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Your brain on electricity

You’re hearing things. All the time. Your brain continuously takes in messages from your auditory system—a cascade of data that, if you paid attention to all of it, would drown out your thoughts in a cacophony of sound. If it weren’t for your prefrontal cortex, you might think that the sound of running water was a human…

PAWS connects for success

There are obvious plusses to petting a dog: decreased blood pressure, lowered heart rate, lowered cortisol levels resulting in less stress, smiles. At UNC PAWS, a new shelter-to-pet program at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Center for Excellence in Community Mental Health, clinicians amplify those benefits by connecting shelter dogs with people who suffer from addiction disorders, depression…

Payton’s pal

No matter how Payton Lawson may be feeling, she wants to see her best friend. “If all she’s felt like doing is sleeping, she’ll wake up for Lindsay,” laughs Payton’s mom, Tina, from Payton’s room at N.C. Children’s Hospital. “She asks, ‘When is my best friend coming?’  I’m not going to be the one to…

Global Rankings place UNC 46th among top world universities

Recognized once again as one of the leading global public research universities, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill tied for 46th among the top universities in the world, up one spot from last year. It was tied for 11th, both ties with the University of Minnesota, among U.S. public universities on the London-based Times…

Comp-Sci turns 50

Computer science research conducted at UNC-Chapel Hill has helped shape and guide technological advances, and it has played a critical role in propelling the Research Triangle region — and the state — into the Digital Age. It all started in 1963 with a visit from computer scientist Frederick P. Brooks Jr., project manager for the…

A mystery solved

Using a computer model developed by the Hamner Institutes for Health Sciences, researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill believe they have solved the mystery of why a diabetes drug introduced in 1997 caused liver failure and death in 63 patients. Their discovery makes it likely that similar drug-related deaths can be…

The broken promise of Brown

In the landmark 1954 decision Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, the U.S. Supreme Court boldly acknowledged the inherent inequality of the separate-but-equal doctrine in the field of education. Six decades later, our country again faces segregated schools separated by race, class and measurable inequities. Three Carolina scholars offer insight into Brown’s unfulfilled promise…

Bonilla’s drive to help others began with family

Nearly a century after the railroad arrived in Siler City in the 1880s, the town remained a sleepy Southern burg of a few thousand souls. Roughly half the town was white, the other half black. But in the 1990s, outsiders began trickling into Siler City, people who knew little about the town except that it…

The impact of innovation

Create, teach and apply. Those words, Student Body President Andrew Powell told the University’s Board of Trustees on Sept. 25, resonated with him after reading Chancellor Carol L. Folt’s recent online op-ed in U.S. News & World Report about why American universities must continue to innovate. The way to do that, Folt suggested, is not to replace…

Ten years, and performing

Carolina Performing Arts isn’t just 10 years old. It’s 10 years bold, as shown by another landmark season that features both internationally renowned performers and emerging artists for a total of 51 performances and presentations representing a vast diversity of styles, forms and origins. “Our 10th season allows us, first and foremost, to celebrate our…