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A long legacy of research at UNC

From building the first university astronomical observatory in the United States, to becoming the world’s leading scholar on Franklin Delano Roosevelt, to developing antiretrovirals that prevent HIV transmission by 96 percent — researchers at UNC-Chapel Hill have achieved amazing feats.

From Tokyo to Chapel Hill: UNC’s First International Student

The first international student to study at UNC was Shinzaburo Mogi, from Tokyo, Japan, who was enrolled during the 1893-1894 school year. Mogi had an interesting personal history. His family in Japan was involved in the production of soy sauce, beginning the company that would later become Kikkoman Corporation.

Going Against the Flow: UNC alum, Indiegogo Co-Founder Danae Ringelmann

Danae Ringelmann co-founded Indiegogo in 2007 with a mission to democratize fundraising and has since helped to propel the company into the world’s largest crowdfunding platform. Today, Danae leads Indiegogo’s industry development efforts, while steering the company’s employee culture and values initiatives.

UNC ranked 38th among world universities

Two Triangle universities were among the top 50 in the Center for World University Rankings (CWUR) list of the world’s top 1,000 universities. Duke University ranked No. 29 and UNC-Chapel Hill ranked No. 38 globally. N.C. State University ranked No. 214. In the U.S., Duke ranked 22nd, UNC-CH was 25th and N.C. State was 89th in the same list.

Big changes for Carolina’s Hooker Fields

When students return to campus for the fall semester, they’ll see some big improvements at one of Carolina’s busiest recreation spaces. The Michael Hooker Fields, home of Carolina’s intramural and club sports as well as many other University activities, are receiving a major renovation this summer.

The History of Carolina Blue

Carolina Blue is a symbolic and beloved shade that, for many alums and UNC fans, immediately conjures up images of the school, the Carolina sports teams and a sense of community. Carolina Blue has a long history tied to the culture of this university. The use of a distinctive light blue in association with UNC began not long after the first students arrived on campus in 1795.

Carrburritos Lands On List of Top College Town Burritos

Carrburritos is a popular destination for burrito lovers in Chapel Hill and Carrboro. The restaurant’s reputation is growing as it recently landed on a list of the “Top 25 College Town Burrito Spots.” The list was made by uCribs, an apartment search engine designed for renters looking to live near college campuses throughout the country.

UNC team of researchers make discoveries for early education

A study recently completed by a team at UNC’s Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute discovered high quality of early education prepares children for a successful future. Louisa Tarullo, director of human services research at Mathematica Policy Research, said the study found children experience better outcomes across a range of skills as the overall quality of preschool instruction increases.

Remembering the Franklin Street places that have come and gone

With the recent news that Target would be coming to Franklin Street in 2017, it really made me think of how much the businesses on the street have changed over the years. So here’s a list of my favorite bars, restaurants, and stores on Franklin Street that are no longer in business. Maybe it will spark a memory of one of your favorite places.

Tar Heels venture into space medicine

The human body’s circulatory system isn’t much of a mystery — when there’s gravity. In outer space, body fluid doesn’t circulate the way it does on Earth. Instead, it may be rushing to the head and causing all sorts of issues, including impairing astronauts’ vision. A Carolina senior and recent graduate are now trying to figure out why.

The legacy of Stuart Scott and memories of his 2014 ESPYS speech

Two years ago, Stuart Scott delivered a heartfelt moment when he accepted the Jimmy V Perseverance Award at the 2014 ESPYS for his courageous fight against cancer. The longtime sports anchor died Jan. 4, 2015, at the age of 49. His contributions to sports solidified a legacy that will live on in the lives of many people who were touched by aspects of his life.

James Taylor's childhood home in Chapel Hill sold at auction

The sprawling expanse of the home, nestled in greenery and stretching over 23 scenic, wooded acres, lies only one and a half miles from UNC’s campus. It’s the home famed musician James Taylor grew up in, and decades later, it’s been auctioned.The property on the 600 block of Morgan Creek Road, which has an estimated value of $1.5 million, was sold on June 29.

UNC Receives $23 Million to Cure HIV

Researchers at UNC will receive nearly $23 million over the next five years to continue research on their innovative “kick and kill” strategy for eradicating HIV. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) selected CARE, the Collaboratory of AIDS Researchers for Eradication, which is based at UNC, for refunding after a competitive application process.

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.

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