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Davis led with a ‘steadfast hand and humble heart’


Nancy Davis has been instrumental in telling Carolina’s story.

For 23 years, she was at the center of shaping Carolina’s national reputation as a public university that valued accessibility as much as it did excellence – and saw no contradiction between the two.

So it isn’t surprising that, when Davis announced in December 2012 that she would be retiring, the news sent a ripple of disbelief throughout the Carolina community.

Much of her decision had to do with timing, Davis said.

Holden Thorp had announced that he would be leaving Carolina after five years as chancellor, and Matt Kupec, the longtime vice chancellor for advancement, had already resigned.

But another factor was the toll of dealing with the daily grind of responding to a string of NCAA violations concerning the football team that led to revelations of academic fraud within the African and Afro-American studies department (now the Department of African, African American and Diaspora Studies).

“Those last couple of years had been rough – rough on everyone – and I was tired,” Davis said. “I was ready to move on.”

Early love of writing

As a little girl in Raleigh, Davis dreamed of growing up to be a writer.

Her first job in journalism came in the fifth grade, as associate editor of her school’s newspaper. Years later, she served as the features editor of her high school newspaper.

That interest in writing eventually drew her to Carolina where she majored in journalism and worked on the city desk at The Daily Tar Heel.

After graduating in 1982, she became a writer and editor for N.C. Sea Grant, a marine research and education group that published Coastwatch Magazine, based at N.C. State.

“It was a science writer job and I reported on the work of researchers at N.C. State, Carolina and other universities,” Davis said. “I loved it and it gave me a good foundation for understanding the right questions to ask and how to communicate in a clear way.”

She returned to Carolina in 1989 as director of communications for the Bicentennial Campaign, the first comprehensive university-wide campaign Carolina had undertaken.

“It was a great job to come back to Carolina because I was surrounded by other people who loved the University and who wanted to be a part of making it better,” she said.

After Michael Hooker became chancellor in 1995, he named Davis director of community relations. In that position, she helped start the Tar Heel bus tour, a program that allowed new faculty members to learn about the state they were to serve.

“Chancellor Hooker saw it as a way of reconnecting the University with the people of North Carolina who support the University,” Davis said.

She became associate vice chancellor for University Relations in 1998 – a multifaceted position in which she juggled many responsibilities.

“I think offices like this have changed with the times in general,” Davis said. “Communication is so much more a part of our everyday lives now. And the University – and its research enterprise – has grown a great deal, too, so the communication efforts needed to grow with it.”

Devotion to Carolina

Davis retired a year ago with 30 years of service – the first seven at N.C. State, the remaining 23 at her beloved alma mater.

It was her tireless devotion to Carolina, during both good times and bad, that people cited as they nominated Davis for a 2013 C. Knox Massey Distinguished Service Award.

“She has a job that is extremely demanding and her work never leaves her – she is on call 24 hours a day and has never let the University down,” wrote Andi Sobbe, director of development systems and training.

“She’s always been ready in any crisis and supports and defends this institution and what it stands for in all circumstances and at any cost. She is honest, ethical and thoughtful and has been a mentor to many young communicators across campus.”

Tanya Moore, Davis’ longtime assistant, said Davis led University Relations with “a steadfast hand and a humble heart.”

“She always put others’ needs before her own,” Moore said. “We never knew how she managed so many issues with a smile on her face. No one is more deserving of this award.”

Such descriptions make Davis uncomfortable because she knows she is one of many people on this campus who share a devotion to the University.

“It was always easy to be dedicated to Carolina because of what it’s meant to me and because I worked side by side with so many other dedicated people.” Davis said.

Since she retired, Davis has had more time to spend with her husband and 14-year-old son, to read in a way she has not been able to do in 30 years, and to reflect on the University’s future given the events of the past few years.

“I think we learned that we can’t take anything for granted,” Davis said. “Carolina is a great university, and we have to work hard to keep it that way.”

New flu vaccination clinics available as flu activity continues

Flu activity has been widespread in North Carolina since mid-December, and high levels of flu activity are expected to continue in the coming weeks, according to the state’s health director, Robin Gary Cummings.

In response to that expectation, the University has scheduled six more campus flu vaccination clinics for students and employees, said Mary Beth Koza, director of the Department of Environment, Health and Safety. These are all walk-in clinics to make them as convenient as possible and are being held at numerous locations across campus.

Public health officials report that 19 of the 21 deaths reported in the state so far this season have been in young and middle-aged adults, most of whom had underlying medical conditions.

“Though all strains have been identified this season, the H1N1 strain is the most common one and one that young adults are most vulnerable to, so it is especially important that people in this age group be vaccinated,” said Mary Covington, executive director of Campus Health Services.

No one is exempt from getting the flu, and certain people are at high risk of serious complications. This includes people 65 and older, children younger than 5, pregnant women and people of any age with certain chronic medical conditions.

A report issued in December by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) highlighted the benefits the flu vaccine can provide, estimating conservatively that influenza vaccination prevented 79,000 hospitalizations and 6.6 million illnesses last season. The report also underscores how severe the flu can be; it includes an estimate that 381,000 Americans were hospitalized from the flu last season. (Click here for additional information about the flu from the CDC.)

Doctors say the best way for people to protect themselves is by washing their hands and getting a flu shot.

The new campus flu clinics offered by the University are walk-in clinics with no appointment necessary; all are held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.:

  • Jan. 14 – Upendo Room 1114 in the Student Academic Services Building;
  • Jan. 15 – Carolina Union West Lounge;
  • Jan. 16 – Lower level atrium of the Michael Hooker Research Building and Cypress Room in the Giles Horney Building;
  • Jan. 21 – Lobby of Rams Head Dining Hall;
  • Jan. 22 – Carolina Union West Lounge; and
  • Jan. 23 – Stage of Koury Oral Health Sciences Building atrium and Cypress Room in the Giles Horney Building.

In addition, many local and area pharmacies are offering flu vaccinations in cooperation with the State Health Plan (SHP), so there is no out-of-pocket expense for those insured by SHP or Blue Cross Blue Shield. To find a nearby provider, check HealthMap at

Employees who have questions can contact Environment, Health and Safety at 919-962-5507. And students who have questions can contact Campus Health Services at 919-966-2281.

2013: A Year in Stories


New PA program geared for veteran medical sergeants

Plans were announced for a new physician assistant program for veterans in the Department of Allied Health Sciences, part of the School of Medicine, to honor Special Forces Medical Sergeants who have dedicated their lives to service while addressing the shortage of medical care for the state’s underserved communities. The first class should be admitted in 2015.

Tom Bacon, director AHEC,  at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

AHEC’s Tom Bacon

UNC earns top ranking in Kiplinger’s for 12th time

For the 12th time in a row, Carolina ranked first on Kiplinger’s list of the 100 universities and colleges that provide the best value to in-state students. The magazine also listed Carolina second for the best value offered to out-of-state students.

AHEC’s success reflects power of partnerships 

Tom Bacon looked back at the statewide system of area health education centers – or AHEC – that for nearly 40 years has trained health professionals to meet the needs of rural and other underserved communities. Bacon was an integral part of AHEC since its beginning.


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Musical Empowerment

UNC students serve local kids through music

Musical Empowerment, which began as Carolina Music Outreach in 2002, pairs musically inclined Carolina students with local children interested in learning a musical craft. In 2013, 50 Carolina students shared their time and expertise with 50 young community members each week for 40-minute lessons, free of charge.

Tool helps wipe away contamination risk

A team of Carolina researchers developed a set of towelettes that removes contamination of hazardous drugs on surfaces, designed to protect people involved in the preparation and administration of chemotherapy drugs. ChemoGLO LLC, is a spinoff company founded by faculty members in the Eshelman School of Pharmacy.

Academic Review panel supports Carolina’s response

A five-member Board of Governors Academic Review Panel said the University had adequately addressed academic problems uncovered during its investigations into some African and Afro-American studies courses. The panel affirmed the findings and actions stemming from five previous reviews examining the scope of the problems.



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Hatchell coaches with humility, hunger to win

In 2013, Sylvia Hatchell became the second women’s basketball coach in history to reach 900 wins, yet she coaches with the same humility and hunger to win that has motivated her for nearly four decades.

Fixed-term faculty choose paths they love

Three longtime teachers with lengthy records of University service are known as “The Mount Rushmore of Carolina” for their decades of work to support and advance the careers of instructors who choose the fixed-term faculty path.

Graduate programs ranked by U.S. News & World Report

The University appeared on multiple lists of schools, degree programs and specialty areas ranked by U.S. News & World Report for the 2014 edition of “America’s Best Graduate Schools.” The School of Medicine ranked first in primary care, and family medicine, rural medicine and AIDS were also listed as top 10 specialties.



Carol Folt is named Carolina’s 11th chancellor.

Nothing could be finer

On April 12, UNC President Tom Ross announced that Carol L. Folt, interim president at Dartmouth College, would be Carolina’s 11th chancellor. Folt, an internationally recognized environmental scientist and the first female chancellor of the University, would begin July 1.

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Executive Director for the Arts Emil Kang

Carolina takes on ‘The Rite of Spring’

The arts at Carolina marked the 100th anniversary of the bold French ballet “The Rite of Spring” with academic programs, artistic commissions and inspired performances that brought news coverage from around the world.

