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DeSimone receives Kabiller Prize in Nanoscience and Nanomedicine

Joseph M. DeSimone, Chancellor’s Eminent Professor of Chemistry in the College of Arts and Sciences at UNC, has been named the recipient of the inaugural $250,000 Kabiller Prize in Nanoscience and Nanomedicine for his invention and use of PRINT, a breakthrough technology used to make advances toward the development of new cancer treatments, inhalable therapeutics and next generation vaccines.

Pho Nomenal Dumplings: Triangle duo, including UNC alum, wins food truck competition

The chefs are Sunny Lin, a graduate of NC State, and Sophia Woo, a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill. Their specialty is cooking dumplings, but their workplace is no ordinary restaurant kitchen — it is the inside of a metal, purple truck: Pho Nomenal Dumpling Truck. Not only have the two chefs taken their food truck throughout the roads of Raleigh, but throughout the highway of Route 66 as well.

Michelle Dorrance, daughter of Anson Dorrance, wins MacArthur genius grant

Michelle Dorrance is a tap dancer and choreographer breathing new life into a uniquely American art form in works that combine the musicality of tap with the choreographic intricacies of contemporary dance. Dorrance received a B.A. (2001) from the Gallatin School at New York University and has been a member of the faculty of the Broadway Dance Center since 2002.

White House honors UNC Education Initiative for Investment in Latino Youth

The Scholars’ Latino Initiative at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has been named a “Bright Spot in Hispanic Education” by the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. SLI was selected for its college access work supporting Latino students in high schools across North Carolina.

UNC academic rankings: 11th among national universities, 39th in the world

UNC was recently ranked 11th among national universities by Washington Monthly in its 2015 list, and 39th in the world by the Center for World-Class Universities of Shanghai Jiao Tong University in Shanghai, China.

UNC alum, Raleigh food truck owner competing in Food Network show

UNC graduate Sophia Woo’s food truck, Pho Nomenal Dumplings, has moved from Raleigh to the national stage on the Food Network competition “The Great Food Truck Race.” The show, which is in its sixth season, features seven food trucks competing against one another around the country for a $50,000 prize. Pho Nomenal Dumplings has made it two-thirds of the way through the season; two weeks remain until a winner is announced.

UNC Alum Bomani Jones Takes the Dismal Science to ESPN

You have three degrees in economics, which I assume is not common among your colleagues at ESPN. Do you still consider yourself an economist? Yes. Being an economist is much more about a thought process than it is anything specific about your job. It’s thinking about how to maximize utility and the allocation of scarce resources — that’s what I’m doing every day now.

North Carolina's Best Gameday Places to Eat

The landscape of Franklin Street has changed a good bit over the years, but locals and a rotating rank of students alike have been getting their fill at Ye Olde Waffle Shoppe, a Chapel Hill institution since 1972. On weekends, the line outside can be long, but the waffles are worth it. We recommend the M&M’s waffle dusted with powdered sugar.

UNC grad's real-life romantic comedy is getting national press

UNC graduate Ravi Patel never envisioned himself on the big screen. Now he’s being called an Academy Award contender. After an unsuccessful run as an investment banker, Patel turned to acting, and has been featured in “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” and “Scrubs.” He also co-founded the nonprofit This Bar Saves Lives with celebrities like Kristen Bell and Jimmy Kimmel. Now, he’s a documentary filmmaker.

UNC Receives High Marks on College Scorecard

UNC came out above average across the board in the newly released federal data grading colleges across the country. The numbers tell a good story for Carolina, ranking in with an average annual cost below the national average, a graduation rate well above the national average and an average salary after graduation that ranks above the national average.

Battaglini next featured speaker at Tar Heel Tailgate Talks

Dr. Claudio Battaglini, a former soccer star and international-level coach turned award-winning Carolina professor, will serve as feature speaker at this Saturday’s Tar Heel Tailgate Talk. Beginning at 10:30 a.m., “Dr. B” will share how the power of exercise can make a difference in the lives of cancer patients.

Carolina faculty look back on historic physics conference

Six days weren’t enough to solve a problem that has stumped physicists for 40 years. Still, the week-long Hawking Radiation Conference in Stockholm, Sweden was productive. “UNC-Chapel Hill has been so fortunate because we have been able to co-sponsor this historic conference with some of the greatest institutes of theoretical physics in the world,” UNC-Chapel Hill Chancellor Carol L. Folt said.

'Survivor' contestant, UNC alum Jeff Varner Has A Million Things On His Mind

Over the next several minutes, Varner goes into extreme detail about his Survivor past, the people he’s up against in Second Chance, the schemes he’s cooking up, the deals he already has in place — but throughout the talk, he keeps coming back to one line: “This is my second chance.” These are not just words for Jeff Varner. They are his everything right now.

UNC Medical students learn ways service dogs assist diabetics

Despite access to glucose monitors and other tools, many diabetics struggle to control blood sugar levels. Earlier this month, UNC medical students in their third semester of the 16-month-long Foundation attended a special Endocrine block session in the MBRB auditorium that exposed them to the ways service dogs assist diabetics with blood sugar control.

New WCHL Owner on Station’s Future

Leslie Rudd is a Colorado-based entrepreneur and philanthropist with Chapel Hill ties, who will also be the new owner of WCHL and once the final administrative hurdles are cleared. WCHL has a history of serving Orange County that dates back to 1953. Rudd says he is excited to continue the work of WCHL and Chapelboro with a mission of serving the local community.

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