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Police seek more leads three years after UNC student's murder

As the third anniversary of the death of a UNC student approaches, police on Friday renewed their plea for assistance to crack the case. Faith Danielle Hedgepeth, 19, was found dead in her off-campus apartment on Sept. 7, 2012, by her roommate. An autopsy determined that she died from a severe beating. Hedgepeth's death remains an active investigation. (WRAL.com)

Carbon 3D, Company Founded by UNC Chemist, Gains Google’s $100M Backing

Is Carbon3D the next step in 3-D printing? Google seems to think so. Google Ventures led a $100 million round in the San Francisco-based company, which has developed a method of “printing” objects from a liquid resin that it says is based on a character from the Terminator movie series. The company was founded in 2013 in Chapel Hill, NC, by Joseph DeSimone, a chemist at the University of North Carolina. (Xconomy)

UNC doctor receives thousands to aid his cancer research

A Chapel Hill doctor received $250,000 to help his research into a rare childhood cancer. The money came from Hyundai Hope on Wheels to help Dr. Ian Davis research ewing sarcoma. Ewing sarcoma is a rare cancer of the bone and soft tissue. The disease primarily affects children and young adults between the ages of 10 and 20. (WNCN)

Tar Heel Tailgate Talks featured pre-game this football season

This football season, Carolina will offer Tar Heel fans an inside look at the intersection of academics and athletics. Tar Heel Tailgate Talks are special sessions led by UNC faculty whose research reveals a deeper understanding of sports. Join fellow Tar Heels before home football games to learn more about topics ranging from the invention of commercial sports to the delights of Southern tailgating. (UNC.edu)

Stuart Scott’s memoir uplifting

This is not a happy story. The very nature of a posthumous memoir about living with a serious illness means it’s a tale that is not going to end well. However, Stuart Scott’s book is also an uplifting account of love, family ties, parenthood, happiness, determination and personal success. (The Chronicle Herald)

Catching up with Carolina

From major research announcements and the demolition of University Square on Franklin Street to the annual Fourth of July celebration and the introduction of a new dean at the Law School, The University of North Carolina kept busy this summer. Here’s what Carolina has been up to while many of you were away: (UNC.edu)

A Nobel connection in Stockholm

Stockholm, Sweden’s Nobel Museum is one with a powerful connection to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Alongside names like Einstein, Curie and the Dalai Lama, one of the 889 Nobel Laureates featured in the museum is UNC's Oliver Smithies, Weatherspoon Eminent Distinguished Professor of Medicine. He won the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 2007. (UNC.edu)

UNC Reseacher Protecting New Orleans 10 years after Katrina

Ten years after Hurricane Katrina, the city of New Orleans relies on a UNC-Chapel Hill researcher’s expertise on major storms and the strength of the levee system protecting the city. Rick Luettich, director of the UNC Institute of Marine Sciences in Morehead City and an expert in storm surge modeling, began working with the Army Corps of Engineers in Louisiana in the late 1990s. (UNC.edu)

Remembering Elson Floyd

Some called him a giant in higher education, a dynamic force who could influence lawmakers and business leaders one day and cheerfully welcome students to his home the next. At a ceremony Wednesday at Washington State University, thousands gathered to celebrate the university’s 10th president, UNC alumnus Elson Floyd, who died of colon cancer June 20 at the age of 59. (The Spokesman-Review)

Lucas: Church Knows Tar Heel Passion

Eric Church is still mad about 1987. That’s all you really need to know about his level of dedication to Carolina basketball. He’s toured around the world, he’s won the Academy of Country Music award for album of the year, and he’s had six number-one singles. And he’s still ticked about 1987. That’s when Syracuse ended the Tar Heels' season in the regional final, one game short of the Final Four. (GoHeels.com)

Franklin Street institution IP3 turns 35

If you hear cheering when you walk in Italian Pizzeria III, don't be startled – the UNC basketball team or an Italian football team probably just scored. Two things are guaranteed to happen when you go for dinner at IP3. There's going to be some sporting event playing on the TVs and you'll be greeted with a warm welcome by Vinny or Angelo Marrone Monday they celebrated 35 years of business. (Chapel Hill Magazine)

UNC’s own Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

James Taylor has won just about every public accolade one can win in the music industry, everything from induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to having a bridge on U.S. 15/501 named after him. But Taylor received one of the more unusual honors of his career a few weeks ago, in quiet circumstances. (Raleigh News & Observer)

A Letter to the Prospective Students of UNC: A note on being a Tar Heel

Being a Tar Heel means opening your soul to something that will forever be a part of it. It means taking a path you will not regret. I hope you choose to experience this magic for yourself. (The Odyssey)

UNC assistant professor named to MIT Technology Review’s top innovators under 35

Zhen Gu, an assistant professor in North Carolina State University and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s joint biomedical engineering program, has been named one of MIT Technology Review’s “Innovators Under 35” for his work on developing novel drug-delivery systems for treating cancer and diabetes. (UNC.edu)

Carolina For the Kids opens temporary primary care facility on East Franklin

This summer, Carolina For The Kids checked a goal off its list: opening a new facility for UNC Children’s primary care services. The facility, temporarily located on East Franklin Street near the Estes Drive intersection, opened Monday, July 13. “We really wanted to do something that would be a little more permanent,” said Meagan Barger, current executive director for CFTK. (Daily Tar Heel)

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