Campus Updates

New mosaics discovered in synagogue excavations in Galilee

Excavations led by a UNC faculty member revealed stunning new mosaics decorating the floor of the Late Roman (fifth century) synagogue at Huqoq, an ancient Jewish village in Israel’s Lower Galilee. Since 2012, three well-preserved mosaics have been discovered in the same location in excavations directed by Jodi Magness, Kenan Distinguished Professor for Teaching Excellence in…

Civil Rights Act spurred rise of ‘the university of the people’

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was born from outrage and tragedy. In May 1963, a horrified country watched on television as Eugene “Bull” Connor, the public safety commissioner in Birmingham, Alabama, unleashed police and fire fighters armed with attack dogs, nightsticks and fire hoses on hundreds of African-American marchers. Reacting to the public outcry,…

UNC gets millions in federal funding to expand solar energy research

The Energy Frontier Research Center for Solar Fuels (EFRC) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill received $10.8 million from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Basic Energy Sciences to advance emerging solar energy technologies and to turn these technologies into devices that can efficiently produce fuels. This award, part of a…

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…