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UNC Cardiologist Receives High Honors from Leading Medical Society

A UNC professor and physician who formerly presided over the American Heart Association has earned a distinguished award from the American College of Cardiology. Dr. Sidney C. Smith Jr. was selected to receive the prodigious title of Master of the American College of Cardiology, which is granted to no more than four exemplary fellows each year. (

An Interview With Musician, UNC Grad Tift Merritt

This past year was one of great change and transition for Tift Merritt. Not only did she find herself leaving her long-time home of New York City, but also welcoming the birth of her first child, a girl, Jean, in the spring. Proving Thomas Wolfe wrong, she moved home to be closer to family, leaving New York behind to return to her North Carolinian roots, new daughter in tow. (PopMatters)

UNC students find creative outlet in WXYC radio station

With a world of music at your fingertips, students who thrive on new beats listening to your every remark, and a whole show to foster your sound — the power of the radio is yours. UNC gives students the opportunity to express and explore their music interests by being a DJ at the WXYC radio station. The life of a DJ is not one that many students get to experience. (Daily Tar Heel)

UNC Hospitals among first to offer cardiac mapping

When the heart goes into an abnormal rhythm, it can become a life threatening problem. Sometimes patients have to undergo procedures that may or may not solve the problem. University of North Carolina Hospitals is among the first institution in the country to successfully treat patients using the new heart mapping system. (

‘First faces of dentistry’

A trip to the dentist can be a nerve-wracking experience for a 3-year-old. “There’s scary noises,” said Natalie Dunlop, a third-year student at the UNC School of Dentistry. To help overcome the anxiety surrounding the dental seat, the UNC School of Dentistry hosted 120 students from Durham Head Start for free cleanings at the annual Give Kids a Smile Day on Feb. 3. (

Spring Break For UNC Students Includes Matthew Relief

This week, a group of UNC-Chapel Hill students piled into their vehicles and headed off for spring break. But instead of heading for the coast or mountains, their first stop was the Robeson County city of Lumberton. Close to two dozen students opted to spend their vacation taking a service-learning course aimed at helping communities affected by Hurricane Matthew. (North Carolina Health News)

UNC grads create game in effort to 'simplify' fantasy sports

March Madness could turn into a life changer for a group of college friends who never even take the court. Tyler Eshraghi and Tom Boettner said the project began in one of their MBA classes at UNC where they were tasked with creating a concept for a business. What started as an assignment turned into a full-time job. The company is called Sideline Fantasy Sports. (

Man convicted in beating death of UNC professor

A Chapel Hill man was sentenced Thursday to life in prison without parole for the beating death of a University of North Carolina professor in a mugging near campus almost three years ago. Jurors deliberated for a little more than four hours over two days before finding Troy Arrington Jr. guilty of first-degree murder and robbery with a dangerous weapon in the death of Feng Liu. (

How UNC alum Chris Blue became Chapel Hill's police chief

I try to get out to Franklin Street at least once a week. Often, I am transported back to my time as a UNC undergraduate, a young person trying to find a path, wondering what the world holds and my place in it. I entered UNC as a freshman in 1986. I had grown up with pictures of Walter Davis, Phil Ford, Mike O’Koren and Rich “Chickie” Yonakor on the walls of my room. (Chapel Hill Magazine)

UNC graduate programs receive high rankings by U.S. News & World Report

UNC received high ratings on multiple lists of schools, degree programs and specialty areas newly ranked by U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 edition of “America’s Best Graduate Schools.” Following are the complete UNC rankings and specialty listings that will be available in the “Best Graduate Schools 2018” guidebook on newsstands in April. (

National Security Adviser a two-time UNC graduate

H.R. McMaster, a two-time UNC graduate and the lieutenant general President Donald Trump has chosen to be national security adviser, often has been described as a scholar-warrior, earning his hard-charging reputation on the battlefield and on the best-seller list. The New York Times, The Washington Post and other national media have recounted McMaster’s military triumphs. (

These universities are poised to overtake Harvard and Cambridge

Oxford has been around for 900 years, Cambridge for 700; and some say the prestigious Ivy League is so-called because it refers to the old, leaf-covered institutions of the United States. What chance, then, do other universities have of crashing this illustrious party? Here is the list of universities we think could, over time, become the new elite. No. 56: UNC-Chapel Hill. (World Economic Forum)

Time-Out wants to share its famous chicken and biscuits...for a fee

Chapel Hill restaurant Time-Out’s chicken n’ cheddar biscuits have earned national acclaim in recent years — but until now the only way for fans to purchase its food was to travel to Chapel Hill. That could soon change, though, as the restaurant has recently decided to make its signature food items available to other restaurants through licensing agreements. (Durham Herald-Sun)

Carolina student earns Luce Scholars Program Fellowship

Martha Isaacs, a fourth-year student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has been named a recipient of the 2017 Luce Scholars Program Fellowship. Carolina boasts more Luce Scholars than any other college or university in the United States, including eight recipients in the last five academic years. (

Video: "Glitter Girl" cheers on the Tar Heels

Alex Koszeghy is a Tar Heel like no other. The UNC senior coats herself in Carolina blue glitter for nearly every home sporting event. But Koszeghy's reasoning for sparkling up goes far beyond her love for Carolina sports. The "Glitter Girl" rather embodies the importance of individuality and self-love. View Video...

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