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UNC alum, Triangle entrepreneur Steve Malik's latest move: Women's soccer franchise

At a Monday press conference, North Carolina FC owner Steve Malik formally announced that he has acquired the Western New York Flash, reigning champions of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL), and is relocating the team to the Triangle. Malik, a Triangle tech entrepreneur and owner of Cary-based Medfusion who played high school soccer while growing up in Kinston, N.C., is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill. (WRAL Tech Wire)

Video: Time-Lapse of the Old Well in the Snow

Snow came and snow conquered (at least for a few days) on the University of North Carolina campus, but we were still able to capture this time-lapse of the Old Well. View Video...

Following the ‘Tinman’: UNC heart researcher Li Qian forges award-winning career

Scientist Li Qian, PhD, has forged an award-winning career at the UNC School of Medicine. In just a few short years since joining the faculty, she’s been recognized for her cardiac research by The American Heart Association. She was the first-ever recipient of the Boyalife, Science and Science Translational Medicine Award in Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine. (UNC Health Care)

UNC Catalyst Initiative Aims to Create and Share Tools to Fight Rare Diseases

Freely giving researchers the tools and knowledge to tackle rare and orphaned diseases is the mission of UNC Catalyst, a new endeavor of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill launched with a $2 million grant from the Eshelman Institute for Innovation. (UNC.edu)

North Carolina Governors Who Went to UNC

When Roy Cooper was sworn in as Governor of North Carolina on January 1st, he became the 32nd North Carolina Governor to have attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Here’s the full list. (UNC.edu)

Jeffrey Hayden, TV Director and UNC Alum, Dies at 90

Jeffrey Hayden, a director, producer and writer for television, film and the theater and the husband of Oscar-winning actress Eva Marie Saint, has died. He was 90. Born in New York on Oct. 15, 1926, Hayden began his career at NBC after graduating from UNC. Hayden helmed episodes of such series as The Andy Griffith Show, Leave It to Beaver, Lassie, Batman, Cagney & Lacey, and Magnum, P.I. (Hollywood Reporter)

UNC launches Carolina Angel Network

Startups are a crucial part of a dynamic economy, creating innovations and jobs, but they struggle to find funding from investors. The newly launched Carolina Angel Network (CAN), will close this gap by connecting alumni, faculty, students, donors and other members of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill community with promising affiliated, early-stage, private companies to provide advice, networks and funding. (UNC.edu)

Chapel Hill Restaurant's Book Prize Nourishes Southern Writers, Booksellers

Crook’s Corner, the iconic 34-year-old café and bar located on a corner of the road separating Chapel Hill, N.C. from the adjacent town of Carrboro, doesn’t just serve up delicious Southern cuisine in a shack surmounted by a large pink plastic pig: it has also since 2013 been the only restaurant in the nation to sponsor a literary award, with this year’s pot set at $5,000. (Publishers Weekly)

UNC Dentistry Professor Presented with Leadership Award from Special Olympics North Carolina

Dr. Michael Milano, clinical associate professor in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry, was recently named a recipient of the Golisano Health Leadership Award by Special Olympics North Carolina. He is one of 32 individuals/organizations worldwide to receive this honor in 2016. (UNC.edu)

UNC double alum Roy Cooper sworn in as 75th North Carolina governor

Roy Cooper was sworn in shortly after midnight Sunday as North Carolina's 75th governor, taking the reins of a deeply divided state and facing an openly hostile legislature as he tries to accomplish an agenda calling for improved schools and a stronger economy for middle-class families. (WRAL.com)

Southern Living's Southerners of the Year: UNC alum, non-profit founder Nation Hahn

After losing his wife, Nation Hahn started the namesake Jamie Kirk Hahn Foundation inspired by her generous, philanthropic spirit to empower and motivate emerging leaders in community-based organizations. The foundation works towards creating more awareness around three main problems in North Carolina: poverty, food insecurity, and education. (Southern Living)

UNC student astronomers use remote technology to touch the stars

It’s 8:30 p.m. on a Wednesday night. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is quiet. Classrooms are empty; doors are locked. A few faint stars peek out from behind thick clouds. In a small room in Chapman Hall, two students have just sat down to begin their work. (WRAL.com)

Project Bucket: A documentary about the ultimate UNC bucket list

Five friends and former UNC students completed the ultimate UNC bucket list together before graduation last May. The last item to check off the list was climbing the bell tower as a group on Senior Day. Bryce Edwards, Joseph Townsend, Patrick Hahn, Teresa Nguyen and Faustina Nguyen have been friends since going to high school together at Charlotte Catholic High School. (Daily Tar Heel)

This doctor, UNC grad believes an experiment he tried in Liberia could bring health care to everyone

It’s not often you’re handed $1 million and told to do whatever you’d like with it. That’s what’s just happened, though, to Raj Panjabi, a physician at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston who last week was awarded the 2017 TED Prize. In 2007, Panjabi co-founded what would later become Last Mile Health with a group of Liberian civil war survivors and American health workers. (Quartz)

A memorable year at Carolina

From faculty members receiving national awards and new campus exhibits being installed to Final Fours and national championships, 2016 was another memorable year at Carolina. Take a look back at what the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill was up to this year with some of our favorite photos and the biggest stories from UNC.edu: (UNC.edu)

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