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The stigma stops here

Nikhil Tomar, a doctoral student in occupational science and Royster Fellow at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Graduate School, said he first became interested in mental health after realizing its impact on society and how it is addressed. “Negative and ill-informed perceptions or perceived public perception about mental health concerns can hinder…

Nursing the sick, guarding the coach

Darrick Woods, a compassionate, caring, family man, is also a ruthless, die-hard, life-long Tar Heel fan. His wife, Chante Woods, whom he met at UNC Hospitals where they were both nurses, says no matter what they’re doing, Darrick Woods usually has a game on or is checking a score. So where does a guy like…

Carolina ranks fifth among nation’s best public universities

Once again, the nation’s oldest public university is also ranked one of the best. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill rates fifth among the nation’s best public universities, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2015 “America’s Best Colleges” guidebook, published at www.usnews.com. Carolina – a top public research university strongly committed to…

Helping combat the Liberian Ebola outbreak

Most students’ first days of class are spent reviewing syllabi, getting to know their classmates and feeling out instructors. In assistant professor Steven King’s “Design and Development of Mobile Apps” course in the UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communication, however, this semester’s students went straight to work brainstorming how to visually represent statistics of…

Growing food and building community

Great things happen when community members support each other. For proof, look no further than the end of Wilson Street, right off of UNC-Chapel Hill’s campus. That’s the location of the North Carolina Botanical Garden’s Carolina Campus Community Garden, a project that began in March 2010. Using volunteer efforts, the garden offers access to fresh,…

I Serve – how do you?

Carolina senior Cayce Dorrier, president of the APPLES Service-Learning program, has been involved in community service for most of her life. Through APPLES, a student-led program at UNC-Chapel Hill that transforms educational experiences by connecting academic learning and public service, the chemistry major has participated in the community with everything from Battle Park workdays to Hunger…

To vape or not vape

Cream of mushroom. Piña colada. A whole Thanksgiving dinner, from turkey to pie. These are some e-cigarette flavors for sale. About half of U.S. smokers have tried e-cigarettes, according to research by UNC postdoctoral student Jessica Pepper. But is that a bad thing? A good thing? Or both?

‘Organized chaos’ in the classroom

Carolina graduate and high school science teacher Mallory Nickel knows a thing or two about holding teenagers’ attention. For one, they can’t sit still. Nickel, who was part of the UNC-BEST program, works to make learning fun and describes her science class labs as “organized chaos.”

Binding a new generation to this place

What is it that binds us to this place? Sometimes, it’s the memory of a favorite television commercial … with an updated twist, passed on to a new generation. When North Carolina native Charles Kuralt joined President Bill Clinton in a packed Kenan Stadium to celebrate Carolina’s bicentennial in October 1993, the words he delivered…

Improved, comprehensive policy addresses sexual violence

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has adopted a more comprehensive policy on sexual violence. The policy, which took effect for reports filed on or after Aug. 28 and applies to all students and employees, also covers discrimination, harassment and related misconduct, interpersonal violence and stalking. It clearly lays out the types of…