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225 Years of Tar Heels: Francis Collins

It is known as the instruction book for human DNA, and we have the team led by Dr. Francis Collins to thank for it. A physician and geneticist trained at UNC-Chapel Hill’s School of Medicine (Class of 1977), Collins successfully led the Human Genome Project, which in 2003 was found to have identified and mapped all of the genes of the human genome. (

Carolina scientists discover new method for developing tracers used for medical imaging

In an advance for medical imaging, scientists from University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center have discovered a method for creating radioactive tracers to better track pharmaceuticals in the body as well as image diseases, such as cancer, and other medical conditions. The researchers reported in the journal Science. (

225 years of Tar Heels: Chuck Stone

A professor at the School of Media and Journalism until 2004, Chuck Stone spent decades covering the White House, police brutality and criminal justice as a print journalist. As a columnist for the Philadelphia Daily News for nearly two decades starting in 1972, Stone developed a notorious reputation for his outspoken and tough political views. (

How Franklin Street changed while you were away this summer

Hops Burger Bar closed in July, breaking the hearts of those who loved its Parmesan truffle oil fries. Ye Olde Waffle Shoppe on 173 E. Franklin St., reopened Aug. 9 after closing for repairs in July. The Perennial cafe is set to re-open this week after moving next door. Peño Mediterranean Grill now occupies 105 E. Franklin St., succeeding Tama Tea. (Daily Tar Heel)

The start of a new school year at UNC

Thousands of new Tar Heels joined the Carolina community on Friday and Saturday as they settled into their new on-campus homes. The two-day move-in was the official start of UNC-Chapel Hill’s annual Week of Welcome and marked the beginning of a new year. The incoming undergraduates come from 97 North Carolina counties, 42 states and 50 countries. (

UNC Student-Athletes Community Outreach Year In Review

During the 2018-19 academic year, UNC student-athletes, coaches, and staff members teamed up to contribute more than 5,000 hours of service to the community. The Tar Heel impact was spread throughout Orange County, with a particular emphasis on UNC Hospitals and the local elementary schools. Here's a look at some of their impactful work. (

UNC professor turns to hip-hop to expand music education, and to change the world

UNC hosted the Carolina Hip-Hop Institute, an 11-day program dedicated to the art and sound of what is arguably the most influential style of music in contemporary popular culture. “The impression people might have, even if they like hip-hop, is that it’s a kind of novelty that we’re teaching this,” said Mark Katz, a professor in the UNC Music Department. (Charlotte Observer)

Why this singer chose UNC over fame in Thailand

Not only does incoming freshman Jordan Epley have a great academic record from her international school in Thailand, but her extracurricular activities include participating in Thailand’s version of The Voice and earning the MVP award in Thailand’s junior NBA league. But all those accomplishments pale in comparison to getting into UNC, Epley said. (

Ye Olde Waffle Shoppe Reopens on Franklin Street

After one month spent closed — the longest stretch of locked doors in its 47 year history — Ye Olde Waffle Shoppe is back in the breakfast business. The storied Franklin Street restaurant and first-meal-of-the-day mainstay closed on Monday, July 8, for emergency repairs to its pipes and wiring. Ye Olde Waffle Shoppe is once again open for business as usual. (

Chansky’s Notebook: The Fabulous Four Corners

Forty years ago this month, Chapel Hill went to Four Corners. Remember when intoned, “ has raised four fingers, and the Tar Heels are going to Four Corners”? Those were the days. So a year after liquor by the drink passed in North Carolina, a group of us got together and opened Four Corners, the first sports bar in Chapel Hill. (
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