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UNC's oldest basketball alum to lead Final Four pre-game pep rally/parade

96-year-old North Carolina athletic legend Bobby Gersten will lead a fun exercise event and pre-game Final Four pep rally/parade to promote physical fitness and support the Tar Heels on Saturday, April 1 at noon beginning at the Old Well on UNC's campus. Bobby G. will lead students and whoever else wants to join in a ½ mile fun exercise event to promote physical fitness. (UNC Walk for Health)

Carolina launches five-year ‘Creating Scientists’ initiative

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has launched a five-year initiative, “Creating Scientists: Learning by Connecting, Doing and Making,” to expose undergraduate students to more hands-on research and collaborative opportunities and help them hone their analytical and problem-solving skills to tackle real-world problems. (UNC.edu)

Franklin Street welcomes UNC fans’ traditions during March Madness

As the Tar Heels make their second consecutive run to the NCAA Tournament’s Final Four, students and fans have brought their traditions and superstitions to bars and restaurants on Franklin Street. Even during the earlier games, March Madness has been one of the most popular times for eateries, always filling seats with eager fans. (Daily Tar Heel)

Gwendolyn Smith overcame odds to be first black woman to attend UNC

In the summer of 1951, UNC taught its first black female student, Gwendolyn Smith. Despite remarkable credentials, she had to overcome numerous obstacles to earn a spot in a UNC classroom. Smith’s academic career began in Kinston, North Carolina where she attended Adkin High School. Smith, who died on Feb. 28, graduated as valedictorian. (Daily Tar Heel)

UNC grad helping shape future of downtown Durham

Downtown Durham is a little noisy these days. Crews are busy working on projects across the city, including the 27-story One City Center tower. It's a far cry from the Bull City Nicole Thompson remembers from a quarter century ago. "It was not really a place that was first on your list of places to go. There was not really a lot to do," Thompson said. (WRAL.com)

Carolina researchers make discovery that could increase plant yield

Scientists at UNC have pinpointed a key genetic switch that helps soil bacteria living on and inside a plant’s roots harvest a vital nutrient with limited global supply. The nutrient, phosphate, makes it to the plant’s roots, helping the plant increase its yield. The work raises the possibility of probiotic, microbe treatments for plants to increase their efficient use of phosphate. (UNC.edu)

UNC students raise over $420,000 for UNC Children's Hospital

UNC-Chapel Hill students danced around the clock Friday into Saturday to raise money for the North Carolina Children's Hospital. The 19th annual UNC Dance Marathon, presented by Carolina FTK, raised $420,062.95 for the patients and families of UNC Children’s Hospital. Over 1,000 students stood for the 24-hour event held in Fetzer Gym on UNC’s campus. (WRAL.com)

WXYC celebrates 40 years of airtime

It was Friday, March 18, 1977. Jimmy Carter was president, and the top hit on the radio was Barbra Streisand’s “Evergreen.” the theme song from the 1976 film “A Star is Born.” But that’s not what came out of the WXYC soundwaves. From the Frank Porter Graham Student Union, the speakers started to play “You Turn Me On, I’m a Radio” by Joni Mitchell. (Daily Tar Heel)

UNC Superfan Covers Herself in Glitter For Eating Disorder Recovery

If you've been to a sports event at UNC in the past few years, you might have noticed a girl covered in blue glitter. That's senior Alex Koszeghy, better known around campus as Glitter Girl. But Alex's game-time ritual is about more than just school spirit. Glitter Girl has become an alter-ego for Alex, helping her through her recovery from an eating disorder. (Teen Vogue)

UNC's Gillings School is top public health school at public university for NIH funding

Once again, UNC's Gillings School of Global Public Health is the number one public school of public health – in funding amounts from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). NIH has provided data for the 2016 fiscal year, and UNC’s Gillings School was listed as the number one school of public health in a public university, receiving $65,454,312 in funding for 107 total awards. (UNC.edu)

UNC Cardiologist Receives High Honors from Leading Medical Society

A UNC professor and physician who formerly presided over the American Heart Association has earned a distinguished award from the American College of Cardiology. Dr. Sidney C. Smith Jr. was selected to receive the prodigious title of Master of the American College of Cardiology, which is granted to no more than four exemplary fellows each year. (Chapelboro.com)

An Interview With Musician, UNC Grad Tift Merritt

This past year was one of great change and transition for Tift Merritt. Not only did she find herself leaving her long-time home of New York City, but also welcoming the birth of her first child, a girl, Jean, in the spring. Proving Thomas Wolfe wrong, she moved home to be closer to family, leaving New York behind to return to her North Carolinian roots, new daughter in tow. (PopMatters)

UNC students find creative outlet in WXYC radio station

With a world of music at your fingertips, students who thrive on new beats listening to your every remark, and a whole show to foster your sound — the power of the radio is yours. UNC gives students the opportunity to express and explore their music interests by being a DJ at the WXYC radio station. The life of a DJ is not one that many students get to experience. (Daily Tar Heel)

UNC Hospitals among first to offer cardiac mapping

When the heart goes into an abnormal rhythm, it can become a life threatening problem. Sometimes patients have to undergo procedures that may or may not solve the problem. University of North Carolina Hospitals is among the first institution in the country to successfully treat patients using the new heart mapping system. (WRAL.com)

‘First faces of dentistry’

A trip to the dentist can be a nerve-wracking experience for a 3-year-old. “There’s scary noises,” said Natalie Dunlop, a third-year student at the UNC School of Dentistry. To help overcome the anxiety surrounding the dental seat, the UNC School of Dentistry hosted 120 students from Durham Head Start for free cleanings at the annual Give Kids a Smile Day on Feb. 3. (UNC.edu)

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