Campus Updates

NFL commissioner to speak at UNC today

National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell will give the Department of Exercise and Sport Science’s annual Carl Blyth Lecture at Carolina on Wednesday. The lecture, titled “Progress on the Road to a Safer Game,” will begin at 12:15 p.m. in Alumni Hall at the George Watts Hill Alumni Center. No tickets remain for the event,…

UNC named to 2013 President’s Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction

Carolina has been named to the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction by the Corporation for National and Community Service. In UNC’s nomination for the honor roll, the Carolina Center for Public Service estimated that over the past year 20,672 Carolina students gave a total of 952,170 hours in service to…

Caudill workshop on organizational culture March 6

Lowry Caudill, a member of the UNC Board of Trustees and faculty member in the entrepreneurship minor, will lead a workshop on creating organizational culture at the Campus Y on Wednesday (March 6). The workshop is from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Anne Queen Lounge. It is open to the public and all UNC…

UNC team wins innovation competition

A team of Carolina students developing what they say will be a less painful treatment for sufferers of hyperhidrosis has taken the top prize at the third annual Emerging Issues Prize for Innovation. The Carolina team includes Cameron Musler, a UNC alumnus who came up with the idea for the device, along with UNC students…

Biomedical engineer wins Sloan Fellowship

Carolina biomedical engineer Anne Marion Taylor is among 126 scientists and scholars in the United States and Canada to receive 2013 Sloan Research Fellowships from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Sloan fellowships are intended to enhance the careers of early-career researchers, whose achievements and potential identify them as rising stars among the next generation of…

Concerns about federal funding cuts voiced

Congress took a step back from the fiscal cliff with its Jan. 1 vote on the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012. Now, across-the-board cuts to discretionary spending required under the Budget Control Act of 2011 are set to take effect on March 1. This budget sequester, as it’s known, could result in profound cuts…

“Changing World through Innovation” topic of March 4 talk

John Kao, author of “Innovation Nation,” and UNC public health alumnus Gary White, co-founder and chief executive officer of Water.org will discuss “Changing the World through Innovation” in a free public talk on March 4 at Carolina. Chancellor Holden Thorp, co-author of “Engines of Innovation,” will moderate the discussion at 5:30 p.m. in the auditorium…

Vote clears the way for Franklin Street project

Goodbye, University Square. Hello, 123 West Franklin. The Franklin Street project, to be developed on land owned by a University-affiliated private nonprofit corporation, received approval for rezoning and special use permits at the Feb. 11 Chapel Hill Town Council meeting. The unanimous vote cleared the way for a sweeping transformation of the 1960s-era shopping center…

Huge prehistoric reptile skeleton unveiling March 3

UNC paleontologist Joe Carter and Karin Peyer, a UNC alumna from the Museum of Natural History in Paris, are about to unveil a 12-foot long skeletal reconstruction of a one-of-a-kind prehistoric reptile. The unveiling will be at UNC’s Graham Memorial Hall at 1 p.m. on Sunday (March 3). Carter, Peyer, students and volunteers who worked…

UNC worldwide online partner with Coursera

The Carolina faculty’s expertise will be available to online learners around the world as part of a new partnership. Under an agreement announced today (Feb. 21), the University will partner with Coursera, an online education provider, to offer non-credit courses online at no cost. The University will offer its first massive open online courses, or…