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Child hears father’s voice for first time

Grayson was born with no cochlear nerves and as a result could not hear. The 3-year-old from Charlotte received the first-ever auditory brain stem implant in a child during a surgery done in spring 2013 at UNC Hospitals. “I’ve never seen a look like that today,” said Grayson’s father, Len Clamp, of the day that…

Champion of undergraduate research

On a cold winter night in 1979, Pat Pukkila woke up at 3 a.m., turned to her husband and said, “Honey, I have to go into the lab.” A biology postdoc at Harvard, Pukkila knew that after many months, the results of her experiments, designed to show how bacteria correct mistakes made when DNA is…

Unlocking life’s code

UNC clinical geneticist Jim Evans helped to open the new Smithsonian exhibition, Genome: Unlocking Life’s Code. Portions of the exhibit include – understanding DNA; the role of genomics in health and medicine; biodiversity; medical testing and direct-to-consumer genomics; and genetic ancestry. The exhibition, open to the general public, is a collaboration between the Smithsonian’s National…

Research hooks undergraduate

Before Margo Williams enrolled in Psychology 395 for her last semester at Carolina, she had no idea a single course would draw on both her majors, allow her to contribute to important research on young children and cement her career choice. The Charlotte native, who graduated in May, will soon start working as a research…

My homework’s in the dumpster!

“My homework is in the dumpster!” An excuse for some, but it’s the truth for students participating in UNC’s Sustainable Triangle Field Site (STFS). The students explore how communities, industries, governments and nonprofits on or near UNC’s campus practice sustainability. One exploration put them in the middle of a city’s trash, learning about the waste…

‘Where did the agriculture go?’

They say home is where the heart is. For recent alumna Jessica Kennedy, home is also the subject of her undergraduate research.    With her father active in local government, Kennedy grew up familiar with the social issues of Watauga County— an uncertain transition from an agricultural based economy, hunger and poverty. She applied for and…

Shealy named College Athlete of the Year

Loren Shealy, a rising junior on the North Carolina field hockey team, has been named Sports Illustrated’s College Athlete of the Year in recognition of her academic and athletic success. “We’re honored that Loren has been recognized this way,” UNC Director of Athletics Bubba Cunningham says. “She’s outstanding in all areas, truly an example of…

Case: Be curious, take risks

Steve Case, co-founder of America Online and chair of the Case Foundation and chairman and CEO of Revolution, urged Carolina’s newest graduates to be attackers, not defenders, as the new leaders of what always has been “a startup nation.” “The attackers are the people with bold, innovative ideas, who are trying to disrupt the status…

Commencement by the Numbers

More than 3,300 Carolina blue caps and gowns have been purchased for Commencement this weekend, 24,000 programs are being printed, and more than 200 azaleas will be on display. A lot goes into getting ready for Commencement, but one thing is true: the most important number is 6,027. That’s how many graduates there are in…