Campus Updates

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…

Five-question tool helps screen risk of violence in veterans

A new brief five-question screening tool can help clinicians identify which veterans may be at greater risk of violence, according to a new study led by a UNC researcher. The study, published online by the American Journal of Psychiatry, is based on a national survey sample of veterans combined with a smaller, in-depth assessment sample.…

Cystic fibrosis discovery offers path for creating, testing treatments

UNC School of Medicine researchers have provided the first quantitative evidence that mucins – the protein framework of mucus – are significantly increased in cystic fibrosis patients and play a major role in failing lung function. The research, published today in the Journal of Clinical Investigation, shows that a three-fold increase of mucins dramatically increases…

UNC’s Center for Entrepreneurial Studies celebrates banner year

At a recent wrap-up to the Entrepreneurs Lab, a course designed by Ted Zoller who heads up UNC’s Center for Entrepreneurial Studies (CES) at the Kenan Flagler Business School, there was a notable buzz among the students. “I feel so privileged to have this opportunity my very first year at Carolina,” said undergraduate Jack Paley. “We’ve had access to an incredible range of successful entrepreneurs from all over the world who came to share their experience and advice with us. Just being able to have one-on-one conversations with them was an unbelievable boost to my goals as an entrepreneur.”