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UNC’s own Rock and Roll Hall of FameJames 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 HeelBeing 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 35Zhen 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 FranklinThis 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)
Despite what you've heard, Andy Griffith lives onAw, shucks; we were just confused, is all. That's the best explanation I know of as to how Andy Griffith "died" twice. Earlier this year, the Internet picked up on "news" of the beloved TV star's death. My adult daughter scolded us (gently) for not telling her. Trouble was, Griffith had passed away three years ago. "It was in all the papers," as we used to say, but she was so stirred by this news flash that we doubted our own memories. (The Herald-Review)
UNC rated highly in 2015 academic rankings by Forbes, Money MagazineUNC has been listed as the 49th best college in the nation and the 8th best in the south by Forbes in its 2015 rankings. Money Magazine placed Carolina at No. 46 in its list of best-value colleges.
Another leap in UNC autism researchA UNC-based research team confirmed a genetic cause for autism: too much of a particular enzyme in the brain. Postdoctoral fellow Jason Yi researched the genetic cause for the enzyme with a team led by Mark Zylka, an associate professor of cell biology and physiology. The enzyme, called UBE3A, showed up after researchers analyzed DNA from a child with autism and compared it with DNA from the child’s parents, who don’t have autism. (Daily Tar Heel)
‘Making the dash count': SportsCenter anchor Michael Eaves remembers Stuart ScottStuart Scott was my friend. And I have never been more proud to call someone that, which makes the beginning of my ESPN career so bittersweet. Stuart and I first met at the 1997 National Association of Black Journalists convention in Chicago. It was the first one I attended. We met at the job fair and made a connection over golf after I saw him practicing his swing. (ESPN.com)
Carolina welcomes nearly 7,000 new studentsThe 4,081 first-year students expected to start classes at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill next week were chosen from 31,955 applicants. An additional 749 students are joining the Carolina community as transfer students. The Graduate School expects to enroll about 1,800 new students. These students were chosen from 13,607 graduate school applications. (UNC.edu)
Active-duty U.S. Army Major, UNC PhD student Jay Reyes works on safer water for troopsWhen U.S. soldiers are fighting on the battlefield or behind enemy lines, they can encounter a challenge that’s almost as hazardous as enemy fire, air strikes or improvised explosive devices (IEDs): contaminated water. But a U.S. Army major is now enrolled in a PhD program at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he hopes to create a powerful new weapon to combat this threat for the military and others. (UNC.edu)
ESPN, NABJ join to provide internship in memory of Stuart ScottESPN and the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) will expand their relationship by offering an internship at ESPN that will begin in the summer of 2016. The internship will be offered in memory of the contributions to sports journalism of Stuart Scott, the longtime ESPN anchor who died earlier this year after a long battle with cancer. (New Pittsburgh Courier)
UNC researchers unlocking the mysteries of autismOne out of 68 children born in the United States is later diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder but University of North Carolina researchers believe they have found a cause for one form of the disorder. Advances in sequencing the human genome is helping researchers unlock the mysteries of different diseases and disorders. Billions of genes can be mapped faster and for less cost. (WRAL.com)
Marine veteran brings commitment to CarolinaZach Johnson has never been one to shy away from a challenge. He’s always been searching for a next one. After high school, he tested himself against the rigorous demands of the Marine Corps. Then, before his second tour of duty in Afghanistan, he set out to train one of the angriest dogs at the handler’s school. Now, three years removed from the Marines, Johnson is ready for his next challenge: UNC. (UNC.edu)
Jonathan Howes Remembered“Picture a town too good to be true.” That was the theme Jonathan Howes chose for an inter-city visit by community leaders that he led to Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, in the 1980’s. It was the large vision by a largely quiet man, whose extraordinary life and leadership is being commemorated this weekend at The Chapel of The Cross. (Chapelboro.com)
UNC, NC State Researchers Create New Smart Insulin Patch That Could Be a ‘Game Changer’For many who suffer from diabetes, insulin injections can be a painful and ‘imprecise’ process of keeping their blood sugar levels under control. A new ‘smart’ insulin patch could do away with these painful injections and revolutionize the way diabetics keep their blood sugar levels in check. The patch, created by researchers from the University of North Carolina and NC State, is a thin square covered with more than 100 tiny needles. (IFL Science)