Campus Updates

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…

Parisian sewer system subject of Feb. 27 lecture

“Paris Sewers and Sewermen” will be the subject of UNC history professor Donald Reid’s free public lecture on Feb. 27 at 5:30 p.m. in room 4003 at the FedEx Global Education Center. The FedEx Global Education Center is located at 301 Pittsboro St., Chapel Hill. Reid, a historian of modern France and a labor historian,…

Two students receive Luce scholarships

Carolina seniors William Douglas Leimenstoll and Henry Laurence Ross have earned 2013-2014 scholarships from the Henry Luce Foundation in New York City. The Luce Scholars Program funds a year of living and learning in East and Southeast Asia for recent college graduates up to the age of 30 with limited prior experience of the continent.…

Towelettes clean up difficult-to-remove anticancer drugs

A set of towelettes developed by two researchers at Carolina can safely remove difficult-to-clean anticancer drugs commonly found on surfaces in hospitals, pharmacies, clinics and labs. The product, called Hazardous Drug Clean – or HDClean – addresses the growing concern regarding the safety of health care workers who frequently handle these potentially dangerous drugs. “Health…

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…