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UNC Professor Wins Nobel Prize In Chemistry

Aziz Sancar, a biochemist who has exquisitely mapped part of the DNA repair system in cancer cells, has been honored this year with the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, the Nobel Foundation in Stockholm, Sweden announced Oct. 7. Sancar, the Sarah Graham Kenan Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics at the UNC School of Medicine, received the call at 5 a.m. at his home, while he was sleeping. (UNC.edu)

Carolina physicists played key roles in Nobel Award-winning project

Canadian scientist Arthur B. McDonald, one of two scientists awarded the 2015 Nobel Prize for Physics, led a research project that included physicists at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The prize was announced Oct. 6 by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. (UNC.edu)

UNC research aims to find treatment for rare childhood cancer

Like many of his classmates, 16 year old Philip Rawls is taking advantage of his new driver's license and spending time with his girlfriend and friends. But what makes these moments even more special for him is that he's living life to the fullest after a 9 month battle with Ewing Sarcoma, a childhood cancer that's considered somewhat rare. (ABC 11)

He's Not Here listed among best college bars in America

You won’t always see sleepy puppies at this Tar Heel hotspot, but you will see those blue cups. On Tuesdays, the trademark 32oz sippers are $5. But that’s not the only thing He’s Not Here has going for it. There’s weekly karaoke, trivia, and live music – plus the proud senior bar golf tradition. (Thrillist)

Among string of closures, landmark Franklin Street businesses survive

Angelo Marrone, owner of Italian Pizzeria III, is relieved his restaurant is still operating on Franklin Street in the face of the string of closures the downtown district has suffered in recent years. “Thank God we’re still here,” Marrone said. “That makes me feel good.” In the ever-changing face of Franklin Street, only a few familiar establishments, like Carolina Coffee Shop and Sutton’s Drug Store, have weathered the closures alongside IP3. (Daily Tar Heel)

Chapel Hill turns on the culinary charm

Chapel Hill holds a special place in a lot of hearts across the country — and not just among alumni of UNC Chapel Hill. It’s also a special place for people who love history, beautiful small towns and the South in general. It’s a town brimming with culture, the arts and one where people of all ages are active and visible on Franklin Street, the center of it all. And for years, Chapel Hill has been gaining a reputation as a culinary destination. (Winston-Salem Journal)

Actor, UNC Med School Alum Ken Jeong: How to Ditch Medicine for a Career in Comedy

The creator and star of the ABC comedy 'Dr. Ken' was an internist with Kaiser Permanente until his breakout roles (as a doctor) in 'Knocked Up.' As he explains in THR's annual Doctors Issue, he still renews his medical license every year…just in case. (Hollywood Reporter)

On the eve of construction

Between 2000 and 2009, UNC invested $2.31 billion in capital projects. The scale and speed of the construction had never been attempted on an existing campus anywhere in the country, former Chancellor James Moeser said. Carolina ended up building, in those magical nine years, an amount of space equivalent to the building space at Wake Forest University. (UNC.edu)

UNC Senior Lends Helping Hand — In 3D

Jeff Powell has been building things for as long as he can remember. Powell, a senior in biomedical engineering in the College of Arts and Sciences, recently applied that interest to help 7-year-old Holden Mora of Chapel Hill, who was born without fully formed fingers on his left hand. Using a 3-D printer in the basement of Phillips Hall, Powell spent part of his summer designing and developing a prosthetic hand for Holden. (UNC.edu)

UNC to honor Stuart Scott Oct. 23 with journalism hall of fame induction

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will honor Stuart Scott, iconic ESPN sports broadcaster and 1987 Carolina alumnus, posthumously with an Oct. 23 induction to the N.C. Journalism Hall of Fame, based in the UNC School of Media and Journalism. Jones Angell, journalism alumnus and the “Voice of the Tar Heels,” will emcee the induction ceremony. (UNC.edu)

DeSimone receives Kabiller Prize in Nanoscience and Nanomedicine

Joseph M. DeSimone, Chancellor’s Eminent Professor of Chemistry in the College of Arts and Sciences at UNC, has been named the recipient of the inaugural $250,000 Kabiller Prize in Nanoscience and Nanomedicine for his invention and use of PRINT, a breakthrough technology used to make advances toward the development of new cancer treatments, inhalable therapeutics and next generation vaccines. (UNC.edu)

Pho Nomenal Dumplings: Triangle duo, including UNC alum, wins food truck competition

The chefs are Sunny Lin, a graduate of NC State, and Sophia Woo, a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill. Their specialty is cooking dumplings, but their workplace is no ordinary restaurant kitchen — it is the inside of a metal, purple truck: Pho Nomenal Dumpling Truck. Not only have the two chefs taken their food truck throughout the roads of Raleigh, but throughout the highway of Route 66 as well. (The Technician)

Michelle Dorrance, daughter of Anson Dorrance, wins MacArthur genius grant

Michelle Dorrance is a tap dancer and choreographer breathing new life into a uniquely American art form in works that combine the musicality of tap with the choreographic intricacies of contemporary dance. Dorrance received a B.A. (2001) from the Gallatin School at New York University and has been a member of the faculty of the Broadway Dance Center since 2002. (MacArthur Foundation)

White House honors UNC Education Initiative for Investment in Latino Youth

The Scholars’ Latino Initiative at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has been named a “Bright Spot in Hispanic Education” by the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. SLI was selected for its college access work supporting Latino students in high schools across North Carolina. (UNC.edu)

UNC academic rankings: 11th among national universities, 39th in the world

UNC was recently ranked 11th among national universities by Washington Monthly in its 2015 list, and 39th in the world by the Center for World-Class Universities of Shanghai Jiao Tong University in Shanghai, China.

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