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Chapel Hill: “As Close to Magic as I’ve Ever Been”

In the first of a series profiling small towns and cities in the United States, The Guardian has recognized Chapel Hill as a place that “blends liberal philosophy and Southern culture in a way that borders on the utopian,” according to author Emma John. It was Thomas Wolfe that described life at UNC with the words “as close to magic as I’ve ever been.” (Chapelboro.com)

UNC lands $1.7M grant from Bristol-Myers Squibb

The UNC School of Medicine has landed a $1.7 million grant from the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation – aimed at improving care and education for patients with atrial fibrillation (Afib), or an irregular heartbeat that can lead to stroke and heart failure, among other complications. The three-year grant will be used by cardiologist Dr. Anil Gehi. (Triangle Business Journal)

Carolina cuts ribbon for veterans resource center

Four years ago, in a small room tucked away in the Student Union, Trustee Haywood Cochrane and then Carolina student Jacob Hinton sketched out a vision of a resource center for the University’s veterans. On Sept. 28, their vision became a reality as UNC officially opened the Carolina Veterans Resource Center, a space designated for veterans and military-affiliated students. (UNC.edu)

UNC dental school commemorates loss of 'Our Three Winners'

Three years ago, the Chapel Hill community lost the young lives of husband and wife Deah Shaddy Barakat and Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, along with Yusor’s sister, Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, in a shooting. Yusor was a student at the UNC School of Dentistry and Razan attended N.C. State University. Mohammad would have graduated this May and Barakat, last May. (Daily Tar Heel)

Video: Inspirational UNC student Kate Foster's letter to her younger self

A moving story by an inspirational UNC student, gymnast and Chicago Bears fan. Kate Foster writes a letter to her 7-year old self about the hardships, obstacles and triumphs she'll face as she overcomes acute myeloid leukemia en route to her dream school. Read More...

UNC alum Michael Hall wins 2017 Lasker Basic Medical Research Award

Michael N. Hall has won the 2017 Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award. Hall, an ASCB member since 2002, conducts research at Biozentrum, University of Basel, Switzerland, and was recognized for his discoveries concerning the nutrient-activated TOR proteins and their central role in the metabolic control of cell growth. (American Society for Cell Biology)

UNC Cancer Center Launches Initiative to Reduce Colon Cancer Deaths in NC

UNC Researchers from the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center just launched an initiative to try and increase the number of cancer screenings in North Carolina in hopes to reduce cancer-related deaths. The initiative is called the Carolina Cancer Screening Initiative and will allow UNC clinicians and public health researchers to work together with community partners. (Chapelboro.com)

CBS comedy star got her start at Carolina

Actress Kelen Coleman, star of CBS's new comedy, "Me, Myself and I," is really just like us — and vividly remembers late nights in Davis Library and study breaks at Alpine Bagel as a UNC student. Coleman, a member of the class of 2006, said she's always loved the arts but didn't realize her goal of being an actress until her college years. (Daily Tar Heel)

Wall Street Journal ranks UNC third among public universities in graduate success, student learning

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ranked third among U.S. public universities and 33rd overall in a list based on graduate success and student learning published by The Wall Street Journal and the London-based Times Higher Education. The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Rankings 2018 drew from 15 performance metrics. (UNC.edu)

Mother, daughter are UNC classmates

Backpacks on, Jennifer Cooper and Lydia Cooper walk across the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus. The two classmates are walking a common path in life, but for Jennifer Cooper, life wasn't supposed to go this way. "I had planned on a career," she said. "I had not planned on being a stay-at-home mother. That was not my goal in life." (WRAL.com)

Carolina will be the best four years of your life

You aren’t just there to learn from books and professors, but to start to learn what it’s like to make your own decisions, good and bad. Going to school at Carolina provides you with an amazing opportunity to meet others who share your beliefs, introduce you to something you never thought about, or just will become your best friends for the rest of your life. (Tar Heel Blog)

UNC student with muscular dystrophy defies the odds

Demi Eckhoff suffers from muscular dystrophy, a group of diseases that cause progressive weakness and loss of muscle mass. But that didn't stop Eckhoff. She took a leap by moving from her home state Alabama to Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She came to the state in pursuit of a master's degree that many told her was impossible for a girl with her condition. (ABC 11)

Q&A with UNC professor, energy grant recipient Pam Jagger

Pam Jagger is a UNC professor of public policy and will be the director and principal investigator of a research program for energy poverty in Southern Africa. She's been studying energy poverty issues for five years and received a $4.8 million grant from the National Science Foundation to conduct research and start a program to increase access to modern energy in Southern Africa. (Daily Tar Heel)

UNC professor, innovator Joseph DeSimone named recipient of 22nd Heinz Award

Joseph DeSimone, the Chancellor’s Eminent Professor of Chemistry in the College of Arts and Sciences at UNC-Chapel Hill and the William R. Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering at North Carolina State University, has been named the recipient of the 22nd Heinz Award in the Technology, the Economy and Employment category. (UNC.edu)

From Tokyo to Chapel Hill: UNC’s First International Student

The first international student to study at UNC was Shinzaburo Mogi, from Tokyo, Japan, who was enrolled during the 1893-1894 school year. Mogi's family in Japan was involved in the production of soy sauce, beginning the company that would later become Kikkoman Corporation. Mogi himself made several attempts to manufacture soy sauce in the United States. (UNC.edu)

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