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Q&A with Nobel Prize winner Aziz Sancar about his Girls in STEM program

When the announcement was made that I won the Nobel Prize, the Turkish media contacted me and asked for my opinion on all kinds of things. During those interviews I repeatedly mentioned that we in Turkey need to give equal opportunities to our girls and that means to emphasize their education, because in rural parts of Turkey many parents do not send their girls to school at all or stop after elementary education, and I always thought this was unfair. (Daily Tar Heel)

Operation Match: Computer Dating at UNC in the 1960s

Several hundred students used the service in its first month. While Operation Match apparently led to several successful dates, there were some unusual matches, including that of a UNC sophomore who was matched with his sister, a student at Duke. This was notable not just for the fact that they were related, but, according to friends, “They are as different as night and day.” (UNC.edu)

Andy Griffith's Daughter Remembers Her Late Dad — "He Wasn't the Typical Hollywood Type"

Summer residents of Roanoke Island, N.C., became accustomed to the sight of a familiar-looking man running errands to the hardware store barefoot, or sometimes without a shirt. “He was not the typical Hollywood type,” Andy Griffith’s daughter, Dixie, tells Closer, adding that her father, who passed away in 2012 at 86, was “gracious” to fans and “felt free” in his home state of North Carolina. (Closer Weekly)

From Waffle House worker to Waffle Street author: UNC grad James Adams writes about his experience

After earning an MBA in finance from UNC, James Adams went to work as a product manager in a hedge fund. And after two years spent in the eye of the financial hurricane that was the 2008 meltdown, he said the pink slip he received in 2009 came as somewhat of a relief.“There is some kind of an emotional trauma when you’ve got to tell these people you’ve lost billions of dollars from their pensions,” Adams said. (Daily Tar Heel)

Photo: Anti-War Rally at UNC, 1936

Memories of World War I were still fresh in the minds of many Americans when tensions were beginning to escalate in Europe in the 1930s, building toward the conflicts that would lead to World War II. The photo here is probably from a rally held at UNC on April 22, 1936. It was described as a “strike,” with classes cancelled for about an hour. (UNC.edu)

UNC Alum and World War II Museum director, Nick Mueller, to receive France's highest honor

Gordon "Nick" Mueller, the National World War II Museum's director, and two of its best-known supporters, Tom Brokaw and Tom Hanks, will receive France's highest honor on May 20 in Paris in recognition of the museum-related work they have done to keep alive interest in that conflict and the importance of France's role in it. (New Orleans Times-Picayune)

More than a building

During the month of May, UNC’s General Alumni Association (GAA) celebrates three very important anniversaries: it’s 173rd birthday on May 31st, and the groundbreaking for and the dedication of the George Watts Hill Alumni Center. Morton collection volunteer Jack Hilliard shares some the history behind these events. (UNC.edu)

Chapel Hill Home of James Taylor Up for Auction

For the first time ever, the public will have an opportunity to tour the house where James Taylor spent his childhood years in Chapel Hill. George Smart, the executive director of North Carolina Modernist Houses, calls the home a “great example of midcentury modernism.” The home was built in 1952 and was designed by award-winning architects George Matsumoto and John Latimer. (Chapelboro.com)

UNC Professor Given National Medal of Technology and Innovation by President Obama

Joseph DeSimone’s career has revolved around creating utilitarian technology. On May 19, DeSimone’s years of innovative and beneficial work in material science was honored by President Barack Obama with the National Medal of Technology and Innovation. DeSimone’s citation also recognized his innovation and leadership in higher education and entrepreneurship. (UNC.edu)

“And then UNC tells you to leave and it hurts...”

It was the best four years of my life. From life events such as hearing the First Lady speak in Carmichael Arena to earning a job with the UNC football team. From becoming an Admissions Ambassador who recruited prospective UNC students, to watching Roy’s Boys make a run for the National Championship, UNC gave me incredible memories. (Jourdan Black)

Barack Obama’s 1994 Visit to Chapel Hill

In 1994, the Sonja Hayes Stone Black Cultural Center sponsored a three-day program for leaders of African American student groups at UNC. The Black Student Leadership Summit kicked off on the evening of September 2, 1994, with an opening reception and dinner followed by a featured speaker from out of town: Barack Obama. (UNC.edu)

The History of the Official UNC Seal

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has many symbols associated with it, from the Tar Heel footprint to the silhouette of the Old Well. One of the most formal UNC visual components is the University’s ornamental seal. The official ornamental seal of the University has gone through four major revisions since it was first created. (UNC.edu)

Alexander Julian: former 5-year-old in a custom made suit

Alexander Julian is no stranger to fashion — he was born into it, he was raised in it and eventually he would change it. Tuesday night, Wilson Library hosted “Gladys Hall Coates University History Lecture: The Threads of Carolina Style” with Alexander Julian to discuss how the fashion of Chapel Hill has changed throughout the years.Julian has a history with fashion. (Daily Tar Heel)

UNC spinout G1 Therapeutics completes $47M fundraiser

G1 Therapeutics, a UNC-Chapel Hill spinout developing cancer treatments, raised $47 million from private investors. This fundraiser comes on the back of $33 million raised in 2015 and $12.5 million raised in 2014. Investors include local venture capital groups like Hatteras Venture Partners and Eshelman Ventures. (Triangle Business Journal)

A look back at Commencement

More than 6,000 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill graduates turned their tassels last weekend at Commencement. (UNC.edu)

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