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July 2002 Issue

UNC drops early-decision admissions plan
Carolina has become the first major, highly selective U.S. university to eliminate its binding early decision admission plan, starting with freshmen applying for fall 2003 admission. The change aims to encourage Carolina applicants to focus on which college or university might best match their interests and talents, rather than on which application plan might improve their chances of being admitted. “Carolina has taken this step because we believe it will best serve our future students and their families," said Chancellor James Moeser. “We want to encourage students to approach their education seriously, not by using strategy, and we hope to contribute to a national climate that encourages thoughtful choice.”

Carolina among nation’s ‘hot and trendy’ universities
UNC ranks second on a new list of the top 10 “hot and trendy” national universities, according to the Kaplan 2002 National Survey of High School Guidance Counselors.  Results of the annual survey were released in July and appear in “The Unofficial, Unbiased, Insider’s Guide to the 320 Most Interesting Colleges,” just published by Kaplan Inc. and Simon & Shuster.

Financial Times ranks Kenan-Flagler executive education program
The Kenan-Flagler Business School has been ranked among the world's best at providing education for executives in a Financial Times survey assessing business schools in the United States, Europe, Canada, Mexico, Argentina and Australia. The Financial Times is a prestigious London-based newspaper.

UNC physicians named ‘best doctors’
Forty-five UNC Health Care physicians and two Rex Healthcare physicians have been named among the best doctors in the state by Business North Carolina magazine.  Only 656 specialists in North Carolina, or 4.1 percent of the state’s 16,000 licensed physicians, are included in the list published in the July issue of Business North Carolina. The magazine drew the statewide list from a national list compiled by Boston-based Best Doctors Inc., which asked 35,000 physicians nationwide, “If you or a loved one needed a doctor, to whom would you refer them?”

Leading Southern culture expert, former NEH chair, joins faculty
Dr. William R. Ferris, former chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities and a leader in Southern studies, black music and folklore, has joined Carolina’s faculty. On July 1, Ferris became professor of history and associate director of the Center for the Study of the American South. “The appointment of Bill Ferris signals a significant addition to a university that prides itself on scholarship in the humanities, the very soul of Carolina," said Chancellor James Moeser. "Bill will enhance an already distinguished record of achievement built over many years by faculty, students and staff in the important area of Southern studies. We want Chapel Hill to be the leading center in the nation for the study of the American South, not only in terms of its past, but its present and future.”

UNC chosen for one of nation’s three centers of excellence for genomics and public health
The School of Public Health has been selected by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to house one of the nation’s three centers of excellence for genomics and public health. The North Carolina Center for Genomics and Public Health was awarded a three-year cooperative agreement for $895,208 and will be based in the North Carolina Institute for Public Health, a unit of the School of Public Health.

Nanoscience initiatives receive $1 million gift
The W.M. Keck Foundation of Los Angeles has awarded a $1 million gift to Carolina’s nanoscience team. The gift will support groundbreaking research that explores and manipulates objects at the atomic and molecular levels. “The W.M. Keck Foundation gift will allow us to see the atoms in our samples as we create the smallest devices through our unique manipulation capabilities," said physicist and faculty member Richard Superfine.

New NSF-funded joint institute addressing challenges in math, statistics
Carolina is a partner in a unique new research center specially designed to confront difficult scientific challenges through application of statistical and mathematical reasoning. With $10 million in principal funding from the National Science Foundation, Research Triangle Park on July 1 became home to the Statistical and Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute, or SAMSI. Other partners in this effort are Duke University, North Carolina State University and the National Institute of Statistical Sciences in Research Triangle Park.

Law school to host groundbreaking session on ‘Resegregation of Southern Schools’
The School of Law’s Center for Civil Rights will bring together distinguished national experts in civil rights and education policy for a conference Aug. 30. “The Resegregation of Southern Schools? A Crucial Moment in the History (and the Future) of Public Schooling in America” is co-sponsored by the Civil Rights Project at Harvard University, the North Carolina Law Review and the Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University.

UNC wins grant to recognize public service by students
Carolina students who demonstrate outstanding commitment to community volunteer work can graduate with “distinction in public service,” thanks to Strowd Roses Inc., a new nonprofit foundation based in Chapel Hill. In its first gift to the university, the foundation donated $15,000 to the Carolina Center for Public Service to fund the first year of a new public service recognition program expected to begin next January.

Daguerreotype of Hand James, son of first student, given to UNC
His image may be more than 150 years old, but Hand James still meets you eye-to-eye. His gaze is intense and focused, the bit of gray in his beard, the wrinkled brow revealing a young man earnest enough to carry a legacy -- one that includes the genesis of Carolina.

Tar Heels 4th in Sears Cup;
Carolina has finished fourth in the nation in the 2001-02 Division I Sears Cup standings issued by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics. The Tar Heels scored 1065.5 points this year. Stanford won the Sears Cup for the eighth consecutive year with 1499 points. UNC is the only school other than Stanford to win the Division I title since the award was created in 1993-94. Carolina finished first in the award's inaugural season.

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