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Inside the November 2002 issue of FYI Carolina

Progress continues for newly launched Carolina First campaign

Carolina tapped to lead national study on living donor liver transplants

BB&T Charitable Foundation makes million-dollar gift to philosophy
Students team up with South African campus to create 'A Living Stage'
Curtis Media, N.C. Children's Hospital to hold 'radiothon'
Study helps explain haze in the atmosphere
New Bland Simpson novel explores mysterious Outer Banks shipwreck
Federal grant funds prestigious new center for schizophrenia research
Scholar's mimeographed sheets became best-selling fixture in literary world



Progress continues for newly launched Carolina First campaign
Chancellor James Moeser announced the Carolina First Campaign goal of $1.8 billion on Oct. 11th, kicking off the most ambitious private fund-raising campaign in the university's history. Carolina First aims to support the university's vision of becoming the nation's leading public university. Campaign goals include creating 200 new professorships and 1,000 undergraduate scholarships and graduate fellowships. To date, the campaign has raised $871 million.

Carolina tapped to lead national study on living donor liver transplants
The National Institutes of Health has designated Carolina one of 10 U.S. medical centers to participate in the Adult to Adult Living Donor Liver Transplant Cohort Study. The seven-year project will investigate the experience of patients eligible for living donor liver transplantation, focusing on factors influencing outcomes for donors and recipients.

BB&T Charitable Foundation makes million-dollar gift to philosophy
A $1 million gift from the BB&T Charitable Foundation to the philosophy department will encourage students to consider the role of capitalism in society from a moral perspective. The BB&T Foundation, created by Winston-Salem-based BB&T Corp., made the grant to inspire discussion and study that merges the most ancient of philosophical theories with modern business principles. It is the largest single corporate gift to a humanities department at the university.

Students team up with South African campus to create 'A Living Stage'
Students and faculty from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication traveled to South Africa to help produce a new multimedia project, "A Living Stage." The Carolina contingent worked with counterparts from Rhodes University in Grahamstown. The project resulted in a collection of stories exploring aspects of South African life that are told using text, audio, video and still photographs. To learn more about this slice of South African life, click on the headline above.

Curtis Media, N.C. Children's Hospital to hold 'radiothon'
The N.C. Children's Hospital will reach out Nov. 20 as part of a "radiothon" event called "N.C. Children's Promise: $20 for 20 Hours" made possible by the Raleigh-based Curtis Media Group. Crews from Curtis-owned stations will broadcast from the hospital lobby. Listeners will be asked to contribute $20 each; others may contribute through the UNC Health Care and Curtis Web sites. The Curtis stations alone, headed by alumnus Don Curtis, reach more than 1 million listeners in central North Carolina. The radiothon also will be carried by select N.C. stations airing the syndicated "Bob & Sheri" show.

Study helps explain haze in the atmosphere
School of Public Health scientists have completed a new study they say helps explain how atmospheric particles that become acidic through exposure to pollutants such as sulfuric acid can lead to large increases in the formation of secondary organic aerosols. Those aerosols are major components of the unsightly haze hanging over U.S. cities, oil refineries and even some otherwise pristine national parks.

New Bland Simpson novel explores mysterious Outer Banks shipwreck
On the last day of January 1921, just after dawn, Surfman C.P. Brady could scarcely believe his eyes. Peering through a telescope from the cupola of a U.S. Coast Guard station in Cape Hatteras, he spied a five-masted schooner, fully rigged and with most sails set, wrecked on the treacherous Diamond Shoals a dozen miles away.

Federal grant funds prestigious new center for schizophrenia research
The School of Medicine's psychiatry department has received a five-year grant worth more than $9.3 million to form a new Silvio O. Conte Center for the Neuroscience of Mental Disorders to study the onset of schizophrenia. The center brings together experts from four universities to conduct comprehensive studies of brain development in the earliest stages of life through early adulthood, when the disease is typically diagnosed.

Scholar's mimeographed sheets became best-selling fixture in literary world
When Dr. William Harmon, James G. Hanes professor in the humanities, decides that he -- and the world -- need a new word, he doesn't run to the dictionary or thesaurus. He makes one up. As longtime editor of the best-selling "A Handbook to Literature," who's going to stop him? Prentice Hall recently published the ninth edition of his handbook, which over 66 years has become a fixture in libraries around the globe. Various earlier editions have sold more than 1.5 million copies.


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