Two dozen honored for outstanding teaching

Twenty faculty members and five graduate teaching assistants were selected from more than 500 nominations to be recipients of the 2013 University Teaching Awards in honor of their dedication and efforts to enlighten, enrich and provide Carolina students with outstanding instruction.


How a majestic plan came together

In the span of a decade, the University spent more than $2.3 billion to add 6 million square feet of new building space while renovating 3.4 million square feet of existing space. The resulting story of that era is “The Dynamic Decade: Creating the Sustainable Campus for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2001–2011.”


Overton embraces Thorp as he prepares to leave Carolina.

Thorp prepares for next phase of his career

Carolina’s 10th chancellor, Holden Thorp, prepared to leave the University to become provost at Washington University in St. Louis. In five years as “the chancellor of the people,” as former Employee Forum Chair Jackie Overton called Thorp, he had a to-do list for Carolina that included inspiring students’ love for knowledge, creating ways to make a college education attainable, taking on the pressing problems of the world and using the resources of a major research university to innovate for the future.


Class of 2013

Case tells grads ‘attack, don’t defend’

Steve Case, co-founder of America Online, urged Carolina’s newest graduates to be attackers, “people with bold, innovative ideas who are trying to disrupt the status quo and usher in a better way.” Speaking during the May 12 Commencement ceremony, Case told graduates to focus on three P’s: people, passion and perseverance.


Emergency drill draws coordinated response

On June 19, the top floors of Davis Library became a rehearsal stage for the kind of real-life drama University leaders hope never comes to campus – but must be prepared to face. Actors portrayed gunmen, hostages and victims for an emergency drill coordinated by the Department of Public Safety in conjunction with local law enforcement officials.

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Guard James Britt shows a student around the Ackland gallery.

Ackland guards mix love of art with service 

Anyone who has visited the Ackland Art Museum has seen the security guards who ensure the safety and security of the artwork as well as the museum’s visitors. But they are also incredibly knowledgeable about the works of art on display and are available to answer visitors’ questions and help them connect with the art.


Faculty research funding increases to $777.8 million

Carolina faculty secured $777.8 million in research funding during fiscal 2013. That total is up nearly $11 million – 1.4 percent – from $767.1 million the previous year. The funding comes in contracts and grants awarded by federal and state agencies, foundations, nonprofit organizations, corporations and associations.

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Folt crosses campus on her first day as chancellor.

Folt starts new era as Carolina’s 11th chancellor

On July 1, Carol L. Folt took office as the University’s 11th chancellor and immediately embarked on a crash course in Carolina. Folt said that serving as chancellor for one of the world’s leading universities was the honor of a lifetime. “I fell in love with Carolina partly because of the intensity and passion people have,” she said.

State budget approved

The $20.6 billion North Carolina budget for fiscal 2013–14 cut state funding to the UNC system by $66 million. The budget eliminated all direct funding for Carolina’s School of Medicine to support graduate medical education and help pay for uncompensated care, and it appropriated $42 million for the University Cancer Research Fund, which had received $50 million annually since 2009. Also included was a tuition hike of 12.3 percent for Carolina’s out-of-state undergraduates in 2014–15.


Carolina Counts reaps $58 million in savings

carolinacountsIn its first full year of implementation (2009–10), Carolina Counts tracked cost savings of $21 million per year in the recurring state-funded budget. In the 2013 fiscal year, Carolina Counts reached recurring savings of $58.1 million per year in state funding. During the past four fiscal years, the cumulative savings stand at $160.1 million in state funding.

New year, new faces

Carolina’s incoming class of 3,960 first-year students came from as far away as Sydney, Australia, to as close to home as Chapel Hill. Selected from a record 30,836 applicants, these students include award-winning researchers, artists, directors, dancers, writers, community activists and athletes – even a certified gerbil breeder.

Provost shares optimism about Carolina

One month into his new position, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost James W. Dean Jr. discussed the listening tour he and Chancellor Carol Folt planned to undertake in the fall, his optimism about Carolina’s future and his commitment to do whatever he could to keep the University moving forward.


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Music (and MOOC) professor Evan Feldman

MOOCs extend Carolina’s reach across the globe

Beginning in the fall, an estimated 100,000 students were expected to take five courses offered by six of the best faculty members at Carolina. They are among the millions of students around the world taking courses from some of the top universities through massive open online courses, otherwise known as MOOCs.

Examining athletics in campus life

A panel of national leaders in higher education and athletics released its report about the role of athletics in campus life. Following a roundtable discussion on campus in April, the panel, chaired by Association of American Universities President Hunter Rawlings, made recommendations for Carolina and other universities nationwide. In August, Carolina administrators had formed a new campus working group to bring a fresh perspective to fostering academic success for student-athletes during their entire University experience, led by Provost Jim Dean and Athletic Director Bubba Cunningham.


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Carol Folt becomes Carolina’s 11th chancellor.

‘Together, we can make history’

As America’s first public university, “Carolina became the gold standard” of the transformative power of higher education, Chancellor Carol Folt said in her installation address on University Day, Oct. 12. She drew a connection between the achievements of the past and the challenge of the future, and the need for Carolina to hold fast to its cherished values as it adapts to meet emerging needs.

Sobsey’s water test is ‘a driver for change’

According to a 2012 UNC study, 1.8 billion people around the world use unsafe water. But a test from the lab of Mark Sobsey in the Gillings School of Global Public Health is helping to combat the problem by making water testing simpler and more accessible to the low-resource areas that need it most.

Cohen receives state’s highest civilian honor

Myron Cohen, a Carolina physician and scientist who is internationally recognized for his work studying the transmission and prevention of HIV/AIDS, received the 2013 North Carolina Award for Science, the state’s highest civilian honor.


Smith awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom


Medal of Freedom recipient Dean Smith

Members of Dean Smith’s family were present for him at the White House on Nov. 20 when President Barack Obama awarded Smith the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor. As a teacher, Smith was known as a model of integrity; as a political activist, he exemplified social and moral conscience.

Trustees concerned about out-of-state tuition increase

Carolina was one of four universities where lawmakers stipulated a 12.3 percent increase for out-of-state undergraduates in 2014-15. For Carolina students, that means a hike of $3,469, which concerns members of Carolina’s administration and Board of Trustees.

Book Fairy helps countless children find escape

For years, University employee Kathy Humphries, also known as the Book Fairy, has collected rooms full of books for children who are undergoing treatment at UNC Hospitals. In partnership with UNC Libraries and other campus groups, Humphries worked to push the five-year book collection total past 10,000.


Program provides support for minority male students

The Carolina Millennial Scholars Program is aimed at engaging, recruiting, retaining and supporting African-American, American Indian and Latino males from the time they come to campus through graduation and beyond. It’s one of the ways Carolina’s dedicated faculty and staff are working to address low retention rates among minority males.

Little Miracles

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Grayson Clamp and his dog Tully

An advance in medical technology that was spearheaded at Carolina allowed 3-year-old Grayson Clamp to hear for the first time in his young life. Since that groundbreaking surgery in April, the Clamps’ lives have been full of miracles. An update on this special family includes an in-depth look at the many ways in which Grayson’s parents are helping him succeed and the diligence of his surgical team in providing the means for Grayson to hear.

Water theme extended

As momentum for the “Water in Our World” academic theme, launched in March 2012, continues to build campus-wide, the theme will be extended into a third year, through 2014-15 – allowing for increased faculty and student involvement.

University offers free credit monitoring for people affected by data breach

The University is offering people affected by a recent data breach a one-year subscription to a credit monitoring service that checks activity at all three credit bureaus, at the University’s expense.

People who were affected by the breach have been notified directly by the University about how they can pursue credit monitoring in addition to the free measures available to safeguard their credit, including fraud alerts and security freezes.

The incident, discovered Nov. 11, risked unauthorized online access to personal information concerning approximately 6,500 current and former employees, vendors and students.

The University began notifying people who were affected by this incident by letter on Dec. 10, with the final group of letters mailed Jan. 10. The letters explained what happened, which pieces of their personal information were disclosed, what steps the University has taken to delete the source files and make sure they are no longer publicly accessible, what people can do to protect against identity theft, and how they can pursue the credit monitoring option.

The University has not been able to determine whether individual personal information was misused as a result of this incident or accessed by others – other than Google, which copied the files as part of its automated processes and since has removed them at the University’s request.

There is no evidence that this information was used maliciously, said Chris Kielt, vice chancellor for information technology.

The University takes this situation very seriously, he said, and the prompt, aggressive action to secure the files and notify the affected people underscores Carolina’s commitment to protect sensitive data in its possession. University officials continue to implement appropriate measures campus-wide to protect sensitive information, Kielt said.

“Our goal is to create a technology environment that ensures that all data is handled appropriately and we have the proper safeguards in place to avoid data breaches in the future,” he said.

For answers to frequently asked questions about this incident, see

Harvard surgeon, best-selling author, to speak at spring Commencement in Kenan Stadium

Atul GawandeAtul Gawande, an accomplished surgeon and best-selling author, will deliver the spring Commencement address.

Chancellor Carol Folt will preside during the ceremony on May 11, 2014, at 9:30 a.m., in Kenan Stadium. Gawande was selected in consultation with the University’s Commencement Speaker Selection Committee, which includes students and faculty. He also will receive an honorary doctor of science degree.

“Carolina is privileged to have Dr. Atul Gawande as our spring Commencement speaker,” Folt said. “His remarkable career as a distinguished surgeon, writer and researcher is inspiring. He is changing the future of medicine while also serving the public good.”

