A window into North Carolina, through the best creative nonfiction

October 24, 2017

Michael Chitwood, UNC lecturer of creative writing, is co-editor of a new volume of essays, “Best Creative Nonfiction of the South, Volume II: North Carolina” (October 2017, Texas Review Press). We recently chatted with Chitwood about the essays, which celebrate the state’s past and present, and its range of cultures and geography, from the mountains to the sea.

Bansal receives DARPA Young Faculty Award

October 23, 2017

Assistant Professor of Computer Science Mohit Bansal has received the prestigious Young Faculty Award from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) – becoming only the second UNC-Chapel Hill faculty member to do so — for his work on natural language processing and machine learning.

UNC receives grant to examine human health costs of economic development in the Galápagos

October 18, 2017

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently awarded a two-year grant to the UNC-Chapel Hill to examine the effects of changing environments on human health in the Galápagos, Ecuador. The principal investigator is Amanda Thompson, who holds dual appointments in the Department of Nutrition in the Gillings School of Global Public Health and the Department of Anthropology in the College of Arts & Sciences.

QEP courses transform student experience

October 18, 2017

“Transformative” is the word professors Glenn Hinson and Stefan Jeglinski use repeatedly when speaking about the courses they’ve developed through the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Quality Enhancement Program (QEP), a five-year initiative to enhance the undergraduate learning experience through “connecting, doing and making.”

Decades of discovery

October 16, 2017

For 70 years, the UNC Institute of Marine Sciences, located in Morehead City, has provided a home for Carolina scientists — from undergraduate students to tenured professors — to study the complex marine and coastal systems of North Carolina and beyond. On Oct. 21, IMS will celebrate its 70th anniversary with a community open house from 1-4 p.m. at its Morehead City location.

Well Said: University Day

October 11, 2017

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is turning 224 years old on Thursday, Oct. 12. In this week’s “Well Said” podcast episode, we look back on the founding of the University with Jim Leloudis, the Peter T. Grauer associate dean for Honors Carolina, a professor of history and the co-chair of the Chancellor’s History Task Force.

PlayMakers’ Vivienne Benesch receives prestigious Zelda Fichandler Award

October 9, 2017

Vivienne Benesch, Producing Artistic Director of PlayMakers Repertory Company, is the recipient of the 2017 Zelda Fichandler Award, given by the Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation. This prestigious award recognizes outstanding creativity and artistry by directors and choreographers for their accomplishments to date, and their promise for the future.

Undergraduate research takes center stage in new book on the death penalty

October 9, 2017

UNC political scientist Frank Baumgartner makes a strong case in the epilogue of his new book about the importance of involving undergraduate students in research. “At one of the nation’s best public universities, why would a professor not engage these brilliant minds into the world of research and social impact?” he writes.