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“Visions of Tomorrow With Computers of Today”: UNC’s First Computer in 1959

UNC decided to acquire a UNIVAC 1105 from the Sperry-Rand Corporation in 1959 due to a 50% educational discount and being able to own the machine outright versus renting one from IBM. The computer weighed 19 tons and had an estimated value of $2.4 million, which, adjusting for inflation, would today be over $20 million. The Phillips Hall Annex was chosen to house the computer. (UNC.edu)

Meet Aziz Sancar, the Turkish scientist who won a Nobel prize for cancer cure breakthrough

The winner of the Nobel Prize in chemistry, Aziz Sancar who has become the pride of Turkey did not have it all when growing up as one of the eight children of an impoverished family living in a small southeastern Turkish town. Sancar received his primary education near his hometown of Savur in southeastern Turkish province of Mardin. He then completed his M.D. degree in Istanbul University before moving to the U.S. (Daily Sabah)

Black pioneers share their UNC experiences

Bill Cooper, who graduated in 1968 and was the first African-American basketball player on the junior varsity team at UNC, said he experienced adversity on and off the court. “The ref wouldn’t let me go near anybody. I’d get a foul,” he said.Cooper was part of a panel of four UNC black pioneers who described what it was like to attend the University as a black student half a century ago. (Daily Tar Heel)

December commencement held at UNC

On an unseasonably warm Sunday afternoon, December Commencement speaker Kelly Hogan began her talk unlike most people at a podium. Instead of requesting her audience to put away their smartphones, she asked the Class of 2015 and the estimated 4,000 members of the crowd to keep their phones out and within reach. (UNC.edu)

UNC-Chapel Hill announces new degree pathway program for military population

Following the introduction earlier this year of a number of new initiatives to support the armed forces, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill announces plans to expand the UNC CORE general education program to include an undergraduate general education certificate. Targeted to launch in the Fall 2016 semester, the certificate is the first of its kind in North Carolina. (UNC.edu)

The History & Future of Carolina Square

This past May, demolition began on University Square to make way for the newest chapter in downtown Chapel Hill’s changing skyline, Carolina Square. The mixed-use development, with 246 apartments and over 200,000 square feet of office and retail space, promises to be a major attraction when finally finished sometime during the summer of 2017. (Downtown Chapel Hill)

A Nobel week: Aziz Sancar receives his honor in Sweden

More than two months after being awoken by a phone call from Sweden to inform him that he had won the 2015 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, Aziz Sancar has been presented with his Nobel Medal. Sancar, the Sarah Graham Kenan Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, traveled to Stockholm this week to receive the honor from The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. (UNC.edu)

UNC inpatient program serves as a model in treating postpartum depression

For mothers who find the joy of childbirth clouded by postpartum depression, hospitalization can ease the stresses of new parenthood and protect their children from danger. UNC Hospitals is home to one of the few inpatient treatment centers for postpartum mood disorders in the country, but with only a few beds and an average stay of 10 days, it's hard for women who suffer to get a slot. (WRAL.com)

Video: The man behind the Nobel

About the same time Michael Jordan was sinking his national championship-winning jump shot in 1982, the groundwork was being laid for a different kind of major accomplishment at Carolina. Among those celebrating the Tar Heels’ triumph that year was Aziz Sancar, newly arrived professor in the UNC School of Medicine, who quickly fell in love with his new university, the Chapel Hill community and Carolina sports. (UNC.edu)

UNC School of Dentistry Wins National Recognition for Day of Service in Honor of Barakat, Abu-Salha

The ADEAGies Foundation today announced that the UNC School of Dentistry has been named the winner of a 2016 William J. Gies Award for Vision, Innovation and Achievement. The school was selected as the winner for the Outstanding Vision by an Academic Dental Institution category for its day of community service held in September in memory of Deah Barakat and his wife of six weeks, Yusor Abu-Salha. (UNC.edu)

Top 25 U.S. Universities In Research And Development Spending, 2014: No. 8 UNC-Chapel Hill

The largest funding source for university research and development (R&D) is the federal government. Every institution surveyed spent $67 billion on research in 2014 collectively, an almost $20 billion increase since 2005....8. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Total R&D expenditures: $989 million (CEO World Magazine)

UNC grad, former University of Michigan president Mary Sue Coleman appointed next AAU president

Carolina alumna Mary Sue Coleman has been appointed the new president of the Association of American Universities (AAU), effective June 1. Coleman, who retired as University of Michigan president in 2014 after serving for 12 years, received her Ph.D. in biochemistry from Carolina after completing her undergraduate education at Grinnell College. (UNC.edu)

475 unmarked graves discovered at Old Chapel Hill Cemetery

The section of the cemetery adjacent to South Road and Winston Dorm contains almost 500 unmarked graves, which, until recently, were neither labeled nor honored. “We knew there were people here, but we didn’t know how many or where,” Chapel Hill Cemeteries Advisory Board member Mary Hayes said. “This looks like park land, but it really isn’t, but it’s a very beautiful, serene place.” (Daily Tar Heel)

The 50 Most Beautiful College Arboretums: No. 2, Coker Arboretum - UNC

Offering something unique during every season of the year, the Coker Arboretum is at the center of one of the most beautiful university campuses in the nation- the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Managed by the North Carolina Botanical Garden, it is one of the Garden’s oldest features. The Arboretum dates back to 1903 when Dr. William Chambers Coker, the university’s first Professor of Botany, began to develop a five-acre boggy pasture into an outdoor classroom. (Best College Reviews)

UNC professor receives National Cancer Institute's Outstanding Investigator Award

Stephen Hursting, PhD, professor of nutrition at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and the UNC Nutrition Research Institute, has received a prestigious National Cancer Institute (NCI) Outstanding Investigator Award (OIA). This award recognizes and provides stable funding for cancer research with breakthrough potential. (UNC.edu)

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