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Annual Dance Marathon helps Children’s Hospital families

Throughout his six months of battling myelodysplastic syndrome —a form of pre-acute myeloid leukemia associated with Down Syndrome — at UNC Hospitals, William Erkkila often has turned around his bad days by breaking out his dance moves. “He can’t walk, but he can dance,” said Kaitlin Erkkila, the 2-year-old’s mother. During the weekend, William showed…

The innovation engine

Cancer. It’s a scary word encompassing a family of scary diseases that most people will experience in some way at one point or another in their lives. Cancer is insidious, complex and evolving. And even though doctors and researchers have made great strides in fighting many types of cancer, there’s still a lot to learn…

Carolina announces Carolina Conversations

Chancellor Carol L. Folt and other Carolina administrators on March 17 announced the launch of Carolina Conversations, a coordinated effort to ensure that Carolina stands always as a place that is inclusive and welcoming for all. In an email to the campus community Folt, along with Provost James W. Dean Jr. and vice chancellors Winston…

A special return

When Jim Aspell became the first patient at UNC to receive a new aortic heart valve using transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), he had two primary goals: 1.) to survive and spend Easter with his family and 2.) to return to the Dean E. Smith Center to watch Carolina basketball. “Climbing those steps in the…

To the heart of the earth

Jonathan Lees, chair of the department of Geological Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has traveled all over the world — Russia, Guatemala, Italy, Japan — to conduct research on volcanoes and gain a better understanding of the inner workings of our earth. Most recently he and three of his students…

Carolina helps keep Triangle on the map as national tech hub

In his recent State of the State address, Gov. Pat McCrory laid out his vision of making North Carolina the third vertex of a “national innovation triangle.” That vision, which McCrory also outlined a few months ago during his University Day speech at Memorial Hall, calls for connecting the state’s economy with Silicon Valley and…

Songs, sweater vests and slippers – fans love their pregame rituals

When the Tar Heels are on TV, you won’t see Art Shelby sitting still for long. If the Carolina men’s basketball team is struggling, the long-time Tar Heels fan shuffles around his Harrisburg, Pennsylvania home looking for a new television to watch the game on with hopes that the change may spark the team. Sometimes,…

Multiple UNC-Chapel Hill graduate programs ranked by U.S. News & World Report

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill appears on multiple lists of schools, degree programs and specialty areas newly ranked in 2015 by U.S. News and World Report for the 2016 edition of “America’s Best Graduate Schools.” They include: School of Medicine Overall Primary care, 2nd Research, 22nd Specialty areas Family medicine, 2nd Rural…

Supporting the Northside Neighborhood Initiative

Calling the University the “catalyst” of the Northside Neighborhood Initiative, Chapel Hill Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt announced March 9 that Carolina is making a $3 million, 10-year, no-interest loan to help stabilize the traditionally African-American neighborhood. About 100 residents, University and town staff, politicians and even some toddlers clapped and cheered their approval at the event,…