Gawande practices general and endocrine surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. He is a professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public Health and professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School.

A popular and dynamic speaker, Gawande offers audiences a unique perspective on the practice of medicine.

He encourages incremental reforms that build on the strengths and limitations of the current health-care system and speaks about improving care and lowering costs. He is the lead adviser for the World Health Organization’s Safe Surgery Lives Program, and is the founder and chair of Lifebox, an international not-for-profit that implements systems and technologies to reduce surgical deaths.

Gawande has been a staff writer for The New Yorker magazine since 1988 and has written three best-selling books. His most recent, “The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right,” shows how even a simple five-point checklist can decrease up to two-thirds of intensive-care unit infections. He suggests that as modern medicine – and the modern world – becomes increasingly complex, the proper response is ever-simpler measures.

He has won the AcademyHealth’s Impact Award for highest research impact on health care and was named one of the world’s 100 most influential thinkers by Foreign Policy and TIME magazine. In 2006, he was named a MacArthur Fellow for his writing and efforts to improve surgical practices and medical ethics.

In 2012, Gawande founded Ariadne Labs, a joint center for health systems innovation run through Harvard and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital. The center aims to create more efficient, higher quality health care while simplifying the whole system. He graduated from Stanford University in 1987 before becoming a Rhodes Scholar, earning a degree in philosophy, politics and economics from Oxford.

He then embarked on a brief political career before obtaining his medical and master’s of public health degrees from Harvard.

Documentary highlights anti-racism stand by Carolina alumnus

Just four years into his career as a journalist, Carolina alumnus Horace Carter endured death threats to report on the activities of the Ku Klux Klan, and received a Pulitzer Prize for his efforts. A documentary about Carter and his stand against racism aired last Thursday on UNC-TV.

“The Editor and the Dragon,” narrated by actor Morgan Freeman, was produced by the Center for the Study of the American South and Memory Lane Productions.

In the early 1950s, Carter was the editor of the Tabor City Tribune in southeastern North Carolina and used the editorial authority of his newspaper to protest the Klan’s racist rhetoric and vigilantism. Carter continued to report on the Klan’s activities in his town even after his life and the lives of his family members were threatened.

The bold reporting helped lead to the first federal intervention in the South during that era and later the arrest and conviction of nearly 100 members of the Klan. In 1953, the Pulitzer committee honored the then-32-year-old Carter with its Prize for Meritorious Service.

Carter’s story is one of the first stories William Ferris, Joel R. Williamson Eminent Professor of History and Senior Associate Director of the Center for the Study of the American South, heard when he arrived in Chapel Hill in 2002.

“Carter’s refusal to allow the Ku Klux Klan to attack black and white citizens in his beloved Tabor City community is a great American story,” Ferris said. “This film will inspire its viewers and remind them that Horace Carter’s life is a model to which we should all aspire.”

Carter arrived in Chapel Hill as a student in 1939, worked at the UNC News Bureau and was elected editor of The Daily Tar Heel. Service in the U.S. Navy during World War II interrupted his education, but he completed his degree in journalism in 1949, by which time he was already editing and publishing the Tabor City Tribune.

Provost reviews academic and athletic reforms with Employee Forum

To many Carolina employees, the football scandal and the academic problems that were associated with it seem like ancient history.

The University’s new chancellor, athletic director and football coach are eager to turn the page.

Part of the new chapter in Carolina’s history includes the comprehensive set of reforms former Chancellor Holden Thorp and others across campus have worked to put into place. These reforms, more than 70 in all, are designed to make sure the academic problems uncovered during investigations into some African and Afro-American studies courses will never happen again.

Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost James Dean spoke to the Employee Forum on Jan. 8, reviewing what the University is doing to erase any lingering doubts about these academic problems and rebuild Carolina’s tarnished reputation.

The scandals may be history, Dean said. But the stories written about them are not.

On Jan. 6, for example, The Chronicle of Higher Education published a story that explored how Carolina’s culture of faculty autonomy “falls victim to one department’s no-show scandal.”

In discussing the new ways course syllabi and class instruction are monitored campus-wide, Dean said: “You’ve got to remember that there are still a lot of people who think we don’t have this thing fixed and we can’t afford to let it happen again. We hope we can meet that responsibility, and at the same time, not be too disruptive to the 99.99 percent of the people who are doing their jobs.”

And CNN recently published a story spotlighting student-athletes’ literacy at UNC and other universities across the country with large athletics programs.

Dean said he is currently working with Athletic Director Bubba Cunningham to co-chair a working group that is examining everything about the student-athlete experience, from recruitment through graduation and beyond.

“We want to make sure that every single step is something we can be proud of,” Dean said.

The effort includes producing a booklet that details each of those steps. “We want people to be able to look at it and say, ‘This is what we do, not what we did,’” Dean said.

As a starting point, he said, it is important to remember that the University made mistakes in a range of areas – from the fraudulent courses that were offered to the systematic failure of monitoring courses to detect them.

News accounts have fanned suspicions that those fraudulent courses were more widespread than a single professor and a single department, Dean said, despite evidence to the contrary. (Multiple reviews have shown that the academic problems were limited to longtime chair of African and Afro-American studies Julius Nyang’oro, who the University forced to retire, and an employee in the department).

Dean said the continuing challenge is to acknowledge that bad things did happen, while countering the false perceptions that there are more bad things to be revealed.

Last year, the University hired Michelle Brown as director of the Academic Support Program for Student-Athletes. With Brown’s arrival, the ASPSA has moved to the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost from the College of Arts and Sciences, where the program had been housed since the early 1980s.

While many student-athletes aspire to be professional athletes, only a handful will make it, and many of them will have careers that last only a few years.

“We need to send all of them the same message: ‘We want you to complete your degree and be prepared to lead happy and successful lives whether you play pro or not,’” Dean said.

Caught in a bone-chilling ‘river of wind’


Chip Konrad has made a career tracking what he calls “weather and climate extremes.”

Last week got his full attention.

As a graduate student at the University of Virginia in the late 1980s, Konrad did his master’s thesis on “cold-air outbreaks” like the kind that enveloped most of the country last week.



Like the rest of us, it was the first time he heard the media use the term “polar vortex” to explain how cold air that should be hovering around the North Pole ends up in North Carolina.

“I think of a polar vortex as a strong, counterclockwise wind that circulates over the Northern Hemisphere and makes a big loop around the polar region,” said Konrad, associate professor of geography in the College of Arts and Sciences, who also serves as director of The Southeast Regional Climate Center in Chapel Hill.

“You can also think of it as a river of wind,” he said. “Like everything in the atmosphere, the air in a polar vortex is in continual flux and changing. You can think of that state of flux as waves of air with crests and troughs,” Konrad explained.

“When these waves get really big, they can break and form a mini vortex, which is what happened here. Over the course of four or five days, the mini vortex tore through Canada into the eastern United States.”

On the Sunday afternoon before the vortex plowed through North Carolina, the temperature at Raleigh-Durham International Airport reached 62 degrees, Konrad said. By Tuesday morning, the temperature at RDU had plunged to 9 degrees.

To put last week’s event into historic perspective, Konrad did a little research and found that last Monday – Jan. 6 – was the coldest day of the 21st century across the continental United States.

“It is easy to think, ‘Wow, that was really amazing,’” he said. “But another way of looking at it is that there were 39 days that were actually colder – and all of those days occurred in the 20th century.

“This is obviously a very strong outbreak – the strongest this century – but it is the kind of weather event that occurred more often in the 20th century, and you can associate that pattern with this long-term period of warming that we have been experiencing.

“That part is real clear.”

Honors for January 15, 2014

Tamlin Pavelsky, assistant professor of geological sciences, has been named a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers for outstanding research and leadership advancing satellite remote sensing of river discharge, including enabling the broader community to develop and improve algorithms for SWOT, a future NASA Satellite. Pavelsky will receive the award at the White House early this year.

William Rohe, Cary C. Boshamer Distinguished Professor of City and Regional Planning and director of the Center for Urban and Regional Studies, was awarded a Fulbright Research Scholarship to research urban revitalization in Glasgow, Scotland. He will be based at the Urban Lab in the Glasgow School of Art.

Cornell prof to explore disgust, moral psychology at UNC and Duke



In academia, disgust is a hot topic.

Over the last decade, this emerging field has grabbed the attention of researchers across the academic spectrum. This spring, Duke and Carolina are tackling it together with the help of a Cornell University psychology professor.

David Pizarro, who has published 10 academic papers on the topic, will be the next Nannerl Keohane Distinguished Visiting Professor, a joint venture between Duke and UNC. He’ll spend the spring semester exploring disgust and moral psychology while splitting time between the two campuses.

The professorship was created in 2004 by Chancellor Emeritus James Moeser to honor Keohane, who was stepping down as Duke’s president. It seeks to spark collaboration between the two campuses, a challenge Pizarro embraces in the manner of, as he puts it, “a kid in a candy store.”

“It’s an awesome collection of people at Duke and UNC, so it’s an opportunity to brainstorm and talk and think about new ideas,” Pizarro said. “I get to hang out with people in philosophy and business and psychology. It’s like a vacation for the mind. So many ideas come not from a formal meeting but just from being around people.”

