Dr. Satish Gopal, Cancer Program Director for UNC Project-Malawi, to deliver Winter Commencement address

Dr. Satish Gopal, Cancer Program Director for UNC Project-Malawi, to deliver Winter Commencement address

Gopal is a member of the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and works to prevent, diagnose, and treat cancer in one of the most resource-limited settings in the world

 

Dr. Satish Gopal innovative cancer researcher on the forefront of cancer treatment in Malawi, Africa, will be the featured speaker at the Winter Commencement ceremony.

 

Gopal is the only board-certified medical oncologist practicing in Malawi, a southern African country of about 18 million people. As the cancer program director for UNC Project-Malawi, a research and care collaboration between UNC-Chapel Hill and the Malawi Ministry of Health, Gopal is working to build the care infrastructure that will both help Malawi address its rising cancer burden and serve as model for effective cancer care in low-resource settings across the globe.

 

Chancellor Carol L. Folt will preside at the event on Sunday, Dec. 17.

 

“Dr. Gopal embodies the transformative and inspirational spirit and drive that exemplifies Carolina’s faculty and their global mission of research, education, service and caring for others that is changing our world,” said Chancellor Folt. “His dedication and commitment to improving the health of the Malawi people – and work to teach future generations of care givers – will inspire the minds and spark the imaginations of our graduates who are now prepared to go out and make their own impact in our state, nation and world.”

 

Gopal joined the UNC-CH faculty in 2012 and is jointly appointed in the Divisions of Hematology-Oncology and Infectious Diseases as an Associate Professor Medicine. He lived in Tanzania from 2007 until 2009, during which time he developed a career interest in cancer in Africa. He has lived in Lilongwe, Malawi, with his family since 2012.

 

Gopal provides care to patients in the Kamuzu Central Hospital Cancer Clinic and leads cancer research activities, including mentoring American and Malawian trainees working on cancer projects. He is Principal Investigator of the Malawi Cancer Consortium and Regional Center of Research Excellence for Non-Communicable Diseases, and leads Malawi participation in several cancer care and research networks sponsored by the National Cancer Institute. He is also appointed as Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Malawi College of Medicine and contributes to cancer-related teaching for Malawian undergraduate and postgraduate trainees.

 

UNC has been conducting HIV and STD research in Malawi since 1990 when it began a collaboration with the Malawi Ministry of Health (MOH).

 

In 1999, these efforts were consolidated into a center of excellence for HIV/STD research called UNC Project-Malawi. Located in the capital city of Lilongwe, UNC Project-Malawi is on the premises of Kamuzu Central Hospital (KCH), a 1,000-bed, public care hospital that serves a population of nearly six million people.

 

From the foundation of groundbreaking and life-changing infectious disease research, UNC-Project Malawi now employs more than 300 people and supports clinical care and education in disciplines including cancer, surgery and women’s health.

 

The research led by UNC in this small nation has made an impact across the globe, shaping world-wide understanding of the treatment of HIV. Gopal is hopeful his cancer research can have a similar impact.

 

Gopal received his undergraduate degree in biology and music and his Masters in Public Health at UNC-Chapel Hill. He completed his M.D. at Duke University and residency training at the University of Michigan before returning to UNC for fellowships in the fields of infectious disease and medical oncology.

 

Winter commencement will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 17, in the Dean E. Smith Center.  For more information, visit http://commencement.unc.edu.

 

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About the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the nation’s first public university, is a global higher education leader known for innovative teaching, research and public service. A member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, Carolina regularly ranks as the best value for academic quality in U.S. public higher education. Now in its third century, the University offers 77 bachelor’s, 111 master’s, 65 doctorate and seven professional degree programs through 14 schools and the College of Arts and Sciences. Every day, faculty, staff and students shape their teaching, research and public service to meet North Carolina’s most pressing needs in every region and all 100 counties. Carolina’s more than 322,000 alumni live in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and 165 countries. More than 175,000 live in North Carolina.

