Month: September 2011

UNC, Duke, N.C. State launch Japanese studies center

Three universities have launched a Triangle Center for Japanese Studies that will support fellowships, research, seminars, travel, guest speakers and library development. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and North Carolina State and Duke universities will partner in the center, founded by a $270,000 grant from the Japan Foundation in Tokyo. The center, …

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Oct. Events: Poetry, music, the economy and more

Our October calendar of events for the College of Arts and Sciences features poetry, music and drama, as well as  discussions about history, the economy and global challenges.  See highlights and links below.   Oct. 1: North Carolina debut recital by new UNC faculty member and pianist Clara Yang, with music ranging from Handel to …

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From Real Thai to Southern Pies

Nancie McDermott’s culinary journey has taken her full circle: from her grandmother’s big dairy farm kitchen in Orange County to the rural countryside in Thailand and back again. She writes about food for a living, but you won’t find her kitchen to be fussy or pretentious. It is a place where you can fall in love with cooking.

Talks to feature art, fashion, textiles in early Europe

Art, fashion and textiles in early modern Europe are the focus of two upcoming lectures at the Hanes Art Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The speakers will come to campus as part of the Bettie Allison Rand Lecture Series, sponsored by the art department in UNC’s College of Arts and …

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Writer Al Young to deliver Thomas Wolfe Lecture Oct. 4

Writer Al Young will receive the 2011 Thomas Wolfe Prize and deliver the annual lecture on Oct. 4 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The free public talk is at 7:30 p.m. in the historic Playmakers Theatre. Randall Kenan, an associate professor of English and creative writing at UNC, called Young “a …

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Chemist receives NIH award to support innovative research

Kevin Weeks, a chemist at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has received an award from the National Institutes of Health to support innovative research on creating new drugs that work by binding to RNA. Weeks, Kenan Distinguished Professor of Chemistry in the College of Arts and Sciences, was tapped for a EUREKA …

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NSF grants awarded for soft matter research

Two recent grants from the National Science Foundation will support soft matter research at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Soft matter is a branch of materials science with numerous practical applications, from organic solar cells, construction and packaging materials to tissue implants, cancer therapy and new classes of drugs. The grants will …

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College faculty win Hettleman Prizes

College of Arts and Sciences scholars were among four UNC faculty members in diverse fields to be awarded the Phillip and Ruth Hettleman Prizes for Artistic and Scholarly Achievement. The Hettleman Prize, which carries a $5,000 stipend, recognizes the achievements of outstanding junior tenure-track faculty or recently tenured faculty. Phillip Hettleman, who was born in …

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