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How Chapel Hill changed its startup scene

Five years ago, Launch Chapel Hill was started in response to the success that Durham’s American Underground was having. The tech incubator offers startups a 22-week program that includes mentoring and help from an entrepreneur-in-residence. Launch’s three partners – Chapel Hill, UNC and Orange County – contribute a large amount of funding. (Durham Herald-Sun)

UNC graduate programs ranked among “Best Graduate Schools”

UNC at Chapel Hill graduate programs received high rankings as part of U.S. News & World Report’s 2019 “Best Graduate Schools.” Among the rankings, the UNC School of Medicine is first for its primary care program, following a second-place ranking last year. U.S. News ranks business, education, engineering, law, nursing and medical programs annually. (UNC.edu)

Celebrating Women's History Month At UNC

More than 17,000 women are enrolled at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill today, making up more than half of the student body. But that wasn't always the case. It wasn't until 1877 that women began first enrolling at UNC for summer sessions. It was another two decades later before Sallie Walker Stockard became the first woman to receive a degree from UNC. (UNC.edu)

John Skipper Details His ESPN Exit and an Extortion Plot

On Dec. 18, 2017, John Skipper suddenly resigned as president of ESPN and co-chairman of Disney Media Networks, citing his desire to seek treatment for what he called a “substance addiction.” The announcement was met with disbelief and confusion. Skipper, 62, the married father of two sons, was raised in North Carolina and had worked at Disney for 27 years. (Hollywood Reporter)

Horace Williams Airport may shut down. Here's a history of its impact at UNC.

When Carolina comes into conversation, most people begin to talk about either sports or academics. However, airplane enthusiasts always seem to talk about Horace Williams Airport. Horace Williams Airport was pivotal in the shaping of both Chapel Hill and the U.S., but is now facing a shutdown. The airport is hoping to have all planes off the grounds by May 2018. (Daily Tar Heel)

A ‘symbol of the life of the University’

When Davie Poplar Jr. was planted 100 years ago at UNC, people assumed that the tree would soon be the only Davie Poplar remaining on McCorkle Place. The planting served as a backup for the aging Davie Poplar that had stood on campus since before UNC opened in 1795. Today, the century-old tulip poplar tree still stands alongside the original Davie Poplar. (UNC.edu)

Legend of castle and bloody boulder has long entranced UNC students. But how true is it?

For nearly two centuries, the legend of Peter Dromgoole has enchanted the students of Chapel Hill – a story of a lover’s spat, a duel and a secret burial beneath a bloodstained boulder. In the most romantic version, young Dromgoole quarreled with a fellow student in 1833 over the affections of a woman known as Miss Fanny, choosing to settle the rivalry with pistols. (Raleigh News & Observer)

Anne Cates, first female UNC trustees chair: ‘After 200 years, I was it’

More than five decades later, Anne Cates is now best known around Chapel Hill as a respected leader who played many critical roles at Carolina, including being the first woman to chair the University’s Board of Trustees in 1999. Her decades of commitment to the University earned Cates the William R. Davie Award and the UNC General Alumni Association’s Distinguished Service Medal. (UNC.edu)

UNC study could help parents predict childhood autism at early age

Early diagnosis is essential when it comes to autism. A study conducted at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is helping parents predict autism in their child at an earlier age. The study looked at the MRI brain scans of more than 500 infants. What researchers found was that the brains of babies who later went on to develop autism were much bigger in size. (FOX 8 WGHP)

UNC research team lands patent for augmented reality

A team of inventors from UNC-Chapel Hill received a patent for augmented reality technology offering greater alignment between real and synthetic imagery, according to a filing with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The technology provides low latency for headsets, allowing users to see their actual surroundings while overlaying data. (WRAL Tech Wire)

10 years after her murder, Eve Carson’s name is still alive at UNC

Ten years ago, a popular UNC student was murdered after two men kidnapped and robbed her. Eve Carson, who was the student body president when she died, now has a scholarship in her name. It’s for college students who have grown over the years in academics, social justice and leadership. Ten years after her death, Eve Carson’s name is still alive. (WNCN)

Carolina community recognizes the ten year anniversary of Eve Carson's death

Ten years ago, the Chapel Hill community faced a tragedy. Eve Carson's death was at the forefront of news at this time in 2008, but the direct memory of her has faded away with the years. But her legacy lives on in many ways on campus. Carson was killed on the night of March 5, 2008, after being robbed and kidnapped. For months the UNC community mourned the loss. (Daily Tar Heel)

Leah Everist selected as Carolina’s 39th Luce Scholar

Leah Everist, a fourth-year student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has been named a 2018 Luce Scholar by the Henry Luce Foundation. Carolina boasts more Luce Scholars than any other college or university in the United States. She is one of only 18 students in the United States selected for the prestigious internship program in Asia. (UNC.edu)

Hugh Morton: a North Carolina treasure

Hugh Morton was one of the most well known advocates for North Carolina in the history of our state. He was determined to make a difference in the growth and development of the Tar Heel state. He was president or chairman of the Blue Ridge Parkway Association, the Travel Council of North Carolina, the Southern Highlands Attractions Association, and more. (A View to Hugh)

Five years of launching entrepreneurs

A partnership between the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Orange County and the Town of Chapel Hill, Launch has been serving the local community by providing area startups with the support and resources they need. Initial funding for the program was donated by the Becker Family in memory of their daughter Cara Gwen Becker. (UNC.edu)

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