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Car wash without water? UNC student says yes

A waterless car wash? It sounds like an oxymoron, but Austin Helms, a student at the UNC Kenan Flagler Business School says it's possible, and good for the environment, too. "It saves 45 gallons or more per car wash," Helms said. He and his business partners are trying to change the way you clean your car. To say Helms is passionate about the concept is an understatement. (ABC 11)

UNC Children’s Hospital relocates primary care services through generosity of Carolina For The Kids

On Monday, July 13, the UNC Department of Pediatrics will open the UNC Children’s Primary Care Clinic, located at 1512 E. Franklin Street in Chapel Hill. The clinic, made possible by a $2.5 million gift from the Carolina For The Kids Foundation, relocates UNC’s general pediatric and adolescent outpatient care from N.C. Children’s Hospital to a location off the UNC medical campus. (UNC Health Care)

Chapel Hill company gets grant from NFL for brain injury research

Two researchers at UNC have an invention that could make detecting brain injuries easier -- and the NFL is interested in hearing more about it. Mark Tommerdahl and Bob Dennis, founders of Cortical Metrics, were recently awarded a $300,000 grant from the NFL and General Electric to extend their research on traumatic brain injuries in athletes, the military and the general population. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Carolina team to compete for top brain challenge prize

A team of UNC-Chapel Hill graduate students was among 13 winners of the Neuro Startup Challenge, an open innovation competition designed to bring promising medical inventions to market. Winning teams were selected based on their business plans, financial models and live pitches. The competition was organized by the Heritage Provider Network (HPN) in collaboration with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Center for Advancing Innovation (CAI). (UNC.edu)

UNC students raise money for Nepal

Two Nepali students have started fundraising to support rebuilding in Nepal after the country’s largest earthquake in 80 years. Ritu Malla, a chemistry and anthropology double major, and Jyotsna Panthee, a psychology major, started a GoFundMe page for earthquake relief efforts. They hope to ultimately give back in the form of supporting youth education in rural Nepali communities. (Daily Tar Heel)

UNC program to help people with mental illness expands across the state

The Critical Time Intervention (CTI) program—a collaborative effort between the UNC School of Social Work and the UNC Center for Excellence in Community Mental Health—is expected to extend into Alamance, Caswell, Gaston, New Hanover, Onslow and Cumberland counties in July, said Clinical Assistant Professor Bebe Smith, who directs the project along with co-director and Assistant Professor Gary Cuddeback. (UNC.edu)

'Silent Sam' Confederate Statue At UNC Vandalized

Police are investigating after someone spray-painted the words "murderer" and "black lives matter" on the "Silent Sam" Confederate memorial on the campus of UNC Chapel Hill. The statue has frequently been a source of controversy over the years. The statue of a Confederate Army soldier was erected on campus in 1913 as a memorial to the more than 300 UNC students who died in the Civil War. (ABC 11)

Stuart Scott, in His Own Words

It was with a heavy heart that I read Stuart Scott's memoir, Every Day I Fight. I didn't know the man, but as with anyone else who's watched ESPN regularly for the last twenty-odd years, I felt like I did. From his early days on ESPN2 with Suzy Kolber, Scott was fresh, smart, and fun to watch. And remember: Sports reporting that was fun was a new concept back in the early 1990s. (Everyday eBook)

At 96, Literary Legend and UNC Alum Lawrence Ferlinghetti Isn't Done Yet

Lawrence Ferlinghetti lives in a modest second-story walk-up in San Francisco's North Beach neighborhood. Hanging on his walls are his doctorate from the Sorbonne, an unframed Paul Gaugin print and posters of celebrated poetry readings dating back to the days when he personified a hip, literate and rebellious San Francisco. Not that he's nostalgic. "Everything was better than it is when you're old," he says. (NPR)

A Good Heart

High school dropout, Green Beret medic who served three tours in Iraq, Special Forces medic instructor at Fort Bragg, lymphoma fighter who is free of cancer today, and future physician and researcher -- the remarkable path to medicine of rising third-year UNC medical student Eric Strand. (UNC Health Care)

UNC Startup Impact Totals $7 Billion in North Carolina

In a public university system where state funding is tight and donors (like Eshelman) prefer knowing over hoping their money is going to be used productively, it’s important to measure success. This past year, Cone and her team set out to collect that data and the results were impressive. The 150 active UNC-born startups employ 38,000 people in North Carolina and generate $7 billion in annual revenue. (ExitEvent)

Remembering Chancellor William Aycock

A memorial was held on Friday afternoon for William B. Aycock. Aycock served as Chancellor at UNC from 1957 – 1964 and was a faculty member at the School of Law before and after his time as Chancellor. Overall, Aycock served the University of North Carolina for nearly 40 years, from his first faculty appointment at the school of law in 1948 until his retirement in 1985. (Chapelboro.com)

After 45-Year Wait, James Taylor Earns First No. 1 Album on Billboard Chart

After a 45-year wait, legendary singer/songwriter James Taylor has earned his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart with Before This World. The album, which was released on June 16 through Concord Records, arrives atop the chart dated July 4 — more than 45 years after Taylor arrived on the list with Sweet Baby James (on the March 14, 1970 list). (Billboard.com)

Fund Established to Honor Chapel Hill Shooting Victims

A fund has been established to continue the service work and honor the memory of two UNC dental students who were killed earlier this year. UNC and the Dental Foundation of North Carolina have established a new memorial award honoring the late Deah Barakat and Yusor Abu-Salha. Barakat, his wife Yusor, and her younger sister Razan were all shot and killed in February of this year in the Finley Forest Condos. (Chapelboro.com)

William B. Aycock led UNC through turbulent times

Former Chancellor William Brantley Aycock, who died Saturday at age 99, guided UNC through a tumultuous period in history. Aycock was chancellor from 1957 to 1964. During this time the University saw an increase of 500 students each year due to the baby boom. Aycock created expansion projects to accommodate the growing student body despite facing budget cuts from the North Carolina legislature. (Daily Tar Heel)

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