Campus Updates

TEDxUNC returns to Carolina this weekend

Clothing designer Alex Julian, chef Andrea Reusing and the Carolina Chocolate Drops are among the speakers at TEDxUNC this weekend at Memorial Hall. TEDxUNC is an independently organized TED event at UNC organized by students. This year’s theme is Common Threads. Tickets for the conference are sold out, but organizers will live-stream the event. Videos…

New physician assistant program geared for veteran medical sergeants

UNC’s School of Medicine plans to create a physician assistant master’s degree program within the Department of Allied Health Sciences for veteran medical sergeants. A $1.2 million gift from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina will help the University establish a curriculum and hire full-time faculty in preparation for the accreditation process ahead.…

Faculty member’s app to improve sentencing process

UNC’s Jamie Markham will lead a team creating an innovative mobile app to improve the accuracy and consistency of North Carolina’s criminal sentencing process. Markham, an assistant professor of public law and government in the UNC School of Government, won the 2012 C. Felix Harvey Award to Advance Institutional Priorities, a campus-based honor that included…

UNC wins energy award

UNC recently won a prestigious award that recognizes the University’s effort to cut energy use and reduce the campus’ carbon footprint. The Association of Energy Engineers’ 2012 Region II Energy Award honored the achievements of the University’s Energy Conservation Measures (ECM) program, which has resulted in avoided energy costs of $11.4 million over a two…

Salzman to lecture on history of drinking water Jan. 31

“Drinking Water: A History” author James Salzman, who is a faculty member at UNC and Duke University, will give a free public lecture on the topics of his book at 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 31 in the fourth floor conference room of the FedEx Global Education Center. Salzman is Samuel Fox Mordecai Professor of Law…

Deputy assistant secretary for European and Eurasian affairs to speak Jan. 29

Philip T. Reeker, deputy assistant secretary for European and Eurasian affairs and former U.S. ambassador to Macedonia, will visit UNC-Chapel Hill on Tuesday, Jan. 29. He will deliver a lecture on “The Balkans: from War and ‘Ethnic Cleansing’ to Democratization and Integration into Europe” at 5:30 p.m. in the Nelson Mandela Auditorium in the FedEx…

Campus under weather condition 2

Classes will be canceled starting at noon today; offices will be open on Friday, January 25. Condition 2. Employees (SPA and EPA non-faculty) are reminded of the University’s Adverse Weather Policy. Emergency employees should report for work. Other employees are responsible for their regular duties, making up any missed work time, and making their own…

Campaign promotes laboratory safety

Wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) in Carolina’s labs is the focus of a yearlong campaign produced by the Department of Environment, Health and Safety. “Wearing gloves, safety glasses, closed-toe shoes, and a lab coat – or PPE – is critical to the safety of researchers and students working in laboratories,” says Mary Beth Koza, department…

Nominations open for Massey Awards

Nominations are due Feb. 6 for the 2013 C. Knox Massey Distinguished Service Awards, given for “unusual, meritorious or superior contribution made by an employee, past or present.” Thanks to the growth of the endowment, each award is increasing from $6,000 to $7,500. Winners will be announced in late March and the six recipients will…