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UNC alum advancing education for children displaced by war

There’s another side to the conflict in the Middle East – one you don’t often hear about. “Two million kids in refugee camps are out of school right now. There’s the potential for a lost generation,” says U.S. Army veteran and entrepreneur Scott Quilty (UNC EMBA ’15). Quilty is the co-founder of TentED, a nonprofit aimed at advancing education for children displaced by war. (UNC.edu)

English professor and study abroad pioneer Christopher Armitage celebrates 100th semester at UNC

Christopher Armitage, professor of English, will celebrate his 100th semester at UNC in spring 2017. Armitage said he started teaching at the University the same day he received his Ph.D. from Duke University, in 1967. He said one difference he sees between 1967 and 2016 is that more students study abroad. (Daily Tar Heel)

UNC Business Students Give Away Another Car

This past Friday was an exciting day for one Durham man, Mussasa Mpengh. Social entrepreneur and Kenan-Flagler Business School instructor, Jim Kitchen, had a very big surprise in store for Mpengh. “Mussasa, this is your new car, and these guys made it possible,” said Kitchen, as he pointed to the group of students standing by. (Chapelboro.com)

Former Astronaut John Glenn Trained at UNC

Tributes continue to pour in for former astronaut John Glenn. He died at the age of 95 in Ohio Thursday. Before becoming a national hero, Glenn trained with other astronauts at the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center at UNC-Chapel Hill in 1960 and 1961. (TWC News)

UNC researcher develops innovative drug to treat Sickle Cell patients

A new drug shows dramatic promise to help Sickle Cell patients reduce painful episodes. UNC's Dr. Kenneth Ataga was the principal investigator for an investigational drug called Crizanlizumab. The trial involved 198 participants in a multi-center, randomized trial. The “Sustain Trial” results were published online by the New England Journal of Medicine. (WRAL.com)

John Edwards Lists $6.9-Million Mansion With Tar Heels Basketball Court

John Edwards is selling his Chapel Hill, N.C., mansion. His 102-acre property, which recently hit the market for $6.9 million, has nine bedrooms and 10.5 bathrooms in 23,768 square feet. It has two kitchens, handball court, indoor swimming pool and enormous barn, which holds a full-lenth basketball court emblazoned with Carolina blue and the Tar Heels' logo. (Hero Sports)

Carolina Firsts: Henry Owl

Henry Owl, a member of the Eastern band of Cherokee Indians, was the first Native American student to attend UNC. Owl came to Carolina in the fall of 1928 and graduated the following year with a Master of Arts in History. Owl was born in 1896 near Rattlesnake Mountain in western North Carolina. He attended the school at the Cherokee reservation. (UNC.edu)

New UNC Makerspace puts innovation in the hands of students

Laser cutting, 3D printing equipment, sewing machines. All are available for use in UNC’s new Be-A-Maker or BeAM innovation lab in Murray Hall. UNC has been known to offer cutting-edge technology to students for use in the classroom and for their major, but BeAM is open to everyone for both educational and personal uses. (Chapelboro.com)

La Residence to reopen in January after kitchen fire

Final preparations are underway for La Residence to reopen for the new year. La Residence has been a Chapel Hill landmark since 1976, but the restaurant had to temporarily close in June after sustaining smoke and fire damage when an air conditioning unit in the kitchen short-circuited and caught fire. (Daily Tar Heel)

A Million Dollar Prize For UNC alum Raj Panjabi, A Doctor Who Goes The Extra Mile

Dr. Raj Panjabi is a physician at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston and the founder of Last Mile Health, which trains people from the community to provide health care in isolated parts of Liberia — a country where doctors are in short supply and some 1.2 million people live in rural areas far from any health clinic. (NPR)

Carolina graduate Raj Panjabi named winner of 2017 TED prize

Dr. Raj Panjabi — who graduated with Bachelor’s degrees in biochemistry and sociology from Carolina and is also a UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine graduate — has won the 2017 TED Prize, awarded annually to a leader with a bold wish to spark global change. (UNC.edu)

Q&A with Katherine Fitzgerald, a UNC alum raising money for the Flint water crisis

Katherine Fitzgerald, a UNC graduate and current graduate student at Arizona State University, made the news this week after tweeting that she would donate to the Flint water crisis in Michigan for every point that Miles Bridges scored in Duke’s game against the Michigan State Spartans Tuesday night. (Daily Tar Heel)

UNC Receives $18 Million to Develop Mobile Technology to Prevent and Treat HIV in Adolescents

Recognizing adolescents’ connection with mobile technology, a research team at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, along with colleagues at Emory University, has secured $18 million in funding over the next five years from the National Institutes of Health to form the UNC/Emory Center for Innovative Technology or iTech. (UNC.edu)

Campus Quips and Pop-Culture Blips Coded in UNC’s Digital T-shirt Archive

In UNC's Wilson Library, the thick quiet makes you nervous to drop a pen. But the history department's most recent archival initiative might be more appealing to the T-shirt-clad students swarming campus than to traditional historians. The UNC T-Shirt Archive hosts an ever-growing digital photo album of important—and not so important—moments in UNC student history. (Indy Week)

The Embattled First Generation of Black Students at UNC Speaks Through History and Theater Project

UNC-Chapel Hill has long enjoyed a reputation for progressivism. But between 1952 and 1972, the first generation of black youth permitted to enroll as undergraduate students encountered a campus and a culture all but unrecognizable to us today. "At basketball and football games, the bands would play 'Dixie,'" recalls Walter Jackson, from the class of 1967. (Indy Week)

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