Daniela Ocampo

Carolina Women’s Center Gets New Director

UNC officials have selected a new leader for the Carolina Women’s Center. The office of the Executive Vice Chancellor and provost at UNC has selected Gloria Thomas to begin this week as the new CWC director. CWC is an organization within UNC that aims to create an inclusive education and work environment for women through research, education, and advocacy. “Dr. Thomas has an extensive record of leadership and commitment to women and underserved populations,” said UNC-Chapel Hill Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost James W. Dean Jr. “We are thrilled that she has brought her experience and expertise to Carolina...

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40-Day Construction Project Begins Monday in Carrboro

Construction will take place on S. Greensboro Street, north of the NC 54 bypass beginning August 1. Moffat Pipe Inc., the company in charge of the construction, will be replacing an existing waterline as well as installing a new fire hydrant. During the 40-day project, vehicular, bicyclist and pedestrian traffic controls such as lane closures and flagging operations will be in place. S. Greensboro Street is expected to reopen at the end of each work day during this time. This construction is associated with the South Green Conditional Use Permit which allows for construction of mixed-use commercial development at...

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Carrboro Fire Chief Appointed to International Committee

Carrboro Fire Chief Susanna Williams was recently appointed to the International Association of Fire Chiefs Human Relations Committee. The IAFC is an organization that provides information on how to create, adopt and implement several proceedings on interpersonal and intergroup adjustments relating to diversity its members. The goal is that fire departments can then create and implement a Value Centered Human Relations Approach program within their own fire department. “I am deeply honored to have been selected for the IAFC Human Relations Committee.  Diversity and inclusion have long been a passion of mine for the fire service,” said Williams. Williams was...

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Dozens of UNC Students Covering Olympic Games in Rio

UNC is one of only two universities sending journalism students to cover the Olympic Games this summer in Rio, Brazil. Led by undergraduate Senior Associate Dean Charlie Tuggle, 29 students from UNC’s School of Media and Journalism are off to Rio for three weeks along with students from the University of Memphis. Twenty-five of the students will be working as media interns in the Rio 2016 Olympic news service, and the other four will be covering Olympic news relevant to North Carolinians. “A lot of TV stations, radio stations, newspapers, will be using our material about athletes, coaches, fans,...

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Save the Fox Campaign to Hold Bone Marrow Registration Drive

A Bone Marrow Registration Drive will be held by the Save the Fox Campaign at University Place in Chapel Hill on Saturday, July 30 from 12 until four in the afternoon. The drive encourages anyone to come out and register because a single person could be the only person on the registry that could save a blood cancer patient’s life. Those who register at the drive will get the inside of their cheek swabbed for cells and then entered into the bone marrow registry. A registrant then may get called and asked to donate blood cells or bone marrow...

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New Permanent Speed-Calming Sign on Weaver Dairy Extension

Weaver Dairy Road Extension has a new permanent speed-calming sign that warns drivers of their current speed on the 25-miles-per-hour road. According to Traffic Engineer Kumar Nappalli, around 50 percent of vehicles are going 34 miles-per-hour or higher on the road. The sign, which was installed last week by Town of Chapel Hill crews, is expected to draw the attention of drivers to their speed in order to slow down vehicles and make the road safer. The effort is part of the Police and Public Works Department’s direct response to recent concerns of speeding cars in neighborhoods and along...

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Construction on Ridge Road Causing Chapel Hill Transit Bus Detours

Several Chapel Hill Transit bus routes will be detoured beginning this Thursday as a result of a major street resurfacing project on Ridge Road. The road project will affect all vehicular traffic on Ridge Road, as well as the A, CCX, DX, RU and U bus routes and is expected to last around three weeks. The A Route beginning at Raleigh Street will miss its usual stops on South Road at Student Stores, Stadium Drive at Stadium Gate #2, Stadium Drive at Ridge and Ridge Road at Rams Head Deck. There will be alternate stops for riders of this...

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UNC Medical Director Advises Residents on Staying Safe During Heat Wave

This week may be the hottest week of the summer so far with temperatures remaining in the mid-90’s in Chapel Hill and surrounding areas. Ahbi Mehrotra, Medical Director of the Emergency Department at UNC Hospitals’ Hillsborough campus, has advice on how to stay safe in the extreme heat and avoid dangers like heat exhaustion. “If you have to be outside, it’s planning ahead, so making sure you have plenty of water to make sure you stay hydrated,” Mehrotra says. While it’s important to stay hydrated, Mehrotra says to make sure water is the drink of choice when outside in...

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UNC Ranks 35 in U.S. Invention Patents

UNC has been ranked number 35 out of the top 100 universities to be granted U.S. Utility Patents in 2015. The report was published by the National Academy of Inventors, a non-profit organization, recognizing U.S. and international universities and non-profit research institutions that have received the most patents from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The National Academy of Inventors was founded on 2010 with a mission to enhance the visibility of academic technology and innovation, encourage the disclosure of intellectual property, educate and mentor innovative students and translate the inventions of its members to benefit society. Other North...

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Study: Road Rage Excessive in North Carolina Drivers

Nearly 80 percent of North Carolina drivers experience extreme road rage while driving, according to a new study released by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety on Friday. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety is a non-profit, publicly supported research and educational organization with a mission to discover the causes of car crashes and prevent and minimize injuries. From 2011 to 2015 when the study took place, North Carolina had 55,000 crashes that resulted from erratic, reckless, careless and negligent behavior, 38,000 injuries and 1,401 fatalities from those accidents. “North Carolina’s statistics are staggering, far too many drivers are...

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