Month: April 2011

College focuses on faculty diversity

Dean Karen Gil has made enhancing faculty diversity a top priority for the College of Arts and Sciences. “If we want our faculty to help solve the world’s greatest challenges, we must recruit excellent scholars and teachers from diverse backgrounds,” Gil said.

Fellowships awarded for research on ethical and religious values

Three Ph.D. students in UNC’s College of Arts and Sciences have won fellowships for their research on ethical and religious values from the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation and the Charlotte Newcombe Foundation. Twenty-one Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellows were named for the 2011-2012 academic year. These fellowships, created in 1981, remain the nation’s …

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Sarah Dessen: On her 10th novel, her writing process and growing up as a Tar Heel

Popular young adult novelist Sarah Dessen ’93 is awaiting the May release of her 10th novel, What Happened to Goodbye. The English major, who later returned to teach creative writing at UNC for eight years, talks with us about her latest book, writing process and experiences at Carolina. Her parents were professors in the College …

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Cancer researchers share motivation behind discovery

Two UNC researchers who lost friends to cancer are working on a promising new drug that could eliminate some of the painful side effects of chemotherapy for future patients. The pre-clinical findings developed by chemist Matthew R. Redinbo and his graduate student Bret Wallace, the paper’s first author, are published in the journal Science. Their …

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Spring commencement: May 7, 8

Commencement Weekend 2011 will be held on Saturday, May 7 and Sunday, May 8. The main University ceremony will begin at 9:30 Sunday morning, May 8, in Kenan Stadium. No tickets are needed and the ceremony is open to the public. Edward Osborne Wilson, Harvard University professor and two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize for …

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Alum Todd Miller wins National Wetlands Award

Todd Miller (BA urban studies’78, MA city and regional planning ’80), executive director and founder of the N.C. Coastal Federation (NCCF), has won a National Wetlands Award in the Wetland Community Leader category from the Environmental Law Institute. The National Wetlands Awards are presented annually to individuals who have excelled in wetlands protection, restoration and …

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Scientists discover how to predict learning using brain analysis

An international team of scientists has developed a way to predict how much a person can learn, based on studies at UC Santa Barbara’s Brain Imaging Center. A study published in the April 18 Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) details the findings. Study co-author Peter Mucha is professor and chair in the …

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Graduate student Pamela Reynolds: Protecting North Carolina’s oyster reefs

Oyster reefs in North Carolina estuaries have collapsed over the last century, leading to the loss of important ecosystem goods and services they provide to the people in this state. Oysters provide critical nursery habitat for fisheries, biofiltration and shoreline stabilization. Their value as ecosystem engineers greatly outweighs their value as a fisheries commodity. However, …

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