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UNC's Ackland Art Museum features unusual exhibits

The big block letters and an abstract interactive jungle gym on the front lawn are quite inviting. “We want to get you up on the terrace so that you’ll come on into the museum after you’ve had some fun,” Katie Ziglar said. Ziglar is the director of UNC's Ackland Art Museum. Ziglar said what you see outdoors is a visual sampler platter of the menu of arts inside. (Spectrum News)

UNC’s THRIVE Program Using New Home to Help More Veterans

The Matthew Gfeller Center at UNC is known for its leading research on head trauma and injuries for athletes. But the center is now building up a new program to help out a piece of our population: veterans. The THRIVE Program, or Transforming Health and Resilience in Veterans, recently moved to its own, permanent home. The project started last spring. (

UNC awarded $3 million grant for pathogen preparedness and training

UNC and UNC Hospitals were recently selected as a Regional Emerging Special Pathogen Treatment Center (RESPTC) by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Strategic Preparedness and Response. RESPTCs are special care units that treat serious, highly communicable infectious diseases such as ebola or monkeypox. (Daily Tar Heel)

UNC professor receives inaugural award for pioneering gene therapy

The European Society of Gene and Cell Therapy Founders Award was given to Jude Samulski, professor in the University of North Carolina School of Medicine’s pharmacology department, for his contribution to the development of recombinant adeno-associated virus vectors, which carry gene therapies into cells to correct faulty genes. (

UNC Receives $5 Million Gift to Address Nursing Shortage

Philanthropists Joanne and William E. Conway Jr. have pledged $5 million to the University of North Carolina to both support the school’s nursing students and to develop nursing educators. The gift is the largest in school history to support students, according to a release from the University. The Conways are based in the Washington, D.C. area. (

UNC grad school student channels his veteran experience into photography

Ever since high school, Matthew Troyer has been drawn to photography and videography. He followed that passion to community college and then to the Marines, where he served for nine years as a combat photographer. After six years of deployments and three years teaching photography to his fellow Marines, his craft has led him to UNC. (

Southern Season Demolition Means Future is Here for University Place

As the arm of the demolition vehicle reached into the wall of Southern Season’s former clock tower, dozens of people from the Town of Chapel Hill and University Place community gathered with their phones. That included Chapel Hill’s Interim Town Manager Chris Blue, who’s lived in the area his whole life. “When I was in middle school, I worked in this mall.” (

UNC student hits half-court shot on College GameDay, wins $19k

This lucky student woke up one morning to go to a basketball game and went to bed that night with a pocket full of cash. A freshman student from UNC made a half-court shot on Saturday, March 4, winning him almost $20,000. Javon Comer, from Thomasville, was at the Smith Center around 7 a.m. when someone tapped him on the shoulder. (WFMY)

Franklin Street businesses ready for big win from UNC vs. Duke basketball showdown

UNC and Duke basketball fans are excited about the game Saturday. If there was ever a question of who Melissa Sawyer is rooting for, the Carolina Blue she's rocking shows who she supports. She wore the sweatshirt Friday heading to a campus coffee shop. While fans hope their team comes out on top, Franklin Street businesses expect a financial win. (WTVD)

Carolina senior shares Morehead Planetarium magic with stargazers

Sophie Mallinson has an ability that not many other Tar Heels can claim to possess: With a push of a button, the Carolina senior can control the stars. Mallinson has been mastering that power over the past two years and has shared the results with hundreds of stargazers. Mallinson learned this talent from the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center. (
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