Spotlight

Art in science yields fantastic images

A fantastical umbrella, a flowing robe of snowflakes and a nanoworld from a galaxy far, far away were the top winners in the sixth annual CHANL Scientific Art Competition. The Chapel Hill Analytical and Nanofabrication Laboratory sponsors the competition. Departments from across campus submitted images, and a vote by attendees at the UNC Science Expo…

Legacy of learning

Some people choose their life’s path, others seem to have their paths chosen. So it has been for UNC alumna Betty Debnam, whose strong background in journalism and education first led her toward the world of advertising copyediting and public relations. But her 12 years in the classroom as an elementary school teacher proved to…

Carolina calling

“They say you can’t go home again,

But I hear a quiet voice begin . . .

It must be Carolina calling me.”

May’s best photos: Carolina celebrates

May was a time to celebrate at Carolina for many reasons: Thousands of UNC students became Carolina alumni. Our sports teams had big wins. Seniors who are veterans, serving in the military or ROTC students commissioning received special recognition. Students and faculty alike made memories during a month packed with activities in a setting where…

Developing digital tools

John Clark’s students start with a blank wall. Within a few weeks, it’s covered with chaos. Sheets of paper sprawling with magic-marker brainstorms hang from floor to ceiling. What are the needs of the media industry, the holes that could be filled? What kinds of products could meet those needs? Over the course of a…

Expanding STEM at Carolina

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is looking to change the face of science, technology, engineering and math – by continuing to add more diverse faces in those fields. Carolina was one of three universities jointly awarded a $7.75 million grant this week for STEM education support from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute…

UNC innovations on display

Productivity software, breakthrough therapies for cystic fibrosis, wearable art, and drugs targeting gut bacteria were among the innovations on display at the recent 2014 UNC Emerging Companies Showcase. The annual event, held April 28 at the Friday Center, featured many of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s most promising startup companies including scientific,…

Graduation in the fast lane

It took more than 2-1/2 weeks to take finals, set up for spring Commencement and turn the tassels, but you can relive the whole experience in a mere 2-1/2 minutes. In a new time-lapse video, five of Carolina’s communications staffers tell this year’s graduation story from picking up caps and gowns at UNC Student Stores…

Finding your place, finding your purpose

The Carolina students who received degrees during Commencement weekend had an opportunity to find a sense of community during their years in Chapel Hill, Dr. Atul Gawande, a celebrated surgeon and best-selling author, said Sunday. Their goal now, he told the Class of 2014: create new ones. “One thing I came to realize after college…