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Incoming UNC graduate student runs across the country 4,000 miles for a cause

Lauren Bates left home for the summer with only a duffel bag and a pair of running shoes. Over the next 50 days, she would cover 4,000 miles from San Francisco to Boston — on foot. Bates is no stranger to 4K races. But this isn’t the typical four-kilometer run she has embarked on dozens of times before. This time, 4K means 4,000 miles, and every mile counts. (

Best burger in U.S. is at Al's Burger Shack in Chapel Hill

The best burger in America can be found in Chapel Hill, according to a new list released by TripAdvisor. The list, which analyzed millions of user reviews and rankings found that Al’s Burger Shack’s signature “Bobo Chili Cheeseburger,” which is topped with chili sauce, coleslaw, onion, yellow mustard and American cheese, is the best in the country. (

Video: UNC doctors work to contain African Ebola outbreak

Medical teams from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are working to contain a new Ebola outbreak in central Africa. As opposed to previous epidemics, they now have more tools at their disposal. (

Carolina Performing Arts receives $1.5 million grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

With $1.5 million in support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Carolina Performing Arts will launch an initiative connecting the arts, scholarship and public service at UNC-Chapel Hill. The initiative, Creative Futures, will bring together acclaimed artists, North Carolina students, faculty researchers and community partners for multiyear artistic collaborations. (

From Chapel Hill to Bowie and Emmitsburg, A Life in the Booth

We all have opinions on the people who call our games. Most of us think we can do the job better than the ones on our screens, but most of us don’t know the amount of work that goes into that call. I thought it’d be interesting to talk to someone who is doing that work, and I couldn’t think of anyone better to interview than Carolina alumnus Adam Pohl. (Tar Heel Blog)

Using UNC's expertise to fight emerging diseases

Gilead Sciences, Inc., and Carolina are teaming up to save lives. The biopharmaceutical company sought the University's resources and talents in the development of treatments to control disease outbreaks. Imagine: One drug with the potential to treat MERS, SARS, Ebola, and the common cold. At Carolina, researchers are imagining — and enabling — just that. (

The No. 1 burger joint in America is located in Chapel Hill, TripAdvisor says

If you're looking for the best burger in the country, Chapel Hill's Al's Burger Shack has been named the top burger restaurant in America by travel site TripAdvisor. The award was based on millions of reviews and opinions from diners. Al's Burger Shack prides itself on being a local, sustainable restaurant, serving all-natural, hormone and antibiotic-free burgers. (Triangle Business Journal)

Heather O'Reilly sets sights on Courage, championships, coaching, coffee

Heather O’Reilly lives close enough to the Carolina Coffee Shop in Chapel Hill that she can drive her Carolina blue golf cart there. It’s a way to avoid Franklin Street parking when visiting the iconic bar and eatery that she, her husband, and several friends bought last year. O’Reilly frequented the coffee shop, which first opened in 1922, when she played soccer for UNC. (WRAL Sports Fan)

UNC researchers fight against current Ebola outbreak

Research conducted at UNC is aiding the fight against the deadly Ebola virus outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo that has been declared “largely contained” by the World Health Organization. Carolina researchers are providing on-the-ground care to Ebola patients, continuing to monitor Ebola survivors from the 2014 outbreak to learn more about the virus, and tested the experimental drug remdesivir. (

UNC Researcher Starts "Buy One, Give One" Meal Company

Alice Ammerman is a nutrition professor in the Gillings School of Global Public Health and director of the Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention at UNC. She’s piloting a program that provides low-income people access to affordable frozen meals made with healthy ingredients. “The bowls are made with a lot of sweet potatoes, collard greens and chicken." (WUNC)

Carolina alumnus named 2018 Gates Cambridge Scholar

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill alumnus William McInerney has been awarded a prestigious Gates Cambridge Scholarship, which provides full support for graduate study at the University of Cambridge in England. McInerney, from Chapel Hill, graduated from Carolina in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in peace, war and defense. (

Top 5 Breakfast and Brunch Restaurants in Chapel Hill

Looking for a new breakfast and brunch destination in Chapel Hill? Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the top morning spots around Chapel Hill, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of the best restaurants to meet your needs: 1. Sunrise Biscuit Kitchen. 2. The Purple Bowl. 3. The Root Cellar Cafe and Catering. 4. Il Palio. 5. Roots. (ABC 11)

Hoops Africa: Why a UNC grad turned basketball filmmaker

Taylor Sharp is just 24 years old but is grabbing life by the scruff of the neck. A former Morehead-Cain scholar at North Carolina, he's already traveled the world, works for the NBA and has a feature-length documentary to his name. "Hoops Africa: Ubuntu Matters" was borne out of Sharp's experiences working for Zimbabwe-based non-profit Hoops for Hope. (ABC 11)

Scratch the Surface & Find UNC's Not-Too-Distant Past

As renovations on the brick walkways in the “The Pit” and surrounding areas (Lenoir Hall, Davis Library, Graham Student Union, and Student Stores) continue at UNC through the summer, ground is regularly being uncovered that has literally “not seen the light of day” for numerous decades. This stonework looked familiar to me…where had I seen it before? (

Video: Carolina in the summertime

Summer in Chapel Hill may be a bit quieter — and hotter — than the rest of the year, but with Summer School in session and thousands of incoming first-year students visiting campus, there is still excitement flowing through Carolina. (
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