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 contest, hosted by the Institute for Emerging Issues at NC State University, challenges students across the state to work creatively and…

Washburn brings folk, far-flung sound Feb. 9

Abigail Washburn, who will perform  at UNC’s Memorial Hall on February 9, is revolutionizing American old-time music. She pairs venerable folk elements with far-flung sounds, and the results feel both strangely familiar and unlike anything anyone’s ever heard before. Every bit as attuned to the global as to the local, her contemporary versions of traditional…

Carolina among top schools on “Best Value” list for public colleges

Carolina ranks second on The Princeton Review’s 2013 list of the “Best Value Public Colleges.” The ranking is based on data collected from fall 2011 through fall 2012 through institutional and student surveys. The data points covered academics, costs and financial aid, according to The Princeton Review website. The company said it also considered the…

Portal to Duke provides another way for students to collaborate

A video portal to Duke University is being developed in the Student Union and will provide one more way for students from both campuses to collaborate. UNC student Christopher Batchelder and Duke student Zac Elder came up with the idea, and the universities are splitting the cost of the equipment. Batchelder and Elder will unveil…

University to test emergency sirens Feb. 12

The University will test the emergency sirens on Feb. 12 between noon and 1 p.m. as part of the Alert Carolina safety awareness campaign. Each semester the University tests the sirens to make sure the equipment works. During the test, anyone outside on or near campus, including downtown Chapel Hill, will likely hear the sirens.…

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…