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UNC Students, Organizations Help with Hurricane Matthew Relief

It’s a sunny, 75 degree day in Chapel Hill in the middle of February. But some UNC students and organizations aren’t enjoying the weather. “I mean, it’s nothing major. We’re cutting things out, putting little board games together: game pieces, dice, stuff like that,” said UNC sophomore and football player Mason Veal. (Chapelboro.com)

Paul Rizzo Leaves Distinguished Business Legacy

The roster of the noted “Justice Era” of the late-1940s got a little thinner last week with the passing of Paul Rizzo, a four-year Letterman from 1947-50 who later went on to significant accomplishments in business. Rizzo died Thursday Feb. 23 at the age of 89 after a period of declining health. (UNC Lettermen)

UNC climbs to No.7 among Peace Corps’ top volunteer-producing colleges and universities

For the third year in a row, UNC has moved up in the rankings of the Peace Corps’ Top Volunteer-Producing Colleges and Universities list. UNC ranks No. 7 among large schools, up from No. 12 last year. 51 Tar Heels volunteered around the world in 2016. Since the Peace Corps’ founding in 1961, nearly 1,300 Carolina alumni have served as volunteers overseas. (UNC.edu)

Raleigh museum features iconic photos of Hugh Morton

The late Wilmington businessman Hugh Morton led the effort to bring the Battleship North Carolina to Wilmington and was the first President of the North Carolina Azalea Festival. Morton is also remembered for bringing the state's beauty and history to thousands thru his iconic photographs, many of which have rarely been seen, until now. (WECT)

UNC researcher arms platelets to deliver cancer immunotherapy

What if platelets could carry anti-cancer drugs to wipe out microtumors? “Our goal was to study a new and effective way to treat cancer patients after they have surgery,” said Zhen Gu, PhD, the senior author who holds joint faculty positions at the UNC School of Medicine, UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy and NC State University College of Engineering. (UNC Health Care)

UNC researchers use AI to predict autism by comparing baby brain scans

A team of University of North Carolina researchers has developed a way to potentially predict autism in children as young as 6 months old using artificial intelligence. Using decades-old research that found a correlation between infant brain volume to autism diagnosis, researchers developed a high-tech method for diagnosing autism spectrum disorder in young children. (Raleigh News & Observer)

The 21 best college burgers in America: Al's Burger Shack, UNC-Chapel Hill

While most great college burger spots are marked with decades of underclassmen clamoring for a bite after too many very watery lagers or at least seven hours picking apart the female psyche in The Cultural Devastation of American Women, Al's is, well, fresh. But the Chapel Hill restaurant caters to the roadside classics with very simple burgers and dogs. (Thrillist)

UNC Southern Folklife Collection teams up with local record label

Music lovers will soon be able to own rare audio history, thanks to a partnership between the Southern Folklife Collection (SFC) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Yep Roc Records, based in Hillsborough. The SFC, part of the Wilson Special Collections Library, will create digital masters of rare archival recordings from its collections. (UNC.edu)

The 10 Most Iconic College Restaurants in America: Merritt’s Store & Grill, UNC-Chapel Hill

Undergrads in Chapel Hill know where to get a good B.L.T: Merritt’s. Do you want a single, a double, or a triple? How about avocado or pimento cheese? Merritt’s takes the B.L.T. to the next level. This 1920s-era gas-station-turned-sandwich-shop is not the cheapest, but it is charming, and students make the pilgrimage to check the box off this UNC bucket list experience. (QSR)

Research reveals about 1,300 squirrels call UNC campus home

Approximately 1,387 gray squirrels reside on UNC’s campus. The fact was revealed through the Undergraduate Library's Research Challenge of the Week, in which librarians strive to find the answers to questions students pose throughout the semester. Bythell said he doubts the squirrel population at UNC is significantly higher than at other universities with similar environments. (Daily Tar Heel)

Former UNC Football Player, Business School Dean, and IBM Executive Paul Rizzo Passes Away

Paul Rizzo, former IBM executive and dean at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Kenan-Flagler Business School, died Thursday at the age of 89. He was initially recruited by Coach Carl Snavely to play football at Cornell University. When Snavely moved to UNC in 1945, Rizzo followed, and would end up on the same team as Charlie “Choo-Choo” Justice. In the 1950 Cotton Bowl, Rizzo scored twice. (Raleigh News & Observer)

UNC student named 2017 Gates Cambridge Scholar

Adriano Bellotti, a current student in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Medicine, has been awarded the prestigious Gates Cambridge Scholarship, which provides full support for graduate study at the University of Cambridge in England. Bellotti, 24, a Charlotte native, is among 36 Americans selected for the award from 800 U.S. applicants. (UNC.edu)

New National Security Adviser’s Research at UNC Built His Reputation as Scholar-Warrior

H.R. McMaster ’94 (MA, ’96 PhD), the lieutenant general President Donald Trump picked on Monday to be national security adviser, often has been described in this week’s ensuing media coverage as a scholar-warrior, earning his hard-charging reputation on the battlefield and on the best-seller list. (UNC General Alumni Association)

Mipso, string band formed by UNC grads, plays to the beat of a brand-new drummer

With a sound that blends the present with the past -- old-time string band instrumentation in service of timeless stories inspired by relationships and other emotional experiences -- Chapel Hill band Mipso has established itself as one of the top Americana bands in North Carolina. (Wilmington Star News)

UNC alum Jeff Varner 'so thrilled' to return to 'Survivor' for a third time

Jeff Varner will return to “Survivor.” The CBS network announced Wednesday that the Greensboro man will appear on the upcoming 34th season of the competitive reality series. The two-hour season premiere at 8 p.m. March 8 marks the series’ 500th episode. Jeff Probst hosts the show. Varner, 50, is a former news anchor for CBS and Fox affiliates. (Greensboro News & Record)

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