Pizarro will give the free, public Nannerl Keohane Distinguished Visiting Professorship Lecture on March 24 on the Duke campus. He also will teach a semester-long seminar class split between the two campuses that will “address some cool ideas in moral psychology we should talk about.”

One such area is politics and the moral tendencies of people from various ends of the political spectrum. Pizarro’s research has found that people who are politically conservative generally tend to be more easily disgusted by things they don’t agree with than their more liberal counterparts.

Bringing Pizarro to campus will help researchers at Duke and UNC more deeply explore how people behave, said Noah Pickus, director of Duke’s Kenan Institute for Ethics.

The Keohane Professorship is funded by Carolina graduate Julian Robertson and his wife, Josie, and by the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust. The program also provides $1,000 to each of two graduate students – one each from Duke and UNC – who work in the same area as the visiting professor.

The visiting faculty through this professorship serve as catalysts for cross-university scholarship and teaching, and enrich the academic life of both Duke and Carolina, said Carol Tresolini, vice provost for academic initiatives at Carolina.

Nominations for 2015–16 are being accepted now.

Cone named interim director of Kenan Institute

cone_judith_300The chief champion of innovation and entrepreneurship at Carolina will also direct the Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise on an interim basis. Judith Cone, who came to Carolina in 2009 as special assistant to the chancellor for innovation and entrepreneurship, became Kenan Institute interim director effective Jan. 1.

The position was previously held by Joe DeSimone, Chancellor’s Eminent Professor of Chemistry at UNC. DeSimone will remain on the Carolina faculty, but stepped down as Kenan Institute director as of Dec. 31 to help nurture a new commercialization breakthrough invention in 3D printing.

“Judith is already a senior adviser in the Kenan Institute and participated in the formulation of the strategic plan that the institute adopted. As a result, she is in an excellent position to provide both leadership and continuity for the Kenan Institute,” said Jack Evans, interim dean of the Kenan-Flagler Business School. The new dean, when selected, will lead the search for a permanent director of the Kenan Institute.

Before coming to UNC, Cone was vice president of emerging strategies at the Ewing Marion Kaufman Foundation. Last month, she received the Town-Gown Award from the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce.

Leave behind extreme dieting for a healthy 2014

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Melanie Busbee, News Services

As the holiday season, marked by overindulgence in food and inactivity, comes to a close, many people feel the pressure to slim down. “Lose weight” tops many lists of New Year’s resolutions.

While it’s tempting to dedicate the start of a new year to dieting, Carolina’s expert on eating disorders advises: “Don’t do it!”

Cynthia Bulik is the director of Carolina’s Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders (CEED) and holds the nation’s first endowed professorship in eating disorders. She has been treating eating disorders since 1982.

“I urge people not to make a New Year’s resolution to lose weight,” Bulik said. “Make a resolution to become more active regularly or to substitute water for sugar-sweetened beverages, but a resolution to lose weight is a recipe for failure.”

The danger of dieting

Not everyone who goes on a diet will develop an eating disorder, said Cristin Runfola, clinical assistant professor of psychiatry and a researcher at CEED. But, she said, dieting is one of the top risk factors for an eating disorder.



“Extreme diets never work,” she said. “This diet ‘failure’ can set someone up for major disappointment, especially if it’s tied to that person’s self-esteem. Extreme dieting can also put you at risk for serious physical or psychological problems.”

Eating disorders refer to the syndromes that appear in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders – 5th edition (DSM-5): anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder and otherwise specified feeding and eating disorder (OSFED).

In the grayer area lies disordered eating.

“Disordered eating is a broader term and one that refers to an array of unhealthy behaviors and symptoms that occur widely in the community but do not reach the threshold for a diagnosis,” said Bulik.

It’s possible that disordered eating could lead to a full-blown disorder, she said. When restrictive eating is used as a dieting tool, biological and psychological responses might trigger binge eating, which overrides the body’s natural signals for feeling full or be the first step toward the starvation associated with anorexia nervosa. These behaviors can be a slippery slope for those predisposed to eating disorders.



Genetic, biological, psychological and societal factors all play a role in the development of an eating disorder. Eating disorders run in families and have been shown in studies with twins to be heritable. Researchers at CEED have been central to a number of global genetic studies that are working toward identifying which genes influence risk for eating disorders.

Environment also is influential, Bulik said.

“Childhood teasing, bullying about weight and the toxic food environment of large portion sizes and high-sugar, high-fat food all play a role,” she said. “The societal emphasis on ultra thinness can lead women and men to believe that it is realistic to try to make their bodies look like Photoshopped models.”

This obsession for the “perfect body” can be driven by the depiction of severely thin women and exceedingly masculine men in the media, especially when those images are paired with messages of success, power, sex and happiness, Runfola said.

“People may go to great lengths to change the way they look in attempt to fit society’s idea of beauty and gain the attention or success they desire,” she said.

When underlying genetic or biological factors meet environmental and circumstantial conditions, individuals are at risk of developing eating disorders. “Quite often, individuals might experience a short or prolonged period of sporadic symptoms that later coalesce into a full syndrome,” Bulik said.

Research that reaches everyone

Bulik started CEED when she came to Carolina in 2003 and joined the Department of Psychiatry. A handful of staff has grown to more than 100 people in various capacities working for the center, which has become an evidence-informed, comprehensive program that provides a high standard of care for individuals with eating disorders and their families.

“We are so proud of our faculty and trainees of all stages – from high school students to full professors,” said Bulik.

In the past, most of CEEDs patients were adolescents and young adults, but Bulik’s team has seen a demographic shift with both younger children and middle-age individuals of both sexes seeking treatment. Other new areas are couples-based treatment and research on eating disorders in the Latino community.

Translating CEED’s leading-edge science and research for all people is a mission Bulik holds dear. Her most recent book, “Midlife Eating Disorders: Your Journey to Recovery,” aimed to erase stereotypes and give hope to adults with eating disorders.

Exchanges, the center’s blog, is an arm of that mission.

Members of the center, including Bulik and Runfola, blog frequently on everything from hard science and current research surrounding eating disorders to issues of body image, prevention, recovery, family issues and advocacy.

“We are passionate about it and try to distill the science into user-friendly terms to keep our readers up to date on what is happening in the science of eating disorders,” Bulik said.

Bulik and Runfola recommend a number of ways to bring on new beginnings that have nothing to do with food: Learn a new craft. Go dancing. Reward yourself with activities that don’t surround diets or eating.

“Try new things you’ve never dreamed you would try,” Bulik said. “Even if you don’t like it, give it a go, and try something else. Finding ways to have new experiences is an incredible and healthy way to grow as a person.”


Maintenance program reaps savings, aims higher for 2014

Carolina’s Purchasing Services’ Equipment Maintenance Management Program (EMMP), a money-saving initiative for University departments, enters its second year of operation with a commitment to save more money than ever for departments.

The program involves working with a third-party vendor to defray costs of regular and emergency equipment maintenance and repairs, one of several cost- and-time-saving initiatives from University Procurement Services. When the program launched in April 2012, a study by Purchasing Services, part of University Procurement Services, found that participation in the program by all Carolina departments could save the University more than $1 million.

As of the end of 2013, 21 departments have joined the program, achieving combined savings of $308,000. These departments realized the opportunity to cut costs and to help better manage their equipment through the program, said Bernard Law, director of Purchasing Services.

The EMMP is in part a result of Carolina Counts, which aims to improve efficiency throughout the University. Purchasing Services solicited bids from firms that could help streamline equipment maintenance costs.

“An added value of the program that may not be available under your present vendor agreement is enhanced coverage,” Law said. “Instead of having to contact three different vendors to repair equipment, EMMP provides one number to call. Dispatchers will be available 24/7 to contact your vendors and coordinate your repair or schedule maintenance.”

The program continues to offer features that could save departments up to 32 percent on costs for services and streamline response times by establishing one point of contact for all equipment repairs in a department. Law said Purchasing Services will pursue a letter of understanding with incumbent vendors to ensure that vendors’ response time and service levels remain the same under the EMMP agreement.

Additional features of “enhanced coverage” are the ability to monitor when equipment’s preventative maintenance is due, the ability to offer substitute equipment during repairs, and to pay departments for any work departments perform on their own equipment, Law said.

Specialty Underwriters, a vendor in the EMMP program, will pay for work departments perform on equipment themselves. Specialty Underwriters will also provide reports that track the history of repairs to assess the life of the equipment, monitor warranties and present options and cost comparisons to consider before the warranty expiration. Law said that currently enrolled departments have recorded no delay in response time.

To learn more about the program, contact Law ( or Mark Sillman ( in Procurement Services.


Little Miracles

Nothing has been calm for the Clamps, but this Christmas all will be bright

Many a boy has sat on Santa’s lap to ask for a puppy for Christmas. This Christmas, 3-year-old Grayson Clamp won’t have to.

His new dog – a Golden Retriever named Tully – arrived at the Clamps’ home several weeks before Christmas, fully grown and trained.

Grayson’s parents, Len and Nicole, got what they asked for this year, too.

Their biggest gift came wrapped in what they believe is a miracle – one they were able to witness all over again the first time Tully barked and Grayson’s eyes widened in wonder.


Service dog Tully leans against his charge, Grayson Clamp, to help him keep his balance as Grayson explores Christmas decorations at SouthPark Mall near his home.

A change of heart

Nicole Clamp has hugged more babies, patted more tiny bottoms and cooed sweet nothings in more little ones’ ears than she could count. As a nurse in the Carolina’s Medical Center nursery in Charlotte, doing those things was part of the job she loved. Even so, she never felt that she wanted – or needed – to be a mother herself.

