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A real mindbender

Juan Song has discovered how baby neurons stay alive, a key to understanding neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s.

Education minor grows in popularity

Carolina’s minor in education has reached its enrollment goal nearly three years ahead of schedule, something School of Education Dean Bill McDiarmid attributes to “Carolina’s deep reservoir of students interested in educational issues.” The minor launched two years ago in a partnership of the School of Education and the College of Arts and Sciences. Though…

Grinchus comes to Carolina

If Dr. Seuss had ever hosted a public reading on the streets of ancient Rome, it might have sounded a bit like this: “Praedis omnibus sic raptis, ligna in foco posita ad postremum abstulit.” The assembled Romans might not have fully appreciated hearing “the last thing he took was the log from the fire,” but…

“We want our music to do good”

When music professor Mark Katz says he wants his students to have a hands-on learning experience, he means it. Katz often takes his classes on a “field trip” to his office to check out his turntables. For students raised on listening to CDs and iPods, playing with turntables can be a novelty. But this hands-on…

Remembering Kennedy

As news of President Kennedy’s death spread 50 years ago, Carolina came to a standstill. Students gathered around radios and televisions listening to the news. The Beat Dook parade that had been scheduled for that afternoon was cancelled, as were other campus events. The weekend’s football game against Duke was called off as well. The…

Dean Smith’s courage

Bill Guthridge struggles to put his feelings into words. Every week, he sees his longtime friend and former boss in the office, as he has since he joined the coaching staff of the Carolina basketball team in 1967. He and former head coach Dean Smith worked together longer than most marriages last. And in a…

Escape through books

Karl Humphries loved books. For the three years he battled a brain tumor, they were his mental departure from the waiting room at N.C. Children’s Hospital’s pediatric cancer clinic, his imaginary getaway from tests and treatments and diagnoses. When he passed away in 2007, at age 13, his mom made it her mission to give…

Where buffalo roam

For Jack Pleasant, memories from a 1964 trip to New Mexico’s Philmont Scout Ranch came stampeding back on a return trip in 1995. Not sunrises or rugged terrain or even scenic vistas. Just buffalo. Steaks, to be exact. That’s how the UNC alumnus began his move from owner of a successful home health agency to…

Excavating the past

When UNC alumnus Robin Beck was a young boy, he loved roaming the Morganton-area farm owned by his uncle and aunt, James and Pat Berry, in the North Carolina foothills. The land has been in the Berry family since before the Revolutionary War. As Beck walked around kicking up dirt, he was amazed at the…

You can do it!

As she has many times since coming to Carolina in July, Chancellor Carol Folt spent a recent morning walking the halls of an academic building and shaking hands. Instead of internship opportunity flyers lining the hallways, though, there were blue lockers. Reidsville High School, about 45 minutes north of Greensboro, might not seem like a…