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UNC sophomore gets published after discovering poem in Wilson Library for a class assignment

When writing a paper about an anonymous 17th century poem, sophomore Grace Towery had no idea her assignment would lead to being published in the Notes and Queries Journal in the Oxford University Press. The paper was originally an assignment for her ENGL 120: British Literature, Medieval to 18th Century class with Professor Reid Barbour. (Daily Tar Heel)

Class registration at UNC used to require waiting in lines, signing up over the phone

Class registration has always been a source of stress for students at UNC. While some current students feel ConnectCarolina is difficult to navigate, Carson Fish, a UNC graduate and current masters student in library sciences, said its predecessors weren’t much easier. “There were lots of editorials and stuff in old DTHs basically saying, it’s gonna be a painful process, but like you have to do it,” Fish said. (Daily Tar Heel)

Chapel Hill bar Goodfellows helping to fight sexual assault with ‘Ask for Angela’ campaign

A campaign to fight sexual assault that started in England has made its way to North Carolina. Steve Woodham, owner of the Chapel Hill college bar Goodfellows, said the “Ask for Angela” campaign was put on his radar by one of his bartenders and he thought it sounded like a great way to start changing the culture. (WNCN)

Chapel Hill Named U-Haul Growth City for 2016

Chapel Hill, N.C., ranks No. 15 among the U-Haul Top 25 U.S. Growth Cities for locations with a population of more than 50,000. U-Haul locations in Chapel Hill saw 55.5 percent of one-way truck rental customers coming into the city as opposed to leaving. (Chapelboro.com)

A ‘transformational’ gift for Ackland Art Museum

Just yards from the epicenter of downtown Chapel Hill, the Ackland Art Museum is surprisingly easy to miss amid the commercial bustle of Franklin and the sprawling UNC campus. It opened in September 1958 with a bequest two decades earlier from William Hayes Ackland. (Durham Herald-Sun)

UNC Professor's Report shows 40 percent drop in Muslim-American terrorism cases in 2016

A new report by Charles Kurzman, a sociology professor in the College of Arts and Sciences at the UNC-Chapel Hill, documents a 40 percent drop in the number of Muslim-Americans associated with violent extremism in 2016, as compared with the previous year. This drop was overshadowed by the mass shooting in Orlando, Florida, in June 2016. (UNC.edu)

Two Popular Franklin Street Stores to Close

The lease on The Bookshop of Chapel Hill at 400 West Franklin Street runs out on July 31, but this year the owner won’t be renewing. The landlord, Bolin Creek Books, has put the building on the market for 1.6 million dollars. Chapel Hill Comics is also closing its doors at the end of March. (Chapelboro.com)

Forbes 30 Under 30 - Energy 2017 Ranking: UNC alum, nonprofit founder James Ellsmoor

Ellsmoor founded Solar Head of State with the goal of raising awareness of solar power by installing free solar systems on government buildings and the homes of world leaders. Two recent projects were in Saint Lucia and the Maldive islands. (Forbes)

Fresh off raising $1.8M, Chapel Hill startup preps for $8 million

Chapel Hill-based startup Renovion – which is developing a nebulized therapy called Arina-1 for the treatment of lung transplant patients– has its eyes on submitting a New Drug Application to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in early 2019, according to chief executive officer Dan Copeland. (Triangle Business Journal)

Ackland Art Museum's largest gift ever – valued at $25 million, includes 7 Rembrandt drawings

UNC’s Ackland Art Museum has received its largest gift ever, donated from alumnus Sheldon Peck and his wife Leena – valued at $25 million. The unprecedented commitment includes an $8 million endowment to support a new curator and future acquisitions and an art gift of 134 primarily 17th-century European masterworks, valued at $17 million, including seven works by Rembrandt. (UNC.edu)

Virtual money turned real scholarships

A study room in Pi Lambda Phi’s UNC's chapter fraternity house turned into a makeshift trading floor recently when four fraternity brothers teamed to win the TD Ameritrade thinkorswim Challenge. Each of the students – Alexander Bryan, Nyatefe Mortoo, Dhru Patel and Grahme Taylor — won $3,000 in a TD Ameritrade brokerage account and some new trading technology. (UNC.edu)

UNC alum Billy Crudup, the leading man who almost was, makes a character-actor leap

For a brief period around the turn of the century, Billy Crudup stood on the cusp of stardom. As he was beginning to sneakily work his way into our brains as the voice of Mastercard, Crudup enjoyed a batch of potentially star-making turns. (Los Angeles Times)

A day in the life of University archivist: Giving value to ignored voices

It is well-known that UNC has a long history, having been around for almost as long as the country. But, what perhaps is not as well-known is how exactly that history is recorded and preserved. Enter Nicholas Graham, University archivist, who works to collect and preserve records that tell the story of UNC. “It’s a really fun job in the way that it connects with the whole UNC community,” Graham said. (Daily Tar Heel)

At North Carolina Children's Hospital, sealed chamber brings wonders of nature to hospitalized kids

At North Carolina Children’s Hospital, immune-compromised kids can experience the natural environment while getting around hospital rules - digging in dirt, poking into pitcher plants and observing other wonders of nature otherwise prohibited - thanks to a new device called the WonderSphere. (Reuters)

Remembering Oliver Smithies, a kind gentleman and Nobel Laureate

The kind gentleman, the guest of honor, had won the mother (or maybe the father) of all science competitions – the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine. And despite the recognition for a discovery that had changed the face of medicine, the gentleman stood among the rising stars and asked them a simple question. “Have you done any science today?” (WRAL Tech Wire)

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