Statement on Diversity from Sabrina Burmeister

July 31, 2017

Our mission in the College of Arts & Sciences is to prepare our students to think, communicate, collaborate and create. Attracting and fostering a diverse faculty is essential for us to fulfill our mission. Not only does diversity promote innovation, as the nation’s first public university we seek to mirror the rich diversity of North Carolina, in all its forms. As director of faculty diversity initiatives, I will focus on working with departments to implement best practices in faculty hiring.

Well Said: Concussions

July 26, 2017

From youth sports to the NFL, talk about concussions and their damaging effects has dominated the sports world for the past decade. UNC’s “Well Said” podcast talks to Johna Register-Mihalik, an assistant professor of exercise and sports science with the Matthew Gfeller Sport-Related Traumatic Brain Injury Research Center and the Injury Prevention Research Center.

Bike&Place: New tool helps planners create cyclist-friendly networks

July 25, 2017

You’d like to bike downtown for your job, to go shopping or to attend an event. Center for Urban and Regional Studies researcher Brian J. Morton has developed a tool that will help town planners design more cyclist-friendly networks around signature places in their community.

Eyes in the Sky

July 24, 2017

Ever since the Wright brothers flew at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina has proudly proclaimed to be “first in flight.” Less well-known is Carolina’s connection to deep space — from the first astronomical observatory on a college campus, to the first planetarium in the South, to one of the first administrators at NASA, UNC scientists have long been connected to and inspired by the night sky.

Powerful Proteins

July 24, 2017

It was the way that tardigrades survive in virtually any environment that first attracted Thomas Boothby to study their proteins. The creatures, also known as “water bears,” are about a half-millimeter long and can survive for extended periods in the most extreme hot or cold conditions without food or water for ye

Following her own path to success

July 24, 2017

Shilpi Somaya Gowda is a 1992 graduate of UNC with degrees in economics and international studies, but she’s taken her learning in a novel direction. While many of her classmates have jobs with large corporations or investment banks, Gowda has written two critically acclaimed works of fiction.