4/8/2011 12:34am

UNC faculty honored for achievements in innovation

The University honored its faculty working on the front lines of their fields Thursday night, celebrating their achievements in the context of UNC’s recent focus on innovation. The Carolina Innovations Seminar honored faculty who have been issued patents and developed technologies in the past year. Bruce Carney, executive vice chancellor and provost, was one of the first speakers to recognize the efforts of the inventors and stressed the importance of innovation at the University. “It’s spring, pollen is falling, and awards are starting to fall into people’s hands,” he said.

3/28/2011 5:09pm

Barbara Entwisle

Entwisle to continue research

When Barbara Entwisle was director of the Carolina Population Center, she faced more than $800,000 in cuts during her first two years at the helm.

3/24/2011 12:09am

Medical school professor Roth wins pharmacy award

UNC’s Bryan L. Roth, the Michael J. Hooker Distinguished Professor of Pharmacology in the School of Medicine, has received the PhRMA Foundation Award in Excellence in Pharmacology/Toxicology. Much of Roth’s research focuses on trying to understand how central nervous system drugs affect the brain’s neurons. The goal is to investigate existing treatments in order to find new treatments and mitigate side effects, particularly for such problems as schizophrenia, depression, bipolar disorder and eating disorders.

3/22/2011 11:03pm

	Ralph Byrns, economics professor, will give his “last lecture” today.

Byrns to give speech tonight

Ralph Byrns became an instant hit when he arrived at UNC’s economics department a decade ago. The beloved professor, who is popularly known for his annual “The Economics of Finding True Love” lecture, is currently teaching his last semester at the University, as he plans to move to Arizona in June to live closer to family as his wife combats illness. After being selected as this year’s Carolina Chiron Award recipient, Byrns was tapped to impart his wisdom through the “Last Lecture” at 6:30 p.m.

3/21/2011 4:21pm

	George Rabinowitz was known for his directional theory of issue voting.

Esteemed professor George Rabinowitz dies at 67

Political science professor George Rabinowitz died Friday from a heart attack in Trondheim, Norway at a bus stop. He was 67. Rabinowitz’s legacy spans more than 40 years of teaching political science classes at the University. He was most prominently known outside UNC for a theory about American political behavior that rejected the status quo.

3/21/2011 12:15am

Faculty committee to send survey out to departments

The council committee on fixed-term faculty has prepared a questionnaire to distribute to all UNC department chairs within the next month. The questionnaire has two aims: to find out if departments are following University policies and to find out if they have implemented guidelines the council has suggested.

3/21/2011 12:14am

Faculty council expanding voting and representation

The UNC faculty council passed a resolution Friday to allow fixed-term faculty and retired faculty voting and representation privileges in the council meetings. One amendment will require at least two retired faculty members be present at each faculty council meeting and allow them to speak on behalf of retired faculty.

3/21/2011 12:12am

Rabinowitz, political science professor, dies in Norway

George Rabinowitz, a political science professor known for his groundbreaking work in the field of American politics, died this weekend from a heart attack. Evelyne Huber, chairwoman of the political science department, was notified Saturday morning of Rabinowitz’s death in an email from his wife, Stuart Macdonald, said John Stephens, a political science professor. Rabinowitz and his wife were in Trondheim, Norway conducting research.

3/13/2011 3:19pm

	UNC professor Joseph DeSimone (left) won a $10 million investment from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for his program PRINT.

DeSimone receives $10 million Gates Foundation investment

When he met Bill Gates at a conference in May 2010, UNC pharmacology professor Joseph DeSimone knew how to get his attention. He told Gates that his company, Liquidia Technologies, was producing medicine and vaccines using the same manufacturing techniques as Microsoft.