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Carolina scientist Aziz Sancar awarded Nobel Prize in Chemistry

Aziz Sancar, a biochemist who has exquisitely mapped part of the DNA repair system in cancer cells, has been honored this year with the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, the Nobel Foundation in Stockholm, Sweden announced Oct. 7.    Sancar, the Sarah Graham Kenan Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics in the UNC School of Medicine, earned the Nobel Prize in Chemistry this year for his work on mapping the cellular mechanisms that underlie DNA repair, which occurs every single minute of the day due to environmental factors. In particular, Sancar mapped nucleotide excision repair, which is vital to fixing UV damage to DNA. When this repair system is defective, people exposed to sunlight develop skin cancer.  Also, Sancar showed that other substances can damage the nucleotide excision repair system. His work provides the crucial basic knowledge necessary to develop better treatments that protect against DNA damage, which can result in cancer.    Two others also won the prize for chemistry: Tomas Lindahl of the Francis Crick Institute and Clare Hall Laboratory in Great Britain, and Paul Modrich of Duke University School of Medicine and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.    Read more:

Warrior Scholars at Carolina: Preparing for the Next Chapter

Warrior-Scholar-Project-logo-(edit)Duffle bags in hand, 14 active-duty and recently-separated military members arrived on Carolina’s campus for a boot camp designed to prepare them for their next mission: college.

The Warrior-Scholar Project, a program funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), chose the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as one of 11 universities nationwide to teach and train service members this year about the transition from military life to college life. Read more.

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DHS Selects UNC to Lead Coastal Resilience Center of Excellence

DHS COE Press ConferenceThe University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has been awarded a five-year, $20 million grant to lead a Center of Excellence for Coastal Resilience (CRC) by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate.

The Coastal Resilience Center of Excellence initiative will include collaboration with more than a dozen partner universities, as well as federal, state and local governments to address the unique challenges facing communities across the United States that are vulnerable to coastal hazards.

Rick LuettichThe CRC, which will receive an initial $3 million grant for its first operating year, is charged with helping to conduct research and education that directly addresses key challenges associated with growing coastal vulnerability.

Images:  (Top, L-R) U.S. Rep. David Price (NC-4th District), Drs. Rick Luettich and Gavin Smith, DHS Deputy Under Secretary Robert Griffin and NC Emergency Management Director Michael Sprayberry announce DHS COE grant at press conference in Raleigh. (Bottom) Dr. Rick Luettich demonstrates computer modeling used to predict storm surge from hurricanes.

Related: UNC-Chapel Hill launches Coastal Resilience Center; Local Scientist Leads Coastal Resilience Center of Excellence; and CRC video.

UNC Gets $15M Grant for ‘Heart Health Now!’ Initiative

UNC Health Care LogoUNC received a $15 million health care grant that funds a three-year “Heart Health Now!” initiative aimed at reducing the risk for cardiovascular disease – the number one cause of death in North Carolina. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, who awarded the grant, works within the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services to “produce evidence to make health care safer, higher quality, more accessible, equitable, and affordable,” according to its mission statement. Read more.

Martin Brinkley ’92 Chosen as 14th Dean of UNC-CH School of Law

SPOTSchoolofLaw_Dean__90Martin H. Brinkley ’92, a partner in the law firm of Smith, Anderson, Blount, Dorsett, Mitchell & Jernigan, L.L.P. in Raleigh, will be the 14th dean of the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Law. Brinkley was chosen after an extensive nationwide search, led by Mike Smith ’78, dean of the UNC School of Government, and succeeds retiring Dean John Charles “Jack” Boger ’74, who plans to return to the law school faculty after serving as dean for nine years.

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