Spotlight

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.…

#ScienceFail showcases human side of science

When Vanessa Victoria Volpe, a doctoral student in developmental psychology at Carolina, began her study on children’s perceptions of their race and life successes, the students didn’t feel comfortable answering her questions. But after she tweaked her interrogatives to emphasize how much she needed the children’s help to benefit others in the years to come,…

The genetics of drug side effects

Put yourself in the shoes of a psychiatrist. You just diagnosed a person with schizophrenia, and you can prescribe any number of antipsychotic drugs, all of which can cause serious side effects. You know that older drugs, such as haloperidol, work well, but a third of all schizophrenia patients who take it suffer from Parkinsonian-like…

Another ‘first’ for UNC’s library: 7 millionth book

The 7 millionth volume in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s library will be another first. Juan Latino, author of a 172-page book of Latin poetry published in 1573, has been described by scholars as the first person of sub-Saharan African descent to publish a book of poems in a Western language. His…

The Men’s Project

What does it mean to be a man? It’s a question that has been on Jordan Hale’s mind for years. As a kid, he didn’t have many male role models – the people who made a positive impact on his life were mostly women, as most of his close friends are now. “I’ve always been…

Odom, FPG help teachers & children

At the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, investigators and faculty fellows from a variety of disciplines conduct research that identifies the processes of childhood development.

MOOCs remain on Carolina’s drawing board

Online education has been around a while. The University of Phoenix started its online program in 1989, and ads for other online degree programs are now common. The William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education initiated Carolina Courses Online in 1997, and since then more than a score of online graduate and professional school…

Pepper’s Pizza paintings thrive in new home

Mark Katz had two thoughts last March when he heard the beloved eatery Pepper’s Pizza would close immediately after 26 years on Franklin Street. “I don’t know which came first, the thought, ‘I need to get one more slice of pizza,’ or ‘I need to get a hold of those paintings,’” said Katz, chair of…