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'60 Minutes' to profile how UNC Lineberger Cancer Center is leveraging artificial intelligence

This Sunday, Oct. 9, CBS's "60 Minutes" will broadcast a story about IBM's Watson and how UNC Lineberger and other organizations have used the technology platform to cull through and generate useful insights from massive amounts of data.

Bluegrass initiative brings regional genre to UNC

Bluegrass music will now have a formal presence on campus with the creation of the Bluegrass Initiative. Led by Jocelyn Neal, professor in the music department, the Bluegrass Initiative includes a course on the genre and a new bluegrass ensemble — the Carolina Bluegrass Band.

UNC Sets School Record for National Science Foundation CAREER Grants

Eight faculty researchers at UNC have been awarded grants with a combined value of nearly $6 million. The National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development grant, knows as the CAREER award, is the NSF’s “most highly esteemed recognition for junior faculty members conducting scientific research,” according to a release.

UNC Non-Profit Raises Over $17,000 with Annual 5K

Carolina For The Kids, formerly UNC Dance Marathon, is a student-run non-profit at UNC. The organization held its annual 5k Sunday morning. Kilometers For The Kids (KFTK) raised $17,795.25 through registrations, sponsors and donations to support the patients and families of UNC Children’s Hospital.

As hurricane creeps closer, a UNC RENCI supercomputer swings into action

As Hurricane Matthew makes it way toward the U.S., RENCI’s supercomputer, named Hatteras, is working overtime. The work to apply high performance computing and data analysis to understanding dangerous storm surge is part of a long-term collaboration involving RENCI, the Coastal Resilience Center at UNC-Chapel Hill, and UNC’s Institute of Marine Sciences.

The Carolina Coffee Shop in Chapel Hill Offers Meals with a Side of Memories

Jeremy Ferry is the general manager of the Carolina Coffee Shop, the longest continuously operating restaurant in North Carolina, and a Chapel Hill institution since 1922. Just a few months ago, a couple returned to the Coffee Shop and sat in the exact same booth where they had their first date in 1942. On this corner of Franklin Street, this happens all the time.

When the astronauts came to campus: Morehead Planetarium's life-saving history

From 1960 to 1975, 62 NASA astronauts studied celestial navigation at UNC’s Morehead Planetarium and Science Center. The training ensured that the astronauts would know what to do in case their automatic navigation systems failed while they were in space. The training saved lives on three occasions — the Mercury Atlas 9 mission, Apollo 12 and Apollo 13.

UNC working to end children's peanut allergies

Childhood food allergies have dramatically grown over the last two decades, and one out of every 13 children under age 18 now has a food allergy. Peanuts are among the foods that cause the most severe reactions, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is working on a solution to the problem.

Introducing the UNC T-Shirt Archive

We are pleased to announce the release of the UNC T-Shirt Archive. This digital collection of Carolina T-shirts past and present provides a unique window into all aspects of student life at UNC. The website is available now, but it’s far from complete: for that, we need your help. If you have a UNC shirt that is fun, interesting, important, or just looks good, we’d like to preserve a photo of it in the University Archives.

UNC student-created documentary on North Carolina state parks to air on UNC-TV

Over the past four years, students have worked under the guidance of Tom Linden, professor of medical journalism and director of the Medical and Science Journalism Master’s Program, to compile stories of North Carolina’s state parks into a documentary. “North Carolina State Parks: Environmental Jewels,” will air on UNC-TV at 10 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 6.

Chapel Hill Lands High on List of Smartest Small Towns

Chapel Hill is filled with educated people. That is not breaking news to local residents. But, a couple of impressive statistics regarding the amount of education received by residents of Chapel Hill led to a high spot on a recently released list of the 20 Smartest Small Towns. Chapel Hill is No. 6. The list was compiled by

How Tim Crothers First Met the 'Queen of Katwe' Phiona Mutesi

The stranger approached, proffering nothing more than a tattered clipping from a religious newsletter and a hackneyed opening line: “I have a good story for you.” Tim Crothers knew better than to swoon at those words. A former senior writer at Sports Illustrated, Crothers had spent decades listening to suggestions that he should write about the gramps who shot a hole-in-one or the amputee who’d run a 5k.

UNC-Chapel Hill named to President’s Honor Roll for Public Service

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has been named to the 2015 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service. The honor roll recognizes U.S. colleges and universities that support exemplary community service programs and raise the visibility of best practices in campus community partnerships.

The movie inspired by a UNC professor's book is premiering today

From a slum in Uganda to the silver screen, UNC professor and author Tim Crothers has brought the story of chess and a young girl’s dream across the world. A Disney and ESPN film based off of his book, “Queen of Katwe,” will begin showing Friday, Sept. 30, at Silverspot in Chapel Hill.

New leads pour in on Faith Hedgepeth murder after television special

Chapel Hill police say they have received hundreds of tips after granting ABC's 20/20 exclusive and unprecedented access into their investigation of murdered University of North Carolina sophomore Faith Hedgepeth. Investigators are now following up on the potential new leads that continue to pour in from across the country.

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