She had married Len Clamp, her high school sweetheart from Williston, S.C. They went to Clemson University together, where he studied business and she trained to be a nurse.

Nicole Clamp gets a hug from her son, Grayson.

Grayson gets a hug from his mom, Nicole Clamp.

After graduation, they moved to Charlotte in 2001. Len went to work for Bank of America; Nicole started her nursing career at Carolina’s Medical Center.

Ethan Clamp pets his new dog, Tully.

Grayson and Tully during a quiet moment at home.

They were happy, she said, and their life together seemed rich and full enough without children. “I love babies, I really do,” Nicole said, “but I didn’t have a burning desire to have one of my own.”

Views of Grayson Clamp at home in Ft. Mill SC.

Nicole and Melissa Hendrick leave the house with Grayson and Tully on the way to see Santa Claus at Southpark Mall in Charlotte.

All that began to change the day her mother suggested that she and Len consider becoming foster parents.

Strangely, she said, there was something about that idea that felt right – almost as if it was something God was calling them to do. That’s how they became foster parents for medically fragile children and newborns, Nicole said.

Even then, she never intended to be a mom. “I just thought the children would stay for a little while and be going on,” she said.

That was exactly what happened with the children the Clamps cared for before Grayson came along.

From the start, Grayson seemed different.

The seventh child of a drug-addicted mother, Grayson was born with CHARGE syndrome, a recognizable genetic pattern of birth defects that occurs in about one in every 10,000 births worldwide.

Most have hearing loss, vision loss and balance problems. They are often born with life-threatening birth defects, including complex heart problems.

Grayson fit the pattern. He was blind in one eye and had a congenital heart defect known as Tetralogy of Fallot that prevented blood from flowing normally through his heart. The condition required open-heart surgery to repair it, and that is how Grayson ended up coming home with the Clamps eight days later.

From that moment, they knew he wasn’t leaving.

“When we brought Grayson home, I was convinced, and I think Nicole was too, that God had uniquely equipped us to take care of him,” Len said. “And we knew early on that God had brought Grayson to us not just to foster, but adopt.”

In fall 2010, a few days after they started the adoption process, Nicole found out she was pregnant with their son Ethan. Not long after that, they discovered Grayson was profoundly deaf.

‘A walk of faith’

Grayson Clamp looks at a book with his little brother, Ethan.

Grayson and his brother, Ethan, play with a new toy.

Between three and four of every 1,000 children are born with some form of hearing loss, and roughly three-fourths of these cases can be helped with hearing aids. About one in 1,000 need cochlear implants – a 50-year-old procedure that has given hearing to thousands of adults and children.

Views of Grayson Clamp at home in Ft. Mill SC.

Grayson communicates to his mom that he wants more cake.

Grayson was among the rarest of cases: children born without an auditory nerve, the wiring that transmits outside vibrations from the ears to the brain, creating sound.

Nicole remembers the day they found out from UNC otolaryngology surgeon Craig Buchman that the cochlear implant would not work for Grayson. But she refused to let go of the belief that Grayson would be able to hear and speak one day. To hold on to that belief, she did the only thing she could: she prayed.

The miracle they prayed for arrived in the form of an auditory brainstem implant, a clinical trial that Buchman and Matthew Ewend, chair of UNC’s neurosurgery department, had been developing for nearly a decade. The implant would insert tiny microchips inside Grayson’s brain, which would perform the functions of both the cochlea and the missing auditory nerve.

Grayson, Buchman told the Clamps, appeared to be a perfect candidate for the experimental procedure.

When Grayson was 18 months old, Buchman inserted a cochlear implant, as required by the Federal Drug Administration, to see if it would work. The operation was a necessary step toward getting permission to perform the auditory brainstem implant as part of a clinical trial.

Once the operation was approved, one more hurdle remained: money.

“The most desperate I felt was when we got to the point we could schedule surgery and there was no money,” Nicole said. “Then, one day out of the blue, the medical director from our insurance company called to tell us they were going to foot the bill for the whole thing.”

Buchman and Ewend performed the surgery on April 9. In May, Grayson returned to Chapel Hill so the device could be turned on. That magic moment was captured in a video showing Grayson’s father tapping him on the shoulder and speaking the first words Grayson ever heard: “Daddy loves you.”

Tully waits patiently as Grayson Clamp visits with Santa Claus.

Tully waits patiently as Grayson sits on Santa’s lap.

Then came the look that lit up the world.

A universal desire

The day after the video of Grayson had gone viral, Len and Nicole found themselves in a television studio in New York City for a live interview with CNN.

When asked about the operation that people had begun calling a medical miracle, Len answered, “God is still in the miracle business.”

In the months since Grayson discovered sound, his days have been filled with therapy sessions to teach him how to recognize words and to talk, and to work with companion dog Tully.

“He really loves sound,” Nicole said. “When he hears a sound, he’ll look at me and point to his ear like, ‘I hear that.’ And we have just figured out that when he does that he wants us to tell him what it is.”

In an interview with CBS News, Nicole said she did not want Grayson to have a normal life, but an extraordinary one. And each day, there are “little miracles” that make her believe he will.

“When he was very little, professionals told us that they didn’t really know what he would be able to do. He may not be able to walk, they said. He may not be able to feed himself. But I refused to put any limits on him.

“We will not know until we try. We are going to try until we can’t try anymore, and if he can’t do it, that’s fine. But it is not going to be because we didn’t try.”

So many people have been drawn into Grayson’s story, Nicole said, and she thinks she knows why.

“I think it is because, no matter your age, your economic status or where you live,” she said, “everybody is looking for hope.”

Learn about the surgical team and the technology that brought this miracle to the Clamps: Little Miracles: The Surgical Team

Program provides support for minority male students at Carolina


Michael Morrison, left, and Sam Marsan, right, visit with Ada Wilson, center, a director at CMSP. Morrison and Marsan said Wilson’s support was helping them succeed at Carolina.

Last spring, Samuel Marsan didn’t get any A’s.

It wasn’t like him. The psychology major, research assistant and honors student began to wonder if coming to Carolina was such a good idea.

“I honestly thought I wouldn’t graduate,” Marsan said.

Far from his family in Cuba, he grappled with economic difficulties and his identity. Amid the accepting climate of the University, he finally felt free to talk about his sexual orientation. He found himself struggling emotionally, which led to trouble concentrating in class.

His grades began to slide. But, through the Carolina Millennial Scholars Program (CMSP), he had a support system to get him back on track.

As part of a small group of minority male students making up the first cohort of CMSP scholars, Marsan had access to academic and networking opportunities, seminars on finances and success-seeking behaviors, and connections to researchers who shared his interested in substance abuse and organizational psychology.

Equally as important, he had a net.

He had mentors to look up to and a group of “brothers” to lean on, who accepted him without question though he had worried initially that he’d be alienated. He had Ada Wilson, director of Inclusive Student Excellence and one of the directors of CMSP, who helped him apply for jobs so he could stay at Carolina. Soon, he was focused in the lab and investigating graduate programs.

“It’s not only about the research experience and academic opportunities this program has given me, it’s also about support and community. It became a family, and through that, I was able to focus on school again,” Marsan said.

Tackling a troubling trend

CMSP is aimed at engaging, recruiting, retaining and supporting African-American, American Indian and Latino males through graduation and beyond. Scholars apply to and enter the two-year program their first year at Carolina, and around 15 are accepted.

A 2010 retention study from Carolina’s Office of Undergraduate Retention showed UNC’s four-year graduation rate was 49.2 percent for black males, in contrast to a 70.8 percent graduation rate for white males. Retention rates of American Indian and Latino males were also low.

“These are exceptional young men who enter our university with strong records of academic performance and co-curricular engagement,” said Taffye Benson Clayton, vice provost and chief diversity officer. “The question is what happens when they arrive here, and this is a question that is being asked all over the nation.”

Marco Barker, senior director at UNC Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, added: “We know it’s not their deficit. If they got in here, they are outstanding students. Our efforts had to address the unique racial, ethnic and gender nuances of males of color on a university campus.”

Barker, who heads CMSP along with Wilson and Josmell Perez, coordinator for multicultural programs and the Carolina Latina/o Collaborative, said those nuances come to light in the different ways people approach college life. For instance, men are less likely to ask for help, which may keep them from accessing the abundant resources for academic success that Carolina has to offer all students.

“We know that, culturally, many men are taught that asking for help is a sign of weakness or vulnerability. We have to teach help-seeking behaviors and encourage young men to identify a problem, find solutions and start the steps,” Barker said.

National research and the work of other campus offices committed to these issues showed that one key to the success of minority males was the opportunity to be engaged in high-impact experiences, which CMSP provides. CMSP scholars are connected to study abroad, undergraduate research opportunities and summer fellowships.

Those experiences help students become more engaged, Barker said. “Getting connected helps them increase their confidence so they are much more proactive and self-aware about some of the resources and tools needed to be successful.”

Michael Morrison, now a sophomore scholar, applied to CMSP because he wanted a group who could help him focus on success. During his first year at Carolina, CMSP exposed him to learning and testing techniques that he credits with giving him a steady start.

“One of the great things about this campus is that there are so many resources. But because there are so many, it can be easy to overlook them,” Morrison said. “Even though we’re a small group, we’re powerful, and we’re a great support system for one another.”

