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April 10, 2006 -- No. 203

Local angle: Oshkosh, Wis.


Care packages for UNC military alumni
to be stuffed Tuesday (April 11) at union

Atten-TION, Carolina and local communities: Thereís still time to help fund and assemble care packages for UNC alumni now serving overseas in the U.S. armed forces.

To sponsor a package or help fund delivery, visit between now and noon Thursday (April 13). To help fill packages, fall out from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday (April 11) at the breezeway between the two buildings of the Frank Porter Graham Student Union.

People also may contribute funding to the project on site at that time and write notes on post cards to be delivered to Carolina alumni service members.

The service committee of the General Alumni Association Student Membership Program has designated Tuesday as Carolina Armed Services Alumni Day, said Timothy Bleckley chair of the GAA Student Membership Advisory Board and a UNC junior from Franklin.

"We need your help in covering the cost of shipping and supplies for the packages," he said. "Consider contributing $8, the cost of shipping one box, or $20 to cover the costs of both shipping and supplies."

Fun items such as Carolina face tattoos and 2005 National Championship bracelets will be in the packages, Bleckley said, as well as practical items: soap, lotion, shampoo, breakfast bars and crackers. Even some Slinkies and yo-yos. For more information, please visit the Web site or call Sarah Lamm at 962-1208.


German biologist to speak on how plants establish
cellular, body polarity on Tuesday (April 11)

German biologist Dr. Gerd Juergens, the 2006 Nannerl O. Keohane Distinguished Visiting Professor, will speak Tuesday (April 11) at UNC as part of the Distinguished Seminar in Molecular Biology.

Juergens will address "How Plants Establish Cellular and Body Polarity"; the free lecture, sponsored by the biology department in UNCís College of Arts and Sciences, will be held at 4 p.m. in room 201 of Coker Hall.

Juergens is the founding director and research group leader for the Center for Plant Molecular Biology and a professor of developmental genetics at the University of TŁbingen. He is a respected authority on the developmental biology of plants and animals. Juergensí early work contributed significantly to understanding how animal body plans are generated. His recent work has led to important paradigms in how plants develop.

The Nannerl O. Keohane Visiting Professorship, established in 2004 and named in honor of Duke Universityís former president, brings world-class visiting scholars for residencies at both Duke and UNC. The visiting professor spends about six months of a yearlong appointment on each campus.


Top UNC students in academics, service,
leadership to be honored on April 17

Student winners of 2006 Chancellor's Awards, for excellence in academics, leadership and service, will be honored in a free public ceremony from 3-5 p.m. April 17 in the Frank Porter Graham Student Union.

Chancellor James Moeser, Provost Dr. Robert Shelton and Dr. Margaret Jablonski, vice chancellor for student affairs, will present the awards in the Great Hall.

Academic awards will recognize student excellence in disciplines including chemistry, American studies, foreign languages, art history, nursing, poetry and geology. Activities awards recognize contributions in oratory, statesmanship, residence hall life, sports, band, the honor code, community service, leadership and more.

Faculty, teaching assistants and a UNC staff member chosen by students for this yearís Student Undergraduate Teaching and Staff Awards also will be honored. A reception and refreshments will follow the presentations.


Harambee Fashion Show
to benefit local school

"Fusion: Cultural Couture" is the theme of the fifth annual Harambee Fashion Show, an event organized by the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business Schoolís Alliance of Minority Business Students, on April 20.

The show will be from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Frank Porter Graham Student Unionís Great Hall on the UNC campus. Advance tickets are $10 and are available for purchase through the Carolina Union Box Office: (919) 962-1449.

Harambee, which means "working together" or "unity" in Swahili, will bring together members of the UNC and local communities to raise money for Union Independent School in Durham. The schoolís primary focus will be to develop an independent laboratory school for young people ages kindergarten through eighth grade in northeast-central Durham, one of the cityís most socially and economically distressed areas.

