Campus Updates

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…

Emergency responders rely on UNC software during Hurricane Isaac

As Hurricane Isaac pounds the Gulf Coast, emergency responders are relying on a storm surge-flooding computer model developed at Carolina to make crucial decisions about emergency operations and safety. “It’s exciting to see that our research efforts at Carolina have yielded such a powerful decision support tool for safeguarding lives and property due to these…

$4.5 million NSF “Facebook for hydrologists” project taps UNC as technical lead

RENCI, the Renaissance Computing Institute at UNC-Chapel Hill, has been tapped as the technical lead in a $4.5 million collaborative water project by the National Science Foundation. The project, which involves a team that spans eight U.S. universities, aims to develop a cyberinfrastructure that will significantly broaden water researchers’ ability to share and access data.…

Tar Heel Bikes offers 30 bikes to share

Tar Heel Bikes, one of the largest bicycle share programs of its kind at an American public university, will roll out 30 bikes for students who live on campus starting Thursday (Aug. 23). After a 2 p.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony at Rams Head Plaza, students can take the bikes for test rides until 5 p.m. On-campus residents may check out one…

Thorp details wide-ranging efforts to address course irregularities, academic-athletic balance

UNC-Chapel Hill is bringing in a former governor, a national management consulting firm and the president of a prestigious national higher education association to help address different aspects of issues related to an internal investigation that found course irregularities in the African and Afro-American studies department. Chancellor Holden Thorp made those announcements today in an…

Celebrate UNC’s Week of Welcome

Carolina is welcoming new and returning students to campus with a fun week of activities starting Friday (Aug. 17). Carolina’s Week of Welcome features more than 100 special events - cookouts, performances, popsicles, movies, a text message hunt and more - to help students get a successful start to their school year. Fall Fest, one of the…