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U of L selects Strohm as VP for strategy, general counsel

Leslie Chambers Strohm, Carolina’s vice chancellor and general counsel, has been named vice president for strategy and general counsel at the University of Louisville. Strohm, who has more than three decades of experience representing research universities, academic medical centers and health-care related clients across North America, joined UNC-Chapel Hill in 2003. She will remain at […] ... Read More

Lee advocates treating the whole patient, not just the injury

When your father is a surgeon and your mother is an internist, odds are that you will be a medical professional, too. The only real question is what your specialty will be. Michael Lee chose physiatry, also known as physical medicine and rehabilitation – and a very new field 30 years ago. He knew that […] ... Read More

Gil to step down as arts and sciences dean in 2015

Karen M. Gil, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences since July 2009, has announced her decision to step down at the end of the academic year to return to teaching in the Department of Psychology. “There is never a ‘best’ time to leave a job that you love,” she wrote in an email […] ... Read More

Sturgess sees end of an era as ConnectCarolina launches

Carolyn Sturgess is accustomed to being on the forefront of the University’s financial system evolution. Since the 1980s, she has been involved in the development of the many financial systems that were collective tools for the University until the new ConnectCarolina Finance and HR/Payroll system was implemented in October. Sturgess, a 1998 recipient of the […] ... Read More

Carolina Family Scholarship may move to Employee Forum

It began as a pesky question in Bruce Egan’s head. How was it possible, he wondered, that some Carolina employees could not afford to send their own children to college? To Egan, that seemed not only unfair, but also intolerable at an institution that began as the nation’s first public university and became known as […] ... Read More


Christi Hurt, assistant vice chancellor/chief of staff for Student Affairs, and Kelli Raker, sexual violence prevention coordinator for Student Wellness, were honored by the Orange County Rape Crisis Center. Hurt received the Margaret Henderson Award for Service and Self-Care, and Raker received the Margaret Barrett Award for Advocacy. Alan Shapiro, Kenan Distinguished Professor of English […] ... Read More

Drug discovery center draws on UNC bench science

When Stephen Frye completed his Ph.D. in chemistry at Carolina in 1987, he set out to make a difference. As a chemist concerned with hard-to-cure diseases, he spent 20 years at GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), eventually working his way up to Worldwide Vice President of Discovery Medicinal Chemistry. “When I finished up at Carolina, I felt that […] ... Read More

Registry focuses on safety, wherever Carolina people are

If a natural disaster occurs or violence erupts anywhere in the world, the first thought is for the welfare of the people in the area. Because Carolina’s reach is literally worldwide, the people affected by unsafe situations around the globe could well include Carolina faculty, staff and students who are working or studying in those […] ... Read More

Take Five with Cori Dauber

At a teach-in with students on Sept. 12, 2001, communication studies professor Cori Dauber told the students she feared the 9/11 attacks would become the defining event for their generation – “truly another Pearl Harbor” – yet strangely different. One thing the terrorists wanted was publicity, and they succeeded, she told her students. “What did […] ... Read More

50 years ago, they started a revolution still going strong

Collectively, they have been with Carolina’s Department of Computer Science a total of 132 years. Fred Brooks came here to found the department in 1964, and Stephen Pizer arrived four years later with his newly minted Ph.D. from Harvard. Pizer’s dissertation adviser told him about the exciting new program that Brooks – another Harvard alum […] ... Read More

Panoramic display technology puts Davis Library on the map

People who want to visit the Great Barrier Reef, the Louvre or even the moon can do so without leaving campus. Thanks to a new Liquid Galaxy display system on the second floor of Davis Library, visitors can call up any Google Earth destination in a surround-screen immersive environment. The installation, made up of seven […] ... Read More

Confronting institutional prejudice, paving the way for change

Deborah Stroman believes in tackling complex issues head on. Both as a participant and a trainer, she frequently takes part in diversity programs and is always looking for opportunities to communicate that information broadly. In fact, one anti-racism workshop she attended about a year ago became the inspiration for a new course at Carolina that […] ... Read More

