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Inside the September 2006 issue of FYI Carolina


Carolina leads national conversation on access to higher education
The Carolina Covenant, which guarantees a debt-free education for qualified low-income students, is recognized as a national model. More than two dozen public and private universities from coast to coast have followed suit. Now Carolina continues to lead the national conversation about access to higher education. The university just hosted “The Politics of Inclusion: Higher Education at a Crossroads,” a national conference seeking solutions to the complex issues surrounding access and affordability in American higher education.
 
Chancellor Moeser challenges Carolina to be ‘great and good’
Chancellor James Moeser’s annual "State of the University" address reflected on Carolina’s recent achievements and future challenges. Those challenges include reaching a new goal of $1 billion in external research funding by 2015 and increasing already strong four- and six-year graduation rates. The overriding theme of the chancellor’s message focused on how Carolina can aspire for future greatness, to “move from good to great … and be both great and good.”
 
Research aims to level achievement playing field in rural schools
School of Education researchers involved in a nationwide collaboration with rural public schools believe that teachers are their most important resource. The teachers’ own understanding of their students’ families and communities has proven indispensable to the National Research Center on Rural Education Support, a $10 million federally funded project based at Carolina. The center aims to level the achievement playing field nationwide – starting from when students enter kindergarten.
 
Hyde gift supports academic leadership, names program for Tyson
UNC alumni Barbara and Pitt Hyde have pledged $5 million to endow the Academic Leadership Program in the Institute for the Arts and Humanities and to name the program for Dr. Ruel W. Tyson, longtime institute director. The gift is the single largest ever to the institute and will expand a program that prepares faculty for academic, intellectual and institutional leadership roles and supports faculty in such positions.
 
U.S. News rankings track with academic excellence priorities
Carolina remained the national leader among public campuses in promoting student accessibility – a core university value – in the most recent U.S. News and World Report magazine rankings. UNC was first among publics for the second consecutive year in the magazine's "Great Schools, Great Prices" list, based on academic quality and net cost of attendance. That was among the new results linked with the university’s own priorities and strategic measures of excellence.
 
Prestigious NIH award funds research on proteins in diseases
Gary J. Pielak, professor of chemistry, became Carolina’s first scientist to receive the prestigious Director's Pioneer Award from the National Institutes of Health. The five-year, $2.5 million grant will fund Pielak’s research on the role of proteins in neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases. The Pioneer awards support "exceptionally creative scientists who take highly innovative approaches to major challenges in biomedical research.”
 
UNC-led consortium develops drugs to fight African sleeping sickness
Carolina has been awarded a $21.3 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to develop effective, inexpensive drugs to treat late-stage African sleeping sickness and visceral leishmaniasis – diseases that kill hundreds of thousands of people in developing nations. The new grant, the third from the Gates Foundation, supports the work of an international consortium led by Dr. Richard Tidwell, a professor in the schools of medicine and pharmacy.
 
Kenan-Flagler 8th in Wall Street Journal recruiters’ survey
The Wall Street Journal ranked the Kenan-Flagler Business School eighth in its annual national ranking of master’s of business administration degree programs based on surveys of corporate recruiters. The newspaper also listed UNC Kenan-Flagler seventh in social responsibility and eighth in marketing. Dean Steve Jones said the results were a vote of confidence from the recruiters who hire school graduates.