Middle East News


Gillings Researchers Find Further Evidence That Bats May Be Evolutionary Source of MERS

The evolutionary origins of Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) coronavirus (MERS-CoV) are unknown, but a collaborative team including researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health has found new evidence to support the hypothesis that the virus originated in bat populations. In the new findings co-authored by… Read more »

Jan Chambers, Glaire Anderson and Laura Miller hold a facsimile of an 11th-century Arabic manuscript describing the flight of inventor Abbas ibn Firnas. “The manuscript has yet to be incorporated into scholarship on aviation history,” said Anderson. Photo by Steve Exum.

UNC Faculty and Students Collaborate across Disciplines on Medieval Flight Project

An art historian, a costume designer, a math biologist, a biomedical engineer and a team of undergraduate researchers unite to reimagine a breathtaking 9th-century flying experiment — and make a notable contribution to early aviation history. More than 1,000 years before the Wright brothers made their historic flight over Kitty Hawk, and 600 years before… Read more »

Carl Ernst

Carl Ernst Wins Global Humanities Translation Prize

The Global Humanities Initiative (GHI), in partnership with Northwestern University Press (NUP), has announced the winners of its inaugural Global Humanities Translation Prize. The $5,000 prize is awarded for a translation-in-progress of a non-Western literary or scholarly text; it honors two winners this year: Jason Grunebaum and Ulrike Stark, both from the University of Chicago,… Read more »


Former CIA Director Discusses Global Shifts During Annual Weatherspoon Lecture

What keeps the former director of the Central Intelligence Agency and National Security Agency up at night? Michael Hayden answered that question at the annual Weatherspoon Lecture on Feb. 1 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Kenan-Flagler Business School. The retired four-star general, who worked under three presidential administrations through both terror… Read more »

Left to right are GillingsX presenters Amy Shipow, Diego Garza, Alexis Hoyt, Kate LeMasters, Zainab Alidina, Eric Rubenstein and student moderator Hill Winstead.

Fourth Annual GillingsX Talks Showcased Students’ Global Health Work

Six students from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health gave presentations about their global health research experiences during the fourth annual GillingsX talks on March 23. About 120 people attended the event. The event, hosted by Gillings’ Student Global Health Committee (SGHC), is modeled after the Technology, Entertainment… Read more »

Dilshad Jaff

Researchers at UNC Conclude Hookah Smoking Is Public Health Threat in Kurdish Region of Iraq

A commentary by two University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health researchers concludes that hookah smoking is an emerging threat to public health globally, especially in the Kurdish region of Iraq. Dilshad Jaff, research adviser for conflict prevention and disaster preparedness in the Gillings School’s Gillings Global Gateway, and… Read more »