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January 18, 1954
The Rho Chapter of Alpha Chi Sigma established the Francis Preston Venable Medal, an annual recognition of one outstanding senior in chemistry. Venable was a Kenan Professor of Chemistry and former University president.
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May 13, 1954
University students and Chapel Hill residents met in Emerson Stadium for a rally against United States Senator Joseph McCarthy. State representative John Umstead and University professor E. J. Woodhouse spoke at the “Joe Must Go!” event, and McCarthy was hanged in effigy on campus.
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November 8, 1954
Howard W. Odum died in Chapel Hill. A Kenan Professor of Sociology, Odum founded the Institute for Research in Social Science and wrote "Southern Regions of the United States," along with many other influential works.
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