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UNC med school alum Francis Collins will stay on as head of National Institutes of Health

The White House announced that Francis S. Collins will stay on as director of the National Institutes of Health, extending Collins’s tenure. Collins, a physician and geneticist, has led NIH since 2009. He is renowned for his leadership of the International Human Genome Project, which in 2003 sequenced the complete human genetic blueprint for the first time. (Washington Post)

UNC Paws program helps those coping with mental disorders

The UNC Paws program focuses on aiding those coping with mental health issues. "Having a psychotic episode or acute episode is devastating to a lot of people," said Dr. John Gilmore, a professor at the UNC School of Medicine. "We help people with a serious mental illness like schizophrenia or bipolar (disorder) kind of get back on their feet." (ABC 11)

The writer’s life is UNC alum, professor Daniel Wallace’s own ‘extraordinary adventure’

Daniel Wallace calls his new book, Extraordinary Adventures, his most autobiographical work yet. Wallace is the J. Ross MacDonald Distinguished Professor of English and director of the creative writing program in UNC’s College of Arts & Science and the bestselling author of previous novels including Big Fish. (UNC.edu)

Carolina Firsts: Patricia Horoho

After leaving UNC, Patricia Horoho began a successful career as a nurse and later as an administrator in the U.S. Army. She was serving in the Pentagon on September 11, 2001, and provided first aid to many of the victims of the attack. In 2011, Horoho was nominated by President Barack Obama to be the Surgeon General of the U.S. Army. She was the first woman to serve in that role. (UNC.edu)

Town of Chapel Hill to host Fourth of July celebration at Kenan Stadium

Join us once again as a spectacular display of fireworks echoes throughout Kenan Stadium this Independence day. Travel & Leisure Magazine ranked Chapel Hill no. 10 as America’s Best Towns for July Fourth Celebrations. This is one celebration you won’t want to miss! This year gates open at 7 p.m. and family activities and fun are planned throughout the evening. (Town of Chapel Hill)

Marching Tar Heels band together on and off the field

Four hours before every game, the Marching Tar Heels warm up while the rest of us sleep late. Three hours before every game, they play as the team makes its way through Tar Heel Town. Two hours before every game, they play in the Pit to get students hyped up. One hour before every game, they march to the stadium in time for kick-off. And that’s just for football season. (Daily Tar Heel)

Speaker Ban Roiled UNC-Chapel Hill Campus

On June 25, 1963, the last day of the session, the General Assembly rushed through the Speaker Ban law. The bill, formally known as Act to Regulate Visiting Speakers, prohibited speeches on state campuses by members of the Communist Party, persons advocating overthrow of the constitution and individuals who had pleaded the Fifth Amendment about related topics. (NC Natural and Cultural Resources)

UNC ranked among world's best universities

Four North Carolina universities rank among the best in the world. Duke University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, N.C. State and Wake Forest University are among the top 959 colleges worldwide, according to the 2018 edition of the QS World University Rankings. UNC-CH is 80th in the QS rankings. Among public U.S. universities, it ranks 12th. (Greensboro News & Record)

UNC Chemists Develop Nerve Gas Protection Through International Partnership

Organic protection against exposure to pesticides and nerve gas has been developed through a partnership between chemists at Moscow State University and UNC-Chapel Hill. The partnership was formed by Dr. Alexander “Sasha” Kabanov, whose groundbreaking research on enzymes started in Russia with the founding of a nanomedicine laboratory. (Chapelboro.com)

Q&A with Fleming Fuller, general manager of Franklin Street bar "He's Not Here"

Fleming Fuller began working at local bar He’s Not Here while he was a student at UNC checking IDs. After moving up the ranks as a barback and bartender, he’s now served as general manager for six years. DTH: What do you think makes this place the Chapel Hill institution that it is? Fleming Fuller: He’s Not’s a beautiful thing, really. We’re a time capsule in Chapel Hill. (Daily Tar Heel)

Glitter Girl shines light on school spirit, eating disorder awareness

Alex Koszeghy’s routine takes about an hour. She starts with a layer of body paint and covers her face, arms, stomach and legs. Layer number two is a bit more complicated than its predecessor. It’s a mixture of more body paint and glue. Once that’s on, it’s time for what’s made Koszeghy one of North Carolina’s most recognizable fans — the glitter. (Daily Tar Heel)

UNC Launches Fundraiser to Save Dog Therapy Program for Patients with Mental Illnesses

An innovative program at UNC using dogs to help those dealing with mental illness is at risk of being closed. Many of us know that a dog can help relieve stress at the end of a long day, but for some a dog can mean so much more. UNC PAWS is a dog therapy program used in the recovery portion of the UNC Center of Excellence in Community Mental Health. (Chapelboro.com)

International students put in extra effort to make UNC home

Yirun Li fears speaking up in class because she feels her English isn’t good enough. Yiran Hua wonders if she will stay in the US after graduation, because acquiring a H1-B working visa isn’t easy. Fan Feng worries she won’t fit in because she has to try harder to communicate. These international students traveled from China to UNC, and they face challenges most American students don’t. (Daily Tar Heel)

UNC-Chapel Hill wins $1 million Cooke Prize

UNC is the first public university to receive the Cooke Foundation’s $1 million award, which recognizes success in enrolling low-income students and supporting them through graduation. The Cooke Foundation is a private organization that supports exceptional students from elementary school to graduate school through scholarships, grants and direct service. (UNC.edu)

Entrepreneur Network at UNC Attracts Students and Companies

Changing the world is no small feat, but a network at UNC-Chapel Hill is encouraging students to do just that by imbuing them with an entrepreneurial mindset. Innovate Carolina was formed in 2010 to facilitate the transmission of those ideas and benefits to people and places outside of sequestered academic communities. (Chapelboro.com)

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