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UNC PhD graduate is engineering a better future

Ashley Johnson has always wanted to help people. At first she thought social work would be her avenue to achieving that goal. Then anthropology was a consideration. Ultimately, she landed on science. “I came to see science as a really powerful tool to help society,” she said. (UNC.edu)

Live and love like David Shannon

As a senior at Myers Park High School, David Shannon won the superlative for ‘Best Future Husband.’“Of all the superlatives out there, that was the one that makes a father the proudest,” said Hugh Shannon, David’s father. “It gives some idea to the kind of kid David was.”On Oct. 27, 2012, David, then a first-year at UNC, was found dead in a concrete processing plant in Carrboro. David would have graduated this year. (Daily Tar Heel)

UNC alum Raj Panjabi included among Time's 100 most influential people

To spend time with Raj Panjabi is to see up close what happens when someone with uncommon courage and compassion puts himself on the front lines of the world’s most complex challenges. The heroic work Raj and his organization Last Mile Health did to train 1,300 community health workers was critical in helping the government contain the epidemic. (Time.com)

UNC Senior celebrates dad’s life, graduation

Senior Lauren Offer and her father were inseparable. But when she was in high school, her father’s health declined. She said he wanted to live long enough to see her and her sister, Lacey, graduate. Her junior year, he passed away from heart failure. Offer, a senior biology major, will be graduating in May. (Daily Tar Heel)

Tar Heel Bred: A family tradition spanning 65 years

Attending UNC has become a long family tradition, and on May 8, Shelby Miller will complete another generation of Carolina graduates — with the patriarch of the Tar Heel family, her grandfather Jack Schofield, watching. As Miller celebrates earning her degree, Schofield will be attending his 65th Class Reunion with 26 other members of the Class of 1951. (UNC.edu)

No stupid questions: economics professor remembered for how he connected with students

Economics professor Tiago Pires’ passion was matched only by his patience. “He loved being with people and talking to people and just, like, connecting with people,” former UNC graduate student Forrest Spence said. “And because he got to do that in his job, it was just like he was always beaming.” (Daily Tar Heel)

Prince’s purple reign at Carmichael in 1980s

Lavonda Burnette said her love of Prince has shaped her life. On February 15, 1983, the then-12-year-old Burnette snuck to the front of Carmichael Arena — then “Carmichael Auditorium” — to watch Prince perform....The 1983 performance at Carmichael Arena was part of Prince’s “1999 Tour.” The Time and all-girl band Vanity 6 were the openers.

Economics professor Tiago Pires died over the weekend

Economics professor Tiago Pires died this weekend, according to an email from economics department chairperson Patrick Conway. The email, sent to Pires’ Economics 445 class Monday afternoon, said Pires died of natural causes. Tyler Rogers, a junior economics major, was in Pires’ 8 a.m. section of Economics 445 on Tuesdays and Thursdays. (Daily Tar Heel)

Video: Spring on the Quad at Carolina

Watch the trees on Carolina's Polk Place quad come to life as spring makes its way to Chapel Hill from our time-lapse camera on Wilson Library. View Video...

Video: James Taylor remembers Prince with Purple Rain

Chapel Hill native James Taylor, famous among UNC fans for his hit song "Carolina In My Mind", remembers Prince with a short version of "Purple Rain" at a recent concert in Lexington, Kentucky. View Video...

N.C. universities soar in Bloomberg B-school rankings

The business schools at the University of North Carolina and N.C. State University both improved in the 2016 undergraduate business school rankings published by Bloomberg Businessweek. UNC’s Kenan-Flagler School of Business hopped up three spots to No. 7, while N.C. State’s Poole College of Management jumped 39 spots to No. 47. (Charlotte Business Journal)

UNC Exam Spoilers…for Fall 1885

Could you pass finals at UNC in 1885? While looking through the University Papers this week, I found these exams administered at the end of the fall semester in 1885. There is one for Chemistry, Astronomy, Physics and English. Some questions would be familiar to a student today, but others, not so much. Can you tell us “what are the defects of our Alphabet?” (UNC.edu)

Allen & Son Lands on National Best BBQ List

Chapel Hill restaurant Allen & Son Barbecue landed on a list of “Best BBQ in America.” Thrillist compiled a list of the 33 best barbecue joints in the country. The website typically releases their top choices for various kinds of restaurants, annually. But, they don’t do that for barbecue. (Chapelboro.com)

Carolina joins launch of SPARK, nation’s largest autism research study

UNC last week helped launch SPARK, a research initiative designed to become the largest genetic research study for autism ever undertaken in the United States. The historic nationwide project will collect information and DNA from 50,000 individuals with autism — and their families — to better understand the causes of this condition. (UNC.edu)

April 23, 1983: U2 plays Kenan Stadium

U2 opened its 1983 U.S tour in Chapel Hill on April 23. The rock band that would later reach legendary status performed as part of a UNICEF benefit show, "The Carolina Concert for Children." Those who attended recall being excited and curious about the young band from Ireland, the inclement weather that prompted Bono to perform "Singing in the Rain," and Bono climbing the stage's scaffolding and waving a white flag.

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