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Squirrel named Mr. Nuts spends 'wild 24 hours' with UNC professor

UNC professor Lynn Owens said she thinks the squirrel may have gotten into her tote bag on campus, although how that happened remains a mystery. Since the squirrel came from campus, she wanted to take it back, but the release didn’t go quite according to plan. “It sat there and looked at me and then ran right back up my leg like I’m its momma or something." (WRAL.com)

UNC Receives $4.8 Million Grant to Confront Energy Poverty in Southern Africa

The National Science Foundation recently awarded a $4.8 million grant to UNC to help alleviate energy poverty in Southern Africa. Energy poverty is the lack of access to modern energy sources such as electricity and modern fuels, crucial resources to the well-being of individuals and communities, the environment, and to the stability and growth of national economies. (UNC.edu)

Raj Panjabi, UNC Grad and Doctor, Goes the Last Mile in Liberia

Dr. Raj Panjabi, 36, is a co-founder and the chief executive of Last Mile Health, a charity that brings medical care to some of the most remote corners of Liberia. Earlier this year, he was awarded both the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship — an honor worth $1.25 million — and the $1 million TED Prize. Dr. Panjabi teaches at Harvard Medical School. (New York Times)

New Report Shows UNC Start-ups Are Generating Billions and Creating Thousands of Jobs

UNC has been getting down to business. A biannual report released shows that startups and social ventures connected with UNC generate $10 billion in annual revenue, create more that 8,000 jobs in North Carolina and 63,000 jobs worldwide. With a 26 percent increase in UNC related ventures just in the past year, its’ clear these numbers will continue to grow. (Chapelboro.com)

The race to get UNC ready for students

Summer on a college campus. With apologies to Mr. Dickens: It is the quietest of times, it is the busiest of times. Quiet because students have abandoned the place for other pursuits. Busiest because facilities employees scurry to build, repair and maintain when there is the least disruption, and housekeeping staff scrub, sweep and polish to get vacant rooms ready. (UNC.edu)

Carolina in Sierra Club ‘Cool Schools’ ranking

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ranks 28th among more than 200 colleges and universities nationwide, according to the Sierra Club “Cool Schools” sustainability report. The “Cool Schools” ranking serves as a guide for prospective students to compare schools’ commitment to sustainability. This year’s report reflects accomplishments through June 2016. (UNC.edu)

A week to welcome Tar Heels home

It has been a busy week for Tar Heels as they return to UNC-Chapel Hill’s campus for the fall 2017 semester. In Jurassic-themed style, members of the Carolina Kickoff squad welcomed new Tar Heels as their more than 70-year-old tradition continued. Family and friends pitched in through the weekend to get on-campus dwellers settled into their new spaces. (UNC.edu)

UNC Alum, Foodie, Dave Venable Shares What Made Him a Success

Celeb foodie David Venable is convinced he’s got the greatest job in the world. Venable, who the New York Times called, “The Man Who Helps America Cook,” is the star of QVC’s “In the Kitchen With David” series that has singlehandedly transformed home shopping in the kitchenware space. In one year alone, Venable once sold more than $250 million worth of cookware. (Philly Mag)

Terry Sanford’s astonishing life and legacy with us still

Terry Sanford has been gone almost 20 years now, dying at the age of 80 in 1998. He would have turned 100 last Sunday. And yet he’s with us still. With us in two, maybe three, generations of North Carolina leaders who either learned their politics and honed their progressive beliefs at his knee, or from people who learned from the people who learned from “Terry.” (Raleigh News & Observer)

Myanmar refugee San San Lwin receives UNC's highest honor

At a recent interview, San San Lwin brought a folder filled with documents that tell the story of her escape from Myanmar and her arrival as a refugee in America. Lwin is a housekeeper in McIver residence hall, which has its perks. Eligibility for a C. Knox Massey Distinguished Service Award, UNC’s highest honor, is at the top of that list. And Lwin was one of 2017's six honorees. (UNC.edu)

UNC Lineberger program focused on improving screening rates, reducing cancer deaths

UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers have launched an ambitious multi-pronged initiative to improve cancer screening rates in North Carolina, with the goal of reducing cancer-related deaths. The Carolina Cancer Screening Initiative, led by Daniel S. Reuland, brings together UNC Lineberger’s clinicians and public health researchers with community partners. (UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center)

A look at the long and controversial life of ‘Silent Sam’

Silent Sam has been under fire a long time. Archivists at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Wilson Library digitized primary sources of the Confederate monument’s history on the campus last year. “Any time there’s this much interest in a piece of university history we see it as a tremendous learning experience,” said university archivist Nicholas Graham. (Durham Herald-Sun)

Solar eclipse over Carolina

With their eyes trained to the sky, thousands of Carolina students, faculty and staff members and community members spread out on blankets, relaxed in lawn chairs and staked out sunny places on campus to watch the solar eclipse. Solar eclipse glasses were the hottest fashion trend of the day. Morehead Planetarium and Science Center threw a party to celebrate. (UNC.edu)

UNC student arrested after hundreds protest at UNC-Chapel Hill Silent Sam monument

A student was arrested along with other protesters when about 800 people gathered at McCorkle Place on Tuesday night to demand the removal of the Silent Sam Confederate statue from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus. The statue was surrounded by two sets of barricades earlier Tuesday to prevent protesters getting close to it. (WRAL.com)

Old Well ‘Worth the sip’ on UNC's first day of classes

For the past three years, Corbin Phifer has made a habit of stopping by the Old Well on the first day of classes in hopes that the legend of the first sip comes true and she receives a 4.0 grade point average for the semester. It hasn’t worked yet, but she decided the start of her senior year was not the time to stop trying. “We’re hoping it will work this year,” Phifer said Tuesday. (UNC.edu)

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