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Carolina researchers earn five NIH BRAIN Initiative grants

Four researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill were granted five awards totaling more than $7 million in the second round of the NIH BRAIN (Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies) Initiative awards the announcement of which coincided with President Obama’s White House Frontiers Conference in Pittsburgh on Oct. 13 (UNC.edu)

'Stupid has a high price': Chandler Kania found guilty of involuntary manslaughter

After two days of deliberation, a jury found former UNC student Chandler Kania guilty of three counts of involuntary manslaughter and one count of reckless driving Monday. Kania was sentenced to a minimum of 12 years and 8 months and a maximum of 16 years and 4 months in prison by Judge Henry Hight Jr. (Daily Tar Heel)

EPA awards multimillion-dollar contract to Carolina to protect air quality

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Institute for the Environment has been awarded a seven-year contract worth up to $10.2 million from the Environmental Protection Agency to continue and expand operations of its Center for Community Air Quality Modeling and Analysis. (UNC.edu)

UNC organizations part of hurricane relief efforts for Eastern N.C.

Several organizations at UNC are leading relief efforts for areas of Eastern North Carolina that were most affected by Hurricane Matthew. The UNC American Indian Center is serving as a University-wide drop-off center for supplies they've been transporting weekly to the Lumbee tribal center in Pembroke, said Amy Hertel, director of the American Indian Center. (Daily Tar Heel)

Gimghoul Castle still a source of lore in Chapel Hill

Gimghoul Castle, located about a half a mile east of Davis Library, has been the source of many rumors and legends at UNC. The castle was built on the site of the alleged death of Peter Dromgoole. The Order of Gimghoul, a secret society of male students and faculty, uses the castle as a meeting place. (Daily Tar Heel)

UNC uses T-shirts to remember its history

The University Archives and Records Management Services is remembering UNC history through a digital photo collection of T-shirts from students and alumni. Nicholas Graham, University archivist, said they already have nearly 100 pictures in the archive. The project, UNC T-shirt Archive, began Tuesday. (Daily Tar Heel)

The Hodgkins Chronicles: Azuremia

While I have faith that my Hodgkin Lymphoma will prove temporary and curable, I have resigned myself to the reality that I will be afflicted with Azuremia for the rest of my life. Azuremia (“azure”?—?blue, “-emia”?—?denoting that a substance is present in the blood) exists worldwide, but is densely concentrated in North Carolina, with a nidus in Chapel Hill. (Medium)

UNC Researchers Using Technology to Fight HIV

People under the age of 30 account for most of the HIV cases in the United States. But a new program at UNC is designed to try and change that. The National Institutes of Health granted the university and colleagues at Emory $18 million over the next five years to develop the UNC/Emory Center for Innovative Technology, or iTech. (Chapelboro.com)

Alexander Julian remembers redesigning UNC's basketball uniforms

As a famous clothing designer, a Chapel Hill native, the son of clothing store owners and a UNC alumnus, it’s not hard to see why Alexander Julian has been chosen time and time again to uphold the authentic color and style of UNC clothing. At the Kemp Plummer Battle lecture Thursday, Julian said he was the one who chose the official Carolina blue for athletic uniforms. (Daily Tar Heel)

Carolina names scholarships to honor noteworthy ‘firsts’

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has named existing grants and fellowships to honor courageous people who represent important “firsts” in the University’s history. The need-based, undergraduate awards and graduate fellowships will recognize 21 members of the Carolina community. (UNC.edu)

UNC student takes the stage on "The Price is Right"

UNC student Elizabeth Grady, a senior majoring in journalism and political science, loves “The Price is Right.” Grady was on an episode of “The Price is Right” that aired Sept.28 on CBS. She said, "I grew up watching it with my grandma and I was working out in Los Angeles this summer and I saw CBS studios, and I was like, “Oh my gosh, that’s where the film ‘The Price is Right!”’ (Daily Tar Heel)

GAA Honors Two Entrepreneurs with Distinguished Young Alumni Awards

The GAA recognized entrepreneurs in solar energy and education with its Distinguished Young Alumni Awards on Friday. The 2016 recipients are Jesse Moore ’01, founder of M-KOPA Solar, a solar-power business that provides hundreds of thousands of people in East Africa clean, reliable energy; and Preston Smith ’01, co-founder and CEO of Rocketship Education. (UNC.edu)

Give for Good: UNC-Chapel Hill accepts $20 million match challenge from anonymous donor

On the heels of a record-breaking fundraising year in fiscal 2016, UNC-Chapel Hill has accepted a $20 million match challenge in support of need- and merit-based scholarships. Running through October 2017, the “Give for Good: Scholarship Challenge” is structured as tandem $10 million matches to open the way to a world-class, Carolina education. (UNC.edu)

‘The most important artifact that we have’

Every year UNC celebrates the historic laying of the Old East cornerstone as a symbol of the birth of the nation’s first public university. But for decades, the centerpiece of that ceremony 223 years ago — a brass plate commemorating the occasion — wasn’t even in Chapel Hill, but 500 miles away as scrap metal waiting to be melted down in a foundry in Clarksville, Tennessee. (UNC.edu)

Dining hall worker dies after 44 years at UNC

Garrett Watson gave students more than just a meal card swipe experience. Watson, 62, worked as a Carolina Dining Services employee for 44 years before he died on Sunday. He was a beloved friend to every person he talked to and his personable and genuine personality was an example to all. (Daily Tar Heel)

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