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Tar Heel Tailgate Talks continue with Smith-Ryan

Join Abbie Smith-Ryan, assistant professor in the Department of Exercise and Sport Science, for this week’s Tar Heel Tailgate Talk. Saturday beginning at 4:30 p.m., Smith-Ryan will share her work in body composition assessment and how it impacts performance, injury prevention and overall health for athletes. (

World Health Organization names UNC lead partner in global effort to save millions of lives

The United Nations’ World Health Organization (WHO) has named the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as its academic partner to help coordinate research needed for implementation of a bold new strategy aimed at saving the lives of millions of women, children and adolescents across the world within the next 15 years. (

'Chapel Hill tradition’ Breadmen's to relocate but stay local

Forty-one-year-old Chapel Hill restaurant Breadmen’s may relocate to make room for up-and-coming mixed-use development, Amity Station. Owner Roy Piscitello said he wants to dispel the myth that Breadmen’s is permanently closing because of Amity Station. “Everybody thinks we’re closing. We’re not closing,” he said. “At some time in the future, in 2 to 3 years, we will move the restaurant.” (Daily Tar Heel)

Video: Stuart Scott's daughters talk about their father's legacy

Taelor and Sydni Scott, daughters of late ESPN Sports Anchor Stuart Scott, were in attendance at the Allstate Tom Joyner Family Reunion last weekend. At the event, the girls had the chance to meet with fans, speak on stage, and check out all of the different booths at the 5 day event. (icFlorida)

UNC researchers develop 3D dental X-ray method

Dentists use X-rays to spot cavities and other problems with teeth, but standard images may miss problems that can become more serious. To help dentists and patients, researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are developing a 3D X-ray that offers more detail. The X-rays work like a CT scan, allowing dentists to see slice-by-slice views of the mouth. (

Student rappels from 10th floor of Hinton James dorm

Late Monday night, a student in a ski mask rappelled down Hinton James Residence Hall using his personal climbing gear. He lowered himself down the side of the building as Hinton James residents — some of whom reported him to housing officials — watched from the balcony. Senior Christian Reyes said he’s an experienced climber. (Daily Tar Heel)

Following in the first footsteps

As resident of Old East, Michael Edmundson is literally following in the footsteps of UNC’s first students. When he returns to his dorm every day, he walks through the doorway that Carolina students have been using since the first day of classes at the University. “It’s very cool to know that this building has been here for as long as it has,” the senior philosophy student said. (

TOPO Distillery sells first bottle of liquor outside of ABC system in 106 years

Scott Maitland, owner of TOPO Distillery, sold the first bottle of liquor outside of the ABC Commission system in North Carolina since 1909 on Thursday. “This is kind of a minor miracle,” Maitland joked at the event hosted at TOPO Distillery to celebrate the significant moment in North Carolina history. (Daily Tar Heel)

Chapel Hill No. 1 among 'college towns you'll never want to leave'

Chapel Hill is No. 1 among the "Top 10 College Towns You'll Never Want to Leave," according to College Magazine, which publishes information about schools and college life for prospective and current students. "The judges give Chapel Hill straight 10s when it comes to its flawless beauty (cue roses thrown on stage) and passion for on and off-campus events," writes the author. (Triangle Business Journal)

UNC School of Medicine's Aziz Sancar reacts to news of Nobel win (video)

University of North Carolina scientist Aziz Sancar, among three scientists to win the 2015 Nobel Prize for Chemistry, says he hopes the world can come to a ''scientific'' approach to peace in Syria. (Reuters)

How overcoming cancer taught a UNC alum and entrepreneur to live

Receiving a cancer diagnosis is probably the most difficult thing that anyone can experience. And so it was for Greg Roper, 54, a successful entrepreneur, in the spring of 2012. Doctors diagnosed him with stage four oropharyngeal cancer. But rather than face that stark diagnosis with terror and dread, he showed great courage--and learned more than a few tips for cherishing life and running a business in the process. (

UNC Professor Wins Nobel Prize In Chemistry

Aziz Sancar, a biochemist who has exquisitely mapped part of the DNA repair system in cancer cells, has been honored this year with the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, the Nobel Foundation in Stockholm, Sweden announced Oct. 7. Sancar, the Sarah Graham Kenan Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics at the UNC School of Medicine, received the call at 5 a.m. at his home, while he was sleeping. (

Carolina physicists played key roles in Nobel Award-winning project

Canadian scientist Arthur B. McDonald, one of two scientists awarded the 2015 Nobel Prize for Physics, led a research project that included physicists at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The prize was announced Oct. 6 by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. (

UNC research aims to find treatment for rare childhood cancer

Like many of his classmates, 16 year old Philip Rawls is taking advantage of his new driver's license and spending time with his girlfriend and friends. But what makes these moments even more special for him is that he's living life to the fullest after a 9 month battle with Ewing Sarcoma, a childhood cancer that's considered somewhat rare. (ABC 11)

He's Not Here listed among best college bars in America

You won’t always see sleepy puppies at this Tar Heel hotspot, but you will see those blue cups. On Tuesdays, the trademark 32oz sippers are $5. But that’s not the only thing He’s Not Here has going for it. There’s weekly karaoke, trivia, and live music – plus the proud senior bar golf tradition. (Thrillist)

Among string of closures, landmark Franklin Street businesses survive

Angelo Marrone, owner of Italian Pizzeria III, is relieved his restaurant is still operating on Franklin Street in the face of the string of closures the downtown district has suffered in recent years. “Thank God we’re still here,” Marrone said. “That makes me feel good.” In the ever-changing face of Franklin Street, only a few familiar establishments, like Carolina Coffee Shop and Sutton’s Drug Store, have weathered the closures alongside IP3. (Daily Tar Heel)

Chapel Hill turns on the culinary charm

Chapel Hill holds a special place in a lot of hearts across the country — and not just among alumni of UNC Chapel Hill. It’s also a special place for people who love history, beautiful small towns and the South in general. It’s a town brimming with culture, the arts and one where people of all ages are active and visible on Franklin Street, the center of it all. And for years, Chapel Hill has been gaining a reputation as a culinary destination. (Winston-Salem Journal)

Actor, UNC Med School Alum Ken Jeong: How to Ditch Medicine for a Career in Comedy

The creator and star of the ABC comedy 'Dr. Ken' was an internist with Kaiser Permanente until his breakout roles (as a doctor) in 'Knocked Up.' As he explains in THR's annual Doctors Issue, he still renews his medical license every year…just in case. (Hollywood Reporter)

On the eve of construction

Between 2000 and 2009, UNC invested $2.31 billion in capital projects. The scale and speed of the construction had never been attempted on an existing campus anywhere in the country, former Chancellor James Moeser said. Carolina ended up building, in those magical nine years, an amount of space equivalent to the building space at Wake Forest University. (

UNC Senior Lends Helping Hand — In 3D

Jeff Powell has been building things for as long as he can remember. Powell, a senior in biomedical engineering in the College of Arts and Sciences, recently applied that interest to help 7-year-old Holden Mora of Chapel Hill, who was born without fully formed fingers on his left hand. Using a 3-D printer in the basement of Phillips Hall, Powell spent part of his summer designing and developing a prosthetic hand for Holden. (

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