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Tar Heels venture into space medicine

The human body’s circulatory system isn’t much of a mystery — when there’s gravity. In outer space, body fluid doesn’t circulate the way it does on Earth. Instead, it may be rushing to the head and causing all sorts of issues, including impairing astronauts’ vision. A Carolina senior and recent graduate are now trying to figure out why. (UNC.edu)

The legacy of Stuart Scott and memories of his 2014 ESPYS speech

Two years ago, Stuart Scott delivered a heartfelt moment when he accepted the Jimmy V Perseverance Award at the 2014 ESPYS for his courageous fight against cancer. The longtime sports anchor died Jan. 4, 2015, at the age of 49. His contributions to sports solidified a legacy that will live on in the lives of many people who were touched by aspects of his life. (The Undefeated)

James Taylor's childhood home in Chapel Hill sold at auction

The sprawling expanse of the home, nestled in greenery and stretching over 23 scenic, wooded acres, lies only one and a half miles from UNC’s campus. It’s the home famed musician James Taylor grew up in, and decades later, it’s been auctioned.The property on the 600 block of Morgan Creek Road, which has an estimated value of $1.5 million, was sold on June 29. (Daily Tar Heel)

UNC Receives $23 Million to Cure HIV

Researchers at UNC will receive nearly $23 million over the next five years to continue research on their innovative “kick and kill” strategy for eradicating HIV. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) selected CARE, the Collaboratory of AIDS Researchers for Eradication, which is based at UNC, for refunding after a competitive application process. (UNC.edu)

UNC Researcher's ‘Crazy Idea’ to Cure Heart Disease

That night, Li Qian made her first big step towards curing heart disease. Now, the UNC researcher, mother of two and lab mentor has won the first ever award for stem cell and regenerative medicine. The Boyalife, Science and Science Translational Medicine Award is for researchers younger than 45 years old who are making critical advances in the fields of science and medicine. (Chapelboro.com)

Carnegie Corporation tabs Aziz Sancar as “Great Immigrant” honoree

Aziz Sancar, MD, PhD, came to the United States as a graduate student more than 40 years ago. He never left. He took pride in his new country – and his adopted hometown of Chapel Hill – much like he took pride in his home country of Turkey. His dedication to his work on DNA repair and the circadian clock, earned him the 2015 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. (UNC.edu)

UNC receives $1M grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for innovative arts program

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has been awarded a new four-year, $1 million grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for Carolina Performing Arts (CPA) to launch and develop the DisTIL (Discovery Through Iterative Learning) Fellowship program. (UNC.edu)

Judge Carl Fox returns to bench after cancer fight

People in a courtroom traditionally stand as a sign of respect when a judge enters to take his or her seat on the bench. On Monday, that ritual turned into a standing ovation for Superior Court Judge Carl Fox, who was back on the job after battling cancer. Fox, 62, was diagnosed in April 2015 with myelodysplastic syndrome. (WRAL.com)

Massey Distinguished Service Award winner finally has her day

Renita Corbett keeps a pager on her hip. She never knows when a cleaning emergency may arise at the School of Dentistry, requiring quick action. “I’m all over the place,” she said, sitting down in the Koury Hall atrium in a rare moment of calm during her workday. “I don’t really get a break.” Corbett is a day porter at the School of Dentistry, a job with a unique set of responsibilities for four buildings. (UNC.edu)

Carolina Square developers confirm Chapel Hill project’s first retailers, including Target

It’s been one of the worst kept secrets in town, but developers of the Carolina Square mixed-use project have confirmed that a lease has been signed with Target Corp. to be the retail anchor for the $123 million Franklin Street project. (Triangle Business Journal)

How McCorkle Place was Named

As part of the work by the History Task Force, Rob Shapard has been researching McCorkle Place. During his hours reviewing microfilm at UNC’s Wilson Library, he uncovered important information from the Board of Trustees records about how McCorkle Place got its name. (UNC.edu)

UNC Researchers: Removing a Brain Tumor Makes Cancer More Aggressive

Researchers at the University of North Carolina are working to perfect stem-cell research after a discovery made regarding glioblastoma, a cancerous brain tumor. The research team from the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy has found that surgically removing these brain tumors causes cancer to grow 75 percent faster than before surgery. (Chapelboro.com)

Dr. Steve Reznick: ‘A legacy of courage and inspiration’

J. Steven Reznick, professor in the department of psychology and neuroscience at UNC, died Tuesday, July 5, after a three-year battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). He was 65. As a member of the Faculty Athletics Committee, he led the effort to develop a registration priority process that addressed scheduling conflicts for student-athletes. (UNC.edu)

UNC Named to Forbes' Top 100 List of Colleges

Forbes released its list of America’s Top 100 Colleges, and The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill comes in at No. 47. UNC boasts the least expensive annual year of the Top 100 schools in North Carolina, costing an average $49,431. Chapel Hill’s student body is also the largest of the four North Carolina schools in the Top 100 with over 29,135 students. (WCNC)

Three from UNC selected as 2016 Paul & Daisy Soros Fellows

Aisha Saad ’09, Vishwajith Sridharan ’14, and Heidi Vuletich were recently selected as recipients of The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans. This is the first time Carolina has had more than one person selected as a Paul & Daisy Soros Fellow in the same year. (UNC.edu)

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