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Plague among us

Bill Goldman is battling the next outbreak of the plague before it happens. The plague is alive today, as evidenced by what happened in 2008, when biologist Eric York finds a dead mountain lion on the Grand Canyon’s southern rim. The lion has a bloody nose but no other signs of trauma. York performs an…

Exploring life’s limits on Earth

As part of her research into how life survives in places where it seemingly shouldn’t, Zena Cardman dove deep into a lake in British Columbia alongside researchers from NASA and the Canadian Space Agency and dug holes in the permafrost in the Arctic. The work is helping scientists determine if life exists or existed on…

American Indian Center’s “beautiful mission”

It’s in Amy Locklear Hertel’s blood to give back. “Giving back – reciprocity – is a very important value in tribal communities,” she said. Hertel, of the Lumbee and Coharie tribes, became director of Carolina’s American Indian Center in May 2012. As a high school student in Fayetteville, she could look ahead and see herself…

Life-changing work

Bruce Cairns arrives at the North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center each day with one primary concern: He wants to shut it down. “My mission here is to put us out of business,” he said. Cairns, medical director of the 21-bed center at UNC Hospitals and John Stackhouse Distinguished Professor of Surgery, would love to see…

A new title: Robertson Scholar

Sophomore Loren Shealy is a talented player on Carolina’s top-ranked field hockey team. She’s also an academic star with a 4.0 G.P.A. This year Shealy garnered a new title – Robertson Scholar. It’s a title that no other Carolina or Duke athlete has ever had. The Robertson Scholars Program is a joint undergraduate scholarship program…

“You can’t control every factor”

Will Leimenstoll earns a small stipend for all his work as UNC student body president. He doesn’t get paid for his volunteer work, like raising money for scholarships in South Africa. But Leimenstoll gives back to Carolina in many ways other than just paying tuition.   “I’m not ashamed to receive financial aid,” said Leimenstoll,…

20 years of Yucatec Maya

Apocalyptic rumors about Mayan culture are in high gear, fueled by the final tic on the Maya Long Count calendar, but 2012 also marks a significant milestone of a different nature: the Yucatec Maya Summer Institute celebrates its twentieth anniversary. Created in 1992 by UNC’s Sharon Sullivan Mújica, the institute was developed by the Consortium…

William C. Friday, 1920-2012

William C. Friday, president emeritus of the University of North Carolina and an icon of American public higher education, died October 12, 2012. The longtime Chapel Hill resident was 92.