Obama Nominates UNC Alum, Francis S. Collins, to Head NIH

July 8, 2009

On Wednesday July 8, Dr. Francis S. Collins, physician and geneticist, and an alumnus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine, was nominated by President Barack Obama to be director of the National Institutes of Health. The nomination of Collins comes nine months after the departure of Elias A. Zerhouni, the agency’s previous director. The… Read more »

38 UNC Students Awarded Study Abroad Scholarships

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has awarded more than $100,000 in privately funded, need- and merit-based scholarships to 38 undergraduates for 2009 summer, fall and academic year study abroad programs. The awards are just part of the financial support that UNC’s College of Arts and Sciences provides to students for study abroad… Read more »

Student Musicians Named 2009 Kenan Music Scholars

Two pianists, a violinist and a euphonium player make up the newest class of Kenan Music Scholars, who have received full scholarships in music to attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill beginning this fall. The 2009 scholars are Ryan Dickey, a euphonium player from Southlake, Texas; Ning Lee, a violinist from Singapore;… Read more »

Global Health Update

Myron S. Cohen, MD, Director of the Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases A UNC delegation visits Nicaragua and lays the groundwork for future programs. Earlier this month I had the pleasure of joining a UNC delegation to Nicaragua, a trip which was the result of several years spent building relationships between UNC and… Read more »

Fulbright-Hays Awards to Fund Doctoral Research

Four doctoral candidates at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have received 2009-2010 fellowships from the U.S. Department of Education’s Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Program. The four awards, which fund study in modern foreign languages and area studies for six to 12 months, total nearly $148,000. Fulbright-Hays fellowships support projects expected to… Read more »

Performing Arts : Ravi and Anoushka Shankar

June 27, 2009

October 6, 2009  |  7:30 PM  |   Memorial Hall Legendary sitarist, composer, teacher and writer, Ravi Shankar is India’s most esteemed musical ambassador, whose artistry crosses all cultural and musical boundaries. The foremost pioneer in disseminating India’s rich classical music tradition to the West, he was named the “Godfather of World Music” by George Harrison of… Read more »

‘Hapa’ Now Means Pride in Ancestry

“Hapa,” derived from the Hawaiian word for “half,” used to be considered a derogatory word. Today, however, it has been embraced as a term of pride by many whose mixed-race heritage includes Asian or Pacific Rim ancestry. Portraits of Hapa from across the United States will be displayed beginning Wednesday (July 1) at the FedEx… Read more »