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March 17, 2006 -- No. 152


Interplay of music, physics to be topic
of Monday (March 20) presentation

The ways in which musical instruments form sounds and the reasons that some combinations of sounds are pleasing – and some are almost painful – to the ear will be discussed at a Monday (March 20) presentation on the UNC campus.

Dr. Laurie McNeil, chairwoman of UNC’s department of physics and astronomy, will explore "The Interplay of Music and Physics" in a noon presentation at Morehead Planetarium and Science Center.

Part of the Morehead Center’s Midday Science Series, the free event will be held in the NASA Digital Theater.

McNeil uses demonstrations and hands-on activities to illustrate the physics concepts behind the creation of music.

For more information, visit or call (919) 962-1236.


Gymboree CCO to speak March 28
as part of Dean’s Speaker Series

Lisa Harper, chief creative officer and chairwoman of the board of directors of Gymboree Corp., the children’s apparel, accessories and play programs retailer, will give a talk on March 28 as a part of Kenan-Flagler Business School’s Dean’s Speaker Series.

Harper will speak at 5:30 p.m. in the McColl Building’s Maurice J. Koury Auditorium. The lecture, free to the public, will be followed by a reception.

Free parking will be available in the business school parking deck. To RSVP, call (919) 843-7787 or e-mail

Harper has been chairwoman of Gymboree’s board since June 2002 and was appointed CCO in January. Prior to that, she was the chief executive officer of Gymboree from 2001 through 2005.

Her more than 20 years in the retail industry also includes numerous senior design, merchandising and operational roles with other retailers, including Levi Strauss & Co., Esprit, Mervyns, Gap Inc. and Limited Too.


Mental health expert to discuss delivery
of care in contemporary health systems

Dr. Barbara Jones Warren, executive nurse of the Ohio Department of Mental Health, will discuss the origins of psychiatric mental health nursing and the relevance of delivering bio-psycho-social nursing care in contemporary health delivery systems on Wednesday (March 22).

Warren, also associate professor of nursing at Ohio State University, will present "What’s New in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing" in the School of Nursing’s Fox Auditorium. Her 5 p.m. presentation is part of the school’s Ethnic Minority Visiting Scholar Lecture series. The event is free to the public.

Warren has held practice positions within inpatient and community settings where her emphasis has been on health promotion and wellness for individuals, families and community-based populations. She has extensive experience in psychiatric mental health nursing, and has published numerous articles and book chapters on practice, theory and research about depression in African-American women, cultural competence and public mental-health perspectives. 

She is a National Institutes of Mental Health Racial/Ethnic Minority Fellow and received the 2005 American Psychiatric Nurses Association Excellence in Leadership Award.

UNC’s School of Nursing established the Ethnic Minority Visiting Scholar Lecture series in 2000 to highlight the research and contributions of ethnic minority nurse scholars. The lecture brings outstanding specialists, educators, clinical researchers and directors to UNC for discussion of timely nursing matters affecting ethnic and minority populations.

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