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UNC partners with community colleges to prepare students for global economy

Shodeah Kelly was a Davidson County Community College student who had never left the United States when she joined the North Carolina Global Distinction Program. The program helped her develop skills and sensitivities that have started her on the path to becoming a global citizen. Kelly is now a second-year transfer student at UNC-Chapel Hill. (UNC.edu)

UNC scientist to lead $10-million project to build brain-imaging technology

The brain is so incredibly important to human health and yet so little is known about how it works. MRIs and other kinds of scans can reveal important things about brain health in broad strokes to aid in diagnostics, but they aren’t able to uncover important details of brain function. This is where Spencer Smith, PhD, and his lab at the UNC School of Medicine come in. (UNC Health Care)

Go Where You Go & Do What You Do: Durham family raises money for Aphasia research

Chapel Hill Sportswear is working with the Durham family to help raise money for Aphasia research and programs. The business is selling t-shirts with former Voice of the Tar Heels Woody Durham's signature and trademark phrase. The shirts read "Go Where You Go & Do What You Do," with a microphone and go on sale Friday at Chapel Hill Sportswear on Franklin St. (WRAL Sports Fan)

UNC Team Physician: Why your muscles hurt so much the day after you work out

“Muscle soreness that could be due to, say weight training, can cause what we call delayed onset muscle soreness, which is kind of a diffuse soreness in the muscle,” says Thomas Brickner, head team physician for a number of sports at the University of North Carolina. “It usually starts a day or two after a new workout, or a workout that you’re not accustomed to.” (Popular Science)

Mipso, string band formed by UNC grads, enjoying increasing success

After an unexpected eight years together, Mipso has plenty of success to celebrate. This spring they released their third full album Coming Down the Mountain, a packed summer tour is on the horizon. From beginnings that were as humble as their music, the band has grown with each new recording and matured with time out on the road. (OffBeat Magazine)

UNC, Google team up to treat post-traumatic stress

Post traumatic stress affects more than 3 million people a year, and symptoms can last for months, years or a lifetime. Now, a new device is a key part of a first-of-its-kind study of trauma recovery. UNC researchers along 19 medical institutions across the country have teamed with Verily Life Sciences, the medical arm of Google, to develop a new technology. (WRAL.com)

UNC astronomer helps cathedral plot Easter morning stars

A University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill professor played a key role in designing an aspect of the Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral in Raleigh that is in plain view but the significance of which is more subtle. The canopy over the crucifix hanging behind the cathedral's altar, known as a baldacchino, is a common feature in major churches to show authority. (WRAL.com)

Training a new wave of graduate researchers at UNC

For Keith Rogers and Sofía Valiente Suárez, summer has consisted of chemical formulas, beakers, pipettes and a deep dive into UNC’s research databases. While the rising seniors attend universities outside of North Carolina, both have spent the past 10 weeks living on campus and engaging with UNC’s research community through the Summer Undergraduate Pipeline. (UNC.edu)

UNC Project Malawi saves lives abroad, improves health here

A Triangle university is saving lives in an African country and in turn is improving healthcare here in North Carolina. UNC Project-Malawi started with three doctors and has blossomed into a program that allows UNC medical students to get a crash course in various specialties that have helped thousands of patients. It's helping children too. (ABC 11)

Documentary Filmmaker, UNC Grad Taylor Sharp: Africa and the Serendipitous Road to Storytelling

A documentary filmmaker and storyteller, Taylor Sharp’s young career has been as serendipitous as it has successful. Though his career path has taken twists and turns, two things have remained constant: building relationships and capitalizing on opportunities. A graduate of the UNC, Sharp has always found himself to be in the right place at the right time. (Front Office Sports)

UNC Pharmacy Professor Receives $1.6 Million Grant

Betsy Sleath, Ph.D., has received a grant worth nearly $1.6 million over four years from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to help reduce vision problems in African-Americans caused by glaucoma. Sleath is the George H. Cocolas Distinguished Professor and chair of the Division of Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. (UNC.edu)

Former Marine, UNC Alum Rye Barcott Beat the Odds to Help Build a Solar Energy Fund

As marines, Rye Barcott and Dan McCready had plenty of experience performing under pressure, but neither had much knowledge about the high stakes world of investing and finance. That didn’t stop them from leaving their well-paying day jobs to start their own firm. Launched in 2013, Double Time Capital invests in utility-scale solar farms in North Carolina. (Fortune)

New UNC Research Could Help Treat ALS

A new discovery made by researchers at UNC School of Medicine and NC State could lead to treatment and prevention for Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Lou Gehrig’s disease or ALS is a disease that gained more awareness in the past five years, thanks to the viral online Ice Bucket Challenge. Senior author of new ALS research at UNC School of Medicine, Dr. Todd Cohen agrees. (Chapelboro.com)

No more suds at Bub’s as Chapel Hill bar closes after 30 years

After serving customers for 30 years on Rosemary Street in Chapel Hill, Bub O’Malley’s closed its doors for good last Saturday. Owner James Rippe said the bar no longer had enough customers. “Unfortunately, with the financial climate of this town, it is not feasible to keep this bar open,” Rippe said. “Things in this town are no longer what they used to be.” (Durham Herald-Sun)

The Bookshop Brought Rare and First Editions—and Famous Cats—to Franklin Street for Thirty-Two Years

The Bookshop, a Franklin Street staple since it opened in 1985, announced in January that it would close its doors for good in July. Betty Schumacher, the manager of The Bookshop, says that the store had a consistent customer base, but multiple factors led to the decision to close. The Bookshop represented a unique combination of elements for literary lovers. (Indy Week)

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