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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 1899 and grew up in … Continued


Book reveals lessons learned from foreclosure crisis, guides to recovery

As the nation works to restore a vibrant housing market, a new book by researchers in UNC’s College of Arts and Sciences tells what really caused the foreclosure crisis and how to rebuild a safe and sustainable U.S. housing finance system. “Our study of 46,000 low-income families who received home loans and managed to repay them during the worst housing … Continued


UNC seniors earn State Department merit scholarships

Robert Seck wants to work for the Department of State’s Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs. Ben Turman aspires to work abroad, also for the State Department, reporting to the agency about current events where he is stationed as they relate to U.S. interests. Both rising seniors in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of North … Continued


Obesity epidemic may reduce life expectancy

American life expectancies, which have climbed steadily for almost a century, may drop in years to come as the obesity epidemic progresses. Therefore, according to three faculty members from different universities, the National Center for Health Statistics should supplement its lifespan forecasting methods with an additional variable: the health of today’s younger generations.


Sociologist Guo Appointed to NIH Study Section

Sociologist Guo appointed to NIH study section UNC sociologist Guang Guo has been appointed to a National Institutes of Health (NIH) study section — Social Sciences and Population Studies — of the Center for Scientific Review. Guio is the George and Alice Welsh Distinguished Professor in the department of sociology. He also is a faculty fellow in the Carolina Population … Continued


New partnership with Peking University

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is expanding its international academic offerings through a consortium on urban and regional planning and management with Peking University, one of the leading universities in China. The consortium will support cooperative research, education and training activities in urban and regional planning and management. The Center for Urban and Regional Studies and the … Continued


Phillips Ambassadors to Study in Asia


Eighteen undergraduates and one graduate student from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have been selected as Phillips Ambassadors for 2011 study abroad programs in Asia. They will study in China, Japan, Singapore and Vietnam. UNC’s Phillips Ambassadors program includes a three-credit academic course that puts the experience in global context and challenges students to share their experiences … Continued