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UNC-Chapel Hill is a fun place to go to college, according to Rave Review

As a college town, Chapel Hill is perfect, according to Rave Review and that helped UNC land on its list of 50 Most Fun Colleges in America. UNC, which came in at No. 28, scored 13.25 points on Rave Review’s 20-point scale. It got a perfect 5 on the town score. Rave Review’s assessment of Chapel Hill pointed to Franklin Street, which it said is often overwhelmed with fans. (Durham Herald-Sun)

Carolina ranks 56th in 2018 ‘Times Higher Education’ World University Rankings

UNC ranks 56th among the world’s top 1,012 research universities, according to the London-based Times Higher Education World University Rankings. UNC-Chapel Hill ties for this slot with the University of Minnesota. The 2018 ranking, released Sept. 5, is based on 13 separate performance indicators designed to capture the full range of university activities. (UNC.edu)

UNControllables host annual tell-all of UNC history

UNControllables brought attention to white supremacy and vandalism on Thursday with their annual event, “What UNC Doesn’t Want you to Know: Inside the University’s Dirty History of Exploitation, Scandal and Racism." Junior Suad Jabr helped organize the talk and said the event matters because it contextualizes their time at UNC as students. (Daily Tar Heel)

Unraveling Alzheimer’s: First-Of-Its-Kind Study At UNC Documents How Brain Cells Go Bad

In the brains of people with Alzheimer’s disease, there are abnormal deposits of amyloid beta protein and tau protein, and swarms of activated immune cells. But scientists do not fully understand how these three major factors combine to drive the disease. Now, UNC School of Medicine and National Institutes of Health researchers have untangled the mystery. (UNC Health Care)

5 years later, Faith Hedgepeth's death still has 'profound impact' on UNC campus

Faith Hedgepeth would have been a UNC graduate by now. Many of her classmates are no longer at the school, but her name is still spoken on campus. On Wednesday, her Native American sorority, Alpha Pi Omega, held a vigil in her memory. “It is important to make sure her name is out there and people don’t stop talking about it until her perpetrator is put behind bars.” (WRAL.com)

Remembering longtime Rathskeller waiter Davis Blackwell

When I arrived at UNC and Chapel Hill, a Bostonian feeling very much out of place, my first meal was at “The Rat,” a famous restaurant recommended by a stranger. My waiter for that first meal was Davis Blackwell, who became a friend for my adult life and one of the faces that made visiting Chapel Hill so important to so many. Davis passed away last Wednesday. (Chapelboro.com)

UNC-Chapel Hill mourns beloved K9 Buddy who worked with FBI

The UNC Police Department lost a beloved member of its team Tuesday. The department announced on its Facebook page that longtime UNC police K9 “Buddy” has died. Buddy, who was 12, served in the department for eight years from 2007-15. A full-blooded Labrador retriever, Buddy was certified through the International Police Work Dog Association. (Durham Herald-Sun)

Landmark UNC study could 'rewrite the book' on anorexia

A study to identify the genetics associated with anorexia nervosa has the potential to "rewrite the book" on treating the potentially fatal disease, say researchers. The researchers from the UNC School of Medicine have collected blood samples for 15,000 people - including New Zealanders - for the very first study of the genetics involved in the disease. (Radio New Zealand)

UNC Health Care CEO William Roper Receives Honors

CEO of UNC Health Care Dr. William Roper was named to Modern Healthcare’s annual list of 100 Most Influential People in Health Care. Roper, who also serves as dean of the UNC School of Medicine and vice chancellor for medical affairs at UNC, has been included on the list six times. (Chapelboro.com)

Tift Merritt talks being a mom, writing and her new album

Tift Merritt has a long, treasured history performing in Wilmington. In the early 1990s, she lived here and played gigs around town. A native of Raleigh, she played the first concert at the renovated Greenfield Lake Amphitheater in 2008, and the Grammy-nominated singer has made regular stops here throughout her career. (Wilmington Star News)

UNC Student Stores Renovation Invites Visitors to Linger

UNC Student Stores has been as much of a central campus pass-through for students and others headed north or south as it has a shopping destination. Now the building has been renovated to entice visitors to stay a while. The main floor on the Pit level has an expanded cafe with seating for 100. Shoppers also will find clothing and other UNC-branded merchandise. (UNC.edu)

Squirrel named Mr. Nuts spends 'wild 24 hours' with UNC professor

UNC professor Lynn Owens said she thinks the squirrel may have gotten into her tote bag on campus, although how that happened remains a mystery. Since the squirrel came from campus, she wanted to take it back, but the release didn’t go quite according to plan. “It sat there and looked at me and then ran right back up my leg like I’m its momma or something." (WRAL.com)

UNC Receives $4.8 Million Grant to Confront Energy Poverty in Southern Africa

The National Science Foundation recently awarded a $4.8 million grant to UNC to help alleviate energy poverty in Southern Africa. Energy poverty is the lack of access to modern energy sources such as electricity and modern fuels, crucial resources to the well-being of individuals and communities, the environment, and to the stability and growth of national economies. (UNC.edu)

Raj Panjabi, UNC Grad and Doctor, Goes the Last Mile in Liberia

Dr. Raj Panjabi, 36, is a co-founder and the chief executive of Last Mile Health, a charity that brings medical care to some of the most remote corners of Liberia. Earlier this year, he was awarded both the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship — an honor worth $1.25 million — and the $1 million TED Prize. Dr. Panjabi teaches at Harvard Medical School. (New York Times)

New Report Shows UNC Start-ups Are Generating Billions and Creating Thousands of Jobs

UNC has been getting down to business. A biannual report released shows that startups and social ventures connected with UNC generate $10 billion in annual revenue, create more that 8,000 jobs in North Carolina and 63,000 jobs worldwide. With a 26 percent increase in UNC related ventures just in the past year, its’ clear these numbers will continue to grow. (Chapelboro.com)

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