Spotlight

Running the Numbers

Runners are a special breed of people. They endure early mornings, bad weather, sore joints, and many lonely miles of pavement—for what? To lose weight? To feel healthier? Any runner would tell you the health aspect is only the beginning. But how do you explain the benefits of running in a way that isn’t boring…

Army to arts entrepreneur

Brian “BR” McDonald jokes that when he was in an Army special operations unit, getting ready to jump out of an airplane from 12,000 feet, he didn’t tell the guy next to him that he was an opera singer. Now he’s happy to tell the story of how a preacher’s kid with a talent for music…

A fair sentence

When Troy Powell was convicted of malicious conduct by a prisoner, there was no question he was guilty. But there were questions about what the length of his sentence should be. Changes made to North Carolina’s sentencing law in 2011 have caused confusion for judges across the state. In this case, the judge originally ordered Powell…

Top of the Tower

After four years at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, hundreds of seniors this week were able to scratch one more thing off their Carolina bucket lists: Climb the 128 steps to the top of the Bell Tower and ink their names on the brick walls. “Getting to sign your name on the…

Data, devices promote healthier living

Deborah Tate wants not only to help people battle obesity but those just trying to stay healthy.  She works at the intersection of diet, exercise, research and technology. Tate is an associate professor in health behavior and in nutrition at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Gillings School of Global Public Health. She also holds a joint appointment in…

How do you spell competition?

On a recent Friday night, spectators showed their tickets, took their seats and prepared for an evening of back-and-forth exchanges that would eventually determine a champion. But this crowd wasn’t gathered to watch numbers move on a scoreboard. Its focus was letters, and lots of them. In a town where sporting events often take center…

The dementia tour

Dementia is more than a disease — it’s a tragic mystery. For people struggling with dementia, the biggest questions: what helps? what doesn’t help? There is no way to know. More than 6 million Americans have Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia. No cure has been found, and families often rely on professional caretakers to…

Communidad y familia

The Latina/o Peer Mentoring Program seeks out first-year students who identify with Latina/o origin on their applications and offers them a familia (family) – not just a student or faculty mentor, but both, and then some.

Refrigerator mothers & computer geeks

The roles of mothers and fathers of autistic children, how adults with autism view themselves, how gender shapes discussions about autism. Jordynn Jack, associate professor in Carolina’s Department of English and Comparative Literature, looks at these subjects and more in Autism and Gender: From Refrigerator Mothers to Computer Geeks. This second book for Jack, who…

Celebrating undergraduate research

After months of data analysis, literature reviews, interviews and experiements, more than 140 Carolina students presented their research findings this week at the 15th annual Celebration of Undergraduate Research at the Frank Porter Graham Student Union. “Our undergraduate students’ research interests have great depth and breadth, and it was wonderful to learn something new from…