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Dr. Steve Reznick: ‘A legacy of courage and inspiration’

J. Steven Reznick, professor in the department of psychology and neuroscience at UNC, died Tuesday, July 5, after a three-year battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). He was 65. As a member of the Faculty Athletics Committee, he led the effort to develop a registration priority process that addressed scheduling conflicts for student-athletes. (UNC.edu)

UNC Named to Forbes' Top 100 List of Colleges

Forbes released its list of America’s Top 100 Colleges, and The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill comes in at No. 47. UNC boasts the least expensive annual year of the Top 100 schools in North Carolina, costing an average $49,431. Chapel Hill’s student body is also the largest of the four North Carolina schools in the Top 100 with over 29,135 students. (WCNC)

Three from UNC selected as 2016 Paul & Daisy Soros Fellows

Aisha Saad ’09, Vishwajith Sridharan ’14, and Heidi Vuletich were recently selected as recipients of The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans. This is the first time Carolina has had more than one person selected as a Paul & Daisy Soros Fellow in the same year. (UNC.edu)

UNC-led excavations uncover new mosaics in Galilee synagogue

Excavations this summer in the Late Roman (fifth century) synagogue at Huqoq, an ancient Jewish village in Israel’s Lower Galilee, have revealed stunning new mosaics that decorated the floor. The excavations are directed by Jodi Magness, a professor at UNC, along with Assistant Director Shua Kisilevitz of the Israel Antiquities Authority. (UNC.edu)

UNC professor to receive prestigious Clarke Prize

The National Water Research Institute (NWRI) is pleased to announce Mark Sobsey, PhD, will be the twenty-third recipient of the NWRI Athalie Richardson Irvine Clarke Prize for excellence in water research. Dr. Sobsey is the Kenan Distinguished Professor of Environmental Sciences and Engineering at the University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health. (UNC.edu)

Southern Season bankruptcy causes ripples across state

Southern Season’s bankruptcy will affect thousands of small businesses across the country, many based in the Triangle and the Carolinas. The 412-page bankruptcy filing is a who’s who of the state’s small artisan food and beverage makers: Chapel Hill Creamery, Counter Culture Coffee, Videri Chocolate Factory, Guglhupf Bakery and many more. (Winston-Salem Journal)

UNC grad student’s local and global work with Rotary International

Doctoral candidate Hai-Ryung Sung has focused her studies and skills around issues of water, sanitation and hygiene (WaSH). Sung first came to UNC-Chapel Hill as a Rotary Peace Fellow through the Duke-UNC Rotary Peace Center, one of seven such centers worldwide—the only center in North America and the only center to be co-hosted by two universities. (UNC.edu)

A few years out of UNC, the band Mipso has taken its old-time folk sound around the world

Since the band’s inception in 2011, Mipso has been selling out shows at Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro, playing with fellow North Carolina bands around the Triangle, writing music, and traveling constantly. All graduates of UNC and North Carolina natives, Joseph Terrell, Jacob Sharp, Wood Robinson, and Libby Rodenbough have toured across the United States together. (Our State Magazine)

UNC's Project Uplift marks 50 years of service

For nearly 50 years, Project Uplift has given students like Smith a small taste of college life. They will sleep in a residence hall, eat in a dining hall, attend classes and interact with faculty, staff and students. The intense two-day program is designed with diversity in mind, targeting African American, Native American, Latino/Hispanic, Asian American, low income and rural students. (University Gazette)

UNC Alum Awarded Prestigious Scholarship

Jordan Maly-Preuss, a 2013 graduate of UNC, has been selected for the prestigious Ertegun Graduate Scholarship Program. The scholarship funds graduate studies in humanities at the University of Oxford. The award was given out to 18 students for one-year and two-year full time master’s degree’s and for three-year doctoral degrees. (Chapelboro.com)

UNC undergraduate researcher Molly Fisher enjoys studying in amazing places

Senior Molly Fisher is an undergraduate researcher in UNC-Chapel Hill’s Geophysics and Climatology Lab, pursuing a double major in geological sciences and history. Over the past three years, Fisher has modeled renewable energy sources across North America based off of energy production and cost. (UNC.edu)

UNC PhD. Student Uses Drones to Detect Sharks

Traditional methods for gathering data on sharks typically include catch-and-release fishing surveys, acoustic and satellite tags, aerial surveys with helicopters, laboratory tank studies and DNA analysis. But North Carolina PhD. student Martin Benavides is interested in a brand new approach—specifically drones. (UNC.edu)

UNC grad, former Bank of America exec Sallie Krawcheck launches investment tool for women

Since stepping down from running Bank of America’s two wealth-management units in 2011, Sallie Krawcheck has turned her focus to helping other professional women get ahead. Her latest initiative toward that goal: a digital investing platform catering to women. (Charlotte Observer)

The improbable life of James Taylor

James Taylor says the very notion that he is alive at the age of 68, let alone enjoying a still-thriving career, didn't seem probable when he was a teenager struggling with drugs, mental illness and the cruel whimsy of the music business. "I didn't have any options" besides trying to make it in music, says Taylor, who spent his childhood between Massachusetts and North Carolina. (Chicago Tribune)

UNC Anthropologist Helps With Lost Colony Find

The Lost Colony is a mystery that has captivated North Carolinians for centuries. Archaeologists recently uncovered a clue that doesn’t shed light on what happened to the lost colonists, but it may reveal more about their life on Roanoke island. J. Eric Deetz, an adjunct lecturer in the UNC’s anthropology department, identified the discovery. (UNC.edu)

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