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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

UNC and Duke vs. the world

In the Game of Life, when the opponents in your tournament bracket include the greatest problems of our time, it takes strategy and teamwork to seek solutions.

And while UNC and Duke are rivals on the basketball court, the two schools’ faculty, staff and students often join forces to take on pressing global, national and local issues and challenges. This Tar Heel/Blue Devil “dream team” has great offense and defense, a strong roster and plays well both at home and on the road, which is evident in the following two examples. To see all seven examples, see

Bottom line: Even if they don’t take the champion’s crown in this year’s Game of Life tournament, the Tar Heel/Blue Devil “dream team” is a strong contender and will have a major influence on the outcome.

Issue #2: Sustainable Food – Issues around food sustainability are numerous and complex, amounting to a formidable full court press that’s tough to break. But UNC and Duke are countering with solid defense and solutions: Shared Tables, a global and local food symposium, is one of many.

Issue #4: Mysteries of the brain – To understand what makes an opponent tick, you need to get inside their head. The Duke-UNC Brain Imaging and Analysis Center does just that to mental illnesses like Alzheimer’s, using advanced neuroimaging technology and research techniques