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Carolina research-award total climbs

Faculty from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill brought in $792.7 million in research contracts and grants in fiscal 2014, up $14.9 million from a total of $777.8 million in fiscal 2013. “Carolina’s research excellence continues to drive significant economic growth and job creation in North Carolina, and those stellar results allow major…

Giving at-risk youth a second chance

After getting into a fight at school, a 16-year-old boy is charged and convicted. It’s his first offense, but he now has an assault on his permanent record — before he is even old enough to vote. “Your life shouldn’t be controlled by that stupid decision you made when you were 16 or 15 years…

Award honors Templeton’s most-valued role

More than 20 years ago, Joe Templeton’s mother-in-law gave him a box of 1,000 business cards. Embossed under Carolina’s bright blue seal are the words “Joe Templeton, Professor of Chemistry.” Unlisted are all the other titles he’s held: chemistry department chair, senior associate dean in the College of Arts and Sciences, chair of the faculty,…

Thinking pink

South Road on the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus became a make-shift parade stop Tuesday morning as the Pink Heals National Tour rolled into town for a day-long celebration to support women and raise awareness to help battle cancer. The fleet of trucks – a couple in pink paint and a few…

Rethinking the origins of the universe

Black holes have long captured the public imagination and been the subject of popular culture, from Star Trek to Hollywood. They are the ultimate unknown – the blackest and most dense objects in the universe that do not even let light escape. And as if they weren’t bizarre enough to begin with, now add this…

Folt op-ed: American universities can improve upon successes

U.S. News and World Report recently published the following op-ed from UNC-Chapel Hill Chancellor Carol L. Folt. The focus: why higher education needs to find new ways to prepare students for the jobs and industries of the future: American universities have long been the envy of the world. They have given our nation its greatest…

Inspired by life lessons, Strauss built a career on caring

Some students cross county lines to get to Carolina, while others cross oceans. Ron Strauss is behind them all. A noted dentist, medical sociologist, professor and administrator, Strauss has spent four decades on Carolina’s faculty mentoring first-generation college students, scholars in the Carolina Covenant program, students in the Latino/a Peer Mentoring Program, dental and medical…

A smashing good time

It started with a bang. It continued with a smash. Members of the Carolina community, sledgehammers and baseball bats in hand, took turns walloping away at scales wrapped in garbage bags in The Pit on Wednesday, sending the weight-watching contraptions to the Scale SMASHing Graveyard — the place where those “perfect” numbers are finally laid…

A special bond

Three years ago, Iowa natives Jessica Pierce and her husband, Clinton, moved to Havelock, N.C., in the eastern part of the state. Clinton had joined the Marines, and his orders were to Cherry Point. Together, they were raising three children, ages 1 to 12, and they had just discovered they had a fourth on the…

Carolina entrepreneurship ranked 12th for undergraduate, 11th for MBA programs

With a campus culture known for encouraging entrepreneurship and innovation, it’s no surprise that the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has received top rankings once again for its entrepreneurial studies programs from two major publications. Tuesday’s Princeton Review rankings placed UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School 11th for graduate programs for its MBA Programs and…