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An air-locked lab at UNC is leading research on cures for the coronavirus

For scientists working in laboratories across the world, their names usually won’t become well known outside of the subsection of people reading academic journals. But the outbreak of COVID-19 — the disease caused by the novel coronavirus that has spread from China around the globe — has pushed researchers at UNC, specifically Dr. Ralph Baric, into the spotlight. (Durham Herald-Sun)

UNC Ranked Top Public School In The South, No. 3 In U.S.

The top colleges in the South in the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Rankings are well distributed around the region. UNC-Chapel Hill, ranked No. 33 overall nationally, is the top public school in the South. It ranks third among public schools in the country. In all, nine Southern schools are among the top 20 public schools nationally. (Wall Street Journal)

Video: Howard Lee Explores the Intersection of Sports, Race, and Education

and engage in a conversation about the intersection of sports, race, and politics at UNC and the importance of education. offers his experience and perspective on what our society needs to do in order to become more inclusive and equitable. Read More...

'It’s like a dream': Two UNC medical residents to appear on Wheel of Fortune

Two medical residents at UNC Hospitals, Emily Newton and Pauline Filippou, will appear on the game show "Wheel of Fortune" this week. Newton and Filippou met in their first year of residency four years ago and enjoy weekly girls’ nights where they watch "Wheel of Fortune". This time, the pair will appear on the show's “Girlfriend Getaways” competition Thursday. (Daily Tar Heel)

New York Times columnist, UNC alum Frank Bruni to deliver Spring Commencement address

Acclaimed journalist, New York Times columnist and bestselling author Frank Bruni ’86 launched his journalism career as a student reporter at Carolina. Now, Bruni is returning to his alma mater to send off the next generation of graduating Tar Heels. Bruni will deliver the keynote address at Carolina’s Spring Commencement on May 10 at Kenan Stadium. (

Carolina Insider Podcast: John Grisham joins the Pod

There's not much to say about the Wake Forest wasn't good. Then, international best-selling author John Grisham joins the Pod to discuss his love of college athletics, how he continuously creates popular novels and whether or not Jones and Adam can get their names in an upcoming book. Plus: a championship #FiveSecondChallenge. (

Songs We Love: James Taylor's 'Carolina In My Mind'

This week, we look at the one song that most everyone identifies with our home state. Writer Will Blythe joins Eric Hodge to talk about James Taylor's 'Carolina In My Mind.' He says it's a song that affects people both young and old. "The amazing thing about that song is that it created nostalgia in me as a sixth grader at Glenwood Elementary in Chapel Hill," says Blythe. (WUNC)

UNC helps drive Triangle startup momentum

The recent Forbes article “How North Carolina is Fueling Startup Success” names UNC-affiliated startups Simple Mills and Pryon as two of the many successful startups that faculty, students and alumni of UNC have launched. Such Carolina-connected companies are indicators that the Triangle is a region teeming with entrepreneurial talent. (

From the '60s to today, UNC continues growing its relationship with NASA

Before Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin left their footprints in lunar dust, UNC left its footprint on early space exploration by training the Apollo 11 team at the Morehead Planetarium. From providing advanced research, education, outreach and experts that helped missions directly, UNC has been involved with NASA since the U.S. first decided to send people into space. (Daily Tar Heel)

Video: Tar Heel Talk, Episode 3 - Competing in the Classroom

Student-athletes Alex Helms of UNC men's lacrosse and women's tennis player Makenna Jones join Faculty Athletic Committee Members, Dr. Rita Balaban and Dr. Daryhl Johnson for a candid conversation at Sutton's Drug Store about the relationship between student-athletes and faculty members at UNC. Read More...
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