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UNC Researcher's ‘Crazy Idea’ to Cure Heart Disease

That night, Li Qian made her first big step towards curing heart disease. Now, the UNC researcher, mother of two and lab mentor has won the first ever award for stem cell and regenerative medicine. The Boyalife, Science and Science Translational Medicine Award is for researchers younger than 45 years old who are making critical advances in the fields of science and medicine.

Carnegie Corporation tabs Aziz Sancar as “Great Immigrant” honoree

Aziz Sancar, MD, PhD, came to the United States as a graduate student more than 40 years ago. He never left. He took pride in his new country – and his adopted hometown of Chapel Hill – much like he took pride in his home country of Turkey. His dedication to his work on DNA repair and the circadian clock, earned him the 2015 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

UNC receives $1M grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for innovative arts program

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has been awarded a new four-year, $1 million grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for Carolina Performing Arts (CPA) to launch and develop the DisTIL (Discovery Through Iterative Learning) Fellowship program.

Judge Carl Fox returns to bench after cancer fight

People in a courtroom traditionally stand as a sign of respect when a judge enters to take his or her seat on the bench. On Monday, that ritual turned into a standing ovation for Superior Court Judge Carl Fox, who was back on the job after battling cancer. Fox, 62, was diagnosed in April 2015 with myelodysplastic syndrome.

Massey Distinguished Service Award winner finally has her day

Renita Corbett keeps a pager on her hip. She never knows when a cleaning emergency may arise at the School of Dentistry, requiring quick action. “I’m all over the place,” she said, sitting down in the Koury Hall atrium in a rare moment of calm during her workday. “I don’t really get a break.” Corbett is a day porter at the School of Dentistry, a job with a unique set of responsibilities for four buildings.

Carolina Square developers confirm Chapel Hill project’s first retailers, including Target

It’s been one of the worst kept secrets in town, but developers of the Carolina Square mixed-use project have confirmed that a lease has been signed with Target Corp. to be the retail anchor for the $123 million Franklin Street project.

How McCorkle Place was Named

As part of the work by the History Task Force, Rob Shapard has been researching McCorkle Place. During his hours reviewing microfilm at UNC’s Wilson Library, he uncovered important information from the Board of Trustees records about how McCorkle Place got its name.

UNC Researchers: Removing a Brain Tumor Makes Cancer More Aggressive

Researchers at the University of North Carolina are working to perfect stem-cell research after a discovery made regarding glioblastoma, a cancerous brain tumor. The research team from the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy has found that surgically removing these brain tumors causes cancer to grow 75 percent faster than before surgery.

Dr. Steve Reznick: ‘A legacy of courage and inspiration’

J. Steven Reznick, professor in the department of psychology and neuroscience at UNC, died Tuesday, July 5, after a three-year battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). He was 65. As a member of the Faculty Athletics Committee, he led the effort to develop a registration priority process that addressed scheduling conflicts for student-athletes.

UNC Named to Forbes' Top 100 List of Colleges

Forbes released its list of America’s Top 100 Colleges, and The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill comes in at No. 47. UNC boasts the least expensive annual year of the Top 100 schools in North Carolina, costing an average $49,431. Chapel Hill’s student body is also the largest of the four North Carolina schools in the Top 100 with over 29,135 students.

Three from UNC selected as 2016 Paul & Daisy Soros Fellows

Aisha Saad ’09, Vishwajith Sridharan ’14, and Heidi Vuletich were recently selected as recipients of The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans. This is the first time Carolina has had more than one person selected as a Paul & Daisy Soros Fellow in the same year.

UNC-led excavations uncover new mosaics in Galilee synagogue

Excavations this summer in the Late Roman (fifth century) synagogue at Huqoq, an ancient Jewish village in Israel’s Lower Galilee, have revealed stunning new mosaics that decorated the floor. The excavations are directed by Jodi Magness, a professor at UNC, along with Assistant Director Shua Kisilevitz of the Israel Antiquities Authority.

UNC professor to receive prestigious Clarke Prize

The National Water Research Institute (NWRI) is pleased to announce Mark Sobsey, PhD, will be the twenty-third recipient of the NWRI Athalie Richardson Irvine Clarke Prize for excellence in water research. Dr. Sobsey is the Kenan Distinguished Professor of Environmental Sciences and Engineering at the University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health.

Southern Season bankruptcy causes ripples across state

Southern Season’s bankruptcy will affect thousands of small businesses across the country, many based in the Triangle and the Carolinas. The 412-page bankruptcy filing is a who’s who of the state’s small artisan food and beverage makers: Chapel Hill Creamery, Counter Culture Coffee, Videri Chocolate Factory, Guglhupf Bakery and many more.

UNC grad student’s local and global work with Rotary International

Doctoral candidate Hai-Ryung Sung has focused her studies and skills around issues of water, sanitation and hygiene (WaSH). Sung first came to UNC-Chapel Hill as a Rotary Peace Fellow through the Duke-UNC Rotary Peace Center, one of seven such centers worldwide—the only center in North America and the only center to be co-hosted by two universities.

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