 

University Communications contact: Kate Luck, (919) 445-8555, mediarelations@unc.edu

Media invited to join UNC-Chapel Hill for grand re-opening of newly designed UNC Student Stores

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Media invited to join UNC-Chapel Hill for grand re-opening of newly designed UNC Student Stores

Grand re-opening marks the end the $3.8 million renovation with store proceeds going to fund student scholarships

(Chapel Hill, N.C.— Sept. 8, 2017) – The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will celebrate the grand re-opening of its UNC Student Stores with a ribbon cutting event and reception for the campus community. Media will have the opportunity to tour the renovated store in advance of the ceremony. The nearly $4 million redesign has transformed the Student Stores into a central destination for the campus community to study and socialize or enjoy events like book signings, lectures or live music.

 

Chancellor Carol L. Folt, Barnes & Noble College Vice President Paul Maloney, Lloyd Kramer, director of UNC’s Program in the Humanities and Human Values, and Makayla Proctor (class of 2016), course materials supervisor at UNC Student Stores and a former student employee, will participate in the celebration.

 

When UNC Student Stores operations transitioned to Barnes & Noble College management in July 2016, as part of the 10-year, $30 million agreement, Barnes & Noble agreed to invest $3.8 million in store renovations. Renovations include an expanded café – now called “Stone and Leaf Café” to honor North Carolina author Thomas Wolfe — with seating space for up to 100, a larger Bull’s Head Bookshop on the third floor with 70,000 titles, and a new lounge and event area overlooking the Pit. Additionally, UNC Student Stores now boasts one of the largest campus Nike and Jordan shops in the country, and a new “Glossary” cosmetic and care bar.

 

Net proceeds from UNC Student Stores sales continue to support need-based scholarships. Barnes & Noble forecasts an annual payment to the university of more than $3 million, with a guaranteed minimum payment of $3 million annually for the first two years. After the University covers operating expenses, it is expected that it could nearly quadruple its recent contribution to need-based scholarships annually. In addition, last academic year students saved nearly $1.9 million on their textbook purchases at UNC Student Stores through discounts and the textbook rental program.

 

Tuesday, Sept. 12

12:30 p.m.

Media tour at 11:45 p.m.

UNC Student Stores

207 South Rd.

Chapel Hill, North Carolina

 

Media Check-In: Media must check in no earlier than 11:30 a.m. at UNC Student Stores. Kate Luck will be the on-site contact.

 

Media Parking: A limited number of spaces will be available for media at the 24 hour Student Union Loading Lot located off Raleigh Street. Contact Kate Luck (contact information below) by 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 12, to reserve parking.

 

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About the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the nation’s first public university, is a global higher education leader known for innovative teaching, research and public service. A member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, Carolina regularly ranks as the best value for academic quality in U.S. public higher education. Now in its third century, the University offers 77 bachelor’s, 111 master’s, 65 doctorate and seven professional degree programs through 14 schools and the College of Arts and Sciences. Every day, faculty, staff and students shape their teaching, research and public service to meet North Carolina’s most pressing needs in every region and all 100 counties. Carolina’s more than 322,000 alumni live in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and 165 countries. More than 175,000 live in North Carolina.

 

Communications and Public Affairs contact:

Kate Luck, (479) 629-6334, kate.luck@unc.edu

UNC Student Stores contact: Olivia James, (919) 604-3767, olivia.james@unc.edu

 

 

Statement from Chancellor Carol Folt on the UNC Board of Governors vote regarding the Center for Civil Rights

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Statement from Chancellor Carol Folt on the UNC Board of Governors vote regarding the Center for Civil Rights

 

(Chapel Hill, N.C. – Sept. 8, 2017) – “I am disappointed in the vote of the UNC Board of Governors today regarding the Center for Civil Rights. I believe that the University and the people who testified on behalf of the Center made a compelling case about why the Center is so important to the people of our state. I am proud of the Center, its history and all who worked so hard to answer the board’s questions and provide important facts about how the Center serves the needs of our citizens.

