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221 and counting

The cornerstone at Old East was laid 221 years ago. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill marked that occasion Sunday at University Day, and there are plenty of other numbers to celebrate, as well …. Video by Eric Stishan, Communications and Public Affairs Published October 9, 2014 Updated October 12, 2014

Remembering the beginning

Long before a center for black culture, arts and history existed at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Precious Stone remembers hearing her mother, Sonja Haynes Stone, talk frequently about the need for one.

The beloved faculty member never saw the three-story building on Bell Tower Drive that bears her name. The Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History opened in August 2004 — 13 years after Stone’s untimely passing and after many seasons of debates, rallies and controversy about whether a free-standing center was needed. (The building replaced the 900-square foot Black Cultural Center that had been housed in the Frank Porter Graham Student Union since 1988.)

A decade later, the free-standing building, built largely from private gifts, continues to serve as an important site for the critical examination of African American and diaspora cultures, providing scholarly and arts programming that is both timely and informative.

Meyer shares $1 million prize from Israel for solar energy breakthrough

Tom Meyer, director of the Energy Frontier Research Center for Solar Fuels at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, was honored Oct. 6 as one of two recipients of a $1 million prize given by Israel for research on alternative fuels. Meyer, who is also Arey Distinguished Professor of Chemistry in the College of Arts…

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…