Graduate School News

Academic panels part of installation festivities

October 4, 2013

The day before a new chancellor is installed at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Carolina faculty will participate in three academic panel discussions about UNC research and its impact. The panel discussions are part of a series of events leading up to the installation of Carol L. Folt as the University's 11th chancellor on University Day, Oct. 12.

“Chancellor Folt had the great idea to host panels as a way to spotlight the excitement and importance of research activities underway on our campus,” says Joe Templeton, the Francis Preston Venable Professor of Chemistry and former chair of the faculty. “The panelists were selected for their knowledge and their impact after gathering input from the deans.”

The panel discussions, which are free and open to the public, will begin at 3 p.m. Oct. 11 at the Carolina Inn. Registration is not required. The topics will be innovation, the future of the U.S. public research university and water — the focus of Carolina's two-year academic theme.

Water in Our World, 3 p.m. to 3:35 p.m., Hill Ballroom, moderated by Terry Rhodes, music professor. Panelists include:

Innovation and Impact, 3:40 p.m. to 4:15 p.m., Chancellor's Ballroom, moderated by Kristen M. Swanson, dean of School of Nursing. Panelists include:

The Public Research University, 4:20 p.m. to 5 p.m., Hill Ballroom, moderated by John McGowan, director of the Institute for Arts and Humanities. Panelists include:

Other public installation week events include:

For updates on University Day activities, visit For more information about Water in our World, UNC's pan-campus water theme for 2012–2014, visit