A shared concern


Roxana Perez-Mendez serves as a faculty mentor for students in CMSP.

Sharon James was aware of the stereotypes attached to minority males, and she’d seen her students react to the misconceptions.

“Some were afraid to ask questions – what happens if they raise their hand and say they don’t understand something? Would someone say they didn’t belong here?

We know that there’s no race, class or gender that cannot succeed academically,” said James, associate professor of classics.

“I emailed Marco and said, ‘If you want a middle-aged white lady classics professor for this, I’m happy to help.’”

Last year, James became a mentor for CMSP scholar Anthony Gore, a junior transfer student who sought out the program to avoid feeling like he was “under the microscope.” The two meet regularly for lunch or coffee, or during James’ office hours, and talk about classes, tips for writing papers and life.

“This is the line you hear over and over: ‘I am used to being the only man of color in my upper-level classes at high school,’” Gore said. “So, you get used to it and expect it. But you also feel like you’ve got the weight of the world on your shoulders.”

In CMSP, Gore found a community where he could speak openly about issues of racism and what it would take to succeed. He can open up to James – but what has meant even more, he said, is that she opens up to him.

“It’s actually good that we’re from different worlds,” he said. “She gives me this complete other perspective. She talks about how important education was to her family growing up, and she grew up in a university background. It’s been important for me to hear that side of things.”

Reports of low-retention rates for minority males at Carolina also troubled Roxana Perez-Mendez, an assistant professor of art, and serving as a CMSP mentor has given her a way to be part of the solution. In her own undergraduate experience, Perez-Mendez had seen how easy it could be to fall through the cracks.

“Making connections makes the expanse of a university feel smaller, more accessible and attainable,” she said. “There are people who these students can go to and see they are not necessarily alone.”

In addition to official faculty mentors, Barker maintains a list of faculty and staff who’ve expressed interest in being called on when there’s a need.

A pipeline of progress

Marsan wants one day to be recognized for his contributions to science and his work in substance abuse. Within that, he wants to influence others in the minority community. He’s already started as a mentor to a first-year CMSP scholar from Michigan.

“I know how important it was that someone cared about how I was doing, so I check on him regularly,” Marsan said. “He’s doing awesome!”

Morrison wants his CMSP connection to stay strong long after he leaves Carolina. “I look forward to giving back after everything they’ve given to me,” he said.

Multiple campus groups in addition to CMSP are helping the Carolina community learn more about the factors that contribute to the success of minority males, Clayton said. “We must continue to create and sustain an environment where all students have the opportunity to thrive.”

CMSP helps students at Carolina thrive now, Barker said. What’s more, it acts as a pipeline to solve larger issues of race and gender.

“We really want to see that pipeline of support go from K–12 to alumni,” Barker said. “I dream of the day when we’re able to see the student we reached as a 6th-grader stay in touch, come to Carolina and join CMSP. And when that student graduates, my hope is he’ll come back to talk to the scholars.”

That hope helps Gore focus less on the disconcerting low enrollment of young black men like himself.

“Now, I look toward the pipeline that Dr. Barker talks about: taking the young men at UNC now and having them impact high school and elementary school kids,” he said.

“I know what I need to do to help others like me: be around, be present.”

See for more information about CMSP.

Guskiewicz to grads: Carolina ‘will always be here for you’


Graduates celebrate at the Dec. 15 ceremony in the Smith Center.

Advocate for yourself, defer gratification and surround yourself with good people, Carolina’s Kevin Guskiewicz told graduates Dec. 15.

“Knowing how to advocate for yourself is so important,” Guskiewicz said. “Advocate for yourself, but do it tactfully and methodically, without boasting or promoting. Learn how to build a case for yourself and your mission and you will capture the attention of the people who can take you places.”


Kevin Guskiewicz addresses the graduates.

Guskiewicz, the Kenan Distinguished Professor of Exercise and Sport Science and senior associate dean in the College of Arts and Sciences, delivered the December Commencement address in the Smith Center. Chancellor Carol Folt presided at the ceremony.

“Students, you are topmost in our hearts and minds today,” Folt told the graduates. “You worked hard, you learned from talented faculty and staff who rejoiced in your accomplishments, and you were supported by a community that wanted you to succeed.”


December Commencement was Chancellor Folt’s first Commencement exercise at Carolina.

Before the ceremony, 1,104 students had applied to graduate. Campus administrators anticipated awarding 542 bachelor’s, 408 master’s, 144 doctoral and 10 professional degrees. In August, 964 students were awarded with degrees.

Guskiewicz’s selection as speaker continues a tradition of highlighting faculty speakers at December Commencement.

Guskiewicz leads the NFL’s subcommittee on safety equipment and playing rules and has been working with the league during the last decade to develop safer ways to play the game. His long-term epidemiological study on hundreds of retired football players uncovered a correlation between the number of concussions a player suffered and the appearance of dementia, depression and other brain dysfunction later in life. His work earned him the MacArthur Foundation “genius grant” award in 2011.

Guskiewicz’s speech to the graduates included tales from his career, starting from his service on the medical staff for the Pittsburgh Steelers as a graduate assistant while he earned his master’s degree. Two life-long mentors advised him to immediately start work in a doctoral program right after finishing his master’s degree, Guskiewicz said. The decision wasn’t easy, he added, because it meant turning down three job opportunities, including one to continue with the Steelers.

But the decision to continue his education was the right one, because it “allowed me to chase a dream of becoming a sports medicine researcher, something I still cherish today,” Guskiewicz said. “Deferred gratification certainly paid off.”

As a professor and administrator, one of the biggest challenges he said he faces involves conflicts among people who don’t trust each other. Guskiewicz said he often wonders how different it would be if there was more trust in those situations. He encouraged the graduates to get to know people before signing on for anything that will consume personal time, energy and money.

“Regardless of the endeavor, make sure you are surrounded with people whose values match yours and for whom you trust, but those who also trust you,” he said. “Good people are those who you trust and who will challenge you to be the best person that you can be.”

In his closing, Guskiewicz told graduates to have faith in what they have been trained to do at UNC. “Let go of Carolina and Chapel Hill for now, but trust that we will always be here for you.”

Carolina top value among public campuses for 13th time in a row

Kiplingers FEB 2014The University ranks as the number one value in American public higher education for the 13th consecutive time, according to Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine.

Since 1998 Kiplinger’s has periodically ranked public universities based on how they combine excellence and affordability; Carolina has been first every time. The new ranking appears in the February issue.

“With today’s sky-high sticker prices and worrisome student debt, the college landscape looks very different,” Kiplinger’s reported. “But one element has remained consistent: the University of North Carolina is still on top.”

In the seven-page spread, Kiplinger’s singled out UNC as “the only school on our list to meet 100 percent of financial need.” The magazine also designated Carolina “best in class” for lowest percentage of students who borrowed and for out-of-state value.

“At Carolina, we know that we can be excellent and affordable,” Chancellor Carol Folt said. “These beliefs guide our decisions and the priorities we set. We fight to meet 100 percent of demonstrated need and to keep debt low for our students. I want to make sure our students can choose professions and careers driven by their interests and their passions – not paying back a loan.”

The universities of Virginia and Florida and the College of William and Mary ranked second, third and fourth, respectively, on Kiplinger’s list. The remaining top 10 schools are, in order, the universities of California at Los Angeles, Michigan, Maryland at College Park, Wisconsin at Madison, California at Berkeley and Georgia.

Kiplinger’s assesses quality according to a number of measurable standards, including the admission rate, the percentage of students who return for their sophomore year, the student-faculty ratio and the four-year graduation rate. Cost criteria include low sticker prices, abundant financial aid and low average debt at graduation.

“UNC’s combination of stellar academics, low cost and rich financial aid has once again bested its peers,” wrote Kiplinger’s staff writer Susannah Snider in her story, “The College Rankings that Really Matter.”

With UNC’s strong admissions process and the high quality of its entering first-year class, UNC “competes with elite private schools” in academic quality, Kiplinger’s reported.

About 35 percent of Carolina undergraduates borrow to pay for their education, with an average debt at graduation of less than $16,983. That’s the fourth least debt in the Kiplinger’s ranking and well below the national average of $29,400.

Data considered for Kiplinger’s top 100 list included total cost for in-state students (tuition, fees, room and board, and book expenses); the average cost for a student with need after subtracting non-need-based grants (not loans); the average percentage of need met by aid; and the average debt a student accumulates before graduation. For the out-of-state ranking, the magazine recalculated academic quality and expense numbers using total costs for non-resident students and average costs after financial aid.

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University investigates data breach, notifies affected people

Carolina officials are investigating a data breach that risked unauthorized online access to personal information concerning some current and former employees, vendors and students. It is believed that more than 6,000 people are affected.

On Nov. 11, an information technology manager in the Division of Finance and Administration was informed that some electronic files managed by the Division of Facilities Services inadvertently became accessible on the Internet. The files contained names and Social Security or Employee Tax Identification numbers, and in some cases, addresses and dates of birth.

When University officials learned about the incident, they immediately took steps to block access to the files and began an extensive investigation, which is ongoing. University officials believe that on July 30, during maintenance of one computer, the safeguards that protected the files against public access were accidentally disabled.

The University also learned that as part of Google’s automated processes, these files were copied and made publicly accessible. The University asked Google to take the records down immediately, and Google complied. As of Nov. 23, the records are no longer accessible on the Internet.

