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UNC cancer research finds success with compound treatmentsThey’ve got money, and they’re working together.Faculty and researchers across UNC’s medical programs say state support and a collaborative environment are the main reasons why UNC has had so many recent breakthroughs in cancer research.Shelton Earp, director of UNC Cancer Care and a Lineberger professor of cancer research, has been at the cancer center since 1977, almost since the beginning. (Daily Tar Heel)
Dance Marathon raises its own bar with $44,000 fundraising increaseThe 2016 UNC Dance Marathon broke their own record, raising $44,000 more than 2015’s event. From 6:30 p.m. on Friday to 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, student volunteers raised money for the patients at N.C. Children’s Hospital and their families with dancing and activities in Fetzer Hall and out on Hooker Fields. This year the organization was able to raise $614,717.71. (Daily Tar Heel)
UNC alum working in Africa makes trip to Final FourWatching the Carolina Tar Heels on the basketball court this season from Africa wasn't easy for Jimmy Leak. The UNC alum travels to Kenya and Ethiopia often as an education advisor for Nuru International. "The internet is sort of in and out. You have to get up at like 4 a.m. because of the time difference," he said, laughing. But he never missed a chance to see them play or recruit new fans. (ABC 11)
The real reason behind Dance MarathonWhen Carolina students twist and shout the night away at the annual Dance Marathon this weekend, they’ll do it for a reason far greater than showing off their moves. Dozens of sick children at UNC Children’s Hospital and their families will have a better quality of life thanks to their efforts. In its 18th year, the Dance Marathon has helped raise nearly $5 million dollars to assist North Carolina families while their children battle illnesses. (UNC.edu)
Early astronaut training housed in Chapel HillYears of training goes into becoming an astronaut, and some of the most basic training took place in North Carolina. Morehead Planetarium, on the campus of UNC, trained 62 astronauts in the early days of the space program from 1960 to 1975. Long-time NASA director Tony Jenzano said he wasn’t aware of the program’s history in the Tar Heel state. (WRAL.com)
Chapel Hill Prepares for Final FourTown of Chapel Hill and University police departments will increase their patrols Saturday and, with a victory, Monday to ensure everyone can safely celebrate UNC’s trip to the Final Four. “We’re all pulling for a Carolina victory, and when that happens, we want everyone to celebrate responsibly and get home safely,” said Chapel Hill Police Chief Chris Blue. (Town of Chapel Hill)
Video: UNC mascot Rameses XXII welcomes twin sons ahead of Final FourCarolina fans have twin reasons to cheer this week! Not only is the men’s basketball team in the NCAA Final Four, but the Tar Heels welcomed two new woolly members to the Carolina family – Ollie and Marvin, the newest sons of mascot Rameses XXII.
Pharmacy school celebrates top rankingThe UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy has been on a good news streak recently. In December 2014, former pharmaceutical executive and alumnus Fred Eshelman donated $100 million, the largest gift by an individual in Carolina’s history. In 2015, the school and pharmaceutical giant GSK created a $20 million public-private partnership to focus exclusively on finding a cure for HIV/AIDS. (UNC.edu)
Phife Dawg, Tar HeelPhife Dawg was not supposed to come to my class. I was teaching "The Art and Culture of the DJ," but Phife, a member of one of the all-time great hip-hop groups, A Tribe Called Quest, was an emcee. Despite no obvious connections to Chapel Hill, Phife was a die-hard UNC basketball fan, with a whole room in his house devoted to Tar Heel memorabilia. (Independent Weekly)
Old Chapel Hill Cemetery history goes deeper than gravesOut of the approximate 2,850 properties in North Carolina listed on the National Register of Historic Places, only 73 of them are cemeteries.The Old Chapel Hill Cemetery is one of them. “It is really unusual for cemeteries to be listed on the national register,” said Cheri Szcodronski, executive director of Preservation Chapel Hill. (Daily Tar Heel)
UNC researchers crack 50-year-old nuclear waste problem, make storage saferResearchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have adapted a technology developed for solar energy in order to selectively remove one of the trickiest and most-difficult-to-remove elements in nuclear waste pools across the country, making the storage of nuclear waste safer and nontoxic – and solving a decades-old problem. (UNC.edu)
UNC students raise money for clean water in FlintThe Tar Heels for Flint Campaign has organized a solidarity project to raise $5,000 to help the citizens of Flint, Michigan, get clean water. According to the campaign’s GoFundMe page, residents of Flint have unknowingly drunk and bathed in waters that contained levels of lead that met the Environmental Protection Agency’s definition of toxic waste. (Daily Tar Heel)
UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy Earns Number One U.S. News RankingThe UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy is number one in the latest rankings by U.S. News & World Report of the nation’s Doctor of Pharmacy programs in the 2017 edition of “America’s Best Graduate Schools.” The School placed second in the 2013 and 2009 U.S. News rankings, the last two times these ratings were compiled. (UNC.edu)
Video: Meet UNC alum Dr. Wesley Price, who helped treat Ronald Reagan's gunshot woundAs the Tar Heels prepare to face Indiana on Friday in the Sweet 16 in Philadelphia, UNC alum Dr. Wesley Price recounts the tense moments of extracting a bullet barely an inch from Ronald Reagan's heart after he was shot in Philadelphia prior to the 1981 UNC-Indiana national championship game.
'She just had a heart for people:' UNC junior Vincey Varghese died March 16Vincey Varghese was many things to many people.She was like a daughter to her youth pastors, a friend to everyone she met, a coach to the youth at her church and a Tar Heel at heart — right down to the UNC blanket laid across her in her casket. Varghese, a junior biology major, died Wednesday from complications following surgery to remove a brain tumor. She was 21. (Daily Tar Heel)