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Research reveals about 1,300 squirrels call UNC campus home

Approximately 1,387 gray squirrels reside on UNC’s campus. The fact was revealed through the Undergraduate Library's Research Challenge of the Week, in which librarians strive to find the answers to questions students pose throughout the semester. Bythell said he doubts the squirrel population at UNC is significantly higher than at other universities with similar environments. (Daily Tar Heel)

Former UNC Football Player, Business School Dean, and IBM Executive Paul Rizzo Passes Away

Paul Rizzo, former IBM executive and dean at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Kenan-Flagler Business School, died Thursday at the age of 89. He was initially recruited by Coach Carl Snavely to play football at Cornell University. When Snavely moved to UNC in 1945, Rizzo followed, and would end up on the same team as Charlie “Choo-Choo” Justice. In the 1950 Cotton Bowl, Rizzo scored twice. (Raleigh News & Observer)

UNC student named 2017 Gates Cambridge Scholar

Adriano Bellotti, a current student in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Medicine, has been awarded the prestigious Gates Cambridge Scholarship, which provides full support for graduate study at the University of Cambridge in England. Bellotti, 24, a Charlotte native, is among 36 Americans selected for the award from 800 U.S. applicants. (UNC.edu)

New National Security Adviser’s Research at UNC Built His Reputation as Scholar-Warrior

H.R. McMaster ’94 (MA, ’96 PhD), the lieutenant general President Donald Trump picked on Monday to be national security adviser, often has been described in this week’s ensuing media coverage as a scholar-warrior, earning his hard-charging reputation on the battlefield and on the best-seller list. (UNC General Alumni Association)

Mipso, string band formed by UNC grads, plays to the beat of a brand-new drummer

With a sound that blends the present with the past -- old-time string band instrumentation in service of timeless stories inspired by relationships and other emotional experiences -- Chapel Hill band Mipso has established itself as one of the top Americana bands in North Carolina. (Wilmington Star News)

UNC alum Jeff Varner 'so thrilled' to return to 'Survivor' for a third time

Jeff Varner will return to “Survivor.” The CBS network announced Wednesday that the Greensboro man will appear on the upcoming 34th season of the competitive reality series. The two-hour season premiere at 8 p.m. March 8 marks the series’ 500th episode. Jeff Probst hosts the show. Varner, 50, is a former news anchor for CBS and Fox affiliates. (Greensboro News & Record)

UNC initiative will combat opioid use disorders and overdose deaths

A new research initiative at UNC will seek to combat the opioid epidemic by helping reduce barriers to rural physicians treating opioid use disorders in North Carolina. The project is the first focus of a new effort to increase North Carolinian’s access to specialty care through a medical education model that gives rural health practitioners access to resources not usually available to them. (UNC.edu)

For 100th time, UNC uses less invasive procedure to replace aortic valve

Three years ago, UNC Hospitals began offering a new option for patients at risk from open-heart surgery. It's called TAVR, or transcatheter aortic valve replacement. "This technology has been a life-saving technology for so many patients, because now it opens up an opportunity for aortic valve replacement without open-heart surgery," cardiologist Dr. John Vavalle said. (WRAL.com)

UNC Alum Named National Security Adviser

A UNC graduate has been chosen to fill the role of national security adviser under President Donald Trump. The Associated Press is reporting Trump chose Army Lt. Gen. HR McMcaster to fill the post left vacant after the resignation of Michael Flynn. McMaster holds a PhD in military history from UNC. (Chapelboro.com)

UNC researchers find new potential route to treat asthma

Researchers at the UNC School of Medicine believe they have isolated a protein that, when missing or depleted, can cause airway constriction, production of mucus, chest tightness, and difficulty breathing for people who suffer from asthma. And they’re hopeful that this discovery, published today in Nature Communications, will lead to more effective treatments. (UNC.edu)

Growing Carolina

Carolina’s campus is known for its towering oaks and stunning azaleas, but there are also fresh herbs and vegetables quietly growing in several of Carolina’s small gardens. The North Carolina Botanical Garden’s Edible Campus Initiative promotes sustainable landscaping and maintains a network of edible garden beds throughout the Carolina campus. (UNC.edu)

Musician, UNC grad Tift Merritt Comes Home To Raleigh With A ‘Stitch Of The World’

Tift Merritt is back home in Raleigh. After spending years in New York City, the North Carolina native took the advice of friends—including Hiss Golden Messenger's M.C. Taylor—and headed south to have her first baby and see what her hometown had to offer. Before making the move, Merritt managed to record a new album called Stitch Of The World. (WUNC)

New face, new sound for historic Hill Hall Auditorium at UNC

Kevin Guskiewicz, UNC’s dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, acknowledged the number of “wows” he heard from an audience that came to Hill Hall Auditorium Wednesday for the official dedication of the renovated home of the Music Department, and the renaming of the auditorium for James and Susan Moeser. The 18-month, $15 million renovation represented “a transformation,” Guskiewicz said. (Durham Herald-Sun)

Five decades of striving for progress at UNC

When Preston Dobbins arrived in Chapel Hill in 1967, he was adamant about stepping away from civil rights activism. The plan lasted a month. By the end of the fall semester, Dobbins found himself establishing the Black Student Movement — an organization that has played a role in nearly every significant advancement for minorities at North Carolina. (UNC.edu)

Carolina Firsts: Karen L. Parker

Karen L. Parker made history at UNC in 1965, when she became the first African American woman to receive an undergraduate degree from the University. Parker began her studies at UNC in 1963 following two years of study at the North Carolina Women’s College in Greensboro (now UNCG). During her time at UNC, she took an active role in civil rights movements. (UNC.edu)

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