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January 2008

Pharmacy pledge pushes Carolina First to $2.38 billion

The Carolina First Campaign raised $2.38 billion to finish as the fifth largest completed campaign in U.S. higher education and the largest completed drive at a university in the South. A $9 million pledge to the School of Pharmacy from Fred Eshelman of Wilmington pushed the campaign to that historic mark. North Carolina’s University Cancer Research Fund board matched the pledge, generating a total investment of $18 million to support cancer research.
Photo: Destiny Science Bus

School kids get on board with science through outreach effort

Battina Armstrong’s Camden County High School students were on the trail of crooks for two crimes. One thief stole the tiara for the homecoming queen, while another had taken 10 iPods from lockers. To catch the thieves, Armstrong’s students needed to use their minds and the lab equipment supplied by a UNC science education outreach initiative. Carolina blue custom-built buses bring the latest science and technology to students who otherwise would not see a high-tech lab or have the chance to work like scientists.

Morehead-Cain Scholars experience unique summer opportunities

At the heart of the experience of being a Morehead-Cain Scholar at Carolina is a Summer Enrichment Program that provides four opportunities to understand more about the world and how to make a difference in it. Scholars get hands-on experience in outdoor leadership, public service, international research and private enterprise. Click the link to watch videos about what two students learned last year. Ed Perkins explored the effects of the British Raj in India. Amit Gupta worked at the World Health Organization in Geneva and educated Ghana residents about buruli ulcer, a common disease.
Photo: High-tech football helmets

High-tech football helmets yield clues about head injuries

In a game that spawned the term “slobber knocker,” is there a limit to the amount of impact a football player’s head can handle before the player suffers a concussion? The answer is yes… and no, say Carolina researchers. High-tech helmets worn by some Tar Heel football players over the 2004 to 2006 seasons yielded new data that challenge conventional theories about these mild traumatic brain injuries.
Photo: Baby in a hospital

UNC, Duke lead first statewide shaken baby prevention effort

Child abuse prevention experts from Carolina’s Injury Prevention Research Center and School of Medicine and Duke University Medical Center will undertake a $7 million statewide shaken baby prevention project. The project, the largest and most comprehensive in the country, is funded by the†Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Duke Endowment and is led by a broad coalition of stakeholders.

‘Picturing the World’ celebrates Carolina photojournalism

“Picturing the World” — a major exhibition at the Ackland Art Museum — celebrates 30 years of Carolina photojournalism. The exhibit features six award-winning photographers — Andrea Bruce, Jamie Francis, Janet Jarman, Charles Ledford, Susie Post Rust and Ami Vitale — along with images by 26 other photojournalists who have studied at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication since 1978.