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Feb. 21, 2006 -- No. 91


Hackney was keynote speaker
at scientific conference in Turin

Dr. Anthony C. Hackney, a professor of exercise and sport science in UNC’s College of Arts and Sciences, was a keynote speaker at a scientific conference in Turin, Italy, with ties to the 2006 Olympic Games.

Hackney also is a professor of nutrition in the schools of public health and medicine. He spoke on "Stress and the Neuroendocrine System: Effects of Exercise."

The conference, "Hormones, Nutrition and Physical Performance," brought together medical doctors and exercise scientists worldwide to present research findings on how to improve the health and performance of children and young adults. It was sponsored in part by the Turin Winter Olympic Committee and the University of Piemonte Orientale in Italy.

Hackney’s major research focus is the endocrine and metabolic responses to physical exercise. He has directed research for the U.S. Department of Defense into human endocrine and metabolic adaptations associated with environmental stressors.

He also conducts research on how reproductive steroid hormones are modulated by the stress of exercise training. He is a two-time Fulbright Scholar Award recipient, having lived and worked in Lithuania (1998) and Poland (2003).

He has been a UNC faculty member since 1989.


Moreau, Luettich are appointed to federal
committee on New Orleans’ hurricane protection

Drs. David Moreau and Rick Luettich, professors at UNC, have been appointed to a federal review committee on New Orleans’ hurricane protection system.

Moreau is a professor of city and regional planning, and Luettich is a professor of marine sciences, both departments in the College of Arts and Sciences. Luettich also directs the UNC Institute of Marine Sciences, a research institute located in Morehead City.

Moreau and Luettich were tapped for the Committee on New Orleans Regional Hurricane Protection Projects, a peer review committee of 16 experts sanctioned by the National Academies’ National Research Council. Their committee will review the work of two task forces being led by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the American Society of Civil Engineers, respectively.

The committee will review the task forces’ work in such areas as data collection and management, interior drainage systems models, storm surge and floodwall and levee performance. It will release a preliminary report this month, an interim report in May and a final report in September.

Luettich’s storm surge mathematical model, ADCIRC, co-developed with Dr. Joannes Westerink at the University of Notre Dame, is the primary tool currently being used by the Corps to assess storm surge capabilities in Louisiana. Storm surge is the wall of water forced onto land as a hurricane makes its way to shore.

Moreau, who is originally from Mississippi, researches water quality issues and has extensive knowledge of the New Orleans’ levee system. He has written a paper, "Levees and Land Use: The Making of a Disaster in New Orleans," which has been shared with the National Research Council.

Luettich is separately serving on another federal group of 19 experts called the Working Group on Post-Hurricane Planning for Coastal Louisiana. The scientists are looking at wetlands protection. The group released a report on in late January concluding that hurricane protection in Louisiana in the long term can only be secured with a combination of levees and a sustainable coastal landscape.

For more information on the working group’s report, visit


Poet Tom Sleigh will read, discuss
his work at March 23 event

Poet Tom Sleigh will read and discuss his work at the spring Blanche Armfield Poetry Reading at 3:30 p.m. March 23 in Greenlaw Hall’s Donovan Lounge.

The reading is sponsored by the UNC English department’s Creative Writing Program and is free to the public.

Sleigh’s books include "After One," "Waking," "The Chain," "The Dreamhouse," "Far Side of the Earth" and a translation of Euripides’ "Herakles." He has a new book of poems being published by Houghton Mifflin and a book of essays, "Interview with a Ghost," forthcoming this spring from Graywolf Press.

His book, "Waking," was a New York Times Book Review Notable Book (1990), and "The Dreamhouse" was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award (1999).

Sleigh teaches in the graduate fine arts program at Hunter College. He has received poetry awards, including the Shelley Prize from the Poetry Society of America, an Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature, an Individual Writer’s Award from the Lila Wallace/Reader’s Digest Fund and the Houghton Mifflin New Poetry Series Prize.

The annual Blanche Armfield Poetry Reading brings a prominent American poet to the UNC campus for an afternoon reading. It was endowed by the late Blanche Britt Armfield, who received a graduate degree in English from UNC in 1928.

For information, call (919) 962-4000.

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