2012 News and Announcements

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New Book Honors Outstanding Achievements of Charles and Shirley Weiss

December 20, 2012

Twenty years after the Weiss Urban Livability Program's creation, The Graduate School is celebrating the lives of its benefactors with the publication of a new book: "Giving Is Good for the Soul: the Life and Legacy of Charles and Shirley Weiss." The biography explores the Weisses' intellectual interests, professional and personal achievements, world travels and philanthropy, as well as the Weiss Urban Livability Program's many contributions to graduate student success and to meaningful research.

Matson Elected to National Graduate Education Board

December 18, 2012

Steven W. Matson, dean of The Graduate School at UNC-Chapel Hill, has been elected to the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) Board of Directors. He will serve a three-year term.

Brandenburg Receives National Honors for Dissertation Research

December 17, 2012

A UNC-Chapel Hill doctoral alumnus has received the Council of Graduate Schools/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award, one of the nation's most prestigious awards focused on doctoral dissertations. Björn B. Brandenburg, a 2011 UNC-Chapel Hill doctoral graduate in computer science, received the award for his dissertation, titled "Scheduling and Locking in Multiprocessor Real-Time Operating Systems."

Ariely, Author of 'Upside of Irrationality,' to Give Doctoral Hooding Address

November 26, 2012

Social scientist Dan Ariely, the author of three New York Times bestselling books, will be the keynote speaker for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's 2013 Doctoral Hooding Ceremony.

First Nations Graduate Circle hosts performance by Dark Water Rising

November 7, 2012

Dark Water Rising, who received a Native American Music Award for "Debut Duo or Group of the Year" in 2010, will perform on Nov. 8, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus.

MSLS Student Wins Fellowship to Present at Architectural Historians Conference

November 2, 2012

Anne Barrett, an MSLS student at the School of Information and Library Science, has won a fellowship to attend and present at the 2013 Society of Architectural Historians (SAH) conference.

Doctoral Student is One of Five to Receive National Scholarship Focused on Future Nurse Faculty

October 2, 2012

Nakia C. Best, a first-year doctoral student and former clinical assistant professor in the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Nursing, has been awarded a prestigious scholarship from a national program focused on alleviating the nurse faculty shortage and enhancing diversity among nurse educators.

Impact Award Applications Now Accepted

September 24, 2012

The Graduate School of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is currently accepting applications for the 2013 Impact Awards. Applications must be submitted through the online application system, which can be found at http://gradschool.unc.edu/impact.

Graduate and Professional Honor System Seeks Applications

September 10, 2012

The UNC Graduate and Professional Honor System is now accepting applications for positions on the Attorney Generals staff and the Honor Court.

New Royster Society Five-Year Fellows Have Varied Research Interests

August 31, 2012

Nineteen new graduate students from around the world are beginning their first semester at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with five-year fellowships in the Royster Society of Fellows.

David Pfennig to Direct Royster Society of Fellows

August 30, 2012

David W. Pfennig, a faculty member in the UNC-Chapel Hill Department of Biology since 1996, has been appointed the Caroline H. and Thomas S. Royster Distinguished Professor for Graduate Education.

Geology Graduate Student Experiences Rewards, Challenges of High-Level Research

June 14, 2012

UNC geology graduate student Roger Putnam took time away from scaling El Capitan to respond to questions submitted by Kim Weaver Spurr of the College of Arts and Sciences. Putnam's summer research project focuses on the 3,000-foot granite cliff in Yosemite Valley. He's mapping the cliffs as part of his master's degree work.

Levoy to graduates: 'Being afraid is useful,' Clemens receives mentoring award

May 15, 2012

Dr. Marc Levoy, professor of computer science at Stanford University, gave the keynote address at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Doctoral Hooding Ceremony on May 12. Dr. J. Christopher Clemens, professor of physics and astronomy, received the Faculty Award for Excellence in Doctoral Mentoring at the ceremony.

Doctoral Hooding Ceremony May 12; Event to be Streamed Live

May 7, 2012

During the Saturday ceremony, each participating graduate will be called to the stage to have the hood of the commencement regalia conferred by his or her adviser or dissertation committee chair. Family and friends are invited to the ceremony, to be at 10 a.m. at the Dean E. Smith Center, 300 Bowles Drive.

New American Indian Center Director Discusses Graduate Education in Indian Country Today

May 3, 2012

Amy Locklear Hertel, who directs UNC-Chapel Hill's American Indian Center, talked about graduate education at UNC-Chapel Hill, among other topics, in a recent story within Indian Country Today.

Doctoral Candidate in Religion Named a 2012 Newcombe Fellow

May 1, 2012

Gregory “G.A.” Lipton, a doctoral candidate in religion at UNC-Chapel Hill, has been selected as one of 21 Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellows for 2012.

UNC Researchers Merge Art, Science in New Exhibit

April 9, 2012

Life as Art: a Visual Science Fair” is a new exhibit of artistic works created exclusively by UNC-Chapel Hill scientists. Beginning on April 15, 41 faculty and graduate students in the life sciences will showcase their research as works of art at the North Carolina Botanical Garden.

Jason Priem, SILS Ph.D. student and Royster Fellow, and co-PI Heather Piwowar, receive $125K grant to track the impact of scholarly work on the Web

April 5, 2012

Jason Priem, a third-year doctoral student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's School of Information and Library Science (SILS), and Heather Piwowar, a postdoctoral research associate at the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent) in Durham, have been awarded a grant totaling $125,000 from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation for their Total-Impact Web application.

Summer Fellowships Program, Now in Third Year, Provides Research Opportunities to 21 Students

April 2, 2012

Thanks to many private donors this year, 21 graduate students will have the opportunity to focus exclusively on their dissertation research this summer.

Prospective Students Welcomed to Carolina Community at American Indian Graduate Student Recruitment Event

March 29, 2012

The UNC-Chapel Hill Graduate School and First Nations Graduate Circle, a graduate student organization, recently sponsored an American Indian Graduate Student Recruitment Event, focused on introducing Native students to the University's graduate programs and community.

Graduate Students Honored for Research Benefiting North Carolina

March 22, 2012

Each year, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Graduate School recognizes graduate student research that is improving the lives of people in North Carolina and beyond.

Doctoral Student's Prestigious Fellowships will Further her Studies in Greece

March 22, 2012

Rebecca Worsham, a doctoral student in classical archaeology, has received two prestigious fellowships that will allow her to further her research in Greece.

UNC Alumni to Give Second Annual Sequoyah Lecture March 22

March 5, 2012

Two UNC-Chapel Hill doctoral graduates, representing the fields of history and cell and molecular physiology, will be the featured speakers at the second annual Sequoyah Distinguished Lecture on March 22.

Computer Science Researcher to Speak at Doctoral Hooding

January 10, 2012

Marc Levoy whose career achievements include developing the cartoon animation system used in “The Flintstones” TV show and launching Google's Street View project will be the keynote speaker for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's 2012 Doctoral Hooding Ceremony.