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UNC's Dr. Taft helps Olympians heal

Cupping became part of the national conversation during the Olympics. It gave insight into how athletes try different therapies to be ready to race. "And if somebody loses a hundredth of a percent, that's the difference between losing the gold and not make the finals," said Dr. Tim Taft, a University of North Carolina physician. (WRAL Sports Fan)

UNC Groundskeepers: Maintaining the Legacy

David Brannigan walks across the quad with a backpack. But instead of books and binders, Brannigan’s backpack holds a small engine designed to blow leaves from walkways and green spaces. Brannigan – and dozens of grounds technicians like him – are hard at work keeping UNC’s campus beautiful long before faculty members and students make their way to class. (UNC.edu)

UNC student chases broadcast dream to NBC and Rio

Jordan Jackson stood near the "Today" show set being assembled on the beach for the 2016 Olympic Games. Jackson was far from the New York City studios where she first found out about her NBC internship in Brazil. She was even farther from her home in Mount Airy, North Carolina. Getting from Mount Airy to Rio has been part of a lifelong dream for her. (WRAL Sports Fan)

UNC Health Care Again Ranks Among Best Hospitals in the Nation

UNC Hospitals was nationally ranked or recognized as high performing in 10 clinical categories listed in the U.S. News & World Report 2016-2017 Best Hospitals rankings. Four of our specialties were ranked highest in the state. Across the state, our system performed well. (Roper on Health)

FallFest will celebrate 20 years in new location

FallFest is getting some new digs for its 20th anniversary.The annual block party introduces new Tar Heels to students organizations and free food. The event, which usually draws crowds around 25,000, has been held on South Road, Hooker Fields and the School of Government parking deck in past years. (Daily Tar Heel)

UNC researchers near breakthrough in treating peanut allergy

Researchers at the UNC School of Medicine say they are nearing a breakthrough in treating peanut allergy. Results from a clinical trial of 40 peanut-allergic children found that almost 80 percent of participants achieved “sustained unresponsiveness,” even when eating peanuts weeks after treatment. These are the strongest responses ever recorded. (Triangle Business Journal)

UNC helps those who serve our nation succeed at Carolina

UNC has inaugurated a new program – one segment for undergraduate students and another focused on graduate and professional students – for incoming students with prior military service. This inaugural program....was designed to serve....newly enrolled, readmitted or deferred enrollment students who are active duty, veteran, reservist or National Guard. (UNC.edu)

UNC's Eben Alexander and the Revival of the Modern Olympic Games

When the Olympic games were revived and the first modern Olympics were held in Athens, Greece, in 1896, UNC faculty member Eben Alexander was there. Alexander was a professor of Greek at Carolina and served as the U.S. ambassador to Greece and Serbia from 1893-1897. Alexander’s influence in convincing American athletes to come to Greece is evident. (UNC.edu)

A New World - UNC student journalists in Rio de Janeiro

UNC's School of Media and Journalism sent 25 students to Brazil to work for the Olympic News Service (ONS) and four additional students to work as freelancers for news outlets across the state of North Carolina. “I learn something new about myself, sports and reporting it seems like every day here in Rio. I have grown so much as a person in such a short amount of time.” (UNC.edu)

The 'Best' in the business: UNC's Kevin Best brings management skill to his 10th Olympics

Kevin Best works at the UNC as the Assistant Athletics Director for Communications. Best is currently in Rio de Janeiro working as the Information Manager at the Olympic Aquatic Center for the Rio 2016 Olympic Broadcast Service. His job is to manage all of the broadcasters who come in to cover the likes of Katie Ledecky and Michael Phelps. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Dr. Aziz Sancar Accepts O. Max Gardner Award

After winning the Presidential Young Investigator Award, the 2015 Nobel Prize in chemistry and now UNC’s Oliver Max Gardner Award, Dr. Aziz Sancar said he tries to stay humble. “I prayed to the almighty God to protect me from one of the worst seven deadly sins – pride.” (Chapelboro.com)

UNC students get front and center view of Olympics

Front and center. It is a view that very few get in the Olympics, but one that 25 UNC student journalists get to experience this month in Rio. “I am up close and personal with these athletes once the come out of the pool,” McKenzie Bennett said. “I get to see their reactions when they win medals, when they break records. It’s one of the coolest things I’ve ever been a part of.” (WRAL Sports Fan)

Postcards from Rio: 'My eyes couldn't take in enough'

Rachael Scott is among 29 students from the University of North Carolina's School of Media and Journalism who are providing coverage from the Rio Olympics. "Four months of anticipation. Sixteen hours of traveling. Four thousand miles from home. On July 29, I stepped onto Brazil’s foreign soil with 29 other Tar Heels. What a feeling." (Greensboro News & Record)

James K. Polk: 19th Century Student Activist?

Was there such a thing as student activism in the 19th century? An article in the Daily Tar Heel, published December 5, 1967, asserts that one of UNC’s most famous alums, United States President James Knox Polk, led a “rebellion” in 1816 among the students that culminated with the resignation of the university’s president at the time. (UNC.edu)

The 15 Best U.S. Cities for Entrepreneurs to Live and Launch: Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill, home to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has close ties to both technology and science sectors. The city boasts everything from quiet streets to business accelerators, making it no wonder Livability has listed the city as one of the best 100 places to live in the U.S. for three years in a row. (Entrepreneur)

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