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Remembering Oliver Smithies, a kind gentleman and Nobel Laureate

The kind gentleman, the guest of honor, had won the mother (or maybe the father) of all science competitions – the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine. And despite the recognition for a discovery that had changed the face of medicine, the gentleman stood among the rising stars and asked them a simple question. “Have you done any science today?” (WRAL Tech Wire)

Photo Journal: The Day the KKK Marched Down East Franklin Street

In June 1987, Michael Galinsky took a camera with a telephoto lens and a bunch of film to document a Ku Klux Klan rally in Chapel Hill. Until recently, these photographs could be relegated to a regrettable past. A video installation combining Galinsky's photos with interviews from the event is part of the Southern Accent exhibit at the Nasher Museum of Art. (Indy Week)

1982 — UNC’s First Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

In 1982, UNC held its first annual Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Day Celebration. The multi-day celebration included a variety of events honoring Dr. King and his legacy. The featured speaker at the University-wide celebration was Dr. Prezell R. Robinson, president of St. Augustine’s College in Raleigh and of the United Negro College Fund. (UNC.edu)

Local artists design colorful crosswalks to improve safety in town

New colorful crosswalks designed by local artists are coming to five locations in Chapel Hill — hoping to increase pedestrian visibility. The town has already implemented flashing lights to grab drivers’ attention on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Franklin Street, but the team was looking for other innovative ways to attract attention to pedestrians crossing the road. (Daily Tar Heel)

UNC startup raises $2.9 million

Capio Biosciences, Inc. – co-founded by UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researcher Andrew Wang – is looking to grow after raising $2.9 million by selling stock. While the company is based in Madison, Wisconsin, Wang said in an email that he and another board member remain in the Triangle. (Triangle Business Journal)

First Black Female FBI Agent was UNC-Chapel Hill Alumna

The first black woman FBI agent in the United States was UNC’s Sylvia Elizabeth Mathis. Hers was a life framed by a commitment to service, a dedication to family, and marked by numerous accomplishments. In May 1975, Mathis graduated from UNC School of Law and soon thereafter passed the North Carolina Bar. But her accomplishments did not stop there. (UNC.edu)

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Visit to UNC in 1960: ‘In the presence of greatness’

Invited to UNC by campus religious organizations and the Carolina Forum, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spent May 9, 1960, meeting with community leaders, conducting discussions in classes and speaking on “The Struggle for Racial Justice” to an overflow crowd at Hill Hall. His visit occurred just as the fight for equality began gaining momentum. (UNC.edu)

UNC researchers use light to launch drugs from red blood cells

Scientists at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have developed a breakthrough technique that uses light to activate a drug stored in circulating red blood cells so that it is released exactly when and where it is needed. The work, led by Fred Eshelman Distinguished Professor David Lawrence, has profound implications for the field of drug delivery. (UNC.edu)

UNC awarded $19 million to study atherosclerosis risk in communities

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Collaborative Studies Coordinating Center at Gillings School of Global Public Health’s has been awarded a five-year, $19 million contract from the National Institute of Health’s National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute to conduct the next phase of the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities study. (UNC.edu)

Video: Dr. Oliver Smithies, in memoriam

In 2007, Oliver Smithies became the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s first full-time faculty member to win a Nobel Prize. He received the honor for his development of a technique that makes it possible to introduce targeted genetic modifications to cells. But to the campus community he was more than a Nobel laureate — he was a Carolina staple. (UNC.edu)

Closures on Franklin Street due to seasonal business cycle

In the past few months, several notable businesses on Franklin Street have closed their doors or announced relocations. Other prominent Franklin Street restaurants that have closed recently include Jasmin Mediterranean Bistro and Khushi Salads and Wraps. The business turnover encompasses more than just restaurants. The Bookshop announced on Jan. 5 that it will close in July. (Daily Tar Heel)

Q&A with Brooke Baldwin, UNC's 2017 spring commencement speaker

Brooke Baldwin, a CNN news anchor, will be UNC's 2017 spring commencement speaker. A 2001 graduate of UNC, Baldwin joined CNN in 2008 and became an anchor in 2010. The DTH's Acy Jackson spoke with Baldwin about being the speaker and her plans for the speech. "First of all, I hope that everyone will have had too many Blue Cups the night before as I might have 15 years ago." (Daily Tar Heel)

Oliver Smithies, Carolina’s first Nobel laureate, passes away at 91

Dr. Oliver Smithies, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s first full-time faculty member to win a Nobel Prize and a world-renowned giant in the field of gene targeting, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 10, at UNC Hospitals after a short illness. He was 91. “Oliver Smithies was such a loving, wonderful force for all things good in this world,” said Chancellor Carol Folt. (UNC.edu)

Brooke Baldwin, CNN anchor, to speak at UNC Commencement

Brooke Baldwin, CNN news anchor and a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will deliver the Commencement address at the University on May 14 in Kenan Stadium. Baldwin, who anchors the 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. weekday edition of CNN Newsroom, joined the network in 2008 as a reporter and took over the anchor position in 2010. (UNC.edu)

UNC alum, Triangle entrepreneur Steve Malik's latest move: Women's soccer franchise

At a Monday press conference, North Carolina FC owner Steve Malik formally announced that he has acquired the Western New York Flash, reigning champions of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL), and is relocating the team to the Triangle. Malik, a Triangle tech entrepreneur and owner of Cary-based Medfusion who played high school soccer while growing up in Kinston, N.C., is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill. (WRAL Tech Wire)

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