Daniela Ocampo

UNC Ranks 35 in U.S. Invention Patents

UNC has been ranked number 35 out of the top 100 universities to be granted U.S. Utility Patents in 2015. The report was published by the National Academy of Inventors, a non-profit organization, recognizing U.S. and international universities and non-profit research institutions that have received the most patents from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The National Academy of Inventors was founded on 2010 with a mission to enhance the visibility of academic technology and innovation, encourage the disclosure of intellectual property, educate and mentor innovative students and translate the inventions of its members to benefit society. Other North...

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Study: Road Rage Excessive in North Carolina Drivers

Nearly 80 percent of North Carolina drivers experience extreme road rage while driving, according to a new study released by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety on Friday. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety is a non-profit, publicly supported research and educational organization with a mission to discover the causes of car crashes and prevent and minimize injuries. From 2011 to 2015 when the study took place, North Carolina had 55,000 crashes that resulted from erratic, reckless, careless and negligent behavior, 38,000 injuries and 1,401 fatalities from those accidents. “North Carolina’s statistics are staggering, far too many drivers are...

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Public Input Open for CHCCS Superintendent Search

The Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Board of Education began its search for a new superintendent and is seeking input from the community. Current superintendent Tom Forcella is retiring on August 1 after five years with the district. Jim Causby has been selected as the interim superintendent. The North Carolina School Boards Association is working alongside the Board of Education to assist with the search for a candidate by conducting a short community survey and holding public hearings. The survey will assist board members shape and get a sense of what qualities and characteristics in a superintendent are most important...

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Chapel Hill Food for the Summer Program Passes 10,000 Meals

Food for the Summer partnership celebrated its success in providing 10,237 meals for children so far this summer with a Jumpstart Festival at Hargraves Community Center on Thursday. The partnership, brought together by Chapel Hill Mayor Pam Hemminger, is a group of 12 local organizations whose goal is to feed the 30 percent of Chapel Hill and Carrboro children who are food insecure. Around 60 children were present at the carnival and met Hemminger’s question about their favorite meal so far with enthusiastic chants of “Nachos!” and “Pizza!” “We are so excited to see what they’ve done here at...

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UNC Researchers: Removing a Brain Tumor Makes Cancer More Aggressive

Researchers at the University of North Carolina are working to perfect stem-cell research after a discovery made regarding glioblastoma, a cancerous brain tumor. The research team from the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy has found that surgically removing these brain tumors causes cancer to grow 75 percent faster than before surgery. Treatment of glioblastoma is typically a combination of surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation but varies from patient to patient. Because of the obtrusive nature of brain tumors, glioblastoma can not be fully removed during surgery, leaving a portion of the tumor behind. The assistant professor in the UNC Eshelman...

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Chatham Megasite Receives Certification

The Chatham-Siler City Advanced Manufacturing Site or CAM received recertification from the North Carolina Department of Commerce this week. This recertification ensures that the 1,802-acre site, located in Siler City, has the engineering and infrastructure in place for the site to be construction-ready within a year. The Chatham County Commissioners approved the option to purchase the megasite back in April, and hope that the site will bring business to the area. The county paid $540,654 with economic development funds for the option to purchase the megasite, which gives the county until June 30, 2017 to attract a manufacturer for...

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North Carolina Booze It and Lose It Campaign Underway

NC law enforcement campaign Booze It and Lose It: Operation Firecracker begins Friday, June 24. The campaign seeks to reduce the number of drunk-driving deaths in N-C during Independence Day celebrations. Governor Pat McCrory said, “There will be an increase in law enforcement officers on our roadways, including nine DWI Task Force teams, day and night over the next several weeks to catch drivers who break the law, so plan ahead to get home safely.” Sobriety checkpoints will also be set up throughout the state reminding drivers to avoid drinking and driving during the holidays. Last year’s Task Force...

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Wastewater Overflow near Fordham Boulevard

The Orange Water and Sewer Authority responded to a spill of untreated wastewater on Thursday near Fordham Boulevard and Erwin Road in an area that drains to Booker Creek. The wastewater spill of about 1,875 gallons occurred because of a sewer build-up and blockage caused by debris. The NC Division of Water Resources is reviewing the overflow, which lasted from 10:30 Thursday morning until 4:45 that afternoon. To prevent future wastewater spills, OWASA encourages residents to not dispose of debris and trash like baby wipes in water drains and to contact them prior to planting any trees, shrubs or...

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Hillsborough Riverwalk Reopens After Dead Tree Removal

***UPDATE: Officials say the tree has been removed and the Riverwalk is now open.*** A portion of Riverwalk Greenway in Hillsborough will be closed on Friday due to a dead tree leaning over on the trail. The leaning tree is located along the low boardwalk that connects the trail’s downtown entrance to River Park. The Hillsborough Public Works Department is working to remove the tree and reopen the entire trail by five o’clock Friday evening. Other portions of the trail will remain open, but citizens are asked to heed closing signs and barricades for...

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Carrboro Recognized as Living Wage Employer

The Town of Carrboro’s living wage plan will be implemented beginning July 1. The Orange County Living Wage, a non-profit organization, has recognized Carrboro and 64 other employers that have raised all employee wages to a living wage. OCLW bases its wage standard on a living wage, a nationally accepted formula that determines how much money employees need to make in order to meet their basic needs. The two-year certification will ensure that all 258 full-time and part-time Carrboro employees will be paid at least $12.75 per hour if their employers provide no health insurance benefits, or at least...

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