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Carolina doctors, students collaborate on COVID-19 treatment study

In the ongoing battle against COVID-19, doctors are treating severely ill patients with various drugs, one of which is tocilizumab, which blocks the cytokine interleukin-6 (L-6) receptor. For the first time in the United States, researchers at the University of North Carolina report that the drug did not show clear benefit to 11 severely ill patients and should be used with caution. (

UNC’s Ralph Baric has long been a leader in virus research. Now, the world is listening.

For years Dr. Ralph Baric studied viruses that hardly anyone was paying attention to. Now, as the world faces the coronavirus pandemic, it is looking to him and his research as the basis for treatments and a vaccine. Baric, 66, a researcher and professor in the department of epidemiology and department of microbiology and immunology at UNC, saw this crisis coming. (Durham Herald-Sun)

Chapel Hill Plans to Increase Business Capacity Downtown by Closing Section of Franklin Street

Plans to section off part of the road along Franklin Street are progressing, as Chapel Hill looks for ways to help businesses and allows patrons more space while walking downtown. A petition from Chapel Hill community members last month garnered more than 1,000 signatures to create more space for pedestrians to safely walk and distance themselves. (

Two UNC Hussman students named Hearst champions, as school wins 2020 national awards overall

UNC Hussman swept the overall 2020 Hearst Awards, winning the national championship, but now the finalist students have made the school more proud with their strong showing in the individual national championships. Payton Tysinger and Annabeth Poe, took home first place in the competition’s final round in television and radio, respectively. (

Helping Franklin Street Get Back On Its Feet

Summer in a college town is always slow, but this year it was as if summer arrived two months early. And with local businesses operating at limited capacity due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the future remains uncertain. Local shops that rely on foot traffic are suffering. Many restaurants aren’t structured to shift from sit-down to takeout only. But all is not lost. (

UNC College of Arts & Sciences and Kenan-Flagler Business School receives $8 million gift

A recent $8 million bequest to UNC will provide critical resources to the College of Arts & Sciences and UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School. The unrestricted gift from Stephen M. “Steve” Cumbie (Class of ’70, ’73 MBA), will allow leadership to seize emerging opportunities as they continue to fulfill their ambitious teaching, research, and public service missions. (

Chapel Hill Protesters Kneel in Franklin Street for 8 Minutes and 46 Seconds

Hundreds of demonstrators gathered in Chapel Hill for the second straight day of events advocating for racial equity and protesting racism. The Rally for Justice event, sponsored by the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chapter of the NAACP, drew in many protesters for a march from First Baptist Church on North Roberson Street to the Peace and Justice Plaza on East Franklin Street. (

UNC School of Medicine instructor writes coloring book on COVID-19 for kids

Lindsey Atkins, a clinical instructor at the UNC Child and Adolescent Outpatient Program in the UNC School of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry, published a coloring book to help children cope with the many stresses and challenges stemming from the COVID-19 Pandemic. The book titled “Joey the Kangaroo and Her Coping with COVID Plan” is available for free. (

UNC Black Student Groups Lead March Across Campus, Through Chapel Hill

What began as a rally on UNC’s south campus on Friday afternoon ended as a march in downtown Chapel Hill by hundreds of demonstrators. The UNC Black Congress and Black Student Movement organized an event to denounce white supremacy, speak out against intolerance of others and to show support of African Americans during a period of unrest. (

Carolina Insider Podcast: Garrison Brooks/Howard Lee Conversation, Bubba Cunningham

We had and on the Carolina Insider Live! show to discuss the current social and racial climate. The audio of that discussion is included today. UNC AD Bubba Cunningham discusses how those social issues relate to UNC Athletics, his Name/Image/Likeness stance and the plan to have athletes, coaches, and staff return to campus. (
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