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Folt named Carolina chancellor

Carol L. Folt, interim president of Dartmouth College and the Dartmouth Professor of Biological Sciences, has been elected the 11th chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill by the Board of Governors of the 17-campus University of North Carolina. UNC President Tom Ross placed Folt’s name in nomination today (April 12) during…

Help! My teen is learning to drive!

So, your teenager is learning to drive? Lessen parental anxiety that this milestone causes with a smartphone app developed at UNC that helps parents guide their teen’s driving practice. Time to Drive, as the app is called, was developed by the University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center (HSRC) and the Center for the…

What others say about Willie Scroggs

Here’s a sampling of what folks say about Scroggs: Perspective Baddour: “Whether it’s in the heat of a lacrosse national championship or a construction company throwing us a curveball, Willie’s the sort of individual who says, ‘Okay, let’s calm down, let’s take a step back, let’s put this in perspective, let’s sort out our options,…

Water chronicler

From the back seat of his parents’ car, traveling north along Route 17 from Elizabeth City to Norfolk, eight-year-old Bland Simpson stares westward into the gloom of the Great Dismal Swamp. A placid canal skirts the road, and beyond there’s an ever-present curtain of loblolly pine, red maple and cypress trees. “Don’t ever go in…

AHEC: 40 years of teaching, caring

After forty years of improving the health of North Carolina’s citizens, AHEC is just hitting its stride. The North Carolina Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) Program, based at Carolina, sends out hundreds of faculty members to towns across the state to teach, to care for patients and to look for ways to improve how each…

Covenant Scholar invests in his future

When asked to picture where he will be five years from now – or even 10 years from now – the answer for Josh Wilkes is simple: “investment banking.” The 2007 Carolina graduate and Carolina Covenant Scholar will earn his MBA from UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School in May 2013. He will work for Wells Fargo…

Seven Sawyers march through Carolina

When Raymond Sawyer graduates from Carolina in May, it will be the end of an era – at least for UNC’s Marching Tar Heel band and the Sawyer family. For the past 17 years, a Sawyer has played and marched in the band. “It’s one of the longest-running continuous memberships by one family I think…

UNC students serve local kids through music

In an upper room of University United Methodist Church, Melodie Tun, a second-grader from Morris Grove Elementary, and Carolina student Katie Morris have been working on stage presence. As Morris plays Adele’s “Skyfall” and Taylor Swift’s “22” on the piano, Tun sets her shoulders, takes a deep breath and reaches for the high notes. This…

Mentoring helps faculty aim for spectacular

Ed Samulski has a thing for Monarch butterflies. Not as a collector, but as a chemist with a crazy idea about how he might harness their hidden power. “If you were to ask me, ‘What is the blackest thing you’ve ever seen?’ I would say, ‘the black on a Monarch butterfly,’” he said. “It is…