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Carolina students hit the market for a cause

With more than just personal profit on line, Sam Henderson found himself standing on Polk Place on Saturday handing out bottles of water, figuring out his market on the fly — all to send a 12-year-old to Walt Disney World. Henderson was among the 90 groups of Carolina students from Kenan–Flagler Business School’s Entrepreneurial Studies course and the GLOBE Program. (UNC.edu)

UNC Researchers Awarded $11.3 Million for Cancer Nanotechnology Research

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers received an $11.3 million, five-year grant to conduct multiple studies exploring the use of nanoparticles to create cancer vaccines and improve cancer drug delivery and responses. The grant is the third in a series of awards that the university has received from the National Cancer Institute for cancer nanotechnology research. (UNC.edu)

UNC astrophysicist works with Stephen Hawking

Laura Mersini-Houghton, a professor of physics and astronomy, collaborated with Stephen Hawking at a recent conference in Sweden. Mersini-Houghton has been working in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at UNC since 2004. Her research is focused around the origins of the universe, dark energy and the quantum physics of the black holes. (Daily Tar Heel)

Sneads Ferry toddler is 1,000th child to get cochlear implant at UNC

One of Tatum Lanier's first words was "mama." But she communicated it with five fingers spread wide and her thumb touching her chin. The 13-month-old daughter of Melinda and John Lanier, like them, was born deaf. On Wednesday, doctors in Chapel Hill will activate for the first time the cochlear implant surgically placed in her head in late August and virtually unnoticeable beneath her blonde hair. (Wilmington Star News)

All 128 Division I Colleges Ranked by Everything Other Than Sports (Also, Sports)

4. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: Chapel Hill is the Alec Baldwin of Carolina schools and is too darn handsome for us to be mad at; 50. North Carolina State University: The Daniel Baldwin of North Carolina universities. 96. Duke University: The fiery passion and dorkiness of the Cameron Crazies is annoying to the point of insanity. (Thrillist)

Deborah Stroman discusses business of sport at season-opening Tar Heel Tailgate Talk

Franklin Street’s sidewalks were packed with fans wearing Carolina blue Saturday in anticipation of Tar Heels’ football home opener against North Carolina A&T. But what would the streets have looked like if Carolina didn’t have a sports program? Determining the impact of sports on the state of North Carolina is at the core of Deborah Stroman’s work and a topic she discussed at Saturday’s Tar Heel Tailgate Talk. (UNC.edu)

He's Not Here could lose ABC permit

Notices of alleged violation were sent on Sept. 2 to both He’s Not Here and La Residence — the two businesses where UNC student Chandler Kania drank alcohol underage before hitting a car head-on and killing three people in July. The compromise for He’s Not stated that the bar should surrender their ABC permits on or before Nov. 6, according to the document. (Daily Tar Heel)

UNC Scientists Create Smarter Immune Cells To Fight Parkinson's

As a potential treatment for Parkinson’s disease, scientists at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have created smarter immune cells that produce and deliver a neuron-healing protein to the brain while also teaching nerve cells to begin making the protein for themselves. (UNC.edu)

New drug delivery device developed at UNC 'could transform cancer treatment'

A new device that delivers cancer drugs directly into tumors without relying on perfusion via the bloodstream, could increase life expectancy for patients with pancreatic, breast and other solid cancers, say UNC researchers. The new device uses a method called "iontophoresis" where an electrical field drives chemotherapy drugs directly into the tumor, preventing their growth, and in some cases, even shrinking them. (Medical News Today)

Remembering 9/11

Fourteen years removed from the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill continues to remember the attack’s nearly 3,000 victims — which included six Carolina alumni — with several events around campus. Carolina will memorialize the day with the RTOC playing “Taps” at dawn and dusk and a morning wreath laying at the 9/11 Memorial. (UNC.edu)

Musician, UNC alum Tift Merritt's southern hospitality offers sensual songs and soup

A softly spoken Tift Merritt has plans for the evening and it doesn't involve a gig. Instead it begins with a cocktail at a bar in North Carolina, her home state where she is on holiday. Her choice? A martini. "Gin, dirty. Very dirty." But just the one. "I've discovered that I can only do one, which is very good," she says. "I call two a nighty night." The only thing Merritt does to excess, it seems, is generosity. (Sydney Morning Herald)

Carolina ranks fifth among national public universities

For the 15th straight year, the nation’s first public university has been ranked as one of the best. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – a top public research university with a strong focus on access and affordability and high graduation rates – ranks fifth among the nation’s best public universities, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2016 “America’s Best Colleges” guidebook. (UNC.edu)

UNC grad behind the Raleigh Hopscotch festival

Hopscotch Music Festival attracts 20,000 people nationwide to Raleigh, features more than 140 bands and is essentially run by two-and-a-half people. The chief of that small crew is the director, founder and UNC graduate Greg Lowenhagen. “We haven’t had the luxury of pumping a couple extra hundreds of thousands of dollars into staff,” he said. “We basically do this on a shoestring.” (Daily Tar Heel)

Comedian, UNC alum Lewis Black Is The Unstable Model Of Stability For ‘The Daily Show’

Black began doing comedy as a means to warm up crowds at his Hell’s Kitchen playhouse. Soon, he was touring and appearing on stand-up comedy-centric TV shows, such as The A-List during the early days of Comedy Central. In 1996, he was approached by Daily Show co-creator Lizz Winstead to provide a segment “a couple of times a week” for the then-fledgling “fake news” program. (Uproxx)

UNC medical students gain invaluable experiences abroad

Through the Office of International Activities at the UNC School of Medicine, approximately one-third of UNC medical students experience international health electives during their time in Chapel Hill. This past summer nearly 50 students traveled abroad to research, teach, and enhance their clinical skills while serving underserved populations. (UNC Health Care)

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