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Helping veterans

Several murders at Fort Bragg in 2002 led Eric Elbogen to wonder if violence was a growing problem for some veterans. Elbogen, a forensic psychologist in UNC’s Department of Psychiatry, worked with civilians then, but troubling news of soldiers’ violence began a change in his career path. His work since then has led to a…

#LoveCarolina

What do you love about Carolina? For the past 14 days, you have been sharing your answers, and the responses have been fun, sweet and full of Tar Heel pride. “Spring when the trees and flowers are in bloom, sitting in the quad, enjoying the sun, knowing there is no more perfect place,” tweeted Ann…

Snow days

A winter storm has canceled classes, closed offices at the University and even postponed Wednesday night’s Duke-Carolina game. It also created some beautiful images around campus. Here’s one of ours, courtesy of University photographer Dan Sears. Share yours with us using #UNCsnow on Twitter (@Carolina_news) and Instagram (@uncchapelhill). The folks at Carolina’s School of Education…

UNC ‘perfect place’ to study sticky subject

Mucus might not be the most attractive thing to study, but it’s what attracted Sam Lai to Carolina. While finishing his post-graduate work at Johns Hopkins University, Lai had his eye on the research coming out of UNC. There was the Cystic Fibrosis and Pulmonary Research and Treatment Center, the Center for Infectious Diseases, a…

Building better batteries

In studying a material that prevents marine life from sticking to the bottom of ships, researchers led by UNC-Chapel Hill chemist Joseph DeSimone have identified a surprising replacement for the only inherently flammable component of today’s lithium-ion batteries: the electrolyte. The work, published in the Feb. 10 issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy…

‘Stack’ backs Carolina College Advising Corps

On a Sunday in December more than a decade ago, Jerry Stackhouse walked out of the Smith Center without attempting as much as a layup. He couldn’t have been more proud. With his ‘42’ jersey hanging in the rafters above him, Stackhouse put on one of his signature performances – this time wearing a Carolina…

Big assist

Imagine that your elderly mom broke her hip and that she isn’t able to live at home in her aging two-story house. She will be discharged from rehabilitative care in a week and her doctors say she needs to go to an assisted living facility. But you don’t have a clue which ones are close…

Solving a solar energy mystery

For Tom Meyer, the solution to storing solar energy began 40 years ago in the mystery of a molecule. “When molecules absorb light, they form excited states in which the electrons are rearranged and become more accessible,” he said. “The key was to take advantage because, at that point, with light absorption, energy conversion has…

Extreme dieting? Don’t!

Many people start the New Year with a resolution to lose weight. While it’s tempting to dedicate this time of year to dieting, Carolina’s expert on eating disorders advises: Don’t do it.” Cynthia Bulik is the director of Carolina’s Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders (CEED) and holds the nation’s first endowed professorship in eating…