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UNC wins competitive NIH grant to study how nicotine affects lungs

Rob Tarran, PhD, associate professor of cell biology and physiology, and Mehmet Kesimer, PhD, associate professor of pathology and laboratory medicine, will lead a $2.3-million, five-year project to investigate fundamental biological effects of nicotine on the lung. Both are members of the UNC Marsico Lung Institute. (UNC Health Care)

UNC grad performs Jimmy Kimmel's son's life-saving heart surgery

Late-night TV host Jimmy Kimmel shared an emotional story about his son, who was recently born with a life-threatening heart problem. ABC11 learned Friday that the surgeon who saved the baby's life is a UNC alumnus. Dr. Vaughn Starnes earned his chemistry degree in 1973 and later graduated from UNC's medical program in 1977, according to the UNC General Alumni Association. (ABC 11)

Q&A with UNC professor Joe DeSimone on Carbon company and 3-D printing

Chemistry professor Joe DeSimone is currently on leave from UNC to act as CEO at the company he co-founded, Carbon. Carbon uses Continuous Liquid Interface Production technology that DeSimone helped create to improve 3-D printing. This innovation led to a partnership with Adidas, announced April 7, to create its new “Futurecraft 4D” running shoes. (Daily Tar Heel)

Q&A with UNC graduate and 'This is Us' writer Bekah Brunstetter

Bekah Brunstetter is a screenwriter currently working for the hit NBC show “This is Us.” The UNC graduate will soon be returning to her roots, as her recent play, “The Cake,” will be performed by the PlayMakers Repertory Company on campus in the fall. DTH: When did you know you wanted to become a screenwriter? Brunstetter: I’ve been writing poetry and short stories since I was about 6 years old. (Daily Tar Heel)

UNC students desperate to save notes as dorms flood just days before finals

University of North Carolina officials said that a student was reaching into a closet Saturday and accidentally pulled off a sprinkler head, causing water to seep through the floor and into rooms below. In total, 200 people from Granville Towers were displaced after the flooding. Across campus, another broken sprinkler head caused flooding in a different dorm. (WRAL.com)

Audio: Meet Iconic Designer Alexander Julian

Alexander Julian is credited with the iconic revamp of Tar Heel sports uniforms. But his journey to creating the legendary Carolina blue argyle was a long time in the making. Julian drew up his first designs when he was a child, and he started working the sales floor at his father Maurice Julian’s haberdashery when he was in his teens. (WUNC)

Jubilee at UNC!

From 1963 to 1971, the end of the spring semester at UNC was marked by Jubilee. The concert progressed from a small affair to much larger events that took place on Polk Place, Fetzer Field, Kenan Stadium, and Navy Field. On April 30 – May 2, 1971 the last Jubilee concert was held (Video). Performers included Chuck Berry, Muddy Waters, the J. Geils Band, and the Allman Brothers. (UNC.edu)

Q&A: Mipso, String Band Composed Of UNC Grads, Releases Fourth Album

Mipso, Chapel Hill’s indie Americana quartet, has barely stood still since Our State caught up with the band after the release of its 2015 album, Old Time Reverie. Hardly a year later, the group’s fourth record, Coming Down the Mountain, dropped on Friday, April 7 (Mipso podcast interview). Jacob Sharp, Wood Robinson, Joseph Terrell, and Libby Rodenbough are used to being on the road. (Our State Magazine)

Carolina Coffee Shop, a 95-year-old institution, for sale on Franklin

Daniel Austin was working as a server at Carolina Coffee Shop when a couple came in and asked to sit at a specific table by the window. When he asked why, they said it was their 35th wedding anniversary. “They told me that the first time they met they got set up by a mutual friend while they were all in school here, and this was the meeting place,” Austin said. (Daily Tar Heel)

UNC Postdoc Elizabeth Wayne Selected as TED Fellow

Elizabeth Wayne, Ph.D., a postdoctoral fellow in cancer nanotechnology at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, has been selected as a TED fellow and will take the stage to deliver a talk at TED2017 this April in Vancouver. She joins a class of 15 young innovators from four continents and a program that has selected 414 fellows from 87 countries since its inception in 2009. (UNC.edu)

Video: UNC's best moments of spring

We asked North Carolina students to talk about their favorite parts of the spring 2017 semester. Here are some of our favorite responses, including one from UNC basketball point guard and newly-crowned NCAA Champion Joel Berry. View Video...

Petey Pablo's 'Raise Up' incorporates sounds of UNC marching band

No need to be from the Carolinas to shout the hook from Petey Pablo's "Raise Up" at the top of your lungs: the N.C. MC's 2001 single became an enduring hype anthem for those ready to take their shirts off and celebrate, regardless of location. The Timbaland production incorporates the sounds of the UNC Tar Heels' marching band and provides the ideal sound bed for Pablo's gritty chant. (Billboard.com)

UNC symposium informs athletes on how to build wealth and share it

For athletes, building wealth, securing a future after a playing career, and developing the ability to give back start with early and strategic planning. Those were just three of the big takeaways from a panel of authors, academics, former athletes and financial professionals at the Center for Sport Business at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on on April 21. (The Undefeated)

UNC Virologists Discover New Strategy to Treat HIV Infections

HIV has infected over 70 million people according to the World Health Organization, but virologists at UNC-Chapel Hill are now one step closer to stopping the spread of the insidious pathogen. The effective but temporary nature of current HIV treatments was the impetus for Dr. J. Victor Garcia and his team to consider how the pathogen circumvents eradication in the body. (Chapelboro.com)

New UNC facility offering help for mothers dealing with drug addiction

A new facility in the Triangle is offering help for mothers who are dealing with substance abuse. An internationally recognized treatment program, developed in the Triangle, is expanding with the opening of a new state-of-the-art facility in Carrboro. The UNC Horizons Program is for women who are pregnant or who have recently had a child and are struggling with addiction. (ABC 11)

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