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UNC alum, Raleigh food truck owner competing in Food Network show

UNC graduate Sophia Woo’s food truck, Pho Nomenal Dumplings, has moved from Raleigh to the national stage on the Food Network competition “The Great Food Truck Race.” The show, which is in its sixth season, features seven food trucks competing against one another around the country for a $50,000 prize. Pho Nomenal Dumplings has made it two-thirds of the way through the season; two weeks remain until a winner is announced. (Daily Tar Heel)

UNC Alum Bomani Jones Takes the Dismal Science to ESPN

You have three degrees in economics, which I assume is not common among your colleagues at ESPN. Do you still consider yourself an economist? Yes. Being an economist is much more about a thought process than it is anything specific about your job. It’s thinking about how to maximize utility and the allocation of scarce resources — that’s what I’m doing every day now. (New York Times)

North Carolina's Best Gameday Places to Eat

The landscape of Franklin Street has changed a good bit over the years, but locals and a rotating rank of students alike have been getting their fill at Ye Olde Waffle Shoppe, a Chapel Hill institution since 1972. On weekends, the line outside can be long, but the waffles are worth it. We recommend the M&M’s waffle dusted with powdered sugar. (Our State Magazine)

UNC grad's real-life romantic comedy is getting national press

UNC graduate Ravi Patel never envisioned himself on the big screen. Now he’s being called an Academy Award contender. After an unsuccessful run as an investment banker, Patel turned to acting, and has been featured in “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” and “Scrubs.” He also co-founded the nonprofit This Bar Saves Lives with celebrities like Kristen Bell and Jimmy Kimmel. Now, he’s a documentary filmmaker. (Daily Tar Heel)

UNC Receives High Marks on College Scorecard

UNC came out above average across the board in the newly released federal data grading colleges across the country. The numbers tell a good story for Carolina, ranking in with an average annual cost below the national average, a graduation rate well above the national average and an average salary after graduation that ranks above the national average. (Chapelboro.com)

Battaglini next featured speaker at Tar Heel Tailgate Talks

Dr. Claudio Battaglini, a former soccer star and international-level coach turned award-winning Carolina professor, will serve as feature speaker at this Saturday’s Tar Heel Tailgate Talk. Beginning at 10:30 a.m., “Dr. B” will share how the power of exercise can make a difference in the lives of cancer patients. (UNC.edu)

Carolina faculty look back on historic physics conference

Six days weren’t enough to solve a problem that has stumped physicists for 40 years. Still, the week-long Hawking Radiation Conference in Stockholm, Sweden was productive. “UNC-Chapel Hill has been so fortunate because we have been able to co-sponsor this historic conference with some of the greatest institutes of theoretical physics in the world,” UNC-Chapel Hill Chancellor Carol L. Folt said. (UNC.edu)

'Survivor' contestant, UNC alum Jeff Varner Has A Million Things On His Mind

Over the next several minutes, Varner goes into extreme detail about his Survivor past, the people he’s up against in Second Chance, the schemes he’s cooking up, the deals he already has in place — but throughout the talk, he keeps coming back to one line: “This is my second chance.” These are not just words for Jeff Varner. They are his everything right now. (Parade Magazine)

UNC Medical students learn ways service dogs assist diabetics

Despite access to glucose monitors and other tools, many diabetics struggle to control blood sugar levels. Earlier this month, UNC medical students in their third semester of the 16-month-long Foundation attended a special Endocrine block session in the MBRB auditorium that exposed them to the ways service dogs assist diabetics with blood sugar control. (UNC Health Care)

New WCHL Owner on Station’s Future

Leslie Rudd is a Colorado-based entrepreneur and philanthropist with Chapel Hill ties, who will also be the new owner of WCHL and Chapelboro.com once the final administrative hurdles are cleared. WCHL has a history of serving Orange County that dates back to 1953. Rudd says he is excited to continue the work of WCHL and Chapelboro with a mission of serving the local community. (Chapelboro.com)

UNC Student Stores might be privatized

Employees of Student Stores are celebrating the store’s 100th anniversary while the possibility of privatization looms. Two months ago, Follett, a company that owns more than a thousand student stores nationwide, submitted a proposal to lease the traditionally University-owned store, said Matthew Fajack, vice chancellor for finance and administration. (Daily Tar Heel)

UNC Dental Students Volunteer to Honor a Legacy

More than 350 students from the UNC School of Dentistry spent the day digging, building or cleaning to assist 22 local organizations. Referred to as “DEAH DAY” – which stands for Directing Efforts And Honoring Deah And Yusor — it was their way to honor the legacies of the late Deah Barakat and Yusor Abu-Salha, who were killed earlier this year along with Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha. (UNC.edu)

Carolina students hit the market for a cause

With more than just personal profit on line, Sam Henderson found himself standing on Polk Place on Saturday handing out bottles of water, figuring out his market on the fly — all to send a 12-year-old to Walt Disney World. Henderson was among the 90 groups of Carolina students from Kenan–Flagler Business School’s Entrepreneurial Studies course and the GLOBE Program. (UNC.edu)

UNC Researchers Awarded $11.3 Million for Cancer Nanotechnology Research

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers received an $11.3 million, five-year grant to conduct multiple studies exploring the use of nanoparticles to create cancer vaccines and improve cancer drug delivery and responses. The grant is the third in a series of awards that the university has received from the National Cancer Institute for cancer nanotechnology research. (UNC.edu)

UNC astrophysicist works with Stephen Hawking

Laura Mersini-Houghton, a professor of physics and astronomy, collaborated with Stephen Hawking at a recent conference in Sweden. Mersini-Houghton has been working in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at UNC since 2004. Her research is focused around the origins of the universe, dark energy and the quantum physics of the black holes. (Daily Tar Heel)

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