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Feb. 3, 2006 -- No. 54


CDC specialist to discuss injuries in women
related to sports, recreation on Monday (Feb. 6)

Dr. Julie Gilchrist, a pediatrician and medical epidemiologist with the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, will present "Womenís Health in Sports and

Exercise: The CDCís Role in Sports Injury Prevention" on Monday (Feb. 6).

This presentation, free to the public, reviews the CDCís efforts to address sports and recreational injuries and focuses on particular injury risk factors in the female athlete, such as ACL injuries, and measures that can be used to prevent them.

The event, to be held in the Tate-Turner-Kuralt Buildingís auditorium on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus at 1 p.m., will be the first in the spring seminar series for the UNC Injury Prevention Research Center.

In her current work at National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Gilchrist is responsible for research and programs in drowning prevention and water safety promotion, and sports and recreation-related injury prevention.

She facilitated the development of the CDCís research agenda for preventing injuries in sports, recreation and exercise and has been recognized for her efforts to establish a sports injury prevention program at the CDC.

Directions to the event location are available at


Sarah Messer, Allan Gurganus to speak
at Davis Library on Feb. 23

Two North Carolina literary favorites will speak at UNC-Chapel Hillís Davis Library on Feb. 23.

Sarah Messer, assistant professor of creative writing at UNC-Wilmington, will talk about her recent book "Red House: Being a Mostly Accurate Account of New Englandís Oldest Continuously Lived-In House." Author Allan Gurganus will introduce her.

The talk, sponsored by the Friends of the Library, begins at 5:45 p.m. in room 214, following a reception at 5 p.m. For information, contact Liza Terll at (919) 962-4207.

Messerís father purchased Red House from a descendent of Walter Hatch, who built it in 1647. When "Red House" was published in 2004, Booklist wrote that "Messer brings a poetís ear, an architectís eye, a historianís attention to detail, and her own firsthand experiences as a resident" to her alternating histories of the Messer and Hatch families.

Gurganus, author of works including "Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All," "Plays Well With Others" and "The Practical Heart," lives and writes in Hillsborough.

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