Campus Updates

Thorp named provost at Washington University in St. Louis

Chancellor Holden Thorp will become the next provost of Washington University in St. Louis. Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton made the announcement today (Feb. 18). Thorp will succeed Edward Macias, the chief academic officer for the past 25 years, starting July 1. He also will hold an endowed professorship with appointments in chemistry and medicine. Washington…

Teaching awards honor instructors across disciplines

Twenty-four instructors in 18 different departments or schools received 2013 University Teaching Awards at Carolina. Winners of the award, the highest campus-wide recognition for teaching excellence, were recognized during halftime of the Carolina – Virginia Tech men’s basketball game on Feb. 2. A banquet will be held at the Carolina Club in April to present…

Chancellor Thorp honored with Nourish International Impact Award

Over the group’s signature Hunger Lunch of beans, rice and cornbread, Nourish International presented its first Impact Award to UNC Chancellor Holden Thorp. The group honored Thorp and co-founder Sindhura Citineni on Feb. 12 as part of the celebration of its 10th anniversary. Thorp was recognized for his work with innovation and student entrepreneurs. “Buck…

Expert on sexual misconduct issues to meet with administrators, student groups

Gina Smith, a nationally recognized lawyer and leading consultant on sexual misconduct issues retained by Carolina, will be on campus for the next few weeks to guide an open and transparent conversation about how the issue of sexual assault affects the campus and culture. Smith starts  today (Wednesday) and Thursday, with meetings with various student…

Native leadership symposium set for Feb. 21

Representatives of six Native communities will participate in a Feb. 21 symposium designed to foster dialogue about challenges and goals for Indian country leaders. The UNC-Chapel Hill event, “Discussions on Self-Governance, Sovereignty and Sustaining Vibrant Communities,” will be held in Alumni Hall I of the George Watts Hill Alumni Center. The daylong event, which begins…

Melting permafrost could double amount of greenhouse gas

For the past decade, much of the focus in the Arctic has centered on the rate at which ice melts and its ecological impact. Now, as Arctic ice continues to melt, carbon that has been stored in the frozen tundra for thousands of years is creeping up to the surface and exposed to a new…

Advanced nursing degree approved

The Board of Governors has authorized UNC’s School of Nursing to offer a graduate-level nursing degree, the doctor of nursing practice (DNP). Nurses with the advanced degree will be educated to fill critical roles in an increasingly complex health care environment in which people need better access to primary care, chronic illness management and preventative…

Meyer to discuss energy needs and challenges

Chemistry professor Tom Meyer will discuss the scientific and technological challenges to meet the growing needs for energy worldwide.   Meyer, the Arey Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, will give the lecture “Our Energy Future: Science and Technology Challenges of the 21st Century” at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday (Feb. 12) in the Toy Lounge in Dey…

Conference on contemporary issues on Muslim veil Feb. 22-23

UNC-Chapel Hill, in partnership with Duke University, will host the conference “ReOrienting the Veil” Feb. 22-23 in the Nelson Mandela Auditorium at the FedEx Global Education Center. Muslim women’s relationship to their veils incorporates both spiritual and cultural values, something often stereotyped and misunderstood. The conference and other supporting events are intended to expand the…

Celebrate Hinton James Day Feb. 12

Order of the Bell Tower will host Hinton James Day on Tuesday (Feb. 12) to commemorate the life and journey of UNC’s first student. The event, sponsored by the UNC General Alumni Association, will take place from 8:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. Students will gather on the north side of Hinton James residence hall beginning…