Fashion styles will be presented from India, Thailand, Japan, Pakistan, England, Nigeria and the United States. Clothing from the following stores will be featured: bebe, Coldwater Creek, J. Jill, Belk, Banana Republic, JCPenney and Scout & Mollyís.

UNC Kenan-Flagler faculty, staff and students will be models in the show. Door prizes will be provided by Godiva, Bath & Body Works, Mrs. Fields, Aveda and Coldwater Creek. Entertainment will include salsa dancers and a live band.


Hammond receives 2006 Gertrude
Elion Cancer Research Award

Dr. Scott Hammond, assistant professor of cell and developmental biology in UNCís School of Medicine and a member of UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, recently received the 2006 Gertrude Elion Cancer Research Award from the American Association for Cancer Research.

He was honored at the associationís 97th annual meeting in Washington, D.C., earlier this month.

The AACR-Gertrude B. Elion Cancer Research Award was established in 1993 in honor of the late Nobel laureate Dr. Gertrude B. Elion, scientist emeritus at Glaxo Wellcome Co. (now GlaxoSmithKline) and past president and honorary member of the AACR.

This award fosters meritorious basic, translational or clinical cancer research by a tenure-track scientist at the level of assistant professor by providing a one-year grant of $50,000 and is sponsored by GlaxoSmithKline.

The grant will fund Hammondís research on the role of microRNAs in cancer. MicroRNAs form a unique class of genes that are not converted into protein. Due to this unusual property, these genes have eluded cancer biologists until recently. Hammondís groundbreaking research has linked microRNAs to B-cell lymphoma.

Support from the AACR will enable Hammondís research group to further study the role of microRNAs in lymphoma and extend his work to other types of cancer.

Hammond is the fourth UNC Lineberger scientist to receive the Elion Award since 1999. Previous UNC recipients are Dr. Yue Xiong (1999), professor of biochemistry and biophysics; Dr. Yi Zhang (2003), associate professor of biochemistry and biophysics and Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator; and Dr. Blossom Damania (2004), assistant professor of microbiology and immunology.


Schopler to be honored with APF
lifetime achievement award

Dr. Eric Schopler, a professor in the department of psychiatry in UNCís School of Medicine, will be honored with the American Psychological Foundationís 2006 Gold Medal for Life Achievement in the Application of Psychology at its annual meeting in New Orleans this August.

The award recognizes distinguished and enduring contributions to the application, practice and science of psychology and to the promotion of psychology in the public interest.

Schopler is the founder of Division TEACCH (Treatment and Education of Autistic and Related Communication Handicapped Children), a world-renowned program based at UNC that provides diagnostic and treatment services to people of all ages with autism.

Schopler has spent his life working to determine the precise nature of autism and the most effective ways to treat it. His doctoral research on the sensory preferences of children with autism was among the first experimental studies that helped redefine the condition as a developmental disability, rather than a psychogenic condition caused by poor parenting.

His subsequent research into educational treatments for autism, and his use of the parents of autistic children as co-therapists in this treatment, met with resounding success, leading to the formation of TEACCH in 1971 and the programís receipt of the American Psychiatric Associationís Gold Achievement Award in 1972.


Doctoral candidate wins fellowship
for research from Phi Beta Kappa

Alicia Levin of Oshkosh, Wis., a doctoral candidate in musicology at UNC, has won a $20,000 fellowship from Phi Beta Kappa, the nationís oldest academic honor society. She plans to use the award to spend the 2006-2007 academic year in Paris conducting research for her dissertation.

The societyís Mary Isabel Sibley Fellowship for French Studies, designated for young women scholars, alternates each year between Greek and French.

Levin is studying how piano virtuosos from 1820-48 constructed their identities and launched their careers in France. She graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University in 2002 with a major in piano performance and a minor in French. She earned a masterís degree in musicology at UNC in 2004.

Her current study is "exemplary in its promise to shed new light on the relationships between social and musical cultures," said Froma Zeitlin, a professor of comparative literature at Princeton University and member of the Sibley Selection Committee.

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