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Expanding STEM at Carolina

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is looking to change the face of science, technology, engineering and math – by continuing to add more diverse faces in those fields. Carolina was one of three universities jointly awarded a $7.75 million grant this week for STEM education support from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute…

UNC innovations on display

Productivity software, breakthrough therapies for cystic fibrosis, wearable art, and drugs targeting gut bacteria were among the innovations on display at the recent 2014 UNC Emerging Companies Showcase. The annual event, held April 28 at the Friday Center, featured many of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s most promising startup companies including scientific,…

Graduation in the fast lane

It took more than 2-1/2 weeks to take finals, set up for spring Commencement and turn the tassels, but you can relive the whole experience in a mere 2-1/2 minutes. In a new time-lapse video, five of Carolina’s communications staffers tell this year’s graduation story from picking up caps and gowns at UNC Student Stores…

Finding your place, finding your purpose

The Carolina students who received degrees during Commencement weekend had an opportunity to find a sense of community during their years in Chapel Hill, Dr. Atul Gawande, a celebrated surgeon and best-selling author, said Sunday. Their goal now, he told the Class of 2014: create new ones. “One thing I came to realize after college…

Watch Commencement on the Web

Carolina will stream its Commencement ceremony on May 11, 2014, at 9:30 a.m. (EST). Chancellor Carol L. Folt will preside over her first spring Commencement at Carolina, and Dr. Atul Gawande, a celebrated surgeon and best-selling author, will speak. More than 5,900 Carolina students will receive their degrees over the weekend. To watch the live…

Listening, learning, leading

From the time she arrived on campus as chancellor last July, Carol Folt could feel it. A pulsing energy was everywhere, and with every student she met, she felt increasingly plugged into it. “I call it the buzz – the absolute excitement of being at a place where people care,” Folt said. “There is a…

Five questions: Atul Gawande

Atul Gawande, a professor at Harvard School of Public Health and a surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, is so busy addressing some of the most important challenges in the 21st century that the only time he had for a pre-commencement interview was at 6:30 a.m. earlier this week — on his way to work.…

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…