funding reduction of $115 million for the UNC system. That amounts to approximately 4.5 percent of the system’s base operating budget, UNC President Tom Ross said in a message to the 17 constituent campuses. The largest share of that cut includes…

University launches Student-Athlete Academic Initiative Working Group

The University’s senior leadership is bringing a fresh perspective to fostering academic success for student-athletes during their entire Carolina experience. A campus working group led by new Provost James W. Dean Jr. and Athletics Director Bubba Cunningham is taking a comprehensive approach to assessing and enhancing how the University provides academic support to student-athletes. “Our…

Vice Chancellor Gray to return to New York, family and private-sector opportunity

Karol Kain Gray, Carolina’s vice chancellor for finance and administration, has been named chief financial officer of Applied DNA Sciences, Inc., a New York-based company that provides botanical DNA-based anti-counterfeiting technology and product authentication solutions. Gray has more than three decades of financial, organizational and management experience. Since December 2011, she has served as Carolina’s…

Students get head-start in giving back

Before Carolina classes began, 50 first-year students had already engaged in service-learning and giving back to the community. The students spent three days volunteering with local community partners as part of the Service-Learning Initiative (SLI) at the Carolina Center for Public Service. SLI is a student-led pre-orientation program that introduces first-year students to the array…

Preliminary Profile: 2013 first-year class

Roughly 4,000 first-year students – including award-winning researchers, artists, directors, dancers, writers, community activists and champion athletes – have started classes at UNC. The University received a record 30,836 applicants, and the 3,960 enrolling students hail from 95 North Carolina counties, 45 states and 20 countries. The students who joined Carolina this month “are dedicated…