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Carolina program helps revitalize NC towns

They call them “wicked problems,” the complicated, long-term, seemingly impossible, hard-to-wrap-your-head-around issues for which solutions seem far away.

The team involved in the School of Government’s Development Finance Initiative (DFI) specializes in them, and they’re teaching students how to tackle them, too. ... Read More

The broken promise of Brown

In the landmark 1954 decision Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, the U.S. Supreme Court boldly acknowledged the inherent inequality of the separate-but-equal doctrine in the field of education. Six decades later, our country again faces segregated schools separated by race, class and measurable inequities. Three Carolina scholars offer insight into Brown’s unfulfilled promise […] ... Read More

Carolina’s spaces keep pace in changing times

Carolina’s buildings are objects of conversation and affection, some of them old enough to be icons. But for Carolina’s students, faculty and staff, it’s often what’s inside that counts. Outfitting buildings to keep pace with ever-changing working and learning styles is the job of the Interior Design Department, an arm of Facilities Services that works […] ... Read More

Inspired by life lessons, Strauss built a career on caring

Some students cross county lines to get to Carolina, while others cross oceans. Ron Strauss is behind them all. A noted dentist, medical sociologist, professor and administrator, Strauss has spent four decades on Carolina’s faculty mentoring first-generation college students, scholars in the Carolina Covenant program, students in the Latino/a Peer Mentoring Program, dental and medical […] ... 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. The recipients, who will be recognized at the Sept. 19 Faculty Council meeting, are Gina Chowa, assistant professor in the School of Social Work; Mark Holmes, associate professor in […] ... Read More

Hope and struggle help keep a still distant dream alive

One story Sherick Hughes often heard while sitting in his great-grandmother’s home remains forever fixed in his memory. It’s about a slave who kept trying to run away from a plantation in Old Trap, a small township in Camden County, to follow the hidden pathway to freedom along the banks of the Great Dismal Swamp, […] ... Read More

Employees join the debate over nighttime parking fees

Forum Chair Charles Streeter stood in front of the Employee Forum flashing from his breast pocket what looked to be a hand of oversized playing cards. They weren’t. They were a sampling of the annual parking permits he has amassed since he first came to work at Carolina as an IT specialist in Student Affairs […] ... Read More

Campus flu clinics begin Sept. 16

Beginning next week, the University will offer 21 campus-wide seasonal influenza clinics for students, faculty and staff. The 2014–15 seasonal flu vaccine protects against three influenza viruses that research indicates will be most common this season (see Register for an appointment or find a nearby walk-in clinic by going to All clinics will […] ... Read More

ConnectCarolina update

The Oct. 1 go-live of the Finance and HR/Payroll components of ConnectCarolina will change how University transactions are entered and processed. It will also change the way that reporting is done across campus, with InfoPorte becoming the primary reporting and data analysis tool. The combination of ConnectCarolina and InfoPorte creates a holistic tool for processing, […] ... Read More

Honors for September 10, 2014

Fleming Bell, professor of public law and government at the School of Government, has been named to the Order of the Long Leaf Pine in recognition for his extensive career in city planning, law, government and academia, and the impact that has made on North Carolina citizens. The award is conferred by the Governor to […] ... Read More

Noted UNC neuroscientist and educator Perl dies

Edward R. Perl, a preeminent neuroscientist dedicated to science and education at Carolina for more than 40 years, died July 15. As the chair of the Department of Physiology from 1971 to 1987, he established a vibrant and highly respected research team focused on neurosciences. During his long tenure at the University, he expanded and […] ... Read More

With the semester in swing, campus catches a rhythm

By the second week of the semester, students had begun to sync with the ever-changing rhythms of campus life and faculty and staff welcomed the renewed energy fresh Tar Heel faces and voices brought to Carolina. ... Read More

UNC ranks 5th among national public universities

Once again, the nation’s oldest public university is also ranked one of the best. Carolina rates fifth among the nation’s best public universities, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2015 “America’s Best Colleges” guidebook, published at Carolina – a top public research university strongly committed to access and affordability – now has been […] ... Read More

