The race to discover a cure for AIDS, for years an elusive hope among doctors and patients, took a leap into uncharted territory Monday with the announcement of a jointly-owned venture by GlaxoSmithKline and UNC-Chapel Hill.
In the sea of purple and gold graduates at East Carolina’s commencement ceremony, there was a new kind of ECU grad.
The School of Dental Medicine made its first appearance at graduation since its students first enrolled in 2011.
The Chapmans had met at East Carolina University, and they also befriended Laurel Humes. Humes had read Rachelle Chapman’s blog about the accident and her desire to have children, and contacted them through Facebook with an offer to act as their surrogate.
“ECU gave me lots of things in addition to my education – my future husband, my future surrogate,” Rachelle Chapman said.
In the tiny town of Buies Creek, the pace of change at Campbell has been swift and determined: a physician assistant program in 2011; a medical school in 2013; physical therapy in 2014. In March, Campbell broke ground on a nursing school, and will launch an engineering school next year. Occupational therapy is also coming to Campbell, which got its start in health sciences with a pharmacy school that enrolled its first students in 1986.
Scientists are zeroing in on an AIDS breakthrough that until recently had been thought impossible: finding a cure.
On Monday, that goal will gain new impetus with the announcement of a new life sciences company in the Triangle, based on the growing confidence that scientists are within striking distance of an AIDS cure. The new venture, Qura Therapeutics, will be equally owned by UNC-Chapel Hill, a national hub for AIDS research, and GlaxoSmithKline, the world’s second-largest maker of HIV drugs, and will be housed on UNC’s campus.
America is losing her way with regard to higher education. We seem to have forgotten the real value of higher education – both to our economy and to our society. We have become too focused on metrics, return on investment and job preparation. I am not suggesting these are unimportant. Rather, I would remind us that higher education offers many other – and I contend greater – benefits to our nation and its citizens and communities.
The number of large and potentially dangerous sharks may be increasing in the Pamlico Sound.
A rise in water temperatures and a thriving habitat with plenty to eat may be persuading bull shark mothers to give birth in the sound west of the Outer Banks rather than in Florida, said Charles Bangley, a doctoral candidate at East Carolina University who has been researching sharks along that coast.
“All too often the outcry has been, ‘Look at those bad apples we need to root out,'” said Nolan L. Cabrera, a professor in the Center for the Study of Higher Education at the University of Arizona. “When in fact the conversation we need to have is, ‘Why is this occurring on such a widespread level throughout the country?'”