Campus Updates

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…

Carolina part of “Watch for Me NC” safety campaign

UNC is helping educate motorists and pedestrians on what they can do to make roads safer for pedestrians in the new “Watch for Me NC” campaign. Each year, more than 350 pedestrians are injured or killed in collisions with vehicles in the Triangle area. In an effort to address this critical safety issue, local governments, universities and…

Web-based tool assesses civil fallout from criminal convictions

Truth or myth? Once a convicted person has completed his or her court imposed sentence, his or her debt to society has been paid in full. Myth. Although the criminal sentence has been satisfied, the person still faces a range of civil disabilities as a result of the conviction. The Collateral Consequences Assessment Tool, or…

1890 to present: UNC system yearbooks online

History buffs and alumni can go online to glimpse famous grads as young adults and college culture through the years in archived yearbooks from most UNC system universities, thanks to a project based at UNC-Chapel Hill. The North Carolina Digital Heritage Center has scanned and posted the yearbooks. They are part of the center’s efforts to…