 

“We now must determine a path forward for the Center and reconfirm our commitment to educating the next generation of civil rights lawyers and providing assistance to the poor and disadvantaged in North Carolina. I will work with other University leaders, stakeholders and the school of law to explore all options and develop a course of action that allows us to continue this vitally important work while adhering to the new policy adopted by the Board of Governors today.  The School of Law is one of not only the University’s strongest assets, but it is one of our state’s, training generations of students who continue on in service to the state, the nation and the world.  That tradition of excellence and service is the core of the school’s identity and it defines our greater purpose.” – Chancellor Carol Folt

 

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About the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the nation’s first public university, is a global higher education leader known for innovative teaching, research and public service. A member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, Carolina regularly ranks as the best value for academic quality in U.S. public higher education. Now in its third century, the University offers 77 bachelor’s, 111 master’s, 65 doctorate and seven professional degree programs through 14 schools and the College of Arts and Sciences. Every day, faculty, staff and students shape their teaching, research and public service to meet North Carolina’s most pressing needs in every region and all 100 counties. Carolina’s more than 322,000 alumni live in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and 165 countries. More than 175,000 live in North Carolina.

 

University Communications contact: Media Relations, (919) 445-8555, mediarelations@unc.edu

 

 

Media invited to cover Solar Eclipse Celebration at Morehead Planetarium and Science Center

Media Advisory: https://uncnews.unc.edu/2017/08/14/65947/

 

 

 Media invited to cover Solar Eclipse Celebration at Morehead Planetarium and Science Center

The event is part of 50 Carolina Solar Eclipse Parties across North and South Carolina

 

(Chapel Hill, N.C.— August 14, 2017) – Morehead Planetarium and Science Center will host a Solar Eclipse Celebration at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in conjunction with the solar eclipse on August 21. Events include a live stream of the eclipse from the path of totality, eclipse-related games and activities, food trucks and presentations inside the GlaxoSmithKline Fulldome Theatre. Tickets to the eclipse-related presentations inside the Theatre are sold out.  Attendance is expected to be very high.

 

August 21, 2017

12:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Morehead Planetarium and Science Center

250 East Franklin Street

Chapel Hill, NC 27514

 

RSVP: Media intending to cover the eclipse from Morehead Planetarium are asked to RSVP by 12 p.m. on Wed., August 16 by contacting Molly Molpus, molly.molpus@unc.edu, (919) 843-7952. Traffic is expected to be very heavy in the area beginning around 11 a.m. on August 21. Arrival before 10 a.m. is suggested.

 

Assistance on-site: Call Molly Molpus at (216) 973-2009 (cell).

 

Media parking: Media-designated parking spots can be found here. Please contact the media relations office at 919-445-8555 if you need live truck parking.

 

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About the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the nation’s first public university, is a global higher education leader known for innovative teaching, research and public service. A member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, Carolina regularly ranks as the best value for academic quality in U.S. public higher education. Now in its third century, the University offers 77 bachelor’s, 113 master’s, 68 doctorate and seven professional degree programs through 14 schools and the College of Arts and Sciences. Every day, faculty, staff and students shape their teaching, research and public service to meet North Carolina’s most pressing needs in every region and all 100 counties. Carolina’s more than 318,000 alumni live in all 50 states and 157 countries. More than 167,000 live in North Carolina.

About Morehead Planetarium and Science Center

Opened in 1949, Morehead was the first planetarium in the South, the first on the campus of a major research university and the sixth in the nation. Morehead provided training for America’s astronauts during the Space Race, counts 11 moonwalkers among its “alumni” and has hosted more than eight million visitors. In 2001, Morehead added “Science Center” to its name to more fully reflect its mission. Since then, through its outreach programming, it has tripled the number of children and families served and nearly tripled revenues and support. Founded in 2010, the North Carolina Science Festival is Morehead’s largest outreach program, having served 1.8 million people of all ages since its inception.

 

Communications and Public Affairs contact: Kate Luck, (919) 445-8360, kate.luck@unc.edu

Morehead Planetarium contact: Molly Molpus, (919) 843-7952, molly.molpus@unc.edu

 

UNC-Chapel Hill experts available to discuss upcoming total solar eclipse

UNC-Chapel Hill experts available to discuss upcoming total solar eclipse

As the country looks forward to the rare total solar eclipse on August 21, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers and staff are prepared to offer insight into all aspects of the eclipse from events happening across the state, what scientists can learn from an eclipse and how to view an eclipse without damaging your eyes.

