Campus Updates

Carolina ranks 42nd among world’s top 400 research universities

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ranks 42nd among the world’s top 400 research universities, according to the London-based Times Higher Education magazine. The 2012-2013 ranking, released Oct. 3, is based on 13 separate performance indicators designed to capture the full range of university activities from teaching to research to knowledge transfer. Those…

Class of 2016 shows strong academic credentials

Steve Farmer has high hopes for the 3,914 first-year students who enrolled at Carolina in August. “We want to receive them warmly and treat them well and watch them over the next four years as they achieve great things,” Farmer, vice provost for enrollment and undergraduate admissions, told the University’s Board of Trustees on Sept.…

Hargrove to chair chancellor search committee

Wade Hargrove, the chair of the University’s Board of Trustees, will chair the search committee to recommend a successor to Chancellor Holden Thorp. Hargrove, who was re-elected to a second term as chair of the Board of Trustees in July, discussed details about the 21-member search committee at a regular board meeting. Search committee members…

Student program Sprout, local farm selling produce to UNC community

Students, staff and faculty can arrange for weekly deliveries of locally grown produce and other food through Sprout, developed by Nourish UNC, a student movement for sustainable development and member of the Campus Y. Sprout partners with Coon Rock Farm, a local, sustainable farm, to provide fresh, seasonal produce for pick-up on campus. The venture…

Scientists identify four distinct types of breast cancer

A team of scientists with The Cancer Genome Atlas program have genetically mapped 800 breast tumors, and have categorized them into four subtypes. The work, which was published September 23, 2012, in the journal Nature fundamentally reshapes the way scientists understand breast cancer and paves the way for personalized treatment of the disease. Charles Perou,…

AAU president to discuss role of research universities

Hunter Rawlings, president of the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU), will share his views about research universities on Thursday (Sept. 27) as part of the University’s yearlong conversation about the future of U.S. public higher education. Rawlings will give a free, public lecture at noon in Gerrard Hall. The campus community is invited to…

Kasson receives 2012 Jefferson Award

Joy Kasson, professor and former chair of the American studies department at UNC-Chapel Hill, is the sixth woman to receive the University’s prestigious Thomas Jefferson Award. The annual award was created in 1961 by the Robert Earl McConnell Foundation to recognize a Carolina faculty member who, through personal influence and performance of duty in teaching, writing…