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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


‘And then there were two’

Aziz Sancar became Carolina's second Nobel laureate when he received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work in DNA repair. He shares the prize with Thomas Lindahl of the Francis Crick Institute and Clare Hall Laboratory in Great Britain, and Paul Modrich of Duke University School of Medicine and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. ... Read More

New state budget adds $1 million for UNC Core

The $21.74 billion state budget for fiscal year 2015–16 includes $1 million for UNC Core, an online program that makes it easy for active duty service members and veterans to earn core credits any time, any place. ... Read More

Guess who’s turning 222?

It’s Carolina’s birthday and everyone is invited to celebrate on University Day, Oct. 12, at an 11 a.m. ceremony that commemorates the laying of the cornerstone of Old East in 1793. ... Read More

Threading diversity into Faculty Council

Rumay Alexander, chair of the faculty diversity committee, has come up with a diversity syllabus of sorts, a list of topics to be discussed and guest speakers to address them, to "raise collectively the awareness” of the faculty. ... Read More

Remembering 9/11

The victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks were remembered at Carolina with flowers, flags and a predawn run. ... Read More

On the eve of construction

Bruce Runberg was charged with supervising one of the largest building campaigns undertaken by a major university and finished it in only nine years. ... Read More

News in Brief

Benefits blackout through Sept. 15 As the State Health Plan transitions from one online platform to another, employees will not have access to the benefits system. This means that any new employee who needs to make an enrollment election or an existing employee who experiences a life event will have to wait until Sept. 15 […] ... Read More

Serving up Food for All

As far as steering committee co-chairs Marcie Cohen Ferris (right) and Alice Ammerman (left) are concerned, Carolina’s food theme is organic to the campus. ... Read More

Folt calls for full and honest rendering of campus history

Chancellor Carol L. Folt has charged a newly formed task force with ensuring all members of the campus community have the opportunity to “learn about Carolina’s history, values and contributions to society.” The action is part of a comprehensive approach to examining campus history. ... Read More

Welcome, Class of 2019

Each of the 4,081 new Tar Heels earned his or her place at Carolina – as scholars, scientists, entrepreneurs, artists, directors, dancers and writers, as well as decorated veterans, champion student-athletes and community activists. ... Read More

Former Marine Zach Johnson takes on Carolina

Former Marine Zach Johnson is among the 70 students arriving in Chapel Hill this fall through the Carolina Student Transfer Excellence Program (C-STEP). A transfer from Cape Fear Community College in Wilmington, North Carolina, Johnson will be working toward a business degree with his eyes set on law school. ... Read More

Entwisle to step down as research VC

At the end of the 2015–16 academic year, Barbara Entwisle will step down from her role as vice chancellor for research and return to the faculty as a Distinguished Professor of Sociology in the College of Arts and Sciences. ... Read More

Four faculty members honored with Hettleman awards

Four highly promising Carolina faculty members in diverse fields have been awarded the Phillip and Ruth Hettleman Prizes for Artistic and Scholarly Achievement by Young Faculty. ... Read More

Calendar for September 9, 2015

The Sept. 9 Calendar features films -- like the documentary "Amazing Grace" starring Aretha Franklin -- plays, art, dance and other events you don't want to miss. ... Read More

Campus leaders determined to help restore public trust

Faculty Council Chair Bruce Cairns and Employee Forum Chair Charles Streeter are bound by a shared goal for the new academic year: restoring public trust in the institution. ... Read More

Hard-working twins benefit from Carolina Family Scholarship

The Carolina Family Scholarship helped staff member Karen Jenkins-Cheek send her identical twin sons (Kyle, left, and Kevin) to college at UNC Pembroke. ... Read More

Eight endowed professorships awarded

Meet eight faculty members who recently have been named to endowed professorships. ... Read More

Emergency sirens to be tested Aug. 26

The University will TEST the emergency sirens and text messages on Wednesday, Aug. 26th, between noon and 1 p. m. We test the sirens each semester to make sure the equipment works. ... Read More

The man behind the camera

Dan Sears always stood behind the camera – never in front of it – yet over the course of his 23-year career at Carolina he became one of the most recognized and beloved figures on campus. ... Read More

New BOT chair calls for ‘courage to change’

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Board of Trustees welcomed five new members at the July 23 meeting and re-emphasized its focus on internal improvement and external communication. ... Read More

And the Kassons go rolling along

John and Joy Kasson have done just about everything together in life, including retiring this summer from the university they have called home for the past 44 years. ... Read More

For a decade now, ombuds trio has demonstrated the power of listening

The University Ombuds Office, which turned 10 this year, is widely regarded as one of the best in the country, and university leaders thinking of creating an ombuds office often turn to Carolina’s program to find out how it should be done. ... Read More

A parting toast to four leaders who left their mark

Fred Brooks is one of four long-serving faculty members who retired at the end of the spring 2015 semester. ... Read More

UNC earns FIRE’s ‘green light’ rating for free speech

The University has received the highest “green light” rating from the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) for its policies on student expression. ... Read More

From competition to contract

For his new book “Who’s a Journalist? News in a Digital Age,” Debashis Aikat at the School of Media and Journalism entered his book proposal in a competition against other media researchers. ... Read More