Local to worldwide in a couple of clicks

“Libraries and museums work really hard to preserve that material and we want to give that a boost.” Important and, in some cases, little-known historic relics from across North Carolina are available worldwide, thanks to program director Lisa Gregory and the dedicated librarians of the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center in the Wilson Special Collections […]

Living By His Lifelong Motto

“In order to truly succeed, it’s never about you, but what you can do for others.” Bruce Cairns has been living by this motto his whole life. After graduating from medical school at the University of Pennsylvania, he joined the U.S. Navy and served 19 years as a commissioned officer. In the mid-90s as a […]

Spreading Compassion at Carolina

“I don’t like to let people down.” Allison Legge’s reaction to the bursting of the dot-com bubble in the 1990s says much about her character. At the time, she was a manager in IT, with over 15 years of high tech industry experience. She wasn’t in danger of being laid off. But she hated the […]

A giant in his field, a giant in Carolina history

Joseph Jordan, director of the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History, calls Colin Palmer “a giant in African-American and diaspora studies.” He remains a giant in Carolina history, too. Palmer  became the first African-American chair of a major department at UNC-Chapel Hill when he was appointed to lead the history department in […]

Unsung Heroes

  Although many students entering Carolina have someone they know who already graduated to help show them the ropes, this isn’t true for all students. Those first-year students who don’t have that kind of support system have Carolina community members like Erica Wallace and Jan Johnson Yopp to help them succeed after arriving in Chapel […]

A Spring Break of Service

“There is only one nurse practitioner. There is no physician in Tyrrell County.” Since 2009, Vicki Mercer, an associate professor of physical therapy in the UNC School of Medicine, has taken students — studying either physical therapy, nursing or public health — to Tyrrell County, one of the poorest and most rural counties in the […]

Kings of Chemistry

In 1893, Francis Venable, James Turner Morehead, John Motley Morehead III and William Rand Kenan Jr. discovered — in a Carolina laboratory — an economical process to create calcium carbide and its byproduct acetylene gas. Calcium carbide made possible the production of steel required for the armor plating of battleships, the frames of skyscrapers, and […]

Knowing No Borders

“If I can give the world another 10 or 20 years worth of Veatrice Harris, that makes me feel pretty good.” Thomas Shea — a professor in the UNC School of Medicine and medical co-director of the UNC Bone Marrow Transplant and Cellular Therapy Program — became a doctor because he thought it was the […]

Better oral health, better overall health

“We are uniquely placed in the dental school to be so close to experts from across the health-care spectrum. Nowhere else can you find top medical and dental schools along with all allied health disciplines and a robust research enterprise.” What if eating or brushing your teeth was almost impossible because of severe jaw pain […]

Drug delivery device toxic for tumors, not patients

“We use the device to hit the primary tumor hard. It’s an exciting approach because there is so little systemic toxicity that it leaves room to administer additional drugs against cancer cells that may have spread in the rest of the body.” — Jen Jen Yeh, M.D. Associate Professor, UNC School of Medicine Pancreatic cancer is deadly. But a […]