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UNC grad, ex-UNC cancer center chief Norman Sharpless sworn in as National Cancer Institute director

Dr. Norman E. “Ned” Sharpless was sworn in as the 15th director of the National Cancer Institute on Tuesday. Sharpless, who served as director of UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center from 2014 to 2017, succeeds Dr. Harold E. Varmus. Sharpless is internationally recognized for his research into how normal cells age and undergo malignant conversion. (UNC.edu)

UNC Institute of Marine Sciences marks 70 years of discovery

For 70 years, the UNC Institute of Marine Sciences, located in Morehead City, has provided a home for Carolina scientists — from undergraduate students to tenured professors — to study the complex marine and coastal systems of North Carolina and beyond..The Institute of Marine Sciences began in 1947 as the Institute of Fisheries Research. (UNC.edu)

Carolina Closet hopes to make business wear more accessible

No need to worry about what to wear for Casual Friday at the office anymore — Carolina Closet has got you covered. The new organization is bringing business casual and business formal attire to Avery Residence Hall, next to Carolina Cupboard, that students can rent for free. The intent is to give students access to clothing for events that require business wear. (Daily Tar Heel)

Carrburritos still rolling forward 20 years later

Rae Fairbanks Mosher never thought she would be a business owner. But now, as the owner and manager of Carrburritos — a restaurant in Carrboro that serves fresh Mexican food — she can't imagine doing anything else. Mosher was a public school teacher for 12 years, but her family had a long history in the restaurant industry. (Daily Tar Heel)

A phenomenal year is now even better at the Ackland Art Museum

For the Ackland Art Museum, 2017 has already been a phenomenal year. In January, Carolina graduate Sheldon Peck and his wife, Leena, made a $25 million commitment to the Ackland Art Museum. That gift included an $8 million endowment and a $17 million art gift that included seven works by Rembrandt. The year got even better last week. (UNC.edu)

Businesses ebb and flow on Franklin Street

Franklin Street has existed since the University first opened and has expanded from just a few houses, stores and a post office in the 1790s to a 3-mile-long stretch filled with restaurants, businesses and office spaces. Named after Benjamin Franklin, the iconic Chapel Hill street had no brick buildings until 1916 and was not paved until the 1920s. (Daily Tar Heel)

Al’s Burger Shack helps fundraise for Puerto Rico

Al’s Burger Shack offered Puerto Rican delicacies and live music Sunday to fundraise for those affected by the recent hurricanes in Puerto Rico. Al Bowers, owner of Al’s Burger Shack, said UNC student Charlie Carpenter sent him an email asking to do a charitable event. “He knew we did some charitable events before and I said, ‘Absolutely, let’s do it,’" he said. (Daily Tar Heel)

UNC exceeds challenge by $25 million, raising $65 million for scholarships

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill celebrated its 224th anniversary and announced that the one-year Give for Good: Scholarship Challenge raised more than $65 million to support the Carolina Covenant and the Morehead-Cain scholarship. One year ago, Chancellor Carol L. Folt announced the challenge, prompted by a $20 million gift from an anonymous donor. (UNC.edu)

GAA Honors Journalists, Entrepreneur With Distinguished Young Alumni Awards

The GAA recognized two journalists and a nonprofit entrepreneur with its Distinguished Young Alumni Awards on Friday: Brooke Baldwin ’01, TV anchor for CNN’s afternoon news show; Nicholas Black ’13 (MBA), founder of entrepreneurial nonprofits; and Nikole Hannah-Jones ’03 (MA), award-winning education writer for The New York Times Magazine. (UNC.edu)

The Appeal: Author John Grisham gets OK to remove Chapel Hill cottages

To the dismay of some residents, the Chapel Hill Historic District Commission voted Tuesday to allow best-selling author John Grisham to remove four century-old cottages. Grisham, who wrote such legal thrillers as "The Firm" and "The Pelican Brief,", asked the commission for approval to demolish or move the cottages at the back of his home, at 704 E. Franklin St. (WRAL.com)

‘A life of purpose’

For more than two centuries, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has prepared the state’s lawyers, business leaders, journalists, teachers, politicians and doctors. But the University experience, Gov. Roy Cooper said, does more than just prepare students for the workforce. Cooper was the keynote speaker at this year’s University Day celebration. (UNC.edu)

Roy Cooper delivers uplifting message for University Day

Gov. Roy Cooper delivered the University Day keynote address Thursday. He spoke about remaining positive in a time when it is easy to be discouraged and about the importance of public education. Cooper's speech was part of the celebration of UNC's 224th birthday — a day which marks the laying of the cornerstone of Old East, the oldest building on campus. (Daily Tar Heel)

UNC Alumna Nikole Hannah-Jones named 2017 MacArthur Fellow

UNC School of Media and Journalism alumna, investigative reporter and former Park Fellow Nikole Hannah-Jones ’03 (M.A.) was named a 2017 MacArthur Fellow on Wednesday, Oct. 11. The fellowship is considered a $625,000 investment in a person’s originality, insight and potential, enabling recipients to exercise their creative instincts for the benefit of human society. (UNC.edu)

UNC receives $50 million commitment to kick off historic fundraising campaign

Chancellor Carol L. Folt announced a gift of more than $50 million from alumni John ’77, ’82 (M.B.A.) and Marree ’77 Townsend of Greenwich, Connecticut to kick off the “Campaign for Carolina” announced on Oct. 6. Working closely with deans and campus leadership, the Townsends chose to support areas where their gift would have the greatest impact. (UNC.edu)

The Best College Towns in the U.S.

Chapel Hill, North Carolina: Each year, 29,000 students descend on Chapel Hill, which basically doubles as the college campus, for basketball season (where Michael Jordan got his start). The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill is among the oldest public universities in the U.S., but in recent years, the town has become renowned for its food scene and cultural attractions. (Conde Nast Traveler)

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