New app turns cell phones into personal safety devices

To help the campus community remain safe, both on and off campus, the University is providing an app that turns cell phones into personal safety devices. The Rave Guardian Campus Safety App, a joint initiative between Student Affairs and the Department of Public Safety, is available to students, faculty and staff for free. With the […] ... Read More

Striking archaeological pay dirt at the UNC president’s house

Carolina faculty and students often head to far-flung locations to do archaeological field work, but this week, they are unearthing a big piece of the past in their own backyard. On Monday, a construction crew was preparing to re-surface the driveway of UNC System President Tom Ross’ house on Franklin Street. The driveway curves between […] ... Read More

As IAH leader, Katz makes it his mission to serve the faculty and the state

Carolina's faculty need freedom and time.

That's where the Institute for the Arts and Humanities comes in. ... Read More

Faculty spend summer ‘vacations’ immersed in research, service

The summer might seem slower for some people, but not for many of Carolina’s faculty. As we welcome the students back from break, a few faculty shared what they did on their summer “vacations.” (See even more from the College of Arts and Sciences.) Daniel Rodriguez, professor, Department of City and Regional planning: “I have […] ... Read More

Danny Bell builds bridges between Carolina and Indian communities

Danny Bell was entering his senior year of high school when segregation ended in North Carolina. After 11 years of attending East Carolina Indian School for American Indians, he moved to a predominantly white school for the first time. He didn’t have much of a chance to be nervous about it. His cousin, an athletic […] ... Read More

Armitage takes teaching ‘seriously, not solemnly’

The teaching awards line the corner office in Greenlaw Hall like wallpaper, but it is the unusual picture above the desk that rivets the eye. It shows a bemused Dean Smith shaking hands with General William Richardson Davie, portrayed by Christopher Armitage, to whom the picture belongs. It was taken 21 years ago, when the […] ... Read More

Campus comes alive with arrival of students

They come from as far as Singapore and close as Chapel Hill, representing 94 North Carolina counties, 38 states (as well as the District of Columbia) and 24 countries. They are scientists, entrepreneurs, artists, directors, dancers and writers, as well as decorated veterans, champion student-athletes and community activists. ... Read More

Fajack briefs forum on state budget issues

Matt Fajack, vice chancellor for finance and administration, introduced himself to Employee Forum members earlier this month with a candid assessment of state financial support for this year and beyond. “This year, there will be budget cuts in what they call the management flex area,” Fajack said during the Aug. 6 forum meeting. Management flexibility […] ... Read More

Understanding and addressing implicit bias

At times, everyone makes choices, often unconsciously, that are completely contrary to their beliefs. It’s called implicit bias, and it can happen all too easily unless people take steps to prevent it. People process information quickly based on past associations, which come to mind involuntarily and play a key role in shaping thoughts and actions, […] ... Read More

Hands-on ConnectCarolina training prepares campus for go-live

Most of campus won’t experience ConnectCarolina for Finance and Human Resources/Payroll until the Oct. 1 go-live. But administrative users are starting to get their hands on the system as the campus training effort begins. The training is designed to provide these users with the skills they will need to make a successful transition to ConnectCarolina. […] ... Read More

Honors for August 20, 2014

Michael Newton, the Digital Innovation Lab’s technology lead and a Scottish historian, is the inaugural recipient of the St. Andrews University Scottish Heritage Center’s Saltire Award for outstanding contributions to the preservation and interpretation of Scottish history. Enrique Neblett, associate professor of psychology, and Alvaro Reyes, assistant professor of geography, have been named faculty fellows […] ... Read More

UNC Global hosts more than 600 students at International Welcome Social

  Photos by Donn Young UNC Global hosted its third annual International Welcome Social for international students, an afternoon of music and ice cream at the FedEx Global Education Center, on Aug. 18. The event was attended by more than 600 students including new international undergraduate and graduate students, new international scholars, and returning and […] ... Read More