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A Fan Until the End, and Beyond

If your family is willing to put your love of the Tar Heels, Wolfpack, or Blue Devils in your obituary, a usually honest and sincere look at a life, you must have been a big fan. That doesn’t mean you’re an alumnus. The study shows only about a third of all die-hard fans actually went to the college or university they root for. Another third never went to any college. (Our State Magazine)

UNC graduate wins College, Newspaper Photographer of the Year in same year

The project starts with a picture of a woman standing among piles of waterlogged family belongings. It ends 10 photographs later, with her 7-year-old daughter floating peacefully on the river that flooded the family’s home five months prior. Photojournalist Carolyn Van Houten documented the story of the Bamberger family from Blanco, Texas. (Daily Tar Heel)

Eight Years Marked Since Murder of Eve Carson

Saturday marked eight years since UNC Student Body President Eve Carson was murdered. She was shot and killed in Chapel Hill in 2008. Laurence Lovette Junior is currently serving a life sentence for her murder. Demario Atwater pleaded guilty and is serving two life sentences. (TWC News)

UNC takes on Duke at Special Olympics basketball game

Special Olympics North Carolina athletes from Durham and Orange counties will join together on the same team with students from programs at Duke University and UNC. They will compete in the third UNC Special Olympics vs. Duke Unified Basketball Game at 9 a.m. in Duke’s Brodie Gym. (Daily Tar Heel)

Video: UNC alum honors Dean Smith by painting mural

Carolina alum Scott Nurkin is close to completing his mural of Hall of Fame Basketball Coach Dean Smith – which Nurkin began two days after Smith’s death in February, 2015. View Video...

Carolina, Duke put rivalry to good cause

In the weeks between the first UNC-Duke basketball game and the second regular-season match-up on March 5, Habitat for Humanity organizations from both universities are going head-to-head to see who can raise the most money for their organizations. Money collected during the “Duke versus UNC Habitat Challenge” will go toward purchasing supplies for local Habitat for Humanity projects. (UNC.edu)

Three UNC Faculty Named Sloan Research Fellows

Three faculty members from UNC have been awarded the Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship. It is a two year grant that is given to early-career scientists and provides $55,000 to be used for their research. Jillian Dempsey and Alexander Miller are both assistant professors in the Chemistry Department and Zhen Gu is an assistant professor in UNC and NC State’s joint biomedical engineering program. (Chapelboro.com)

Carolina climbs to No. 12 among Peace Corps’ volunteer-producing colleges and universities

Carolina is ranked No. 12 among large schools on the Peace Corps’ 2016 Top Volunteer-Producing Colleges and Universities list, up three spots from last year. There are 39 Tar Heels currently volunteering around the world and 1,258 alumni have served in the Peace Corps since the agency’s founding in 1961. (UNC.edu)

Bowman Gray Memorial Pool's history isn't forgotten

As it nears its eighth decade, the Bowman Gray Memorial Pool’s future is uncertain.Director of Campus Recreation Bill Goa said the campus recreation master plan is currently being reviewed, along with the functions of all indoor and outdoor facilities.The master plan will assess if the 78-year-old indoor pool still fits the needs of students and whether it should be renovated or replaced with a more modern facility. (Daily Tar Heel)

Chapel Hill to join AT&T's smart city program

Chapel Hill is collaborating with AT&T as a spotlight city to build a smart city framework that will better connect residents to the town through the Internet. AT&T has teamed up with Cisco, IBM and other leaders in technology to work with several spotlight communities across the country to develop a plan that will use technology to make the community more safe and efficient. (Daily Tar Heel)

UNC researchers make groundbreaking discovery, use skin cells to kill cancer

In a first for medical science, UNC-Chapel Hill pharmacy researchers turn skin cells into cancer-hunting stem cells that destroy brain tumors known as glioblastoma – a discovery that can offer, for the first time in more than 30 years, a new and more effective treatment for the disease. The survival rate beyond two years for a patient with a glioblastoma is 30 percent. (UNC.edu)

UNC climbs to first place in U.S. public college rankings

The University of North Carolina has earned first place in Business First's 2016 academic rankings of 477 U.S. public colleges, newly released this morning. Right behind UNC on this year's list of elite public schools are the University of Michigan, University of Virginia, University of California-Los Angeles and University of California-Berkeley. (Buffalo Business First)

UNC center to use $1 million investment to increase financial health in under-resourced communities

Through the support of a $1.05 million grant from JPMorgan Chase & Co., the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Center for Community Capital (CCC) will develop innovative strategies and solutions to help under-resourced communities become more vibrant and economically inclusive across the nation. (UNC.edu)

Two UNC students named 2016 Gates Cambridge Scholars

UNC-Chapel Hill students Larry Han and Matthew Leming have been awarded prestigious Gates Cambridge Scholarships, which provide full support for graduate study at the University of Cambridge in England. This is the first time Carolina has had two people selected as Gates Cambridge Scholars in the same year. Carolina now has a total of five Gates Cambridge Scholars. (UNC.edu)

UNC Professor Receives Grant for Diabetes Research

Praveen Sethupathy, an assistant professor in the Department of Genetics in the UNC School of Medicine, is one of six scientists to receive a prestigious 2016 Pathway to Stop Diabetes grant award. The award, given by the American Diabetes Association, comes with $1.625 million over a five-year grant term, along with career support and resources. (Chapelboro.com)

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