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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…

How big is Carolina?

Just how big is Carolina? Personally, we think it’s not too big and not too small — but just right. More than 18,000 undergraduate students and another 10,000 or so graduate and professional students attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. UNC-Chapel Hill has 32 residence halls, two main dining centers, 13 libraries and…

True democracy eludes Russia

About the only thing people in the United States remember about the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow is that the U.S. team was not there. Led by President Jimmy Carter, the U.S. was among 65 countries that boycotted the games in protest of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan the year before. Graeme Robertson – who…