UNC head diving coach Yaidel Gamboa talks to athletes before a game against NC State at Koury Natatorium on Friday, Jan. 17, 2020. Photo courtesy of Barron Northrup.

Yaidel Gamboa's endless drive led him to UNC's head diving coach job

In 2009, Yaidel Gamboa immigrated to the United States from Cuba. After pit stops diving at SeaWorld in Orlando and working construction in Kentucky, Gamboa found his first NCAA coaching job at Florida Atlantic, and has now earned his spot as the head coach for UNC diving.  


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An empty Boshamer Stadium as pictured on Tuesday, June 2, 2020.

A postseason that never was at UNC baseball's Boshamer Stadium

In a normal season, Friday would have marked the beginning of the NCAA Baseball Tournament, culminating in the eight-team College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska, starting June 13. The Tar Heels, 12-7 when their season was cut short, were ranked No. 23 by D1 Baseball at the start of the year. Now, though, there is nothing to play for.


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Heel Talk episode eight: Tackling food insecurity, hurricane preparation during COVID-19

Evely Forte and City & State reporter Elizabeth Egan talk about the NCDHHS's Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer program and the work of local organizations attempting to feed families impacted by the economic effects of the pandemic. Summer Online Editor Meredith Radford also breaks down how the state is preparing for the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season, which officially begins today, and what residents can do to individually prepare. 


Mack Brown walks onto the field of the Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, NC on Saturday, August 31, 2019. UNC beat South Carolina 24-20.

Football players will begin return to campus June 12, Brown says

After the NCAA decided to allow student-athletes to return to campus on June 1, UNC football players will start returning to campus June 12. Head coach Mack Brown said despite the uncertainty, his team is ready to return and willing to make any adjustments necessary to ensure safety during the pandemic.   


The header image for the newly-launched Carolina Roadmap website at UNC explaining the details of UNC's fall reopening

'Still developing the specifics': Guskiewicz talks reopening plans in Zoom meeting

Chancellor Guskiewicz met with the Advisory Committee and Faculty Executive Committee in a joint online meeting Wednesday to answer questions about UNC's plans to reopen campus in the fall.  Attendees raised concerns about how to enforce University policies on social distancing and what would trigger an "off-ramp" course of action from the Carolina Roadmap for Fall 2020.  Concerns were also raised about how to continue to enforce University policies on social distancing when students return to campus. 


Headshot of Samantha Meltzer-Brody. Photo courtesy of Samantha Weiss.

UNC faculty member selected for prestigious O. Max Gardner Award

Dr. Samantha Meltzer-Brody, chairperson of UNC Department of Psychiatry and director of the UNC Center for Women Mood Disorders, was named the 2020 recipient of the O. Max Gardner Award. The award recognizes a faculty member who, during the academic year, has made the greatest contribution to the welfare of the human race.