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New building, new advances

Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will have access to powerful medical equipment that will help UNC better address the health needs of North Carolinians in a state-of-the-art facility that was dedicated Thursday. Marsico Hall, located on Mason Farm Road, will house basic and translational research across several disciplines. It will…

Restoring health, restoring lives

By the early twentieth century, obstetric fistula was essentially eliminated in the United States. The last fistula hospital in the country closed its doors in 1895. Built in its place is one of New York City’s most famous luxury hotels, the Waldorf Astoria. More than a decade into the twenty-first century, fistula persists in many…

Spring break reflections

Carolina junior Sarah Lamb spent her spring break in Robeson County, straightening shelves at a thrift store, helping at a community fundraiser and packaging and freezing dozens of cases of fresh chicken for a food pantry. While other students went home to relax or took a trip to the beach, she was volunteering through UNC’s…

Google gaggle

In the 2013 comedy “The Internship,” actors Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson play laid off 40-something watch salesmen who land internships at Google, competing against scores of tech-savvy younger interns for a coveted job at the Internet giant. The two actors perhaps could have gotten a leg up by enrolling in Carolina’s minor in entrepreneurship…

‘You feel like you never want to stop!’

Are you ready to dance? More than 2,000 Carolina students are ready. They signed up for the annual UNC Dance Marathon, pledging to stand for 24 hours in a fundraiser to benefit the patients and families at N.C. Children’s Hospital. In its 16th year, UNC Dance Marathon has raised more than $3.7 million, including more…

‘A People’s Theatre’

Years before Charles Kuralt did it, Carolina had a champion of the common people who understood the value of taking his show on the road. His name was Frederick Koch – the legendary Proff Koch – who founded the Carolina Playmakers nearly a century ago. Whereas Kuralt hit the road in search of stories about…

Merging complementary minds

Understanding everything there is to know about biomedical engineering is virtually impossible. No one knows that more than Nancy Allbritton, who has chaired the joint Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME) at Carolina and N.C. State since 2009. “I am old enough that biomedical engineering did not exist when I was in college,” said Allbritton, who…

Connected & engaged

Every world-class research university has them: introductory lecture classes. But UNC-Chapel Hill faculty have made many of Carolina’s more personal and interesting through ways that allow students to participate hands-on or through technology that enables meaningful participation. Professors across the College of Arts and Sciences are changing the structure of larger introductory classes to enhance…

A defining challenge of the 21st century

For three years, The Water Institute at UNC-Chapel Hill has been working to make safe water and sanitation a reality for people around the world. In honor of World Water Day on March 22, we wanted to share some of the highlights of the institute’s work. Researchers at the institute have better estimated the number…

The birth defects detective

Andy Olshan is trying to solve some of the saddest mysteries of medicine. Each year in North Carolina, more than 4,000 children are born with birth defects. Doctors still don’t know what causes most birth defects, even the ones—like spina bifida—that we can take some measures to prevent. At UNC, epidemiologist Olshan leads the N.C.…