 

If you would like to schedule an interview with one of our experts, contact our media relations team at mediarelations@unc.edu or call our media line at (919) 445-8555.

 

For a complete list of activities associated with the eclipse, please visit moreheadplanetarium.org/Eclipse

 

 

 

Astronomy and Astrophysics

Dr. Chris Clemens is an astrophysicist who studies white dwarf stars and other phenomena. He is currently senior associate dean for natural sciences in the College of Arts & Sciences and a former chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy. Before he joined UNC, Clemens built SOAR’s Goodman Spectrograph, which is utilized during nearly 80 percent of SOAR (Southern Astrophysical Research Telescope) research. Clemens also studies the sun extensively, researching what could happen when it is no longer a star.

Dr. Clemens can speak about the physics and technical aspects of the eclipse – especially the path of the eclipse, frequency of eclipses similar phenomena and exact timing.

Recent Media Coverage:

WRAL – UNC Student astronomers use remote technology to touch the stars

 

 

 

 

 

Carolinas Star Party and Morehead Planetarium

As part of the 2017 Carolinas Solar Eclipse Party, Morehead Planetarium and Science Center will hold an onsite eclipse viewing event for the public on Monday, August 21, 2017.

Mickey Jo Sorrell and Amy Sayle are science educators at Morehead Planetarium and Science Center on the campus of UNC-Chapel Hill. Their responsibilities include educating visitors to the Planetarium, including school groups, about astronomy. Sorrell and Sayle coordinated the Carolinas Solar Eclipse Party.

Sorrell and Sayle can share tips and tricks for people interested in viewing the eclipse, and speak about the Carolinas Solar Eclipse viewing parties.

Recent Media Coverage:

WRAL: Excitement building for Aug. 21 solar eclipse

News and ObserverStatewide Star Party Helps light up NC Science Festival

Teen Science Café A Woman of Many Hats—Spotlight on Mickey Jo Sorrell  

 

 

 

Optometry

Dr. Donald Budenz graduated magna cum laud and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Pennsylvania and received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Budenz is available to discuss the importance of wearing eclipse glasses and the damaging effect staring at the sun has on the eye.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 About the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

 

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the nation’s first public university, is a global higher education leader known for innovative teaching, research and public service. A member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, Carolina regularly ranks as the best value for academic quality in U.S. public higher education. Now in its third century, the University offers 77 bachelor’s, 113 master’s, 68 doctorate and seven professional degree programs through 14 schools and the College of Arts and Sciences. Every day, faculty, staff and students shape their teaching, research and public service to meet North Carolina’s most pressing needs in every region and all 100 counties. Carolina’s more than 318,000 alumni live in all 50 states and 157 countries. More than 167,000 live in North Carolina.

 

 

About Morehead Planetarium and Science Center:

 

Opened in 1949, Morehead was the first planetarium in the South, the first on the campus of a major research university and the sixth in the nation. Morehead provided training for America’s astronauts during the Space Race, counts 11 moonwalkers among its “alumni” and has hosted more than eight million visitors. In 2002, Morehead added “Science Center” to its name to more fully reflect its mission. Since then, through its outreach programming, it has tripled the number of children and families served and nearly tripled revenues and support. Founded in 2010, the North Carolina Science Festival is Morehead’s largest outreach program, having served 1.8 million people of all ages since its inception.

 

Communications and Public Affairs contact: Kate Luck, (919) 445-8360, kate.luck@unc.edu

 

Morehead Planetarium contact: Molly Molpus, (919) 843-7952, molly.molpus@unc.edu

UNC-Chapel Hill selects “How Does It Feel To Be A Problem” for 2017 summer reading

UNC-Chapel Hill selects “How Does it Feel to be a Problem?” for 2017 summer reading

 

(Chapel Hill, N.C. – May 4, 2017) – “How Does it Feel to be a Problem?,” which introduces readers to young men and women who are navigating college, family and finding purpose as they face stereotypes or clichés tied to their ethnicities, is the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s 2017 selection for its Carolina Summer Reading Program.

