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UNC rated among top 10 national public universities for African Americans

UNC at Chapel Hill – a top public research university with a strong focus on access and affordability and high graduation rates – ranks ninth among the nation’s best public universities for African Americans, according to MONEY and Essence magazines. The publications analyzed more than 1,500 four-year colleges and universities to single out the ones that offer the best value for African-American students. (UNC.edu)

Pho Nomenal business for Carolina grad

UNC Kenan-Flagler grad Sophia Woo and her friend and business partner Sunny Lin, a biomedical engineer, launched a Raleigh-based food truck in 2014. Their Pho Nomenal Dumpling Truck serves up traditional Asian recipes from family and friends, along with their own original creations. The truck has built a loyal fan base in the Triangle and became a national television phenomenon. (UNC.edu)

Video: Women of Carolina - Celebrating Women’s History

From the 1920s to the late 1960s, women were subject to very different rules compared to male students....The official record shows in 1927 the University got its first female faculty member. However, that may not be the whole story. (UNC.edu)

Nobel Prize Winners Sancar and Smithies Take Similar Paths To Get To UNC

It’s often said that behind every great man is a great woman — for UNC’s two Nobel Prize winners Aziz Sancar and Oliver Smithies, this is certainly true. “Well I came (to UNC) because my wife came here,” Smithies said. “I came on my wife’s coattails. She got a job offered and so I asked ‘was there anyone interested in me coming to Chapel Hill.'” (Chapelboro.com)

UNC Students Head for Cannes with Short Film 'Of Princes'

As co-founders of the video production company Uninsincerity, UNC juniors Riley Reid, Stuart Schrader, and Jan Bergengruen have produced several impressive works, including a campaign ad for student body president Bradley Opere and the short film Of Princes, which won a spot at the upcoming Cannes Film Festival. (Indy Week)

Long-Time Tar Heel Fan Helps Troubled Youth

Dennis Garrett has been a Tar Heel fan since he can remember. He used to sell soda at sports events with his older brothers, struggling to keep up with them. He says since then the Tar Heels have inspired him in every way and it shows. Garrett has been collecting UNC memorabilia since he was a child. He picks up merchandise from every new city he visits, whether it is from California, Hawaii, the Bahamas, or Mexico. (TWC News)

New questions raised in slaying case of Michael Jordan’s father

A North Carolina judge could decide as soon as next month whether new evidence in the murder of Michael Jordan’s father will earn the convicted triggerman a new trial. Robeson County teenagers Daniel Green and Larry Demery were convicted 20 years ago of fatally shooting James Jordan during a late-night carjacking along U.S. 74. (Charlotte Observer)

UNC School of Nursing Ranks 9th in World Rankings

Nursing Times recently published the first ever rankings of schools of nursing worldwide and UNC placed 9th overall and 2nd among public universities in the United States! The study was conducted by analysts at Quacquarelli Symonds, or QS, a British firm specializing in global higher education and careers information and solutions. (UNC.edu)

Making A Murderer lawyer, UNC law alum Jerry Buting writing a book

Jerry Buting, the lawyer who gained popularity after appearing in Making A Murderer while serving as Steven Avery’s defense attorney, will write a book about the criminal justice system to be released next year, HarperCollins announced Monday. (Entertainment Weekly)

UNC cancer research finds success with compound treatments

They’ve got money, and they’re working together.Faculty and researchers across UNC’s medical programs say state support and a collaborative environment are the main reasons why UNC has had so many recent breakthroughs in cancer research.Shelton Earp, director of UNC Cancer Care and a Lineberger professor of cancer research, has been at the cancer center since 1977, almost since the beginning. (Daily Tar Heel)

Dance Marathon raises its own bar with $44,000 fundraising increase

The 2016 UNC Dance Marathon broke their own record, raising $44,000 more than 2015’s event. From 6:30 p.m. on Friday to 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, student volunteers raised money for the patients at N.C. Children’s Hospital and their families with dancing and activities in Fetzer Hall and out on Hooker Fields. This year the organization was able to raise $614,717.71. (Daily Tar Heel)

UNC alum working in Africa makes trip to Final Four

Watching the Carolina Tar Heels on the basketball court this season from Africa wasn't easy for Jimmy Leak. The UNC alum travels to Kenya and Ethiopia often as an education advisor for Nuru International. "The internet is sort of in and out. You have to get up at like 4 a.m. because of the time difference," he said, laughing. But he never missed a chance to see them play or recruit new fans. (ABC 11)

The real reason behind Dance Marathon

When Carolina students twist and shout the night away at the annual Dance Marathon this weekend, they’ll do it for a reason far greater than showing off their moves. Dozens of sick children at UNC Children’s Hospital and their families will have a better quality of life thanks to their efforts. In its 18th year, the Dance Marathon has helped raise nearly $5 million dollars to assist North Carolina families while their children battle illnesses. (UNC.edu)

Early astronaut training housed in Chapel Hill

Years of training goes into becoming an astronaut, and some of the most basic training took place in North Carolina. Morehead Planetarium, on the campus of UNC, trained 62 astronauts in the early days of the space program from 1960 to 1975. Long-time NASA director Tony Jenzano said he wasn’t aware of the program’s history in the Tar Heel state. (WRAL.com)

Chapel Hill Prepares for Final Four

Town of Chapel Hill and University police departments will increase their patrols Saturday and, with a victory, Monday to ensure everyone can safely celebrate UNC’s trip to the Final Four. “We’re all pulling for a Carolina victory, and when that happens, we want everyone to celebrate responsibly and get home safely,” said Chapel Hill Police Chief Chris Blue. (Town of Chapel Hill)

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