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Cat’s Cradle Lands High On List of America’s Best Music Venues

Cat’s Cradle has been a live music staple for over 40 years. The Carrboro music venue has gotten plenty of national attention over the years and that has not stopped. Consequence of Sound, a notable online music magazine, recently released the top 100 live music venues in the United States. Cat’s Cradle landed at No. 12 on the list. (Chapelboro.com)

Gerald Ford ’38 (law): As His UNC Classmates Remember Him

President Gerald Ford recalls his little-known days as a student in Chapel Hill. This period was quite apart from his tenure in the U.S. Naval Pre-Flight School on the UNC campus during World War II. Some of his fellow students in the UNC Law School remembered Ford, who studied with them at Chapel Hill in that first summer school term of 1938. (UNC.edu)

UNC spinout raises $2M in first private funding round

BioFluidica, a specialty health care company with roots in UNC-Chapel Hill, raised $2 million, closing the company’s first round of private funding. Based on work started by UNC professor Steven A. Soper, BioFluidica is developing a tool to better identify cancer. (Triangle Business Journal)

Q&A with Joseph DeSimone, UNC professor and recipient of National Medal of Technology and Innovation

The Daily Tar Heel: In simple terms, what kind of research do you do? Joseph DeSimone: We have been part of a new effort to design new medicines and using nanotechnology for vaccines and pulmonary medicines including (for) things like asthma and hypertension and COPD, and then more recently we’ve developed a new technique for 3D manufacturing. (Daily Tar Heel)

“Search For A Common Ground”: Frank Porter Graham’s 1966 Commencement Address

In researching the class of 1966 for its 50th anniversary, I found that year’s commencement address. The speech, titled “Search for a Common Ground,” was given by Frank Porter Graham, the former President of UNC-Chapel Hill and the consolidated UNC system. Graham took the opportunity to address the Speaker Ban law that was then being challenged in court. (UNC.edu)

23 years later, campus says goodbye to Daily Grind

Friday, after nearly 23 years of service on UNC’s campus, The Daily Grind will turn off its espresso machines for the last time. The café’s contract was not renewed after it was announced Barnes and Noble College would take over management of the historically university-owned Student Stores June 24. (Daily Tar Heel)

Video: UNC students transform lives through 3D printing

Improving the quality of life for people far too young to come to campus is the focus of one of Carolina’s newest student organizations. The Helping Hand Project, launched in 2015, features a group of about 40 students who use 3-D printing to make prosthetic devices for children and adolescents born without fingers. (UNC.edu)

UNC student heading to Olympics as sports writer

When James Tatter and his friend, Joe Wilson, ran track at Reynolds High School, they often talked about how cool it would be to go to the Olympics. Tatter, now a freshman at North Carolina, will live that dream this summer as a sports writer. He’ll travel to Rio de Janiero to help cover the Olympics as part of a wire service that will be heavy on athletes and officials with ties to UNC. (Winston-Salem Journal)

UNC MJ-school wins national championship in Hearst Journalism Awards

The UNC School of Media and Journalism has won the 2016 national championship in the Hearst Journalism Awards competition – considered the Pulitzers of collegiate journalism. This is the school’s sixth national championship, its second consecutive and its fourth since 2010. UNC is the only school to have finished in the top 5 every year since 2004. (UNC.edu)

Veteran Boot Camp Begins at UNC-Chapel Hill

Twenty military veterans began a week of boot camp Sunday unlike any other they've been through. It’s all part of the Warrior-Scholar Project Academic Boot Camp at UNC-Chapel Hill. The boot camp is an intensive program aimed at helping enlisted vets transition to four-year higher education opportunities. (TWC News)

Muhammad Ali's Visit to Chapel Hill

America’s role in Indochina met with increasing hostility on its college campuses in the late 60’s. Muhammad Ali’s position resonated with students. He suddenly found himself in demand as a speaker. Denied the right to support himself in the ring, Ali began speaking at universities. That interest in speaking to students is what ultimately led Ali to Chapel Hill. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Carolina alumnus’ speech goes viral

Donovan Livingston’s passion was evident during his four years as a history student at UNC. Seven years after graduating from Carolina, that same passion led to a moving speech at the Harvard School of Education commencement that has since gone viral. Livingston’s speech, focusing on diversity and education, reached more than 11 million views in less than a week (YouTube)

UNC professor K.H. Lee Receives Hong Kong Baptist University Award for Advancing Chinese Medicine

Kuo-Hsiung Lee was chosen to receive the Third Cheung On Tak International Award for Outstanding Contribution to Chinese Medicine from Hong Kong Baptist University’s School of Chinese Medicine. Lee is the Kenan Distinguished Professor of Medicinal Chemistry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Eshelman School of Pharmacy. (UNC.edu)

Remembering Our Military

On Memorial Day, UNC remembers all the men and women who lost their lives during military service to the country. The more than 700 Carolina graduates who died in battle or in training accidents during time of war are honored on campus with the Carolina Alumni Memorial in Memory of Those Lost in Military Service, located next to Memorial Hall. (UNC.edu)

UNC alum Cassandra Quin Butts, former Deputy White House Counsel, dead at 50

Cassandra Quin Butts, former Deputy White House Counsel and nominee to the Ambassadorship to the Bahamas, died on Thursday, May 26, 2016. She was 50. Butts suffered from a “brief illness” and passed away at her Washington, D.C. home. Butts received a B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. (Philadelphia Tribune)

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