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Legendary UNC professor Gerald Unks passes away at 82

Dr. Gerald Unks, 82, distinguished and beloved UNC, School of Education professor, died November 9, 2019. In 45 years at UNC, he taught more than 24,000 students, received 13 teaching awards, including the Tanner Award twice, the Standard Oil award, the Amoco award, and 4 UNC Favorite Professor awards as voted by the student body and colleagues. (

Discoveries and solutions at Carolina

Cures and treatments for disease. New technologies. New industries for North Carolina and the world. The University of North Carolina is tackling tough challenges with teams of top scientists and students whose diverse perspectives deliver creative, unprecedented solutions. UNC is accelerating new discoveries and solutions to emerging challenges. (

UNC Alumna And Astronaut Trainee Zena Cardman Revels In The Poetry Of Outer Space

Zena Cardman knew she might not have another opportunity to pursue poetry. She was about to dive into graduate research on microbiology in extreme environments when she put that plan on ice, and opted to write a poetry collection for her undergraduate thesis at the University of North Carolina. Cardman was naturally attracted to space exploration. (WUNC)

UNC and Duke researchers start new tumor treatment research after winning funding

In September, two scientists from UNC and Duke University teamed up to pitch their research idea to the Ian’s Friends Foundation. They won funding and support from the organization, and are starting their project for a new treatment of childhood brain tumors. Shawn Hingtgen is an associate professor in the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. (Daily Tar Heel)

'It’s totally surreal': UNC's fourth astronaut graduate recalls her path to NASA

One UNC alumna may soon have an out-of-this-world experience — literally. Zena Cardman, who graduated with her master's in 2014, is a NASA astronaut candidate who has spent the past two years training for potential space travel. “I actually didn’t grow up always wanting to be an astronaut,” Cardman said. “I wanted to do all kinds of different things." (Daily Tar Heel)

Meet the ghosts students say are haunting them around UNC's campus

At a University with nearly 230 years of history, there are bound to be some seemingly ghostly encounters from time to time. Between the legend of the Gimghoul Castle ghosts, a haunted room in The Carolina Inn and various academic buildings and residence halls leaving students with strange experiences, UNC has a wealth of spooky stories. (Daily Tar Heel)

Reuters ranks North Carolina sixth most innovative university in the world

Reuters has ranked The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill No. 6 on its list of the Most Innovative Universities in the World. The annual list ranks educational institutions doing the most to advance science, invent new technologies, and power new markets and industries. UNC rose three spots from last year’s rankings – moving up from number nine. (

November 3, 1835: UNC professor Elisha Mitchell announces discovery of highest peak in eastern U.S.

On November 3, 1835, Elisha Mitchell, a professor at the University of North Carolina, announced that a peak in the Black Mountains of North Carolina was the highest in the eastern United States. The news aroused considerable interest. He estimated the mountain’s height at 6,672 feet, only twelve feet short of the present official height of 6,684 feet. (NC Department of Natural and Cultural Resources)

Stormy weather puts damper on Halloween activities in Chapel Hill

Despite the storms that moved through the Triangle on Thursday, some people still decided to brave the conditions and attend Halloween on Franklin Street in Chapel Hill. The annual event brings thousands of people each year to the popular strip. On Thursday, many who came out decked in costumes ended up getting wet and running for shelter. (

Carolina ghost stories

Memorial Hall: In what can be a dark place full of muted noises, Evan the ghost has been seen by many people. Named by student production workers two decades ago, Evan wears 1940s style clothes and a fedora. He’s usually seen from across the auditorium, fixing his icy stare on people as if trying to get their attention. Prior to Evan, a “clanking” ghost was heard. (
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