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Conversations at Hickerson House: Townsend Middleton on Chokepoints – A Comparative Global Ethnography

January 31, 2020

Townsend Middleton is an associate professor of anthropology at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. As a sociocultural anthropologist, he specializes in the political cultures of India. His work focuses broadly on questions of the state, power, politics and post/coloniality—themes he explores through various combinations of ethnographic and historical techniques. Middleton is a founding member of the National Science Foundation-supported Chokepoints Collective—an interdisciplinary group of ethnographers studying sites that constrict or ‘choke’ the flows of people, resources and information upon which contemporary life depends. For more information about Middleton, see his page on the Department of Anthropology website. … Continued

New Revelations in Nepal

January 31, 2020

Windy. Cold. Wet. Those were the conditions one October day as a team of Carolina researchers tried to retrieve instruments left behind 15 months earlier in a remote lake in Sagarmatha National Park, the region of Nepal dominated by Mount Everest. The thermistors were supposed to measure lake temperature and pressure at different depths every 15 minutes, for more than a year, but whether they had survived monsoons and freezing temperatures was an unknown. Day 1 was not a success. The afternoon winds were too strong. Climate change is impacting the Gokyo Lakes (there are six in total) — and … Continued

#GDTBATH: Sakari Singleton

January 31, 2020

Senior Sakari Singleton had big goals for her study abroad semester in Seville, Spain, last semester. The global studies major from Winston-Salem was determined to stay out of her comfort zone and instead immerse herself in the language and culture as she expanded her horizons. “I’m focusing on living more independently in an unfamiliar environment with a language barrier and a culture different than my own,” she said from Spain last fall. “I truly believe that immersion is the best way to advance your language learning rather than just the classroom. It has been challenging – but exhilarating.” Singleton, who … Continued

Message from Carolina on Travel to China

January 29, 2020

In accordance with the U.S. Department of State advisories and other available information, nonessential University-affiliated travel to China is not permitted at this time. The following was sent to campus on Jan. 29. Dear Carolina Community, As communicated on January 24, 2020, China is currently experiencing an outbreak of a respiratory infection that is caused by a novel coronavirus, known as 2019-nCoV. Originally emerging in the city of Wuhan in the Hubei Province of China, the virus has now been documented in every province in China and in cities across the globe, including five cases in the United States. In … Continued

Message from Carolina about Coronavirus

January 24, 2020

The University is not aware of any confirmed cases on our campus but is monitoring the situation. The following was sent to campus on Jan. 24. The Centers for Disease Control has reported an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus (termed “2019-nCoV”) that was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China, and continues to expand. We are not aware of any confirmed cases on our campus at this time. Carolina is a global university with students and researchers studying and working around the world. We are currently monitoring the situation. There are now more than … Continued

Four UNC-Chapel Hill Graduate Students Awarded Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships

January 8, 2020

Four students from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill were awarded grants under the 2019 Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellows Program. Carolina consistently ranks among the top producers of Fulbright-Hays DDRA fellows. UNC-Chapel Hill was awarded more than $158,000 in funding for the program by the U.S. Department of Education. These fellowships allow doctoral students to pursue dissertation research abroad in foreign language and area studies for six to 12 months. During their research, fellows are able to deepen their subject knowledge and develop skills they would not otherwise be able to through opportunities in the U.S. The Fulbright Program, … Continued

Correcting Vaccine Misinformation Is a Difficult Process, Carolina Study Shows

January 7, 2020

The number of girls receiving HPV vaccines in Denmark plummeted after vaccine misinformation spread through Danish media outlets from 2013 to 2016. Health officials launched a campaign in 2017 aiming to correct the misinformation and encourage girls to get vaccinated. New research from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill shows that, despite substantial progress, about 26,000 Danish girls remain unvaccinated as a result of vaccine misinformation. About 33,000 girls are born annually in Denmark. Among the unvaccinated girls, researchers expect to see as many as 180 avoidable cases of cervical cancer and 45 deaths. The researchers found that misinformation in … Continued

UNC-Chapel Hill Celebrates 20th Annual Carolina Global Photography Exhibition

January 7, 2020

The winners of the 20th annual Carolina Global Photography Competition have been selected, and their work will be on display at the FedEx Global Education Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from January 8 through July 10, 2020. Out of over 600 submissions, a panel of judges have selected the winning photographs for first, second and third grand prizes. Rachel Holtzman ’14 was awarded first place for her photo “Crafting Leaves into Bowls,” taken during her time as a United States Peace Corps volunteer in Nepal. Thematic spotlights were also awarded to emphasize to the themes … Continued

Three Public Health Students Visit Germany for Hands-on Practicums

January 6, 2020

Brandi Martin, Casey McGoun and Emily Price got hands-on in a laboratory at the Institute of the Ruhr University in Bochum, Germany, during the summer and fall of 2019. The three are Master of Science in Public Health students in the Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering at the UNC-Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health. They all work in the lab of Leena Nylander-French, who is a professor in their department and director of both the North Carolina Occupational Safety and Health Education and Research Center and the Occupational Exposure Science and Industrial Hygiene Program. A 40-hour-minimum practicum experience is … Continued

Carolina Physician Uses Telemedicine to Treat Astronaut in Space

January 6, 2020

“My first reaction when NASA reached out to me was to ask if I could visit the International Space Station to examine the patient myself,” said Dr. Stephan Moll, UNC School of Medicine blood clot expert and long-time NASA enthusiast. “NASA told me they couldn’t get me up to space quickly enough, so I proceeded with the evaluation and treatment process from here in Chapel Hill.” Moll was the only non-NASA physician NASA consulted when it was discovered that an astronaut aboard the space station had a deep vein thrombosis – or blood clot – in the jugular vein of … Continued