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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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A father for social science

Howard Odum arrived at Carolina in 1920 with “a head full of dreams.” Four years later, he founded the Institute for Research in Social Science. It’s better known today as the Odum Institute for Research in Social Science, the oldest university-based interdisciplinary social science research institute in the world. ... Read More

Todd BenDor named new director of Odum Institute

Todd BenDor, who has served as interim director of the H.W. Odum Institute for Research in Social Science since last September, has been named director.  BenDor has served on faculty at Carolina since 2007, as a professor in the city and regional planning department and director of the department’s doctoral program and doctoral  admissions in […] ... Read More

7 faculty members receive distinguished professorships

The Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost is pleased to announce that seven faculty members have been selected in 2019 to receive distinguished professorships: W.R. Kenan Jr. Professors: Ralph S. Baric, Professor, Department of Epidemiology, Department of Microbiology and Immunology Baric is truly an exceptional scientist with well-established national and international recognition for […] ... Read More

UNC School of Law receives largest single cash gift in school’s history

The UNC School of Law has received the largest single cash gift in the school’s history from North Carolina business icon Jerry Wordsworth. The unrestricted gift supports the school’s mission to prepare outstanding lawyer-leaders. Like all gifts to Carolina Law, it is an investment in the future of North Carolina and the nation. Wordsworth is […] ... Read More

Focus Carolina: Kurt Ribisl

Kurt M. Ribisl is a professor and chair of the Department of Health Behavior at the Gillings School of Global Public Health. He also co-leads the Cancer Prevention and Control Program at the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Ribisl’s primary research interest is reducing tobacco use by youth and adults with a particular focus on regulating the sales and marketing of tobacco products at the point of sale and on the internet. ... Read More

Sharon Horton Jones’ motherly wisdom applies to life, academics

Who gets the first hug from graduates of Carolina’s School of Media and Journalism after they receive their diplomas? Sharon Horton Jones.  The longtime academic adviser has been called a hero to thousands of students, a mother figure with an open heart and open door.  For those qualities and for her contributions to the school’s success, […] ... Read More

Graduates urged to join a “conspiracy of good people”

As more than 6,000 Tar Heels participated in Carolina’s graduation ceremony on May 12, they were challenged to find not just their careers, but their callings, and to ask themselves what they are uniquely wired to do. ... Read More

Preparing students to imagine, innovate and invent

The state of North Carolina’s commitment to great journalism is at the root of more than a century of journalism education at Carolina. In 2015, the school changed its name to the School of Media and Journalism to show its commitment to preparing for a new media landscape while holding true to the values and […] ... Read More

Six individuals and one program receive 2019 Diversity Awards

Using the tagline “an inclusive blue begins with you,” Carolina’s Office for Diversity and Inclusion presented its 11th annual awards April 29 at the CURRENT Art Space on Franklin Street. Those honored came from a record number of nominations received this year. “Diversity opens the doors to challenge our thinking,” said Interim Chancellor Kevin M. […] ... Read More

Graduate students essential to University’s research and teaching

The Graduate School at Carolina encompasses more than 80 academic programs offering more than 160 different graduate degrees. The 11,000 graduate students who make up 37% of the student body are essential to Carolina, providing the work-force behind a more than $1 billion research enterprise and teaching undergraduates with enthusiasm and creativity. In this Q&A, Dean […] ... Read More