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Researchers ramp up new UNC Autism Research Center

UNC has long been one of the world’s premier autism research universities, and now its expertise and leading research programs will fall under one virtual roof at the UNC Autism Research Center. The goal of the new center is to accelerate the creation of more effective treatments and interventions for the millions of people with autism spectrum disorder. (UNC.edu)

UNC Health Care receives high marks in latest US News & World Report Ratings

In the latest Best Hospital ratings, released Aug. 8 by U.S. News & World Report, UNC Hospitals was nationally ranked or recognized as high performing in ten clinical categories. The latest ratings release focuses on adult clinical care. In June U.S. News released its list of the nation’s best children’s hospitals and UNC Children’s earned a national ranking in nine specialties. (UNC Health Care)

UNC Dean shares illuminating facts about the coming solar eclipse

On Aug. 21, the United States will experience a total eclipse of the sun. The shadow of the moon will travel from Oregon to South Carolina. The 70-mile wide path of the shadow is called the “path of totality.” Only the southwest corner of North Carolina lies in the path, but the rest of the state – including Chapel Hill – will experience almost complete darkness at about 2:43 p.m. (UNC.edu)

Two UNC students named Tillman Scholars

Serving others isn’t new for Charlotte Burnett or Karl Holt. With a combined 14 years of Army experience, the two UNC students have made a living out of doing just that. The two were recently named Tillman Scholars by the Pat Tillman Foundation, which honors the legacy of the NFL player turned Army Ranger who died in a friendly-fire incident in Afghanistan in 2004. (UNC.edu)

50 Most Amazing College Campuses of 2017: 27. UNC-Chapel Hill

When we think of UNC we all think of the Dean Dome, the baby blue jerseys, and of course Michael Jordan but there’s much more to Chapel Hill than basketball. The 700+ acre campus is divided into two sections, Polk Place and McCorkle Place. One of the most famous spots on campus is the gorgeous Old Well. (The Best Colleges)

Thanks to a Carolina research project, she can walk again

When she was six, a mysterious ailment caused Elizabeth Davis to walk on her toes. Kids began making fun of her. Doctors couldn’t figure out why she walked like this. Then her condition worsened. She went on a diagnostic odyssey for decades and her condition never improved despite various treatments and surgeries until she came to Dr. Jane Fan, a neurologist at UNC. (UNC.edu)

UNC, NC State scientists create stem cell therapy for lung fibrosis conditions

A team of scientists from the UNC School of Medicine and North Carolina State University (NCSU) has developed promising research towards a possible stem cell treatment for several lung conditions, such as idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and cystic fibrosis. (UNC Health Care)

UNC alumnus Duke Buchan III nominated by White House as Ambassador to Spain

The White House announced its intent on Aug. 3 to nominate Duke Buchan III as Ambassador to the Kingdom of Spain and the Principality of Andorra. Buchan, a Henderson, North Carolina, native who graduated from North Carolina with a B.A. in Economics and Spanish in 1985, is the highly successful founder and CEO of Hunter Global Investors L.P. (UNC.edu)

UNC scientists have been chasing sharks for 45 years

It’s just after dawn as shark scientists gather in front of UNC’s Institute of Marine Sciences, waiting to make a trip to sea in a search for sharks that has lasted decades. Frank Schwartz’s longline shark survey has sailed the waters off the coast of North Carolina through the spring, summer and fall for the past 45 years, making it the longest running shark research program in the country. (Raleigh News & Observer)

UNC partners with community colleges to prepare students for global economy

Shodeah Kelly was a Davidson County Community College student who had never left the United States when she joined the North Carolina Global Distinction Program. The program helped her develop skills and sensitivities that have started her on the path to becoming a global citizen. Kelly is now a second-year transfer student at UNC-Chapel Hill. (UNC.edu)

UNC scientist to lead $10-million project to build brain-imaging technology

The brain is so incredibly important to human health and yet so little is known about how it works. MRIs and other kinds of scans can reveal important things about brain health in broad strokes to aid in diagnostics, but they aren’t able to uncover important details of brain function. This is where Spencer Smith, PhD, and his lab at the UNC School of Medicine come in. (UNC Health Care)

Go Where You Go & Do What You Do: Durham family raises money for Aphasia research

Chapel Hill Sportswear is working with the Durham family to help raise money for Aphasia research and programs. The business is selling t-shirts with former Voice of the Tar Heels Woody Durham's signature and trademark phrase. The shirts read "Go Where You Go & Do What You Do," with a microphone and go on sale Friday at Chapel Hill Sportswear on Franklin St. (WRAL Sports Fan)

UNC Team Physician: Why your muscles hurt so much the day after you work out

“Muscle soreness that could be due to, say weight training, can cause what we call delayed onset muscle soreness, which is kind of a diffuse soreness in the muscle,” says Thomas Brickner, head team physician for a number of sports at the University of North Carolina. “It usually starts a day or two after a new workout, or a workout that you’re not accustomed to.” (Popular Science)

Mipso, string band formed by UNC grads, enjoying increasing success

After an unexpected eight years together, Mipso has plenty of success to celebrate. This spring they released their third full album Coming Down the Mountain, a packed summer tour is on the horizon. From beginnings that were as humble as their music, the band has grown with each new recording and matured with time out on the road. (OffBeat Magazine)

UNC, Google team up to treat post-traumatic stress

Post traumatic stress affects more than 3 million people a year, and symptoms can last for months, years or a lifetime. Now, a new device is a key part of a first-of-its-kind study of trauma recovery. UNC researchers along 19 medical institutions across the country have teamed with Verily Life Sciences, the medical arm of Google, to develop a new technology. (WRAL.com)

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