Campus Updates

School of Education revamping teacher preparation program

To better prepare teachers to work in rapidly changing educational environments with rising performance standards, the School of Education is redesigning its teacher-preparation program so students can obtain both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in education in about five years. As the school launches the revised program, which is subject to approvals at the University…

Ackland summer exhibition celebrates Joseph F. McCrindle

Philanthropist and publisher Joseph F. McCrindle devoted his life to his passions: literature and art. The founder and editor of the Transatlantic Review, McCrindle amassed a collection of thousands of works of art during his lifetime, and more than 450 were given to The Ackland Art Museum at the University of North Carolina at Chapel…

Pushing for environmental change that also makes economic sense

When she was still in high school, Jenna Koester of Burlington, N.C., sat in on a UNC summer school class on environment and society. “I remember that the discussion was about the environmental disaster that caused Easter Island to become uninhabitable to humans,” she said. Koester was invited to attend by Greg Gangi, associate director…

Dispatch from Guinea: Containing Ebola

UNC’s Dr. William Fischer II has been working in an isolation area in Gueckedou, Guinea, since May 28, as part of team from Doctors without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières/MSF) to try to help reduce mortality from Ebola virus in rural communities.

Two UNC entrepreneurs win Carolina Kickstart fellowships

Carolina KickStart has awarded recent graduates Ryan Gessner and Nicholas Dobes with Innovation Fellowships that will enable them to work full-time for a UNC spin-out company in need of technical and scientific expertise. The fellowships are part of a larger effort to translate discoveries made in UNC’s academic laboratories into applications that can benefit people…

UNC hosts elite CARE research consortium on HIV/AIDS

For the third straight year, the world’s top minds in the field of HIV/AIDS research gathered at UNC-Chapel Hill last week to advance science toward a cure for one of the greatest public health issues of our time. The third annual meeting of the Collaboratory of AIDS Researchers for Eradication (CARE), a UNC-led consortium founded…

Message from Chancellor Carol L. Folt

Dear Carolina Community: Over the past few days, I have received many questions from members of our community in response to an ESPN story on claims – some new, some not – regarding academics and athletics at Carolina. It is clear that our community cares deeply about these issues, and I want to assure you…

Class presents walking as an art form, incorporates water

UNC senior Robert Williams, a passionate walker and biker, never considered walking a mode of artistic expression before signing up for the Maymester course “Arts 290: The Walking Seminar.” Maymester is an experiential summer school mini-term where students can earn three credit hours in three weeks. Associate Professor of Art Mario Marzan designed the class…

14,160 students enroll in newest MOOC

The William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education rolled out its fifth Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) with 14,160 students from 158 different countries enrolling.  The six-week course, “Fundamentals of Rehearsing Music Ensembles” begins this week. Evan Feldman, UNC Wind Ensemble conductor and assistant professor of music, is teaching the course. In early 2013,…

Carolina Blood Drive brings in 990 pints

Thanks to the efforts of 989 donors and 90 volunteers, the 26th annual Carolina Blood Drive, sponsored by the Employee Forum and the Carolinas Region of the American Red Cross, brought in 990 pints of lifesaving blood June 3, surpassing the 850-pint goal. “I was so excited to be a small part of this year’s…