Spotlight

Red, white and blue honor

Sunday, a new kind of cord will grace the shoulders of some of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s most dedicated graduates: those who serve the United States. Military honor cords in strands of red, white and blue are being offered at Carolina this year for the first time, giving special recognition to…

Triumph over tragedy

When Cruz Santibanez woke up in UNC’s surgical intensive care unit on July 4, 2008, she’d cleared the first hurdle – she was alive. The next thing on her list: getting back to class. The vibrant 17-year-old had suffered a catastrophic burn while grilling corn with her mother at a Smithfield flea market, sending her…

Destiny brings triplets to Carolina

After sisters Risi and Sheri Ademola graduate from UNC-Chapel Hill this weekend, they will head in different directions. Risi is moving to San Francisco or New York for work, while Sheri will start graduate school in Illinois. Their other sister, Rucca, graduated a semester ahead of them in December and is heading to Los Angeles…

Roy Dawson for the defense

When he was just a kid watching “Matlock” on TV – seeing Andy Griffith win impossible cases with his quick mind and slow drawl – Roy Dawson decided that’s what he wanted to be – a criminal defense attorney. It was an ambitious goal that seemed in danger when Dawson dropped out of high school…

Reclaiming their deep history

A question from a school girl in Central America has indirectly led to tens of thousands of Maya people connecting with their distant heritage in a new and engaging way, thanks to UNC archaeologist Patricia McAnany. McAnany was working at the site of an ancient Maya settlement in northern Belize nearly two decades ago when the…

Harris elected to National Academy of Sciences

Kathleen Mullan Harris, Ph.D., James E. Haar Distinguished Professor of Sociology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has been elected into the National Academy of Sciences, one of the highest honors that a U.S. scientist or engineer can receive. Harris is one of 84 new members and 21 foreign associates from 15…

April’s best photos: flowers, fun

April brought bright blooms and plenty of campus activity as the semester wound down and the celebrations kicked up. From Holi Moli to the senior Bell Tower Climb to the Last Day of Classes celebration, April was busy and fun. Plus, the azaleas near the Old Well bloomed just in time for the upcoming Commencement…

World-class scientist, world-class athlete

Environmental sciences and engineering doctoral candidate Anne Galyean is forging new paths in nanochemistry. She is also a world-class downhill mountain biker. Maybe it’s genetic. Maybe it was an Idaho upbringing that encouraged creativity and curiosity. Maybe it’s a one-in-a-billion mixture of nature and nurture, with a dash of something not yet definitively quantified. Whatever…

Running the Numbers

Runners are a special breed of people. They endure early mornings, bad weather, sore joints, and many lonely miles of pavement—for what? To lose weight? To feel healthier? Any runner would tell you the health aspect is only the beginning. But how do you explain the benefits of running in a way that isn’t boring…

Army to arts entrepreneur

Brian “BR” McDonald jokes that when he was in an Army special operations unit, getting ready to jump out of an airplane from 12,000 feet, he didn’t tell the guy next to him that he was an opera singer. Now he’s happy to tell the story of how a preacher’s kid with a talent for music…