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COVID-19 Cluster Reported at UNC’s Carmichael Residence Hall

A cluster of positive cases in a University of North Carolina residence hall has been reported for the first time in several months. An alert from UNC shared said students in Carmichael Residence Hall have tested positive for the coronavirus. According to the university, the individuals in this cluster have been identified, are isolating and receiving monitoring. (Chapelboro.com)

Morehead Planetarium publishes book about former director who trained NASA astronauts in Chapel Hill

The Morehead Planetarium is publishing a book! It's a children's book about one of the earliest leaders of the planetarium: Tony Jenzano. Jenzano is the man who brought NASA astronauts to Chapel Hill; he trained 11 of the 12 men who have walked on the surface of the moon--including NASA legends Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Jim Lovell. (WTVD)

Carolina ranks 18th among US universities for study abroad in 2020 ‘Open Doors’ Report

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ranks 18th for the number of students earning credit for study abroad in the Institute of International Education’s 2020 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange, which presents comprehensive data on international students and scholars at U.S higher education institutions. (UNC.edu)

UNC Senior Studying How Comedy, Politics Mix Named Marshall Scholar

Growing up, Patrick Clinch vacillated between wanting to become secretary of state or a famous comedian. After developing an interest in political science in high school and at North Carolina, he landed somewhere in the middle of those two. Now a senior studying history and political science at UNC, Clinch has been named Carolina’s 21st Marshall Scholar. (Carolina Alumni Review)

Reflecting on the life and leadership of UNC professor Ferrel Guillory upon his retirement

At North Carolina, Ferrel Guillory taught and nurtured hundreds of students. He continued his leadership of the Program on Public Life to inform the public agenda and nurture leadership by providing “research brokerage’’ that connected the work of scholars to the work of community leaders, elected officials, journalists, and opinion leaders. (EducationNC)

Carolina’s graduate sports administration program ranked 11th in the world

The master’s degree program in sport administration soared up the most recent rankings. Housed in the exercise and sport science department in the College of Arts & Sciences, the program was ranked 11th in the world in the 2020 SportBusiness Postgraduate Rankings survey. The program also offers a dual degree in sport administration and law. (UNC.edu)

On The Anniversary of Stuart Scott’s Death, His Daughters Pay Tribute To His Legacy

We lost our father January 4th 2015. To the rest of the world, he was , the breakthrough ESPN broadcaster with time-tested catch phrases and tremendous confidence, passion, knowledge, and creativity. To us, he was the man we called “Dad” and our Sunday morning pancake maker. Our ordinary life was a compilation of extraordinary moments. (ESSENCE)

Will Restaurants on Chapel Hill’s Iconic Franklin Street Recover from COVID-19?

For now it remains to be seen whether or not Downtown Chapel Hill’s restaurant scene will ever fully recover from the one-two punch of COVID-19 restrictions and poor planning by the University. Many of the small, independent restaurants that line Franklin Street may not be able to keep their doors open, especially since federal aid has dried up. (Eater)

African American scientist, UNC alum praised for being at ‘forefront’ of creating Covid vaccine

Dr. Anthony Fauci has praised the work of Kizzmekia Corbett, an African American scientist who the leading United States public health expert said was “at the forefront” of the development of a leading coronavirus vaccine. Corbett, who has a doctorate in microbiology and immunology from UNC, joined the NIH’s Vaccine Research Centre in 2014. (The Guardian)

Award-winning North Carolina sportswriter, UNC alum Sammy Batten retires

Sammy Batten is the rare journalist to catch a break during a pandemic that accelerated a talent drain because of layoffs. Batten took a buyout and retired Dec. 1 after 36 years as a sports writer, the last 31 of those at The Fayetteville Observer. While comparing his plight to those journalists and many others, the word “fortunate” came up several times. (SportsChannel 8)
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