The University engaged a nationally recognized consultant to identify potentially affected individuals as soon as it had been confirmed that their personal information was included in the files. On Dec. 10, the University began notifying these people by mail.

Information about the data breach was also posted on the UNC homepage, ITS website, News Services website and Gazette website.

“Other than Google’s activities described above, we have not been able to determine whether individual personal information was accessed by others or was misused as a result of this incident,” Kevin Seitz, interim vice chancellor for finance and administration, said in the notification letter sent to the affected people’s last known addresses.

“Please be assured that we continue to evaluate our computer and administrative systems and to implement appropriate measures to protect the sensitive information in our possession.”

Chris Kielt, vice chancellor for information technology, said the University’s prompt, aggressive action underscores its commitment to protect sensitive data. Making sure the files were secured and notifying the affected people as quickly as possible were top priorities, he said.

To help protect personal information stored on campus servers, Information Technology Services (ITS) has a process in place for regularly scanning servers that have been identified by a unit’s system administrator as storing sensitive data.

“Furthermore, as part of a broader initiative to address the risk imposed by the exposure of sensitive data, ITS is working to formalize the process for identifying and safeguarding sensitive data University-wide,” he said.

“That process will help in the discovery and remediation of less-than-ideal security procedures surrounding the storage of sensitive data – data that is so important to safeguard for our community. And this need is well understood by campus administrators. ITS is partnering with IT leaders from the University’s schools and departments to continue to move this initiative forward.”

The letter sent to people affected by this data breach included recommendations, based on information from the N.C. Department of Justice and the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, about ways to protect against identity theft and a link to frequently asked questions outlining what happened, what kind of personal information was involved, and steps people can take to monitor any potential fraudulent activity and protect their information (see

People also can contact the toll-free call center assisting the University at 1-866-458-3184 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays until Feb. 10, 2014. People at the call center are able to assist in English or Spanish, and anyone needing translation assistance in Burmese or Karen can call the Facilities Services human resources office at 919-962-9060 or visit the office in Room 110 of the Giles Horney Building on Airport Drive.

People who have questions that are not answered in the FAQs, or who would like a University representative to assist them in using one of the credit bureau websites to place a fraud alert on their credit file, can send an email message to, and a University employee will contact them.

Burmese and Karen translation.

Cotton’s approach: helpful, positive, pleasant, hard working

cotton_400Tammy Cotton was born in a doctor’s office almost close enough to the Chatham County Courthouse to fall under its shadow. All but a few of her nine siblings were born there as well.

“My daddy was a truck driver and my mom had to be there with us,” she said. “We didn’t come up rich. We had a garden that our dad made us go out and pick, and I used to cry all the time about that.”

The family never got everything they wanted, she said, but they all had what they needed most: each other. She is proud of the fact that she and all her siblings graduated from Northwood High School in Pittsboro.

“We were a happy family. A giving family. A close family. We always do from the heart,” she said.

Cotton grew up dreaming of becoming a model, but when she finished high school, her first priority was getting a job and going to work. Not that she had a choice.

“My dad always said, ‘If you are not going to go to school, you have to work. You are not going to stay here for free,’” she explained.

She started out with what she calls “little itty-bitty jobs,” working part-time at the state liquor store while working as a cook at a hamburger joint in town so she could earn enough money to buy her first car, a Chevrolet Sprint.

Cotton drove that Chevrolet 16 miles each way to her first “real job” at Glendale Hosiery in Siler City and stayed at the mill until it closed down eight years later.

Next, she worked at a Cato’s store but ended up spending as much money in the store as she earned. “Oh God, I can shop,” she said.

To make ends meet, she began cleaning houses and office buildings on the side, and later got a job as a waitress at one of the nicest restaurants in Pittsboro. It was there that she ran into her old high school principal, who asked, “Do you know anybody looking for a job because I just fired every custodian I had.”

“I said, ‘You are right on time because I am looking for a fulltime job,’” she said. “And he said, ‘The job is yours. Come see me on Monday.’”

Shortly afterward, Cotton began to think about getting a fulltime job as a housekeeper at Carolina.

“I kept putting my application in over and over, but nobody called,” she said. That is, until a temporary position became available on the midnight shift at the Smith Center.

Her response: “I’ll take it.”

The temporary job turned into a permanent job and she stayed at the Smith Center for several more years until she took a day-shift position taking care of whatever needed to be done at three buildings on the other side of Manning Drive: Thurston Bowles, Mary Ellen Jones and the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.

In the 16 years she has worked in Chapel Hill, she has also worked part-time at her old high school in Pittsboro, putting in a few hours of cleaning each day after finishing her shift for her job at Carolina.

Cotton has come to understand that being in the right place at the right time was how good things happened in her life. It was how she met her husband one morning as she was walking to her car and he jogged by.

“He left a note on my car saying he would like to take me out,” she said, “and I didn’t know who he was. I asked my sister Abigail about him and she said, ‘Oh, he’s a wonderful man. I go to his church.’”

They went out for the first time in August 2007 and he proposed in December that same year. After the wedding, they moved into the house in Siler City that she had saved up to buy on her own.

This past September, they celebrated their sixth wedding anniversary.

Cotton said she did not think life could get any sweeter until she got the phone call from former chancellor Holden Thorp last spring telling her she had been awarded a C. Knox Massey Distinguished Service Award.

More than 20 people nominated her for the award, including many who described how lucky they feel to have her working the day shift in their buildings. In their nominating letters, they all mentioned the same qualities: Helpful. Positive. Always pleasant. Always busy.

One said, “She’s what I consider a ‘people person’ because she genuinely cares about people and wants good things to happen for them.”

Cotton feels very lucky as well.

“The Lord has really blessed me, I’ll tell ya,” she said.

Caudill tells faculty ‘You’re what makes this place go’

During last week’s Faculty Council meeting, two things were evident. The quality of Carolina’s faculty drives its reputation, and the way faculty members feel about open access to their research depends largely on their field of study.

Three leaders – Chancellor Carol Folt, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost James W. Dean Jr. and special guest Board of Trustees Chair Lowry Caudill – all spoke about the integral role of the faculty in shaping the University’s national reputation.

Their comments came on the heels of Carolina’s latest recognition: being named the top value in American public higher education for the 13th consecutive time by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine.

“What I have always liked about that ranking is that they are trying to actually put some metrics around combining quality, affordability and outcome,” Folt said. “And that’s where we all believe we (at Carolina) live.”

Caudill talked about his decades-long association with the University and its faculty, from his undergraduate days in the 1970s studying under venerable chemistry professor Royce Murray.

“I am well aware of the quality of the work our faculty produce here,” he said. “To me, it’s very clear that you are the greatest asset we have at Carolina. You drive our reputation, you drive our research, and you attract the students who come to Carolina, particularly our graduate and professional students.”

Caudill also outlined four goals the trustees are using to focus the board’s activities for the year:

  • To ensure the effective transition of the chancellor and her senior leadership team. “We’re quite happy with where we are,” he said. “I get the privilege to see Carol in action and how she understands our University’s business. I don’t think a better decision could have been made than the choice of her as chancellor.”
  • To build stronger external relationships, “to look outside the walls of Chapel Hill and determine who our constituencies are and how to build effective relationships and good communications with them.” Initial feedback in this understanding of constituents’ needs and helping them recognize what Carolina can deliver has been positive, Caudill said.
  • To build a sustainable approach to enterprise risk management, a way to mitigate risk associated with the operations and activities in which Carolina’s $4.5 billion enterprise is exposed as well as to seize opportunities that will position Carolina as a premier university in the future.
  • To mature and consolidate the entrepreneurial activities on campus, to quantify them and to demonstrate their impact on the state of North Carolina.

“We have a great board,” Caudill said. “We’re moving the needle for Carolina and moving in the right direction. We like where we’re headed, and we value our faculty. You’re what makes this place go.”

Open access

A lively conversation about issues surrounding open access and scholarship showed that humanities and sciences faculty members feel differently about open access to their research published in peer-reviewed journals.

Open access refers to the availability of this information online and the degree to which users can read, download, copy, distribute, print or link to the full text of research articles at no charge.

Technology makes disseminating materials much easier today than when they were strictly published in printed texts, said panelist Anne Gilliland, scholarly communications officer at UNC Libraries. “This is why open access is more of an issue now,” she said.

“We need to decide how to move forward as a community,” she said, “to look at a model that works well for the gamut of disciplines here – one that isn’t imposed on the faculty, but arises out of the faculty’s will and sense of what is needed.”

Today, people have a copyright as soon as they write an article, unlike years ago when the article had to be published, Gilliland said.

Under the University’s current policy, developed in 2005, faculty members retain ownership of their research and are encouraged to use open access publication venues whenever possible.

Recently, however, new types of content such as MOOCs (massive open online courses) and policies surrounding federally funded research, primarily in the sciences, have changed the access landscape.

The Administrative Board of the Library has proposed that the Faculty Council appoint a broad-based study group to consider a policy that grants institutional rights retention, with faculty members’ ability to opt out.

Harry Watson (history) was concerned about the potential effect of such a policy on the humanities. “There is no crisis in the humanities,” he said, because that body of research is largely published by scholarly associations and disseminated as part of the associations’ membership.

