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Father’s Day Stirs Up Memories of a Chapel Hill Childhood

Father’s Day stirs up cherished memories of life in Chapel Hill with my dad [Joey M. Carter, MD] – Fourth of July fireworks and fall football at Kenan Stadium, basketball games in Carmichael, shadowing him on his Saturday morning hospital rounds and dancing in the living room as he played Scott Joplin’s “The Entertainer” on the piano. (Chapel Hill Magazine)

Becoming a global university

Carolina is working to become a leading global university that prepares students for life in an interconnected world, helps North Carolina and the nation succeed in a global economy, and addresses pressing international problems through teaching and collaborative research among UNC-Chapel Hill faculty experts and students, and their partners around the world. (UNC.edu)

Two Carolina graduates selected as Pickering Fellows

Valli (Sindhu) Chidambaram and Hannah Clager, two University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill alumni, were selected as 2018 Thomas R. Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellows. Recipients of the Pickering Fellowship receive two years of financial support and professional development to prepare them for a career in the U.S. Foreign Service. (UNC.edu)

How Hunger Pangs Can Make Nice People 'Hangry' According to UNC Doctoral Candidate

Hunger can trigger cruel words from kind people. They are, in a word, "hangry," or irrationally irritable, upset or angry because of hunger. But how hunger turns into hangriness is a mystery, says Jennifer MacCormack, a doctoral candidate at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in psychology and neuroscience, who wanted to understand the phenomenon. (NPR.org)

Now Open: Lula’s Replaces Spanky’s in Downtown Chapel Hill

Lula’s is open for business in downtown Chapel Hill. The new restaurant is the latest concept from the Chapel Hill Restaurant Group and is replacing the iconic eatery Spanky’s, which the company “retired” earlier this year after more than 40 years in business. “It’s going to be a Southern restaurant,” part owner Greg Overbeck recently told WCHL. (Chapelboro.com)

UNC grad Anne R. Keene discusses pro baseball at UNC during World War II in new book

Once upon a time, major league baseball players thrived in Chapel Hill. Author Anne R. Keene recently released a book, titled "The Cloudbuster Nine," about a team of Major League Baseball players who played while at a Navy training school at UNC in 1943. The team of fighter pilots never had their story told until now, by Keene, the daughter of their bat boy. (Daily Tar Heel)

Morehead Planetarium, The First of Its Kind in the South

On May 10, 1949, the Morehead Planetarium opened on Franklin Street in Chapel Hill. It was first planetarium in the South, the first planetarium on a university campus and the sixth planetarium to be built nationwide. The planetarium was primarily a gift of John Motley Morehead III, an 1891 graduate and founder of Union Carbide Corporation. (NC Department of Natural and Cultural Resources)

Carolina outreach event empowers young scientists

With North Carolina’s physics and astronomy department, UNC professor Jenniffer Weinberg-Wolf organized Science is Awesome, an event aimed at encouraging kids to consider STEM fields early on. Nearly 300 fourth-grade students from local elementary schools visited campus on May 15 for a day of experiments, team challenges and gravity-defying fun. (UNC.edu)

University leaders celebrate a Blue Cross NC investment in Physician Assistant program

Representatives from Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill gathered on Monday to celebrate an investment in the University’s Physician Assistant Studies program. Blue Cross NC announced the $1.2 million gift in February, building on its 2012 investment that established the PA master’s program. (UNC.edu)

The closing of the Horace Williams Airport marks the end of an era

It sits empty now, but this long stretch of asphalt on the northern edge of Chapel Hill remains full of history. With its closing on May 15, Horace Williams Airport became part of history, too. It started in 1928 when Charlie Lee Martindale bought a 50-acre plot of land from Horace Williams, a professor of philosophy at Carolina from 1890 to 1935. (UNC.edu)

Fostering entrepreneurship at UNC

University of North Carolina entrepreneurs and innovators are helping to solve some of the world’s biggest problems. Through their ingenuity, they provide economic and social value in North Carolina and beyond: creating jobs, finding cures, combatting diseases, fighting poverty, eliminating hunger, providing clean water and promoting social justice. (UNC.edu)

Celebrated City Lights Bookstore co-founder, UNC alum Lawrence Ferlinghetti still speaking out at 99

Yes, Lawrence Ferlinghetti has scaled back his involvement with City Lights, where he shares an office with former City Lights Publishers editor Nancy Peters, co-owner of the store. But the celebrated bookseller, publisher and former San Francisco poet laureate nevertheless maintains an active lifestyle — and life of the mind — that anyone far younger would envy. (San Francisco Chronicle)

A Carolina blue makeover

Carolina’s Manning Drive has a different look these days, but it doesn’t have anything to do with road or building construction. After years of being covered in beige, the water tower overlooking campus has a brand new, top-to-bottom coat of Carolina blue paint and “NC” logos. The 1 million-gallon water tower, built in 1957, had not been painted since 2004. (UNC.edu)

Two UNC medical professors file patent for heart failure treatment

Two professors from UNC-Chapel Hill’s School of Medicine filed an application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for new approaches to treating heart failure. Monte Willis, professor in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, and Scott Bultman, associate professor in the Department of Genetics, filed the patent application. (WRAL Tech Wire)

Bomani Jones Has a Funny Joke for You

Bomani Babatunde Jones was born in Atlanta to an economist mother and a political scientist father. Following in his mother’s footsteps, after college he earned a master’s degree in politics, economics, and business from Claremont Graduate University, and a master’s in economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. (GQ)

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