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180+ still at shelter on UNC campus as Florence flooding continues

James Franklin says he’s leaning on his faith as he awaits the chance to return home to Jones County. “Nothing beats home,” he said while sitting outside the Friday Center at UNC-Chapel Hill Friday morning. William Freshwater sat outside the shelter strumming his guitar, trying to maintain a positive attitude. He had to leave his apartment in Chapel Hill due to flooding. (CBS 17)

Wilmington and New Bern student families struggle after Florence

Nearly a week after Hurricane Florence made landfall, the effects of flooding and destroyed property is not something UNC students from Wilmington and New Bern have the luxury of forgetting. “It’s a different world when you go home. When people ask me how my family is, there’s this stark contrast between what’s going on here and what’s going on at home.” (Daily Tar Heel)

Ackland Art Museum launches 60th anniversary celebration

Since 1958, the Ackland Art Museum at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has been one of North Carolina’s most important cultural resources. Located at the intersection of campus and Chapel Hill community, the Ackland provides experiences that spark insight into ourselves, each other and the world. (

How Carolina is transforming medicine with artificial intelligence

UNC biostatistics professor Michael Kosorok is leading the way in utilizing artificial intelligence to benefit public health. “What I’m interested in is how we can use AI to make good decisions in medicine, so for example, whether to give a patient drug A or drug B,” said Kosorok, who teaches in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. “We’re on the cutting edge of this research.” (

For 30 years, Stone Center has been bringing people together

When black student activists in the 1970s and 1980s pushed for a place on the Carolina campus to celebrate African and African-American culture, some feared that such a center might separate and divide the campus. But as the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History enters its 30th year, those predictions have been disproved, said director Joseph Jordan. (

Great college football (and foodie) towns to visit this fall

Chapel Hill, NC – University of North Carolina: While UNC fans and alumni relate Chapel Hill to fond sports memories and Carolina Blue, the charming southern city is home to more than just Tar Heel Nation. While the UNC sports teams bring tons of excitement to the otherwise small town, there are also many other attractions, monuments, and activities to enjoy when visiting Chapel Hill, NC. (Ladders)

Hurricane Florence: How to support the recovery efforts

North Carolinians, students, faculty and staff at UNC and the surrounding community, are asking how they can support recovery from Hurricane Florence. They are seeking guidance on donations for the shelter in Chapel Hill and affected locations. The shelter at the Friday Center is operated for the State of North Carolina by the Red Cross in partnership with the University. (

UNC-Chapel Hill to host shelter to serve people displaced by Hurricane Florence

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is working closely with the Governor’s Office, the American Red Cross and the State Emergency Management Team to establish a new location for people in existing shelters that have lost power and are now closed. The new shelter will be located at the Friday Center and is set to open sometime on Saturday. (

Pioneering pediatric surgeon hopes to train others at UNC on life-saving procedure

For years, Dr. Andrea Hayes-Jordan was the only person in the world performing a surgery to save children with a rare cancer. In June, Hayes-Jordan joined UNC Children's Hospital to head pediatric surgery. “These kids with cancer are amazing. They enjoy every moment. They’re always happy. You wouldn’t know that they’d been through chemo for months and years." (

UNC Alum's Documentary 'Hoops Africa: Ubuntu Matters' Explores The Growth Of Basketball In Africa

In the new film, Hoops Africa: Ubuntu Matters, a powerful story on the impact of basketball on the continent of Africa is front and center. Directed and produced by Taylor Sharp and Dan Hedges, Hoops Africa explores a variety of subjects from a young Zimbabwean player intent on fulfilling his dreams of making it to America to play basketball and pursue a higher education. (Shadow and Act)

Thad Beyle: An educator who made a difference

For many practitioners of politics and government in North Carolina, the route to their positions of public influence went through Thad Beyle’s political science classes at UNC. Over four decades, he served as an exemplar of an engaged university professor. Thad died a week ago. As a faculty member, he was a colleague and collaborator — and even more a friend. (EducationNC)

Carolina community gathers in remembrance of 9/11

On the 17th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, UNCpaid homage to the victims during a sunrise stair climb at Kenan Stadium and remembrance ceremony. The commemoration began at 5:40 a.m. with the 9/11 Memorial Run hosted by UNC’s Army ROTC, during which participants climbed 2,076 steps in honor of the steps in each of the World Trade Center towers. (

Schools cancel classes, sporting events in jeopardy ahead of Hurricane Florence

As Florence strengthened into a potentially catastrophic Category 4 hurricane Monday, schools moved to cancel classes and explore contingencies for football games. Classes will be canceled at UNC beginning 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday to allow students to travel home. All students are strongly encouraged to leave the Chapel Hill area before the storm hits. (ABC 11)

UNC-Chapel Hill ranks fifth among the country’s public universities for 18th consecutive year

For the 18th straight year, UNC-Chapel Hill, a public research university dedicated to making its first-class education accessible and affordable, has placed fifth among public universities on U.S. News & World Report’s annual “Best Colleges” rankings. For the 14th consecutive time in “Great Schools, Great Prices,” Carolina was the first national public university for best value. (

Carolina brings cutting-edge dental surgery to the U.S.

Dentists at the UNC School of Dentistry are now using a technique called autotransplantation to relocate a child’s “throwaway” tooth — such as a wisdom tooth — to another spot in their mouth and repair their smiles. The procedure has been conducted in other parts of the world, but UNC-Chapel Hill is bringing it to the forefront of pediatric dentistry in the United States for the first time. (
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