PAWS connects for success

Petting a dog has obvious pluses, including decreased blood pressure, lowered heart rate, lowered cortisol levels resulting in less stress, and many smiles. At UNC PAWS, a new shelter-to-pet program at Carolina’s Center for Excellence in Community Mental Health, clinicians amplify those benefits by connecting shelter dogs with people who suffer from addiction disorders, depression […] ... Read More

Stone Center celebrates its 10th anniversary

Long before a center for black culture, arts and history existed at Carolina, Precious Stone remembers hearing her mother, Sonja Haynes Stone, talk frequently about the need for one. The beloved faculty member never saw the three-story building on Bell Tower Drive that bears her name. The Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and […] ... Read More

Living the next chapter of Davie’s dream

Chancellor Carol L. Folt said no other university in America has had a longer, closer or more enduring bond with its home state and its governors than Carolina has had.

That relationship was evident when two of North Carolina’s governors joined Folt on the stage of Memorial Hall on Oct. 12 to help celebrate Carolina’s 221st birthday. ... Read More

ConnectCarolina: moving forward

Many years and thousands of person-hours of work came to fruition on Oct. 1, when the University’s Finance, Human Resources and Payroll functions joined the Student Administration system in ConnectCarolina. The powerful system consolidates financial information, student administrative programs and personnel applications into one system, enabling the University to improve coordination and efficiency across campus. […] ... Read More

Current security report available

The University’s 2014 Annual Security Report is available. The report includes statistics for the previous three years (2011, 2012 and 2013) concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus, on certain properties owned or controlled by the University and on public property adjacent to the campus. The report also includes: Institutional policies concerning campus security, including […] ... Read More

Flu clinics continue through Nov. 13

Walk-in flu vaccination clinics are open to Carolina students and employees on campus through Nov. 13. This year’s vaccine protects against the three flu viruses that experts predict will be most common this season: influenza A (H1N1) viruses, influenza A (H3N2) viruses and influenza B viruses. Register for an appointment or find a nearby walk-in […] ... Read More

Honors for October 15, 2014

UNC has been ranked 46th among the top universities in the world, up one spot from last year, and 12th among U.S. public universities on the London-based Times Higher Education World University Rankings. The ranking is based on 13 separate performance indicators designed to capture the full range of university activities. Those indicators cover teaching, […] ... Read More

Carolina Women’s Center announces Faculty Scholars

Joanne Hershfield, professor and chair of the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies; Susan Harbage Page, assistant professor of women’s and gender studies; and Mary H. Palmer, Umphlet Distinguished Professor at the School of Nursing have been named Carolina Women’s Center Faculty Scholars for the 2014–15 academic year. The scholars will undertake projects that reflect […] ... Read More

Comp-Sci turns 50

Computer science research conducted at Carolina has helped shape and guide technological advances, and it has played a critical role in propelling the Research Triangle region – and the state – into the Digital Age. It all started in 1963 with a visit from computer scientist Frederick P. Brooks Jr., project manager for the revolutionary […] ... Read More

International Friendship Program seeks hosts

Each year, Carolina brings approximately 1,600 international students to campus. For undergraduates, the move often represents their first time living independently outside of their home country. The separation from family, friends and familiar patterns of daily life often can be challenging and frustrating – and the campus community can help with the transition. The International […] ... Read More

Folt emphasizes ‘we have to know who we are and be proud of it’

Chancellor Carol L. Folt told the Employee Forum that she knows her second year at Carolina will be better than her first. That is because she spent the first year learning everything she could about Carolina. Every day, it seemed, she was learning something new and gaining a fuller appreciation of “what a truly amazing […] ... Read More

Faculty bring in $792.7 million in contracts and grants in 2014, up $14.9 million from 2013

Carolina faculty brought in $792.7 million in research contracts and grants in fiscal 2014, up $14.9 million from the $777.8 million total in fiscal 2013. “Carolina’s research excellence continues to drive significant economic growth and job creation in North Carolina, and those stellar results allow major funding partners to continue to make investments in our […] ... Read More

Bonilla’s drive to help others began with family

Jakelin Bonilla's parents instilled in their children the value of turning obstacles into assets. ... Read More