Conan O’Brien, Coaches of the Year and a Nobel Prize-winning Chemist (and Other Chapel Hill Chatter)

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Brushes with Fame

Diana Chang

DSI Comedy alum Diana Chang had very NSFW driving lessons from her boss Conan O’Brien and a little help from Kevin Hart and Ice Cube on a January episode of “CONAN.” As of press time, the video had been viewed on YouTube 23.5 million times.

Flyleaf Books‘ children’s manager Johanna Albrecht was one of 87 independent booksellers from across the country to receive a holiday bonus from author James Patterson.

And the Award Goes to…

After leading the UNC Football team to an 11-1 regular season, Coach Larry Fedora was named Grant Teaff National Coach of the Year by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

The National Federation of State High School Associations has selected Chapel Hill High‘s Sherry Norris as the 2015 North Carolina Coach of the Year for Girls Basketball.

Giving Back

Aziz Sancar, the Sarah Graham Kenan Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics, is under contract with the Nobel Foundation to donate the entire share of his 2015 Nobel Prize in Chemistry award money – more than $310,000! – to the Aziz & Gwen Sancar Foundation. The nonprofit’s mission is to promote Turkish culture and support Turkish students in the United States.

The Love Shack

Al and Melody Bowers renewed their vows on their 25th wedding anniversary. The couple behind Al’s Burger Shack had Ron Stutts officiate the ceremony on Jan. 2 at Goodfellows, the site where they met (back when it was called Jigsaw’s). Daughters Jordan and Aubrey set the whole thing up, a surprise for their mom. Family members and a small group of friends attended.


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