 

An eight-person panel consisting of faculty members, staff and students selected critically-acclaimed author Moustafa Bayoumi’s 2008 book, which explores deeper discussions of identity and a concept of otherness in an account of how young Arab- and Muslim-Americans are forging paths for themselves in modern America.

 

Rita Balaban, senior lecturer of economics and chair of the committee, said this book uses the portraits of young adults to humanize familiar themes that incoming students can relate to “leading to thought-provoking discussions as it increases our awareness of our fellow neighbor’s struggle to just BE.”

 

“This book justifiably rose to the top of the list because of the light it shines on ethnic differences and how people are treated. One cannot help but wonder, could this happen to me?,” said Balaban. “Bayoumi points out in the preface that the issues facing young Arab-Americans post 9/11 are not new and at many points in America’s history, various other groups have faced similar situations. While most of the incoming students this year were toddlers on September 11th, 2001, they live in a society greatly impacted by those events which they cannot recall first hand.”

 

First-year and transfer students who enroll at UNC-Chapel Hill this fall are encouraged to read the book this summer and participate in small group discussions during the Week of Welcome before fall 2017 semester classes begin.

 

Bayoumi will be on campus to give a lecture about the book on Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017 at 6 pm in Memorial Hall.

 

The Carolina Summer Reading Program, now in its 19th year, aims to stimulate critical thinking outside the classroom and give new students a shared experience. Students are encouraged to come to their own conclusions about the book and will participate in the Summer Reading discussion groups that serve as an academic icebreaker.

 

“How Does it Feel to be a Problem?” is available at the Bull’s Head Bookshop in UNC Student Stores at a discounted price of $13.60.

 

This book has been selected for various group reading and discussions at other colleges and universities across the country, including UNC-Charlotte, University of South Carolina and Northern Kentucky University.

 

Past selections for the Carolina Summer Reading Program include: “The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to our Brains” by Nicholas G. Carr, “Absolutely American: Four Years at West Point” by David Lipsky, and “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End” by Atul Gawande.

 

For more information, visit the Carolina Summer Reading website.

 

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Photo Link:

https://unc.photoshelter.com/galleries/C00005vwcu89jLJ4/G00007YEsIzoGQ4o/Carolina-Summer-Reading

Photo credit: Neville Elder

 

About the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the nation’s first public university, is a global higher education leader known for innovative teaching, research and public service. A member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, Carolina regularly ranks as the best value for academic quality in U.S. public higher education. Now in its third century, the University offers 77 bachelor’s, 110 master’s, 64 doctorate and seven professional degree programs through 14 schools and the College of Arts and Sciences. Every day staff and students shape their teaching, research and public service to meet North Carolina’s most pressing needs in every region and all 100 counties. Carolina’s 317,000-plus alumni live in all 50 states and 156 other countries. More than 167,000 live in North Carolina.

 

UNC-Chapel Hill Office of University Communications: mediarelations@unc.edu, (919) 962-4515

Morehead Planetarium to host UNC Science Expo as part of the North Carolina Science Festival

 

(CHAPEL HILL, NC– April 20, 2017) –  Morehead Planetarium will host the annual UNC Science Expo on Saturday.  The signature event of the North Carolina Science Festival (NCSF) showcases the wonders of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and is a partnership between Morehead Planetarium and Science Center, the University of North Carolina and the Town of Chapel Hill.

 

A free, family-friendly event, the Expo offers more than 100 exhibits with hands-on experiments, science demonstrations, laboratory tours and stage entertainment. New activities for 2017 include tours of Ackland Art Museum and Coker Arboretum, a Kid’s Zone, with small science and giant games, and in the spirit of the Tar Heel 10 Miler and Four Mile Fun Run, the first ever Zero K for kids. See how slow kids can go as they “freeze” in place, just like molecules do at absolute zero.

