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May 12, 2006 -- No. 261

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Part of Raleigh Street at UNC
to close Monday (May 15)

Starting Monday (May 15), Raleigh Street will be closed to through traffic from near Lenoir Drive – just north of Davis Library – to South Road at Fetzer Gymnasium. The closing is for construction in that area, expected to be completed in time for workers to re-open the street in August, before UNC’s fall semester.

Access to ATM Drive and the Davis Library loading docks will be maintained from the north during the construction. For a map of the area and alternate routes, visit http://www.dps.unc.edu/dps/breakingnews/RaleighStWeb/RaleighSt06.htm.

Chapel Hill Transit buses that usually stop on Raleigh Street will be re-routed on Country Club Road. Riders should access these routes at nearby bus stops on South Road in front of the Student Union or the Student Recreation Center.

For information on altered Chapel Hill Transit routes and schedules, visit www.chtransit.org. UNC’s Point-to-Point Express Service does not operate in the summer, so it is not affectied. Information about mass transit systems Triangle-wide are available at www.gotriangle.org.

For more information, contact the UNC Department of Public Safety at (919) 962-3951.

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UNC alumnus adds NSF grant
to long list of accomplishments

Nick Love, a recent UNC graduate from Brighton, Mich., has been awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship to continue his education.

Love will receive $30,000 per year for three years. He will use it for graduate study at the University of Manchester in England through the foundation’s Program. It provides support for graduate study leading to research-based master’s or doctoral degrees and is intended for students who are at the early stages of their graduate study.

Love graduated from UNC in 2005 with a bachelor of arts degree in biology. He is pursuing a master’s degree in zoology at the University of Cambridge in England through a Churchill Scholarship, another distinguished award, and plans to focus on a career in stem cell research.

Love recently received the Luce Scholarship to live and learn in Asia for a year. In 2004, he won a Goldwater Scholarship, given to undergraduates who demonstrate a commitment to careers in mathematics, the sciences or engineering.

Love will participate in the Luce program next year and will top that with the NSF graduate research program afterward.

The NSF supports the vitality of the human resource base of science, technology, engineering and mathematics in the United States. The foundation offered about 1,000 graduate fellowships nationwide in this competition.

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UNC School of Education crafting project
to enhance lesson plans, make learning fun

LEARN NC, a K-12 outreach program of the UNC School of Education, is crafting a Web program that can make the resources of the university’s schools and departments available to teachers and students in ways appropriate to the classroom.

Called LearnPress, the interactive system will be a part of LEARN NC’s Web site (www.learnnc.org), which gives students, teachers and parents free educational resources and information.

LearnPress is a system for publishing Web-based education materials, called editions, built from text pages and multimedia. Editions can look like anything from a slideshow to a textbook and may have chapters, tables of contents, glossaries, indexes or bibliographies that look like a textbook. Editions are designed for the Web so they’re easy to use online.

The interactive system features pages and images that are extensible, which means they can be used in multiple editions. The system will make it possible to publish different editions with similar or related content for different audiences or purposes. It also will allow LearnPress to double as a library of individual pages and images.

The first items published are Carolina Environmental Diversity Explorations, a set of “virtual field trips” first developed by the late UNC professor Dirk Frankenberg in 2000. With high-resolution photographs and text, the field trips show high school students areas characterized by beautiful scenery and useful lessons about North Carolina’s environment.

Additional items in development include a handbook from the UNC School of Social Work about recognizing and preventing child abuse and guides for teachers on working with Latino children.

A sample version of the system and a collection of the posted preliminary editions are available at www.learnpress.org.

LEARN NC helps teachers incorporate technology in their classrooms. It includes a vast collection of high-quality lesson plans pegged to the N.C. Standard Course of Study, teacher forums, online libraries, carefully screened Internet links for teachers and students and online training exercises.

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