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■ Free hugs in the Pit from a football
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■ A $12 million gift to PlayMakers
and the art department will significantly
increase arts programming as the department’s headquarters is being renamed the
Joan H. Gillings Center for Dramatic Art.
■ Dr. Ned Sharpless ’ 88 (’ 93 MD), former head of UNC’s Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, has been sworn in
as director of the National Cancer Institute.
■ Carolina remains fifth best among
public universities in the U.S. News &
World Report annual rankings.
Joseph DeSimone, whose scientific areer has revolved around creating
technology with real-world appli-
cations, has been named the recipient of
the 22nd Heinz Award in the category of
Technology, the Economy and Employ-
DeSimone, the Chancellor’s Eminent
Professor of chemistry at Carolina, was
selected for his achievements in developing
and commercializing advanced technologies
in green chemistry, nanoparticle fabrication,
precision medicine and 3-D printing.
The award also recognizes his leadership
in convergence research — a new area that
aims to integrate life, physical and engineering sciences to create innovations that can
improve people’s lives in the areas of health,
environment, energy and the economy.
DeSimone has a
career at UNC and
N.C. State, where
he is the William
R. Kenan Jr.
fessor of chemical
UNC, he also is a
member of UNC’s Lineberger Compre-
hensive Cancer Center.
DeSimone’s innovations have ranged
from creating environmentally safe
processes to make everyday materials, such
as detergents, to engineering medical cures
on the nano-level.
He has more than 350 publications and
holds nearly 200 patents.
Five alumni were honored with the University’s Distinguished Alumna/ Alumnus Awards as UNC marked its
224th birthday on Oct. 12.
University Day, the anniversary of the
1793 laying of the cornerstone of Old
East, also featured an address by Gov. Roy
Cooper ’ 79 (’ 82 JD). Recipients of the
awards, first given in 1971, were:
■ Amy Lansky ’ 91 (MPH, ’ 96 PhD), senior
adviser for strategy in the Program Performance and Evaluation Office at the U.S.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Lansky has served as director of the
White House Office on National AIDS
Policy, where she developed and implemented the
national HIV/AIDS strategy.
■ Berrien Moore III ’ 63,
a former chair of NASA’s
Space and Earth Science
Advisory Committee. He
has held several key positions related to the study
of climate change. He now
is director of the National
Weather Center and vice
president for Weather and
■ Judith Phillips Stanton
’ 78 (PhD), who compiled
and edited The Collected
Letters of Charlotte Smith and taught at and
helped establish programs in gender studies
at both the University of Wisconsin Eau
Claire and Clemson University.
■ Richard Y. Stevens ’ 70 (’ 74 MPA, ’ 74
JD), a lawyer with the Raleigh firm of
Smith Anderson and a member of the
UNC Board of Trustees. Stevens served
five terms in the N.C. Senate (2003-12)
and was county manager of Wake County
(1984-2000). He is a past recipient of the
GAA’s Distinguished Service Medal and a
past member, officer and chair of the GAA
Board of Directors.
■ Mike Wiley ’04 (MFA), whose plays
have been seen in settings ranging from
The Shakespeare Theatre in Washington,
D.C., to the official finale of the Freedom
Riders 50th Reunion in Jackson, Miss. His
newest play, Leaving Eden, premieres at
UNC’s PlayMakers next spring.
Nancy Allbritton, Kenan Distinguished
Professor of biomedical engineering and
chemistry, received the Edward Kidder
Graham Faculty Service Award for service
to the state, the nation and the University
by a faculty member. Allbritton’s research
studies are directed at the development of
technologies by applying methods from
engineering, chemistry, physics and biology
to biomedical problems.
L. Folt announced that
an anonymous donor’s
$20 million matching
challenge, unveiled at this
event in 2016, had reaped
far more than the goal,
raising $65 million for
the Carolina Covenant
scholarships. The Covenant
scholarship program gives
children of low-income
families an opportunity to
attend Carolina without
Five Alumni Honored on University Day
DeSimone Wins $250,000 Technology Award