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Guskiewicz: Carolina ‘will always be here for you’

Advocate for yourself, defer gratification and surround yourself with good people, Carolina’s Kevin Guskiewicz told graduates on Dec. 15.

Shemer honored for excellence in teaching

Gidi Shemer in the biology department in UNC’s College of Arts and Sciences has been recognized by the John W. Pope Center for Higher Education Policy with an excellence in teaching award. The center’s Spirit of Inquiry awards were presented at the Washington Duke Inn in Durham on Dec. 4. For six years, the Pope Center has honored outstanding college-level … Continued

Writer Daniel Wallace, musician Django Haskins to perform Jan. 11

Bestselling author Daniel Wallace and singer-songwriter Django Haskins will present a unique combination of music, storytelling and impromptu conversation Jan. 11 at the Friday Center for Continuing Education. “Fables in Story and Song” will begin at 8 p.m., as part of the center’s “Under the Atrium” series. Tickets are $10 in advance through the Carolina Union box office or $12 … Continued

Anderson named fellow of Association for Computing Machinery

UNC computer scientist James H. Anderson was named a 2013 fellow of The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).

UNC computer science faculty, graduate student receive Marr Prize

UNC  assistant professors Alex and Tamara Berg and graduate student Vicente Ordonez of the computer science department were awarded the 2013 Marr Prize at the Fourteenth International Conference on Computer Vision in Sydney, Australia. Their award-winning paper, “From Large-Scale Image Categorization to Entry-Level Categories,” was also co-authored by Jia Deng of Stanford University and Yejin Choi of Stony Brook University. … Continued

Chemist DeSimone named to National Academy of Inventors

Chemist Joseph DeSimone has been named a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI).

Fredy Grefa: From the Ecuadorian Amazon to Chapel Hill

Fredy Grefa, a native of Coca, Ecuador, has traveled far to pursue a master’s in city and regional planning from UNC. He is hoping to help indigenous cultures have a voice in natural resource management in the Amazon.