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UNC's Eben Alexander and the Revival of the Modern Olympic Games

When the Olympic games were revived and the first modern Olympics were held in Athens, Greece, in 1896, UNC faculty member Eben Alexander was there. Alexander was a professor of Greek at Carolina and served as the U.S. ambassador to Greece and Serbia from 1893-1897. Alexander’s influence in convincing American athletes to come to Greece is evident. (UNC.edu)

A New World - UNC student journalists in Rio de Janeiro

UNC's School of Media and Journalism sent 25 students to Brazil to work for the Olympic News Service (ONS) and four additional students to work as freelancers for news outlets across the state of North Carolina. “I learn something new about myself, sports and reporting it seems like every day here in Rio. I have grown so much as a person in such a short amount of time.” (UNC.edu)

The 'Best' in the business: UNC's Kevin Best brings management skill to his 10th Olympics

Kevin Best works at the UNC as the Assistant Athletics Director for Communications. Best is currently in Rio de Janeiro working as the Information Manager at the Olympic Aquatic Center for the Rio 2016 Olympic Broadcast Service. His job is to manage all of the broadcasters who come in to cover the likes of Katie Ledecky and Michael Phelps. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Dr. Aziz Sancar Accepts O. Max Gardner Award

After winning the Presidential Young Investigator Award, the 2015 Nobel Prize in chemistry and now UNC’s Oliver Max Gardner Award, Dr. Aziz Sancar said he tries to stay humble. “I prayed to the almighty God to protect me from one of the worst seven deadly sins – pride.” (Chapelboro.com)

UNC students get front and center view of Olympics

Front and center. It is a view that very few get in the Olympics, but one that 25 UNC student journalists get to experience this month in Rio. “I am up close and personal with these athletes once the come out of the pool,” McKenzie Bennett said. “I get to see their reactions when they win medals, when they break records. It’s one of the coolest things I’ve ever been a part of.” (WRAL Sports Fan)

Postcards from Rio: 'My eyes couldn't take in enough'

Rachael Scott is among 29 students from the University of North Carolina's School of Media and Journalism who are providing coverage from the Rio Olympics. "Four months of anticipation. Sixteen hours of traveling. Four thousand miles from home. On July 29, I stepped onto Brazil’s foreign soil with 29 other Tar Heels. What a feeling." (Greensboro News & Record)

James K. Polk: 19th Century Student Activist?

Was there such a thing as student activism in the 19th century? An article in the Daily Tar Heel, published December 5, 1967, asserts that one of UNC’s most famous alums, United States President James Knox Polk, led a “rebellion” in 1816 among the students that culminated with the resignation of the university’s president at the time. (UNC.edu)

The 15 Best U.S. Cities for Entrepreneurs to Live and Launch: Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill, home to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has close ties to both technology and science sectors. The city boasts everything from quiet streets to business accelerators, making it no wonder Livability has listed the city as one of the best 100 places to live in the U.S. for three years in a row. (Entrepreneur)

UNC chemist Bo Li wins award for biomedical research

UNC-Chapel Hill assistant professor of chemistry Bo Li was recently selected as a 2016 Rita Allen Foundation Scholar. The award recognizes outstanding young leaders in biomedical research who are advancing an understanding of the human condition. Li is the first winner of the award from the College of Arts and Sciences. (UNC.edu)

UNC’s computer science department laid the groundwork for 3-D graphics

Fred Brooks left IBM to found the computer science department at UNC. Today, UNC’s Department of Computer Science is a leader in the 3-D field and a key part of North Carolina’s technological history. Brooks also played a large role in persuading IBM to build a new research facility in North Carolina — a move that is said to have sparked the growth of Research Triangle Park. (UNC.edu)

UNC among nation’s top-ranked cancer hospitals, first in North Carolina

U.S. News & World Report has cited UNC Hospitals’ N.C. Cancer Hospital as one of the nation’s highest-ranked cancer hospitals and the top cancer hospital in North Carolina. N.C. Cancer Hospital is the clinical home of UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. Among more than 900 hospitals, UNC Hospitals earned a national ranking of 16th. (UNC.edu)

UNC Highway Safety Research Center Hedges High Stakes and Human Behavior

For the past 50 years, staff and scientists at the UNC Highway Safety Research Center have been dedicated to saving lives. When the center formed in 1966, more than 50,000 Americans died in car crashes. To combat the problem, HSRC develop programs like “Click it or Ticket” and Graduated Drivers Licensing. Today, both programs have been adopted nationwide. (UNC.edu)

UNC looks to help new moms with fragile babies

What help do the mothers of medically fragile babies need? That’s the focus of a team of researchers from the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine, which has received nearly $900,000 in federal funding. The goal of the project, called Care4Moms, is to assess what can be done to help women who have just given birth, and whose newborn children are in difficult conditions. (Triangle Business Journal)

UNC professor helps track athletes go for the gold

He’s not a coach and he’s never been to the Olympics, but Carolina’s Bing Yu has helped athletes train for eight Summer Games, including the 2016 games in Rio de Janeiro. Yu is a professor in Division of Physical Therapy. He uses his expertise in biomechanics to analyze the performance of members of the U.S. Track and Field team. (UNC.edu)

The Olympic Torch in Chapel Hill

Twenty years ago this summer, the Olympic torch relay passed through Chapel Hill on its eventual way to Atlanta for the 1996 Summer Olympics. UNC was placed on the torch relay route thanks to the work of alumnus Charles Shaffer, Jr., an Atlanta attorney who was one of the early members of the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games. (UNC.edu)

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