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UNC-Chapel Hill graduate programs ranked among best once again in national rankings

Numerous UNC graduate programs received high rankings once again. More than 30 were among the top 10 overall or among public universities in their respective categories as part of U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Graduate Schools” list. The Gillings School of Global Public Health ranked second out of 188 schools of public health in the U.S. (UNC.edu)

Carolina launches partnership with Chapel Hill to help revitalize downtown and create innovation hub

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Town of Chapel Hill announced the Carolina Economic Development Strategy, a new partnership to revitalize downtown and further economic development in Chapel Hill. The strategy is a comprehensive initiative to increase UNC-Chapel Hill’s economic impact in Chapel Hill and across the Triangle. (UNC.edu)

Meet Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett, The Viral Immunologist And UNC Alum Who Co-Developed The Moderna Vaccine

Growing up in Hillsborough, NC, Kizzmekia Corbett became a scientist at age 16. She hadn’t known that Black scientists existed until she met one during a high school summer intern- ship program. Now, she is working hard to save lives. “It is important to me to have made this history and particularly to stand in the forefront for people like myself." (ESSENCE)

UNC Prepares To Vaccinate Students On Campus Starting Next Week

UNC is moving up its vaccination timeline for students following increased supply and news that all North Carolinians will become eligible for their shot on April 7. At the UNC Board of Trustees meeting, Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz gave an update on vaccination and testing efforts as the university looks towards full, in-person learning in the fall. (Chapelboro.com)

Andy Griffith found himself at UNC

Though he entered UNC in the hopes of becoming a Moravian pastor, soon discovered his true passion: the stage. As part of the Playmakers Co., he excelled in many performances including, “The Gondolier” and “The Mikado.” Were it not for his experiences at Chapel Hill, we may have never met the Sheriff Andy Taylor we know and love. (Mount Airy News)

Carolina named top large university in the South

The 2021 Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Rankings named UNC the No. 1 large college in the South. The Virginia and Miami round out the top three spots in the large college category, which includes schools with more than 10,000 undergraduates. The ranking also lists UNC third among all public universities in the United States. (UNC.edu)

Hidden gems in Chapel Hill, Carrboro persevere through a year of slow business

For the past year, Chapel Hill and Carrboro businesses and restaurants have held on tightly to remain open. For some, it wasn’t enough. For others, it’s getting harder. Following a year of instability, rising COVID-19 cases, and questionable behavior on campus, these businesses have persevered. Barry Keith, often called Sid, is the owner of Surplus Sids. (Daily Tar Heel)

UNC grad, lecturer with rare ALS strain can’t get drug she needs. She seeks social media’s help.

The first symptom appeared in August, when Lisa Stockman Mauriello noticed a hoarseness in her voice. “People thought she had a bad night,” said her husband, Bob. “Maybe a little under the weather.” Then came difficulty breathing, a scary escalation, until January, when the mother of three learned she had a rare and fast-moving form of ALS. (Durham Herald-Sun)

'Flipped upside down': UNC students reflect on the start of the pandemic

It’s been a year since COVID-19 arrived in North Carolina – shutting down everything from local businesses to college campuses. Looking back to the beginning of the pandemic, UNC students share their reflections on the 2020 shutdown. Like many UNC students, junior Ally Pagans was on spring break when she heard about campus closures. (Daily Tar Heel)

Down on Copperline: Mipso Regathers and Returns With Confidence

For most of its existence, the bluegrass-flavored Americana group Mipso has had a steady upward trajectory. Since forming at UNC about a decade ago, Mipso cultivated a following that grew locally, regionally and nationally. They became a top draw on the live circuit, and also regulars in the top-10 of Billboard’s bluegrass album-sales chart. (Chapelboro.com)
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