UNC Libraries: “Queerolina” online exhibition presents oral histories of LGBTQIA+ Tar Heels

UNC Libraries: “Queerolina” online exhibition presents oral histories of LGBTQIA+ Tar Heels. “A new online oral history exhibition from the University Libraries shares the lived experiences of UNC-Chapel Hill community members who identify as LGBTQIA+. Queerolina: Experiences of Space and Place through Oral Histories is a collaboration among the University Libraries, the Carolina Pride Alum Network and the Southern Oral History Program.”

University of North Carolina: New Carolina center to craft public policy for a better internet

University of North Carolina: New Carolina center to craft public policy for a better internet. “The Center on Technology Policy, housed in the UNC School of Information and Library Science, launched on April 21 and aims to offer public policy solutions that can inform lawmakers in developing tech policy. As a result, emerging technologies can be regulated to minimize user risks and maximize benefits.”

UNC: A New Route for Remdesivir

UNC: A New Route for Remdesivir. “Scientists at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are testing a new route for remdesivir, a pill form of the COVID-19 treatment that could make it accessible for early treatment. In laboratory tests, a modification of remdesivir was as effective as molnupiravir, another oral antiviral, at treating COVID-19 in mice. Further, the new drug compound can be adapted into a pill designed to halt coronaviruses before they multiply and cause severe disease.”

Triangle Business Journal: New UNC center will examine social media’s impact on teenage mental health

Triangle Business Journal: New UNC center will examine social media’s impact on teenage mental health. “On Tuesday, the university unveiled the Winston National Center on Technology Use, Brain and Psychological Development, led by researchers and professors Mitch Prinstein and Eva Telzer. The center builds on research from an initiative established three years ago with the Winston Family Foundation, whose gift is supporting this new center. The center will allow researchers to further study the link between technology use and teen mental health and support ways to disseminate the information and educate parents, teachers and teenagers.”

UNC: Information Warfare in the Russian-Ukraine Conflict

UNC: Information Warfare in the Russian-Ukraine Conflict. “This moderated panel will explore the information war underway in the Russia-Ukraine conflict. In addition to discussing the many challenges facing journalists covering the conflict, the panelists will explore how social media has changed information warfare and impacted intelligence gathering and analysis, evaluate how social media platforms and journalists handle mis- and disinformation, and offer media literacy tips to our audience.” This virtual event takes place March 24 at 4pm EST. As far as I can tell it’s free.

UNC: Scientists identify new antibody for COVID-19 and variants

UNC: Scientists identify new antibody for COVID-19 and variants. “A research collaboration between scientists at Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has identified and tested an antibody that limits the severity of infections from a variety of coronaviruses, including those that cause COVID-19 as well as the original SARS illness.”

UNC: $2M grant to UNC-Chapel Hill program will rebuild, fortify local economies across North Carolina and beyond

UNC: $2M grant to UNC-Chapel Hill program will rebuild, fortify local economies across North Carolina and beyond. “– Today, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill announced new programming that will transform economically distressed communities hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. Focusing on powerful partnerships, the programs will help build resilient local economies with more job opportunities and business growth in North Carolina and across the country.”

University of North Carolina: UNC-Chapel Hill’s North Carolina Digital Heritage Center captures history from all 100 counties

University of North Carolina: UNC-Chapel Hill’s North Carolina Digital Heritage Center captures history from all 100 counties. “For more than a decade, staff members at the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center, based in the University Libraries, have been archiving historical materials across our state to paint a picture of the lives of everyday North Carolinians throughout the centuries.”

WRAL: UNC identifies COVID cluster in residence hall, the second cluster this month

WRAL: UNC identifies COVID cluster in residence hall, the second cluster this month. “At least five students in the Avery Residence Hall have tested positive for COVID-19. This is the second confirmed COVID-19 cluster connected to UNC so far this semester. University officials said in an effort to respect students’ privacy, they would not be sharing any additional details about the cluster.”

UNC University Libraries: University Libraries releases 21-Day Racial Equity Challenge syllabus

UNC University Libraries: University Libraries releases 21-Day Racial Equity Challenge syllabus. “Libraries and library workers interested in examining racism, bias and inequity have a new tool to do so. The University Libraries at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has released the syllabus of its recent 21-Day Racial Equity Challenge focused on libraries and archives. The syllabus is the work of the University Libraries’ IDEA (inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility) Council.” The syllabus is available as a Creative Commons licensed PDF. A lot of the resources in it are freely available, though some are specific to UNC libraries.

The Well UNC: Carolina Performing Arts announces ‘Southern Futures’

The Well UNC: Carolina Performing Arts announces ‘Southern Futures’. “Southern Futures at CPA will produce new works, collaborations and research on social justice, racial equity and the American South. The organization has named Grammy and MacArthur Award-winning musician Rhiannon Giddens to a three-year research residency at the core of the initiative, beginning in spring 2022. Giddens will focus on discovering and sharing cultural artifacts and local histories that challenge entrenched narratives and monolithic thinking on topics central to Southern Futures, a collaborative initiative of the College of Arts & Sciences, University Libraries, Carolina Performing Arts and The Center for the Study of the American South.”

Photos tweeted by UNC-Chapel Hill spark concern over virus; university steps up testing of unvaccinated students (WRAL)

WRAL: Photos tweeted by UNC-Chapel Hill spark concern over virus; university steps up testing of unvaccinated students. “The Twitter post shows students lining up to take part in a university tradition – drinking water from the Old Well on campus on the first day of classes. The students waiting in line were wearing masks, but dozens of people commented, expressing concern that everyone was drinking from the same fountain while the highly contagious coronavirus Delta variant spreads.”

UNC University Libraries: New toolkit from University Libraries helps communities tell their stories

UNC University Libraries: New toolkit from University Libraries helps communities tell their stories. “Communities working to preserve their own histories—and the libraries and archives seeking to support them—have new tools in the form of a free web resource from the University Libraries at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill…. The new site brings together dozens of guides, tip sheets and instructional videos that the project team created over the course of the grant. UNC-Chapel Hill and community archivists also contributed reflections through blog posts and profiles.”