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The Hodgkins Chronicles: Azuremia

While I have faith that my Hodgkin Lymphoma will prove temporary and curable, I have resigned myself to the reality that I will be afflicted with Azuremia for the rest of my life. Azuremia (“azure”?—?blue, “-emia”?—?denoting that a substance is present in the blood) exists worldwide, but is densely concentrated in North Carolina, with a nidus in Chapel Hill.

UNC Researchers Using Technology to Fight HIV

People under the age of 30 account for most of the HIV cases in the United States. But a new program at UNC is designed to try and change that. The National Institutes of Health granted the university and colleagues at Emory $18 million over the next five years to develop the UNC/Emory Center for Innovative Technology, or iTech.

Alexander Julian remembers redesigning UNC's basketball uniforms

As a famous clothing designer, a Chapel Hill native, the son of clothing store owners and a UNC alumnus, it’s not hard to see why Alexander Julian has been chosen time and time again to uphold the authentic color and style of UNC clothing. At the Kemp Plummer Battle lecture Thursday, Julian said he was the one who chose the official Carolina blue for athletic uniforms.

Carolina names scholarships to honor noteworthy ‘firsts’

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has named existing grants and fellowships to honor courageous people who represent important “firsts” in the University’s history. The need-based, undergraduate awards and graduate fellowships will recognize 21 members of the Carolina community.

UNC student takes the stage on "The Price is Right"

UNC student Elizabeth Grady, a senior majoring in journalism and political science, loves “The Price is Right.” Grady was on an episode of “The Price is Right” that aired Sept.28 on CBS. She said, "I grew up watching it with my grandma and I was working out in Los Angeles this summer and I saw CBS studios, and I was like, “Oh my gosh, that’s where the film ‘The Price is Right!”’

GAA Honors Two Entrepreneurs with Distinguished Young Alumni Awards

The GAA recognized entrepreneurs in solar energy and education with its Distinguished Young Alumni Awards on Friday. The 2016 recipients are Jesse Moore ’01, founder of M-KOPA Solar, a solar-power business that provides hundreds of thousands of people in East Africa clean, reliable energy; and Preston Smith ’01, co-founder and CEO of Rocketship Education.

Give for Good: UNC-Chapel Hill accepts $20 million match challenge from anonymous donor

On the heels of a record-breaking fundraising year in fiscal 2016, UNC-Chapel Hill has accepted a $20 million match challenge in support of need- and merit-based scholarships. Running through October 2017, the “Give for Good: Scholarship Challenge” is structured as tandem $10 million matches to open the way to a world-class, Carolina education.

‘The most important artifact that we have’

Every year UNC celebrates the historic laying of the Old East cornerstone as a symbol of the birth of the nation’s first public university. But for decades, the centerpiece of that ceremony 223 years ago — a brass plate commemorating the occasion — wasn’t even in Chapel Hill, but 500 miles away as scrap metal waiting to be melted down in a foundry in Clarksville, Tennessee.

Dining hall worker dies after 44 years at UNC

Garrett Watson gave students more than just a meal card swipe experience. Watson, 62, worked as a Carolina Dining Services employee for 44 years before he died on Sunday. He was a beloved friend to every person he talked to and his personable and genuine personality was an example to all.

'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.

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