Spotlight

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…

A fair sentence

When Troy Powell was convicted of malicious conduct by a prisoner, there was no question he was guilty. But there were questions about what the length of his sentence should be. Changes made to North Carolina’s sentencing law in 2011 have caused confusion for judges across the state. In this case, the judge originally ordered Powell…

Top of the Tower

After four years at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, hundreds of seniors this week were able to scratch one more thing off their Carolina bucket lists: Climb the 128 steps to the top of the Bell Tower and ink their names on the brick walls. “Getting to sign your name on the…

Data, devices promote healthier living

Deborah Tate wants not only to help people battle obesity but those just trying to stay healthy.  She works at the intersection of diet, exercise, research and technology. Tate is an associate professor in health behavior and in nutrition at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Gillings School of Global Public Health. She also holds a joint appointment in…

How do you spell competition?

On a recent Friday night, spectators showed their tickets, took their seats and prepared for an evening of back-and-forth exchanges that would eventually determine a champion. But this crowd wasn’t gathered to watch numbers move on a scoreboard. Its focus was letters, and lots of them. In a town where sporting events often take center…

The dementia tour

Dementia is more than a disease — it’s a tragic mystery. For people struggling with dementia, the biggest questions: what helps? what doesn’t help? There is no way to know. More than 6 million Americans have Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia. No cure has been found, and families often rely on professional caretakers to…

Communidad y familia

The Latina/o Peer Mentoring Program seeks out first-year students who identify with Latina/o origin on their applications and offers them a familia (family) – not just a student or faculty mentor, but both, and then some.