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UNC Professor Given National Medal of Technology and Innovation by President Obama

Joseph DeSimone’s career has revolved around creating utilitarian technology. On May 19, DeSimone’s years of innovative and beneficial work in material science was honored by President Barack Obama with the National Medal of Technology and Innovation. DeSimone’s citation also recognized his innovation and leadership in higher education and entrepreneurship. (UNC.edu)

“And then UNC tells you to leave and it hurts...”

It was the best four years of my life. From life events such as hearing the First Lady speak in Carmichael Arena to earning a job with the UNC football team. From becoming an Admissions Ambassador who recruited prospective UNC students, to watching Roy’s Boys make a run for the National Championship, UNC gave me incredible memories. (Jourdan Black)

Barack Obama’s 1994 Visit to Chapel Hill

In 1994, the Sonja Hayes Stone Black Cultural Center sponsored a three-day program for leaders of African American student groups at UNC. The Black Student Leadership Summit kicked off on the evening of September 2, 1994, with an opening reception and dinner followed by a featured speaker from out of town: Barack Obama. (UNC.edu)

The History of the Official UNC Seal

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has many symbols associated with it, from the Tar Heel footprint to the silhouette of the Old Well. One of the most formal UNC visual components is the University’s ornamental seal. The official ornamental seal of the University has gone through four major revisions since it was first created. (UNC.edu)

Alexander Julian: former 5-year-old in a custom made suit

Alexander Julian is no stranger to fashion — he was born into it, he was raised in it and eventually he would change it. Tuesday night, Wilson Library hosted “Gladys Hall Coates University History Lecture: The Threads of Carolina Style” with Alexander Julian to discuss how the fashion of Chapel Hill has changed throughout the years.Julian has a history with fashion. (Daily Tar Heel)

UNC spinout G1 Therapeutics completes $47M fundraiser

G1 Therapeutics, a UNC-Chapel Hill spinout developing cancer treatments, raised $47 million from private investors. This fundraiser comes on the back of $33 million raised in 2015 and $12.5 million raised in 2014. Investors include local venture capital groups like Hatteras Venture Partners and Eshelman Ventures. (Triangle Business Journal)

A look back at Commencement

More than 6,000 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill graduates turned their tassels last weekend at Commencement. (UNC.edu)

Video: A quick look at Commencement

More than 6,000 students graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on May 8. Take a speedy look back. (UNC.edu)

Families remember Phi Gamma Delta fire 20 years later

On May 12, 1996, a day meant for celebration — graduation, Mother’s Day — the Phi Gamma Delta house caught fire after a cigarette was thrown in the garbage. Benjamin Watson Woodruff, Robert Joshua Weaver, Joanna Howell, Mark Briggs Strickland and Anne McBride Smith — all UNC students — lost their lives in the fire. (Daily Tar Heel)

A special flourish for Carolina Firsts

The transition from Morehead City, North Carolina to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill wasn’t always easy for Cyndel Brunell. Not only was she adapting to a new town, but as the first in her family to attend college, she was also learning the ins and outs of what it means to be a college student. (UNC.edu)

‘Back home again’ after 50 years

Alvin Tyndall’s 50th Class reunion wasn’t just about seeing old friends. As he walked down the familiar hallway of a residence hall on the lower quad, he picked up his pace as he neared room 301. There, the trip back to Chapel Hill became more than just a reunion weekend. “It’s about going home,” he said. Tyndall, a member of the Class of 1966, celebrated a half-century since graduating from UNC. (UNC.edu)

Two UNC-Chapel Hill scientists elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Two scientists from UNC have been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the nation’s most prestigious honorary societies that includes some of the world’s most accomplished scholars, scientists, writers, artists, and leaders. The addition of Joel Kingsolver, Ph.D. and Keith Burridge, Ph.D. brings the number of current faculty who have been elected to the academy to 38. (UNC.edu)

Physical Therapy student Elizabeth Nixon receives APTA student award

UNC-Chapel Hill doctor of physical therapy student Elizabeth Nixon recently received recognition from the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) as the 2016 recipient of the Student Assembly Outstanding Physical Therapist Award. Nixon is scheduled to graduate in 2016 from the program. (UNC.edu)

UNC celebrates graduation of the Class of 2016

As more than 6,000 UNC students prepare to enter the next phase of their lives, they were urged to focus on others as much as their budding careers. Caring, Anne Marie Slaughter said, is as important as career. “Strive and struggle and work really hard, but invest in others as much as you invest in yourselves,” she said speaking under Carolina blue skies. (UNC.edu)

Graduating senior set to begin role as officer in Air Force

It’s going to be a big weekend for graduating senior Shannon McKerlie. But unlike most of her classmates, her celebration won’t be inside Kenan Stadium with the other 3,721 undergraduates having their degrees conferred. Instead, the pinnacle of McKerlie’s college career will be the morning before Commencement on the steps of South Building. There, Cadet McKerlie will become 2nd Lieutenant McKerlie. (UNC.edu)

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