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April 3, 2006 -- No. 193


Homeland Security, NASA adviser
to speak at School of Government

Dr. Amy Donahue, an adviser to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, will speak at 3 p.m. April 11 at the Knapp-Sanders Building on the UNC campus.

Donahueís speech, "What Every Public Manager Ought to Know About Disasters: Lessons from the Space Shuttle Columbia Crash," is free to the public.

"Emergency preparation and disaster response have been matters of great concern to citizens and public officials across the country, given recent events," said Dr. David Ammons, director of UNCís Master of Public Administration Program. "We are pleased to host this timely lecture and delighted to have Professor Donahue as our speaker."

Donahue, assistant professor of public policy at the University of Connecticut, has been a technical adviser to the Department of Homeland Securityís Science and Technology Directorate for the last three years. She was the senior adviser to the administrator for Homeland Security at NASA from 2002-04. Following the Columbia disaster, Donahue spent three months in Texas helping to manage the recovery operation.

She now serves on the Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel, a congressionally mandated body that advises NASA on safety issues. She also sits on the National Mine Associationís Mine Safety Technology and Training Commission, which is investigating strategies to avert mining tragedies. Recently, she completed work on a National Research Council panel about planning geospatial resources for disaster management.

Donahueís speech is sponsored by the Carolina Society for Future Leaders, UNCís Student Congress, the Master of Public Administration Program and the School of Government. For more information contact Dr. Carl Stenberg, professor of public administration and government, at (919) 962-2377 or


ĎArchaeology at Moundvilleí to be subject
of Morehead Center talk on April 10

Dr. Vin Steponaitis, professor of anthropology in UNCís College of Arts and Sciences, will discuss "Archaeology at Moundville" at noon April 10 in the UNC Morehead Planetarium and Science Centerís NASA Digital Theater.

The presentation is free to the public as part of the Morehead Centerís Midday Science Series.

Steponaitisí research focuses on the lives of early American Indians in the area around Moundville, which was the largest town in North America 800 years ago. The town was located in what is now central Alabama. As a present-day archaeological site, Moundville contributes to scientific knowledge of early civilizations in the American South.

Steponaitis has published two books about his research on Moundville, "Ceramics, Chronology, and Community Patterns: An Archaeological Study at Moundville" and "Archaeology of the Moundville Chiefdom," along with numerous articles.

More information about this event is available by visiting or calling (919) 962-1236.


Jacques-Yves Cousteauís grandson
to speak at Morehead Building

Philippe Cousteau, president of nonprofit environmental organization EarthEcho International, will speak about his familyís legacy of conservation efforts that began with his grandfather, Jacques-Yves Cousteau, at a presentation at 7 p.m. Thursday (April 6).

The free public event, to be held in the Morehead Buildingís Banquet Hall, is the third lecture in the UNC Morehead Planetarium and Science Centerís Speaking of Science Series. Reservations are required; those wishing to reserve seating should call (919) 962-1236.

Cousteau has worked in field research in Papua New Guinea and Bonaire. He has written, directed and produced documentary films and has published articles in National Geographic, Sport Diver and other magazines. He founded EarthEcho with his mother, Jan Cousteau, and sister, Alexandra Cousteau, in honor of his father, Philippe Cousteau Sr., who died in a plane crash in 1979.

The Thursday event is Cousteauís second collaboration with the planetarium. EarthEcho teamed with UNC College of Arts and Sciences faculty members Dr. Christopher S. Martens and Dr. Niels L. Lindquist in 2005 to provide schoolchildren a glimpse of life under the sea through a multimedia video education project.


UNC founder William R. Davie
to be subject of April 18 lecture

UNC history professor Dr. Harry L. Watson will give the free public lecture "William Richardson Davie: Father of the University of North Carolina," at 5:45 p.m. April 18 in UNCís Wilson Library.

The talk will follow a 5 p.m. reception and viewing of the related exhibition, "William Richardson Davie: Soldier, Statesman and Founder of the University of North Carolina," in Wilsonís North Carolina Collection Gallery.

The lecture and exhibition commemorate the 250th anniversary of Davieís birth on June 22, 1756.

The talk, presented by the Friends of the Library, will be the second Gladys Coates University History Lecture. The series honors the late Coates, an avid university historian who, with her husband, Albert Coates, founded UNCís Institute of Government, now the School of Government.

Watson, also director of UNCís Center for the Study of the American South, specializes in the antebellum South, Jacksonian America and North Carolina history. He co-edits the journal "Southern Cultures."

The Davie exhibition, up through June 30, is free and open to the public. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays and 1-5 p.m. Sundays. The lecture and exhibition are the first of several university events to commemorate Davieís 250th birthday.

For more information on the lecture, contact Liza Terll at (919) 962-4207 or


Concert in memory of Hannay
to feature his compositions

Almost 39 years to the day after his debut concert at UNC, the late professor emeritus of music Dr. Roger Hannay will be honored in a memorial concert of his compositions. Born in 1930, Hannay stayed in Chapel Hill after his retirement. He died in January.

His daughter, Dawn Hannay, a violist with the New York Philharmonic, will be among performers in the free concert at 2 p.m. Sunday (April 9) in Hill Hall Auditorium.

UNC music faculty members, students and guest artists also will perform, including professors Jim Ketch (trumpet), Richard Luby (violin) and Brent Wissick (cello); the UNC Wind Ensemble; and the Choral Society of Durham.

Roger Hannay taught composition at UNC for 30 years and wrote music for 60. Selections for the concert will include his "Festival Trumpets," "Symphony for Band," "Pied Piper," "O Solo Viola" and "Dream Sequence."

"The program will conclude with my fatherís last work, ĎFarewell, Be Well,í" Dawn Hannay said.

Roger Hannay chaired the universityís former division of fine arts from 1979-82. His grants included a 1975 award from the National Endowment of the Arts for his symphony "The Great American Novel." He won the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers Award 11 times.

A reception will follow the performance. For more information, call 962-1039.


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