Greg Copenhaver (biology) said the proposal’s general direction could work well for disciplines supported by federal funding, but he understood that it might not be feasible for all fields. “We need to be careful of a one-size-fits-all approach,” he said. “It could be burdensome if people like Harry have to continually opt out.”

See here for additional information about open access and scholarship.

Tuition status

Council members approved a resolution supporting in-state tuition status for all North Carolina residents, including undocumented aliens, to expand accessibility and affordability. The resolution was prompted by an appeal from Carolina students who are directly affected.

While other universities in the UNC system are also exploring this idea, it isn’t something the UNC system or its individual institutions can change. Statutory authority to grant in-state tuition to undocumented students would require a change in state law.

Malone thanks forum members for their honesty, engagement

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In her last meeting with the Employee Forum on Dec. 4, Brenda Malone offered this parting advice: keep the conversation going.

Malone, Carolina’s vice chancellor for human resources and interim director of the Equal Opportunity/ADA office, came to Carolina from the City University of New York in 2007.

For the past six years, she has met with forum members each month, both to dispense information and answer people’s questions. At the December meeting, she came to say goodbye before she takes a new position the first of the year as vice president for human resources at Georgetown University.

“I appreciate the warmth and support you have all shown me and the honesty we have had with each other talking about a number of really, really hard issues,” Malone said. “My advice to you is to stay together and keep supporting Charles (Streeter) and each other and our chancellor. If you do that, the possibilities are endless.”

She also thanked forum members for pushing back when it was appropriate. “We have never shied away from that,” she said, “and I think it made the relationship stronger and the institution healthier.”

The meeting also featured two guest speakers: Ryan Hancock, chair of the N.C. State Staff Senate, and Anna Wu, assistant vice chancellor for facilities operations, planning and design.

Hancock, who serves as the administrative support specialist with Urban Affairs, said chairs of the Staff Senate serve one-year terms because of the time demands the leadership position has. Like the Employee Forum at Carolina, he said, the Staff Senate serves as an advisory board to the chancellor.

One major difference he noticed between the groups at Carolina and N.C. State is the number of formal resolutions each has passed. “I was looking at your website – you do a lot of resolutions over here,” Hancock said. “At State, there have been only two resolutions voted on and passed in the past five years.”

Anna Wu 2009 Massey Award Winner


Wu came to Carolina as an architect in 1995, just in time to plan for the University’s decade-long capital construction program that would eventually reach $2.1 billion. She began as a project manger and became intimately involved with the three-year process of crafting a new master campus plan that, when it was approved in 2001, was considered the roadmap to Carolina’s future.

That summer, she was named University architect and director of Facilities Planning and Design, and in June 2012 was named to her current position.

Wu talked about the dedication and drive of the people who work in Facilities Services. They not only keep the campus operating every day, they also protect it when it is threatened by fire, flood or storms, she said.

“Everything is not always rosy, but I want to continue to foster an environment in which people feel respected and supported and have an opportunity to grow,” Wu said. “We should be engaging in lifelong learning just like the students we are setting along that path.”

Nyang’oro indicted for obtaining property by false pretenses

Former faculty member Julius Nyang’oro was indicted Dec. 2 by an Orange County grand jury on one felony count of obtaining property by false pretenses.

The indictment centered around $12,000 Nyang’oro was paid to teach a lecture course during the second session of Summer School 2011. The course was handled as an independent study and did not meet even though he signed a contract stipulating that it would be taught in a lecture format.

The University asked Nyang’oro, longtime chair of what was known until recently as the Department of African and Afro-American Studies, to resign as department chair last year, and he was forced to retire July 1, 2012. The University recovered the money Nyang’oro received for the course, which an internal University review found was taught irregularly.

In that review as well as subsequent internal and external reviews, Nyang’oro was implicated as one of the two individuals responsible for the academic irregularities that occurred in the African and Afro-American studies department (which has since been restructured and renamed the Department of African, African American and Diaspora Studies).

In 2012, Former Chancellor Holden Thorp, in consultation with UNC President Tom Ross, had directed the University’s public safety department to contact the State Bureau of Investigation to seek assistance in reviewing possible criminal actions related to how Nyang’oro taught the 2011 course. (The University first contacted law enforcement officials in November 2011 as part of the departmental course review conducted by the College of Arts and Sciences.)

“We fully support the district attorney’s decision to seek an indictment in this case,” Ross said in a statement. “We must now allow the judicial process to run its course. Both the University and (D.A.) Mr. Woodall relied on the SBI to help determine whether any criminal acts had occurred, since the SBI had broad investigative powers not available to the University.

“From the beginning, UNC-Chapel Hill has cooperated with this investigation and will continue to do so as the criminal process proceeds to conclusion.”

Carolina officials said they had provided unrestricted access to any information requested during the SBI investigation.

“The action described in today’s indictment is completely inconsistent with the standards and aspirations of this great institution,” said Chancellor Carol Folt.

“This has been a difficult chapter in the University’s history, and we have learned many lessons. I am confident, because of effective processes already put in place, we are moving ahead as a stronger institution with more transparent academic policies, procedures and safeguards.”

Changes in income tax withholding for 2014

University employees were notified in November of immediate action they need to take due to recent legislative changes to North Carolina income tax laws effective Jan. 1.

With recent changes to these laws passed by the N.C. General Assembly, the N.C. Department of Revenue (NCDOR) issued revised state tax withholding forms for the 2014 calendar year and instructed employers to obtain new state tax withholding information for all employees.

The new laws set a single income tax rate and make substantial changes to the taxable income calculation, so employees’ current state tax withholding allowances may no longer be appropriate. As a result, the University is required to have each employee provide a new Employee’s Withholding Allowance Certificate (Form NC-4 EZ or Form NC-4).

Employees need to submit the new withholding form to Carolina’s Payroll Department in time for the allowances to take effect for any payments received on or after Jan. 1. Based on the individual tax allowances after completing Form NC-4 or Form NC4-EZ, the Payroll Department will take action within the pay period the form is received; no withholding adjustments will be made retroactive per NCDOR instructions.

To comply with the new rules for withholding state income tax, the University will default the status for all employees who do not submit Form NC-4 or Form NC4-EZ by the deadline to “0” and “single.”

Bi-weekly employees should submit their new withholding forms to the Payroll Department, CB #1260, by Dec. 20, and monthly employees should submit their forms by Jan. 3.

The NC-4 EZ and Form NC-4 forms can be accessed here. A copy of the memo and frequently asked questions is posted here. Questions can be emailed to

Title IX Task Force agrees on panels without students

At the end of their last meeting of 2013, Title IX Task Force members took two key votes on how student sexual misconduct cases should be decided in the future. They approved adjudication panels, as opposed to individual judges, and they agreed that these panels shouldn’t include students as members.

“I don’t think students should be involved in the adjudicative process,” Christy Lambden, student body president, said at the Nov. 18 meeting. The other student representatives on the 22-member task force supported the decision, which grew out of discussions for the need for panel members with expertise and training in issues particular to sexual misconduct. Students should be involved in other parts of the process, though, task force members agreed.

Task force members favored a small panel to decide the cases, with panelists drawn from a pool of highly qualified participants, perhaps shared among area universities, as Chair Christi Hurt suggested.

The discussion leading up to those two votes focused mostly on areas where there wasn’t as much consensus, as the task force members continued to struggle with balancing fairness with a speedy resolution process. Some expressed frustration with the requirement by the Office for Civil Rights in the federal Department of Education that these cases be resolved within 60 days.

“The guidance from OCR is that it is a guidepost, not a stopwatch,” said Gina Maisto Smith, the University’s legal consultant and Title IX expert, about the 60-day rule.

Other topics included remedy-based solutions, the role of attorneys in proceedings and how much weight the finding of the investigator should have. “I want to bullet-proof this policy,” said Amy Tiemann, community representative and a local author.

Task force members will continue the discussion next month at an all-day off-campus retreat.

Honors for December 18, 2013

Judith Cone, special assistant to the chancellor for innovation and entrepreneurship, received the Town-Gown Award from the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce at its Salute to Community Heroes event.

Samuel L. Odom, director of the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, was awarded the 2013 Arnold Lucius Gesell Prize for his extraordinary contributions in research and service to the field of child development.

James H. Anderson, professor of computer science, has been named to the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Fellow Class of 2013. The ACM Fellows Program celebrates the exceptional contributions of the leading members in the computing field.

Alexander “Sasha” Kabanov, Mescal Swain Ferguson Distinguished Professor of Pharmacy, has been named a member of the Academia Europaea for his prominence and contributions to pharmacy.

The University has been named as a Military Friendly School for 2014 by Victory Media based on a number of criteria including its interest in recruiting military students. This places Carolina in the top 15 percent nationwide.

Joe DeSimone, Chancellor’s Eminent Professor of Chemistry, was recently elected a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. The academy honors academic inventors with a prolific spirit of innovation in creating inventions that have made an impact on quality of life, economic development and the welfare of society.

Gary Marchionini, dean and Cary C. Boshamer Distinguished Professor at the School of Information and Library Science, has been named a Digital Preservation Pioneer by the Library of Congress for his research and development in technology.

Tim Carter, David G. Frey Distinguished Professor of Music, is the first scholar to receive two honors from the American Musicological Society in the same year. He was awarded the H. Colin Slim Award for his article “Monteverdi, Early Opera and a Question of Genre: The Case of Andromeda (1620)” and the Claude V. Palisca Award for his edition of Kurt Weill’s “Johnny Johnson.”