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$3.7 million gift endows the Karen M. Gil Internship Program in Psychology

A Carolina alumna and her husband, who wish to be anonymous, are endowing the Karen M. Gil Internship Fund in Psychology, a program piloted in 2014 with startup funding from the same donors. The effort has been so successful that the couple has committed $3.1 million in permanent funding, plus $600,000 to continue the program while the endowment builds. (UNC.edu)

UNC Researchers Awarded Grants for Zika Research

Researchers at UNC are celebrating three $50,000 grants from the University’s School of Medicine. The money is dedicated to Zika research and will help scientists and doctors better understand how the disease is spread and how it affects brain cells. (Chapelboro.com)

The Quiet Professional

Retired Green Beret medic Todd Williams earned three Bronze Stars and two Defense Meritorious Service Medals during his distinguished 28-year military career. Today, he helps lead nontraditional students, including military veterans with medical experience, on a path toward becoming physician assistants through the UNC School of Medicine. (UNC Health Care)

Two colleges - UNC and Florida State - where diversity works

Some state schools, even in the face of large student bodies, restrictive budgets, and relatively small endowments, are finding ways to implement successful programs and remain academically competitive. Two often cited for innovative efforts are Florida State University (FSU) in Tallahassee and UNC, both in an area of the country with a history of often troubled race relations. (Christian Science Monitor)

$7.5 million bequest will fund professorships in communication and history departments

A bequest estimated at $7.5 million from an anonymous donor will establish three or more distinguished professorships in the College of Arts and Sciences. The donor directed his gift to create professorships in the department of communication and in the department of history, two of the largest academic departments at UNC. (UNC.edu)

Thomas Wolfe legacy lives on in film 'Genius'

“Space Jam” star Michael Jordan is not the only UNC alum to be a main character of a film. UNC class of 1920 graduate and renowned author Thomas Wolfe’s life has been brought to the silver screen in the film “Genius”. (Daily Tar Heel)

A Show of Community Support Following La Residence Fire

By now, you may have heard the unfortunate news that a fire broke out inside La Residence on Sunday morning. The kitchen – and much of its contents – is destroyed after an air-conditioning unit caught fire, and the restaurant will be closed for weeks in order to clean up the mess. But the good news is: In dark times, members of our community join forces. (Chapel Hill Magazine)

Cat’s Cradle Lands High On List of America’s Best Music Venues

Cat’s Cradle has been a live music staple for over 40 years. The Carrboro music venue has gotten plenty of national attention over the years and that has not stopped. Consequence of Sound, a notable online music magazine, recently released the top 100 live music venues in the United States. Cat’s Cradle landed at No. 12 on the list. (Chapelboro.com)

Gerald Ford ’38 (law): As His UNC Classmates Remember Him

President Gerald Ford recalls his little-known days as a student in Chapel Hill. This period was quite apart from his tenure in the U.S. Naval Pre-Flight School on the UNC campus during World War II. Some of his fellow students in the UNC Law School remembered Ford, who studied with them at Chapel Hill in that first summer school term of 1938. (UNC.edu)

UNC spinout raises $2M in first private funding round

BioFluidica, a specialty health care company with roots in UNC-Chapel Hill, raised $2 million, closing the company’s first round of private funding. Based on work started by UNC professor Steven A. Soper, BioFluidica is developing a tool to better identify cancer. (Triangle Business Journal)

Q&A with Joseph DeSimone, UNC professor and recipient of National Medal of Technology and Innovation

The Daily Tar Heel: In simple terms, what kind of research do you do? Joseph DeSimone: We have been part of a new effort to design new medicines and using nanotechnology for vaccines and pulmonary medicines including (for) things like asthma and hypertension and COPD, and then more recently we’ve developed a new technique for 3D manufacturing. (Daily Tar Heel)

“Search For A Common Ground”: Frank Porter Graham’s 1966 Commencement Address

In researching the class of 1966 for its 50th anniversary, I found that year’s commencement address. The speech, titled “Search for a Common Ground,” was given by Frank Porter Graham, the former President of UNC-Chapel Hill and the consolidated UNC system. Graham took the opportunity to address the Speaker Ban law that was then being challenged in court. (UNC.edu)

23 years later, campus says goodbye to Daily Grind

Friday, after nearly 23 years of service on UNC’s campus, The Daily Grind will turn off its espresso machines for the last time. The café’s contract was not renewed after it was announced Barnes and Noble College would take over management of the historically university-owned Student Stores June 24. (Daily Tar Heel)

Video: UNC students transform lives through 3D printing

Improving the quality of life for people far too young to come to campus is the focus of one of Carolina’s newest student organizations. The Helping Hand Project, launched in 2015, features a group of about 40 students who use 3-D printing to make prosthetic devices for children and adolescents born without fingers. (UNC.edu)

UNC student heading to Olympics as sports writer

When James Tatter and his friend, Joe Wilson, ran track at Reynolds High School, they often talked about how cool it would be to go to the Olympics. Tatter, now a freshman at North Carolina, will live that dream this summer as a sports writer. He’ll travel to Rio de Janiero to help cover the Olympics as part of a wire service that will be heavy on athletes and officials with ties to UNC. (Winston-Salem Journal)

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