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UNC undergraduate researcher Molly Fisher enjoys studying in amazing places

Senior Molly Fisher is an undergraduate researcher in UNC-Chapel Hill’s Geophysics and Climatology Lab, pursuing a double major in geological sciences and history. Over the past three years, Fisher has modeled renewable energy sources across North America based off of energy production and cost. (UNC.edu)

UNC PhD. Student Uses Drones to Detect Sharks

Traditional methods for gathering data on sharks typically include catch-and-release fishing surveys, acoustic and satellite tags, aerial surveys with helicopters, laboratory tank studies and DNA analysis. But North Carolina PhD. student Martin Benavides is interested in a brand new approach—specifically drones. (UNC.edu)

UNC grad, former Bank of America exec Sallie Krawcheck launches investment tool for women

Since stepping down from running Bank of America’s two wealth-management units in 2011, Sallie Krawcheck has turned her focus to helping other professional women get ahead. Her latest initiative toward that goal: a digital investing platform catering to women. (Charlotte Observer)

The improbable life of James Taylor

James Taylor says the very notion that he is alive at the age of 68, let alone enjoying a still-thriving career, didn't seem probable when he was a teenager struggling with drugs, mental illness and the cruel whimsy of the music business. "I didn't have any options" besides trying to make it in music, says Taylor, who spent his childhood between Massachusetts and North Carolina. (Chicago Tribune)

UNC Anthropologist Helps With Lost Colony Find

The Lost Colony is a mystery that has captivated North Carolinians for centuries. Archaeologists recently uncovered a clue that doesn’t shed light on what happened to the lost colonists, but it may reveal more about their life on Roanoke island. J. Eric Deetz, an adjunct lecturer in the UNC’s anthropology department, identified the discovery. (UNC.edu)

Southern Season Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

Southern Season, the Chapel Hill-based chain of speciality food and gift stores, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, according to the Triangle Business Journal. The news comes on the heels of the closure of Southern Season’s store in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. (Chapelboro.com)

Q&A with Camelia Kuhnen, a Poets and Quants '40 under 40' professor

Camelia Kuhnen, professor of finance in the Kenan-Flagler Business School, was named one of Poets and Quants’ best 40 under 40 professors in 2016. Kuhnen has a background in neuroeconomics and behavioral finance. (Daily Tar Heel)

$3.7 million gift endows the Karen M. Gil Internship Program in Psychology

A Carolina alumna and her husband, who wish to be anonymous, are endowing the Karen M. Gil Internship Fund in Psychology, a program piloted in 2014 with startup funding from the same donors. The effort has been so successful that the couple has committed $3.1 million in permanent funding, plus $600,000 to continue the program while the endowment builds. (UNC.edu)

UNC Researchers Awarded Grants for Zika Research

Researchers at UNC are celebrating three $50,000 grants from the University’s School of Medicine. The money is dedicated to Zika research and will help scientists and doctors better understand how the disease is spread and how it affects brain cells. (Chapelboro.com)

The Quiet Professional

Retired Green Beret medic Todd Williams earned three Bronze Stars and two Defense Meritorious Service Medals during his distinguished 28-year military career. Today, he helps lead nontraditional students, including military veterans with medical experience, on a path toward becoming physician assistants through the UNC School of Medicine. (UNC Health Care)

Two colleges - UNC and Florida State - where diversity works

Some state schools, even in the face of large student bodies, restrictive budgets, and relatively small endowments, are finding ways to implement successful programs and remain academically competitive. Two often cited for innovative efforts are Florida State University (FSU) in Tallahassee and UNC, both in an area of the country with a history of often troubled race relations. (Christian Science Monitor)

$7.5 million bequest will fund professorships in communication and history departments

A bequest estimated at $7.5 million from an anonymous donor will establish three or more distinguished professorships in the College of Arts and Sciences. The donor directed his gift to create professorships in the department of communication and in the department of history, two of the largest academic departments at UNC. (UNC.edu)

Thomas Wolfe legacy lives on in film 'Genius'

“Space Jam” star Michael Jordan is not the only UNC alum to be a main character of a film. UNC class of 1920 graduate and renowned author Thomas Wolfe’s life has been brought to the silver screen in the film “Genius”. (Daily Tar Heel)

A Show of Community Support Following La Residence Fire

By now, you may have heard the unfortunate news that a fire broke out inside La Residence on Sunday morning. The kitchen – and much of its contents – is destroyed after an air-conditioning unit caught fire, and the restaurant will be closed for weeks in order to clean up the mess. But the good news is: In dark times, members of our community join forces. (Chapel Hill Magazine)

Cat’s Cradle Lands High On List of America’s Best Music Venues

Cat’s Cradle has been a live music staple for over 40 years. The Carrboro music venue has gotten plenty of national attention over the years and that has not stopped. Consequence of Sound, a notable online music magazine, recently released the top 100 live music venues in the United States. Cat’s Cradle landed at No. 12 on the list. (Chapelboro.com)

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