Spotlight

Global ready

Carolina took its global education ambitions to a new level in 2007, when the College of Arts and Sciences established an unusual joint degree program with the National University of Singapore (NUS), considered among the best universities in the world. Undergraduates from UNC and NUS can study abroad at the partner institution for two-to-four semesters…

Carolina No. 1 public in autism research

Carolina is the No. 1 public institution in the world for autism research, according to a 2012 report from the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee, a federal advisory committee. Ranked No. 2 overall, Carolina is just behind Harvard University. One reason Carolina is able to support so many different endeavors in autism research is the N.C.…

Decoding anorexia nervosa

More than 8,000 volunteers are going to help UNC researchers decode anorexia nervosa in an effort to better detect, treat and prevent the eating disorder. The Anorexia Nervosa Genetics Initiative (ANGI) is collecting clinical information and blood samples from more than 8,000 women and men who have had anorexia nervosa at any point in their…

A grand opening

Thursday marked a new day for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s research mission as Marsico Hall – a glassy, nine-story, state-of-the-art research building – officially opened for business at a dedication ceremony. “This building will house faculty, students and staff who are going to push the boundaries of human knowledge and change…

Few words, many deeds, all for love

Willie Scroggs planted the seed for his first retirement twenty years before he left at the top of his profession as Carolina’s lacrosse coach. His decision to retire from coaching in 1990 seemed sudden to many. His second – and final – retirement from UNC is a slower walk past the people and places he…

7 millionth book opens new chapter

UNC’s Library opened the newest chapter of a great Carolina tradition on March 20. In front of a crowd of nearly 200 at the FedEx Global Education Center, Chancellor Carol L. Folt accepted the Library’s 7 millionth book as a gift from the John Wesley and Anna Hodgen Hanes Foundation. Family member Borden Hanes presented…

New building, new advances

Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will have access to powerful medical equipment that will help UNC better address the health needs of North Carolinians in a state-of-the-art facility that was dedicated Thursday. Marsico Hall, located on Mason Farm Road, will house basic and translational research across several disciplines. It will…

Restoring health, restoring lives

By the early twentieth century, obstetric fistula was essentially eliminated in the United States. The last fistula hospital in the country closed its doors in 1895. Built in its place is one of New York City’s most famous luxury hotels, the Waldorf Astoria. More than a decade into the twenty-first century, fistula persists in many…

Spring break reflections

Carolina junior Sarah Lamb spent her spring break in Robeson County, straightening shelves at a thrift store, helping at a community fundraiser and packaging and freezing dozens of cases of fresh chicken for a food pantry. While other students went home to relax or took a trip to the beach, she was volunteering through UNC’s…

Google gaggle

In the 2013 comedy “The Internship,” actors Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson play laid off 40-something watch salesmen who land internships at Google, competing against scores of tech-savvy younger interns for a coveted job at the Internet giant. The two actors perhaps could have gotten a leg up by enrolling in Carolina’s minor in entrepreneurship…