 

No registration is required. A food truck rodeo will be on-site for lunch, snacks and drinks. A map of the expo is attached.

 

Saturday, April 22

11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Cameron Avenue

UNC-CH Campus

 

Media Parking: Parking is free on Stadium Drive, in the Cobb parking deck, and the Nash, Park Place and Bell Tower parking lots. Paid parking is available at metered street spaces or at the Rosemary Street parking decks. On Skipper Bowles Drive near the Dean Smith Center, a free U bus runs to campus.

 

 

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About the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the nation’s first public university, is a global higher education leader known for innovative teaching, research and public service. A member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, Carolina regularly ranks as the best value for academic quality in U.S. public higher education. Now in its third century, the University offers 77 bachelor’s, 113 master’s, 68 doctorate and seven professional degree programs through 14 schools and the College of Arts and Sciences. Every day, faculty – including two Nobel laureates – staff and students shape their teaching, research and public service to meet North Carolina’s most pressing needs in every region and all 100 counties. Carolina’s more than 308,000 alumni live in all 50 states and 150 countries. More than 167,000 live in North Carolina.

 

About the North Carolina Science Festival

The North Carolina Science Festival presented by Biogen was founded in 2010 and is the first statewide science festival in the United States. Each spring, the Festival offers hundreds of events that celebrate the economic, educational and cultural impact of science throughout North Carolina. The Festival was founded and is produced by Morehead Planetarium and Science Center (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill). The 2017 Festival runs April 7-23 with “Art and Design” as the theme. Burroughs Wellcome Fund is a Diamond Champion sponsor. Platinum sponsors are Duke Energy, N.C. GlaxoSmithKline Foundation and Google. Gold sponsors are UTC Aerospace and SAS. Bronze sponsors are UNC Healthcare, PSNC Energy, NC Electric Cooperative, Syngenta and Novozymes. For more information about the North Carolina Science Festival, visit www.ncsciencefestival.org.

 

Morehead Planetarium contact: Molly Molpus, (919) 843-7952, molly.molpus@unc.edu

Media invited to cover large-screen viewing of men’s NCAA National Championship Game Monday, April 3

 

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Media invited to cover large-screen viewing of men’s NCAA National Championship Game Monday, April 3

(Chapel Hill, N.C. – April 3, 2017) – Media are invited to cover the viewing  of the men’s NCAA National Championship basketball game in the Dean E. Smith Center at UNC-Chapel Hill on Monday, April 3.

Cosponsored by Carolina athletics and Late Night Carolina Programs at Student Wellness, the Smith Center will open for media members covering the event at 7:30 p.m.

 

 

RSVP: Media intending to cover the viewings are asked to RSVP by close-of-business Monday, April 3, by emailing mediarelations@unc.edu or calling the media line at (919) 445-8555.

Arrival: Please bring media credentials; enter through entrance D beginning at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 3.

Lights: Videographers are asked to refrain from directing TV lights into fans’ faces as they watch the game. Lights can be on before the game, during commercials and between games.

Filming: Live shots are permitted in the concourse area only. For b-roll purposes, camera crews are permitted to stand on the Smith Center floor or in the aisles of the stands during commercial breaks, halftime and between games. Please do not block anyone’s view of the screen. Media representatives may sit anywhere in the stands.

Assistance on site: Call Jeni Cook at (404) 309-3994 or the media line at (919) 445-8555.

Media parking: Satellite trucks may park behind the Smith Center. Media are asked to send only one truck per station. Other media vehicles may park in the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center lot off E. Franklin Street. Parking is available for $5.00 in the Manning, Bowles, Craige and Rams Head parking lots. Road closure and parking restriction information is available online.

Cable: Approximately 500 feet of cable is needed to reach from trucks in the back lot to filming areas inside the Smith Center.

