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UNC Highway Safety Research Center Hedges High Stakes and Human Behavior

For the past 50 years, staff and scientists at the UNC Highway Safety Research Center have been dedicated to saving lives. When the center formed in 1966, more than 50,000 Americans died in car crashes. To combat the problem, HSRC develop programs like “Click it or Ticket” and Graduated Drivers Licensing. Today, both programs have been adopted nationwide. (UNC.edu)

UNC looks to help new moms with fragile babies

What help do the mothers of medically fragile babies need? That’s the focus of a team of researchers from the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine, which has received nearly $900,000 in federal funding. The goal of the project, called Care4Moms, is to assess what can be done to help women who have just given birth, and whose newborn children are in difficult conditions. (Triangle Business Journal)

UNC professor helps track athletes go for the gold

He’s not a coach and he’s never been to the Olympics, but Carolina’s Bing Yu has helped athletes train for eight Summer Games, including the 2016 games in Rio de Janeiro. Yu is a professor in Division of Physical Therapy. He uses his expertise in biomechanics to analyze the performance of members of the U.S. Track and Field team. (UNC.edu)

The Olympic Torch in Chapel Hill

Twenty years ago this summer, the Olympic torch relay passed through Chapel Hill on its eventual way to Atlanta for the 1996 Summer Olympics. UNC was placed on the torch relay route thanks to the work of alumnus Charles Shaffer, Jr., an Atlanta attorney who was one of the early members of the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games. (UNC.edu)

UNC graduate student and alumna receive Boren Fellowships

Christine Kim, a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill graduate student, and Julia Tenyotkin, a Carolina alumna, have each been awarded the National Security Education Program’s David L. Boren Fellowship, which supports fields of study, particularly languages, identified as critical to United States national security. (UNC.edu)

Chapel Hill Ranked Among Best College Towns in America

Chapel Hill landed at No. 11 on a list of the best college towns in America. The new list came from Niche.com, a website that helps users discover schools and neighborhoods. They analyze crime, public schools, cost of living, job opportunities, and local amenities.They use data from the United States Census, FBI and other sources. (Chapelboro.com)

A look back at some of the best speeches given by Tar Heels

I decided to take a look back at some of the best speeches given by Tar Heels (either athletes or those associated with Tar Heel athletics). Charles Kuralt's Bicentennial Speech, Roy Williams' 2009 Locker Room Speech, Marcus Paige’s Senior Speech, Stuart Scott’s Jimmy V Award Speech, Anson Dorrance's Speech on Mia Hamm. (Tar Heel Blog)

UNC Professor Emeritus William Leuchtenburg: Getting to Know the American Presidents

William Leuchtenburg met the eyes of a towering Lyndon B. Johnson in September 1965, as they made introductions in the White House Oval Office. Leuchtenburg spent the next two hours in an intimate interview with John F. Kennedy’s former vice president. (UNC.edu)

Slain UNC student Faith Hedgepeth's family seeks clarity in unsolved murder

Nearly four years after a UNC student was found beaten to death inside her Chapel Hill apartment, Faith Hedgepeth's cousin is trying to find clarity in her unsolved murder. Alyssa Mozingo recently published online a detailed timeline of events leading up to when Hedgepeth's roommate discovered her body the morning of Sept. 7, 2012. (ABC 11)

Clef Hangers reflect on presidential year

One of those incredible things was getting the chance to meet President Barack Obama when the group was invited to sing at the White House last winter. “It was very exciting," said Taylor Euliss, the Clef's music director. "It was a lot of luck, and coincidence, and good planning and a clear schedule at that time.” (Daily Tar Heel)

Massey winner Mike McFarland is a man on a mission

Mike McFarland, now director of University relations, has toiled behind the scenes for the past three decades to protect and defend Carolina’s reputation – with facts and figures. McFarland’s often anonymous work was hard for his boss to describe when he nominated McFarland for the 2016 C. Knox Massey Distinguished Service Award. (UNC.edu)

UNC students heading to Rio to report on the Olympics

Rachel Brittain never paid much attention to the sport of weight lifting. But the Fayetteville native is about to spend lots of time watching weight lifting and cycling competitions at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Brittain is one of about 20 media and journalism students at UNC who will be working as interns at the games for the Olympic News Service. (Fayetteville Observer)

Three food tech start-ups, no stopping for Carolina alum Riana Lynn

Food tech entrepreneur Riana Lynn has chalked up more high-powered experiences at age 30 than most people accumulate in a lifetime. Since graduating from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2008, she has founded three startups, managed high-profile projects at the White House and secured a coveted spot as a Google-Code2040 entrepreneur-in-residence. (UNC.edu)

Marine Corps veteran realizing her dream at UNC

Marine Corps veteran and Carolina occupational therapy master’s student Oyoana Allende is a month away from achieving her dream of becoming an occupational therapist—a profession she didn’t realize existed until becoming severely burned while serving in Iraq in 2005. Allende worked as a platoon truck driver while stationed in Iraq. (UNC.edu)

Disabled UNC Business School Grad Leaves Mark

No one expected Joe Brown of Mooresville, N.C., to go to college. He has a progressive disability that affects his speech and movement, and it’s getting worse with time. But in June of this year, he graduated from the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School, and left a lasting impact on his teachers, fellow students, and the school itself. (Poets & Quants)

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