Campus Updates

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…

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…