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First Black Female FBI Agent was UNC-Chapel Hill Alumna

The first black woman FBI agent in the United States was UNC’s Sylvia Elizabeth Mathis. Hers was a life framed by a commitment to service, a dedication to family, and marked by numerous accomplishments. In May 1975, Mathis graduated from UNC School of Law and soon thereafter passed the North Carolina Bar. But her accomplishments did not stop there. (

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Visit to UNC in 1960: ‘In the presence of greatness’

Invited to UNC by campus religious organizations and the Carolina Forum, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spent May 9, 1960, meeting with community leaders, conducting discussions in classes and speaking on “The Struggle for Racial Justice” to an overflow crowd at Hill Hall. His visit occurred just as the fight for equality began gaining momentum. (

UNC researchers use light to launch drugs from red blood cells

Scientists at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have developed a breakthrough technique that uses light to activate a drug stored in circulating red blood cells so that it is released exactly when and where it is needed. The work, led by Fred Eshelman Distinguished Professor David Lawrence, has profound implications for the field of drug delivery. (

UNC awarded $19 million to study atherosclerosis risk in communities

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Collaborative Studies Coordinating Center at Gillings School of Global Public Health’s has been awarded a five-year, $19 million contract from the National Institute of Health’s National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute to conduct the next phase of the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities study. (

Video: Dr. Oliver Smithies, in memoriam

In 2007, Oliver Smithies became the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s first full-time faculty member to win a Nobel Prize. He received the honor for his development of a technique that makes it possible to introduce targeted genetic modifications to cells. But to the campus community he was more than a Nobel laureate — he was a Carolina staple. (

Closures on Franklin Street due to seasonal business cycle

In the past few months, several notable businesses on Franklin Street have closed their doors or announced relocations. Other prominent Franklin Street restaurants that have closed recently include Jasmin Mediterranean Bistro and Khushi Salads and Wraps. The business turnover encompasses more than just restaurants. The Bookshop announced on Jan. 5 that it will close in July. (Daily Tar Heel)

Q&A with Brooke Baldwin, UNC's 2017 spring commencement speaker

Brooke Baldwin, a CNN news anchor, will be UNC's 2017 spring commencement speaker. A 2001 graduate of UNC, Baldwin joined CNN in 2008 and became an anchor in 2010. The DTH's Acy Jackson spoke with Baldwin about being the speaker and her plans for the speech. "First of all, I hope that everyone will have had too many Blue Cups the night before as I might have 15 years ago." (Daily Tar Heel)

Oliver Smithies, Carolina’s first Nobel laureate, passes away at 91

Dr. Oliver Smithies, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s first full-time faculty member to win a Nobel Prize and a world-renowned giant in the field of gene targeting, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 10, at UNC Hospitals after a short illness. He was 91. “Oliver Smithies was such a loving, wonderful force for all things good in this world,” said Chancellor Carol Folt. (

Brooke Baldwin, CNN anchor, to speak at UNC Commencement

Brooke Baldwin, CNN news anchor and a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will deliver the Commencement address at the University on May 14 in Kenan Stadium. Baldwin, who anchors the 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. weekday edition of CNN Newsroom, joined the network in 2008 as a reporter and took over the anchor position in 2010. (

UNC alum, Triangle entrepreneur Steve Malik's latest move: Women's soccer franchise

At a Monday press conference, North Carolina FC owner Steve Malik formally announced that he has acquired the Western New York Flash, reigning champions of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL), and is relocating the team to the Triangle. Malik, a Triangle tech entrepreneur and owner of Cary-based Medfusion who played high school soccer while growing up in Kinston, N.C., is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill. (WRAL Tech Wire)

Video: Time-Lapse of the Old Well in the Snow

Snow came and snow conquered (at least for a few days) on the University of North Carolina campus, but we were still able to capture this time-lapse of the Old Well. View Video...

Following the ‘Tinman’: UNC heart researcher Li Qian forges award-winning career

Scientist Li Qian, PhD, has forged an award-winning career at the UNC School of Medicine. In just a few short years since joining the faculty, she’s been recognized for her cardiac research by The American Heart Association. She was the first-ever recipient of the Boyalife, Science and Science Translational Medicine Award in Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine. (UNC Health Care)

UNC Catalyst Initiative Aims to Create and Share Tools to Fight Rare Diseases

Freely giving researchers the tools and knowledge to tackle rare and orphaned diseases is the mission of UNC Catalyst, a new endeavor of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill launched with a $2 million grant from the Eshelman Institute for Innovation. (

North Carolina Governors Who Went to UNC

When Roy Cooper was sworn in as Governor of North Carolina on January 1st, he became the 32nd North Carolina Governor to have attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Here’s the full list. (

Jeffrey Hayden, TV Director and UNC Alum, Dies at 90

Jeffrey Hayden, a director, producer and writer for television, film and the theater and the husband of Oscar-winning actress Eva Marie Saint, has died. He was 90. Born in New York on Oct. 15, 1926, Hayden began his career at NBC after graduating from UNC. Hayden helmed episodes of such series as The Andy Griffith Show, Leave It to Beaver, Lassie, Batman, Cagney & Lacey, and Magnum, P.I. (Hollywood Reporter)

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