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UNC welcomes Class of 2020, Roy Williams for belated commencement ceremony

UNC welcomes graduates of the Class of 2020 this weekend for an in-person commencement ceremony, after their original send-off was delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Former UNC basketball coach also will return to campus Sunday to deliver the commencement address to graduates at the Kenan Stadium ceremony. (MSN.com)

A long-awaited celebration for the Carolina Class of 2020

We are thrilled to welcome home the UNC Class of 2020 this weekend. It was just over a year and a half ago that members of the class left campus for spring break and were not able to return because of the pandemic. Many finished their senior year from their homes and didn’t get the chance to say goodbye. Members of the class will have that opportunity. (UNC.edu)

Class of 2020 UNC alumna Marisa Rauwald lives out dream career with NBC Sports

Since earning her UNC degree in May 2020, Marisa Rauwald has been a part of some of the world's biggest sporting events as a staff member for NBC Sports. Rauwald has been at the center of Tokyo Olympics coverage as a researcher, preparing promotions for Sunday Night Football, and producing features on Winter Olympians heading to the 2022 Games. (UNC.edu)

3-D printed vaccine patch pioneered at UNC could revolutionize how we distribute vaccinations

New technology coming out of UNC could change everything about how vaccines are administered. Scientists at North Carolina and Stanford created a 3-D printed vaccine patch as small as the tip of your finger. The vaccine patch uses microneedles just long enough to attach to the skin. From there, the vaccine directly targets immune cells in the skin. (WTVD)

UNC’s Reputation Holds Steady in National, Global College Rankings

The University of North Carolina has been named a leading public university by recently-released collegiate rankings. Carolina ranked 28th in this year’s edition of U.S. News & World Report’s annual list of “America’s Best Colleges.” USNWR ranked Carolina as the tenth-best value in the nation. UNC also had individual schools and programs rank highly. (Chapelboro.com)

Carolina Research Leads to Effective Experimental Pill to Treat COVID-19

Scientists at UNC-Chapel Hill say a twice-daily pill – molnupiravir — could change the way COVID-19 is treated. Friday's announcement by Merck to seek emergency authorization by the Food and Drug Administration reflects early research and testing conducted at UNC. William Fischer, MD, at the UNC School of Medicine led pivotal clinical trials. (UNC Health Care)

UNC Sports Medicine Director helped keep student-athletes safe and competitive during pandemic

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the first and last calls Carolina Athletic Director Bubba Cunningham made each day were to Dr. Mario Ciocca. As director of sports medicine, Ciocca put in long hours to make sure Carolina’s 800+ student-athletes stayed healthy and continued to play sports safely. Ciocca faced the complete shutdown of athletics. (UNC.edu)

Granddaughter of a Franklin Street Flower Lady Carries On Her Legacy

The granddaughter of one of Franklin Street’s original “Flower Ladies” is still uplifting the community through flowers, forty years later. Bettye Jenkins’ family has been passionate about flowers for decades, so it makes perfect sense for her to run her own flower-arranging business, Bettye’s Floral Design, which is still based in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. (Chapelboro.com)

UNC HIV Cure Center Awarded $26.2 million over the next five years

The Collaboratory of AIDS Researchers for Eradication, or CARE, which will receive $5.2 million each of the next five years, was one of the two original collaboratory programs funded since the beginning, along with UC San Francisco. CARE is led by Dr. David Margolis, professor of medicine at the UNC School of Medicine, director of the UNC HIV Cure Center. (UNC.edu)

John Sanders, Former UNC School of Government Director, Dies at 94

John Sanders, the former director of the UNC School of Government and a key player in the creation of the UNC System, died on September 22. Sanders’ many accomplishments include laying groundwork to desegregate UNC’s campuses. The doctor of law also was known as a key figure in crafting the modern Constitution of North Carolina. (Chapelboro.com)
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