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UNC student takes the stage on "The Price is Right"

UNC student Elizabeth Grady, a senior majoring in journalism and political science, loves “The Price is Right.” Grady was on an episode of “The Price is Right” that aired Sept.28 on CBS. She said, "I grew up watching it with my grandma and I was working out in Los Angeles this summer and I saw CBS studios, and I was like, “Oh my gosh, that’s where the film ‘The Price is Right!”’ (Daily Tar Heel)

GAA Honors Two Entrepreneurs with Distinguished Young Alumni Awards

The GAA recognized entrepreneurs in solar energy and education with its Distinguished Young Alumni Awards on Friday. The 2016 recipients are Jesse Moore ’01, founder of M-KOPA Solar, a solar-power business that provides hundreds of thousands of people in East Africa clean, reliable energy; and Preston Smith ’01, co-founder and CEO of Rocketship Education. (UNC.edu)

Give for Good: UNC-Chapel Hill accepts $20 million match challenge from anonymous donor

On the heels of a record-breaking fundraising year in fiscal 2016, UNC-Chapel Hill has accepted a $20 million match challenge in support of need- and merit-based scholarships. Running through October 2017, the “Give for Good: Scholarship Challenge” is structured as tandem $10 million matches to open the way to a world-class, Carolina education. (UNC.edu)

‘The most important artifact that we have’

Every year UNC celebrates the historic laying of the Old East cornerstone as a symbol of the birth of the nation’s first public university. But for decades, the centerpiece of that ceremony 223 years ago — a brass plate commemorating the occasion — wasn’t even in Chapel Hill, but 500 miles away as scrap metal waiting to be melted down in a foundry in Clarksville, Tennessee. (UNC.edu)

Dining hall worker dies after 44 years at UNC

Garrett Watson gave students more than just a meal card swipe experience. Watson, 62, worked as a Carolina Dining Services employee for 44 years before he died on Sunday. He was a beloved friend to every person he talked to and his personable and genuine personality was an example to all. (Daily Tar Heel)

'60 Minutes' to profile how UNC Lineberger Cancer Center is leveraging artificial intelligence

This Sunday, Oct. 9, CBS's "60 Minutes" will broadcast a story about IBM's Watson and how UNC Lineberger and other organizations have used the technology platform to cull through and generate useful insights from massive amounts of data. (UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center)

Bluegrass initiative brings regional genre to UNC

Bluegrass music will now have a formal presence on campus with the creation of the Bluegrass Initiative. Led by Jocelyn Neal, professor in the music department, the Bluegrass Initiative includes a course on the genre and a new bluegrass ensemble — the Carolina Bluegrass Band. (Daily Tar Heel)

UNC Sets School Record for National Science Foundation CAREER Grants

Eight faculty researchers at UNC have been awarded grants with a combined value of nearly $6 million. The National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development grant, knows as the CAREER award, is the NSF’s “most highly esteemed recognition for junior faculty members conducting scientific research,” according to a release. (Chapelboro.com)

UNC Non-Profit Raises Over $17,000 with Annual 5K

Carolina For The Kids, formerly UNC Dance Marathon, is a student-run non-profit at UNC. The organization held its annual 5k Sunday morning. Kilometers For The Kids (KFTK) raised $17,795.25 through registrations, sponsors and donations to support the patients and families of UNC Children’s Hospital. (Chapelboro.com)

As hurricane creeps closer, a UNC RENCI supercomputer swings into action

As Hurricane Matthew makes it way toward the U.S., RENCI’s supercomputer, named Hatteras, is working overtime. The work to apply high performance computing and data analysis to understanding dangerous storm surge is part of a long-term collaboration involving RENCI, the Coastal Resilience Center at UNC-Chapel Hill, and UNC’s Institute of Marine Sciences. (Renci.org)

The Carolina Coffee Shop in Chapel Hill Offers Meals with a Side of Memories

Jeremy Ferry is the general manager of the Carolina Coffee Shop, the longest continuously operating restaurant in North Carolina, and a Chapel Hill institution since 1922. Just a few months ago, a couple returned to the Coffee Shop and sat in the exact same booth where they had their first date in 1942. On this corner of Franklin Street, this happens all the time. (Our State Magazine)

When the astronauts came to campus: Morehead Planetarium's life-saving history

From 1960 to 1975, 62 NASA astronauts studied celestial navigation at UNC’s Morehead Planetarium and Science Center. The training ensured that the astronauts would know what to do in case their automatic navigation systems failed while they were in space. The training saved lives on three occasions — the Mercury Atlas 9 mission, Apollo 12 and Apollo 13. (Daily Tar Heel)

UNC working to end children's peanut allergies

Childhood food allergies have dramatically grown over the last two decades, and one out of every 13 children under age 18 now has a food allergy. Peanuts are among the foods that cause the most severe reactions, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is working on a solution to the problem. (WRAL.com)

Introducing the UNC T-Shirt Archive

We are pleased to announce the release of the UNC T-Shirt Archive. This digital collection of Carolina T-shirts past and present provides a unique window into all aspects of student life at UNC. The website is available now, but it’s far from complete: for that, we need your help. If you have a UNC shirt that is fun, interesting, important, or just looks good, we’d like to preserve a photo of it in the University Archives. (UNC.edu)

UNC student-created documentary on North Carolina state parks to air on UNC-TV

Over the past four years, students have worked under the guidance of Tom Linden, professor of medical journalism and director of the Medical and Science Journalism Master’s Program, to compile stories of North Carolina’s state parks into a documentary. “North Carolina State Parks: Environmental Jewels,” will air on UNC-TV at 10 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 6. (Daily Tar Heel)

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