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About the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the nation’s first public university, is a global higher education leader known for innovative teaching, research and public service. A member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, Carolina regularly ranks as the best value for academic quality in U.S. public higher education. Now in its third century, the University offers 77 bachelor’s, 110 master’s, 64 doctorate and seven professional degree programs through 14 schools and the College of Arts and Sciences. Every day staff and students shape their teaching, research and public service to meet North Carolina’s most pressing needs in every region and all 100 counties. Carolina’s 317,000-plus alumni live in all 50 states and 156 other countries. More than 167,000 live in North Carolina.

UNC-Chapel Hill Communications contact: Jeni Cook, (404) 309-3994 jeni.cook@unc.edu

Statement from Chancellor Carol L. Folt on ACC presidents’ vote

 

This is a positive step for North Carolina, for our state’s economy and for our student-athletes and fans.  Lifting the ban will allow our state to continue moving forward.  At Carolina, our commitment to fostering a welcoming environment that supports all individuals is steadfast. We have robust non-discriminatory policies that remain in place, and this commitment to diversity and inclusion is what allows our campus to thrive.

 

 

Media invited to attend Clean Tech Summit at UNC-Chapel Hill

Media invited to attend Clean Tech Summit at UNC-Chapel Hill

Gov. Roy Cooper will be the keynote speaker at the event, which convenes professionals in business, policy and academia for two days of problem solving to foster leadership and growth in North Carolina’s clean tech industry.

 

(Chapel Hill, N.C. – Feb. 23, 2017) – The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will host its fourth UNC Clean Tech Summit March 2-3. The event highlights the latest innovations, trends and challenges in the clean technology industry and how North Carolina is playing a key role in leading the way to a green global economy. The Summit is co-hosted by the UNC Institute for the Environment and the Center for Sustainable Enterprise at UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School.

 

Speakers and panels at the summit will focus on four themes including innovation, clean energy, ­­­­­­food, and water and energy. A full agenda is available online.

 

Governor Roy Cooper will deliver the keynote address on March 2. Cooper is the 75th governor of North Carolina and a double Tar Heel, earning a B.A. in political science in 1979 and his juris doctor in 1982. Other featured speakers include Adam E. Bergman, senior vice president of Wells Fargo CleanTech Banking; Tom Darden (UNC ’76 and ’92) founder and CEO of Cherokee and Cherokee Investment Partners; Chuck McGrady, representative, N.C. House of Representatives; and Fran O’Sullivan, general manager of IBM GBS Global Operations.

 

Chancellor Carol L. Folt will moderate a panel that will explore partnerships between universities and the private sector as a way to advance clean tech innovation in the region.

 

This year’s summit includes special programs around careers, including the opportunity for students to engage with clean-tech industry leaders through one-on-one mentoring, networking sessions featuring company-hosted tables, and a luncheon featuring Triangle women in STEM on Thursday and a career networking luncheon on Friday.

 

 

March 2-3, 2017

Opening remarks begin at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 2

UNC Friday Conference Center

 100 Friday Center Drive

Chapel Hill, North Carolina

 

Media Check-In: Media must have a pass to cover the conference. Passes can be obtained with a complimentary registration here: http://unc.live/2m1zv0r. Passes can be picked up at the registration desk at the Friday Center. Registered members of the media will have access to a private green room. Kate Luck (479-629-6334, kate.luck@unc.edu) and Emily Williams (330) 472-8417, emilywilliams@unc.edu) will be the on-site contacts.

 

Media Parking: Parking is available at the Friday Center.

 

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About the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the nation’s first public university, is a global higher education leader known for innovative teaching, research and public service. A member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, Carolina regularly ranks as the best value for academic quality in U.S. public higher education. Now in its third century, the University offers 77 bachelor’s, 110 master’s, 64 doctorate and seven professional degree programs through 14 schools and the College of Arts and Sciences. Every day, faculty – including two Nobel laureates – staff and students shape their teaching, research and public service to meet North Carolina’s most pressing needs in every region and all 100 counties. Carolina’s 317,000-plus alumni live in all 50 states and 156 other countries. More than 167,000 live in North Carolina.

 

UNC Institute for the Environment contact: Emily Williams, (919) 962-0965, emilywilliams@unc.edu

 

UNC University Communications contact: Kate Luck, (919) 962-8596, kate.luck@unc.edu