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Monthly Archives: June 2014

  • UNC snags $11M to harness the power of the sun

    UNC-Chapel Hill got a big cash boost in its efforts to discover solar technologies of the future.

    The university received $10.8 million from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Basic Energy Sciences. The award, part of a $100 million initiative from the Department of Energy, will allow UNC’s Energy Frontier Research Center for Solar Fuels a cash runway to explore ways to create and store solar power. Specifically, it will build upon the center’s capstone project – a complicated-sounding…

  • Judge finds for Womble Carlyle in discrimination lawsuit over fired employee

    A federal judge has sided with Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice in a lawsuit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission claiming the Winston-Salem-based law firm violated the Americans with Disabilities Act by firing an employee because of a disability.

    U.S. District Court Judge Catherine Eagles granted summary judgment to Womble Carlyle after finding that the employee, a cancer survivor, did not qualify under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

    The employee was fired because…

  • Cree's biggest competitor, Philips, spins out a new all-LED company

    Cree’s biggest competitor, Philips Electronics, is spinning its LED components operation into a separate company.

    And the internet is buzzing with how the move might impact the Durham-based LED maker.

    Philips is looking for outside investors for its Lumileds Lighting unit, which it plans to combine with its automotive-lighting business in an entirely new company that could face off against Cree. Sales of both of Philips’ to-be-combined lighting businesses, according to the Wall Street Journal,…

  • UNC Prof: The snowball effect of lying in the workplace

    Small ethical transgressions, if left unchecked, are part of a slippery slope that leads to larger future transgressions, according to a recent study.

    The study, published in the Journal of Applied Psychology, is based on how corporate scandals might be a result of unethical behavior unfolding over time. Authors include Michael Christian of UNC-Chapel Hill’s Kenan-Flagler Business School, David Welsh of the University of Washington, Lisa Ordonez of the University of Arizona and Deirdre Snyder of…

  • NCAA to take another look at UNC 'academic irregularities'

    The NCAA will re-open its examination into “academic irregularities” at UNC Chapel Hill, university Athletic Director Bubba Cunningham said Monday.

    “The NCAA has determined that additional people with information and others who were previously uncooperative might now be willing to speak with the enforcement staff,” according to Cunningham.

    Since 2011, UNC has conducted and commissioned several reviews and provided the NCAA with updates. In February, the university retained former federal…