Campus Updates

Folt joins campus leaders in national effort to restore federal research funding

Deeply concerned about major federal budgets cuts to research and higher education at a time when other nations are steadily increasing investments in those areas, UNC-Chapel Hill Chancellor Carol Folt today joined more than 160 other university presidents and chancellors in calling on leaders in Washington to close what they call the “innovation deficit.” In…

Malone to oversee equal opportunity, access as interim director

Brenda Malone, vice chancellor for human resources, will oversee Carolina’s Equal Opportunity/ADA Office beginning Aug. 1 when the current director, Ann Penn, retires. Chancellor Carol Folt asked Malone to serve as the office’s interim director. The Equal Opportunity/ADA Office administers policies protecting equal opportunity and access to all students, faculty and staff in an environment…

Caudill elected to chair Board of Trustees; other officers, new members start

W. Lowry Caudill of Durham, co-founder of Magellan Laboratories Inc., was elected chairman of the UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Trustees. Trustees today (July 25) elected two other current members as new officers for one-year terms on the 13-member board responsible for governing the University. Alston Gardner of Chapel Hill, venture partner in Fulcrum Equity Partners,…

Computer science students receive Google PhD Fellowships

Two UNC-Chapel Hill doctoral students in computer science are among 15 nationwide and in Canada to receive 2013 Google PhD Fellowships. Yunchao Gong received the fellowship in machine perception and Yinqian Zhang received the fellowship in computer security. Additional fellowships were awarded to doctoral students in Australia, China, India and Europe, totaling 39 Google fellows.…

Graduate students propose Duke/UNC project as innovative idea, win NSF award

Two UNC doctoral students won second place in the National Science Foundation’s Innovation in Graduate Education Challenge for presenting the Duke/UNC Scientists with Stories Project as a model of incorporating narrative-based science communication training into graduate education. The NSF competition invited graduate students across the nation to submit ideas with the potential to improve graduate…

UNC receives $8 million grant to improve safe motherhood in Malawi

UNC has received a five-year, $8 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to improve maternal and infant health and save the lives of mothers and infants in Malawi by strengthening the President’s Maternal Health and Safe Motherhood Initiative (SMI). “We are thrilled to receive this funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates…