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May 25, 2006 -- No. 283


Reed to give free, public lecture
on 'computing in the future'

UNC Vice Chancellor for Information Technology Dr. Daniel A. Reed will speak about technology advances over the next decade at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday (May 30) in 104 Peabody Hall.

The free, public talk, "Computing the Future: Release 2016," will cover the potential impacts of new technology on everything from education to entertainment.

Reed, also Chancellor's Eminent Professor and director of the Renaissance Computing Institute at UNC, will explain some of the new technology on the horizon and how it might be used in North Carolina.

For more information, call (919) 843-9201 or visit


Ackland presents exhibition
with artists as subjects for art

UNC's Ackland Art Museum will present an exhibition featuring representations of artists - musicians, composers, writers, poets, playwrights, actors and dancers - spanning 300 years in "Up Close and Personal: Portraits of the Artist."

The museum will host an opening reception from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. June 9 for the exhibition, to be displayed from June 4 to Sept. 24.

The exhibition will feature works by and of artists including Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, Peggy Guggenheim, Alfred Stieglitz, Salvador Dali, Walt Whitman, Chuck Close, Liz Taylor and Marc Chagall. The works will highlight a range of attitudes and interpretations of life in the arts.

"Up Close and Personal" will enable visitors to see how artists over the centuries have interpreted themselves as well as other figures in the arts. Media used range from traditional painting, sculpture and prints to more recent innovations in photography, assemblage and video.

"The perception of the artist has both changed and remained the same over the centuries," said Barbara Matilsky of the Ackland, curator of the exhibition. "Artists have been regarded as exemplars of high society, as geniuses, as questioners of the status quo and as social and political commentators."

The Ackland is on South Columbia Street near Franklin Street. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays and 1-5 p.m. Sundays.

The museum is open until 9 p.m. on the second Friday of each month. Admission is free.

For more information, call (919) 843-1611 (recorded information), (919) 966-5736 (museum office), (919) 962-0837 (TTY) or visit the museum Web site,


Town honors Botanical Garden
for restoration of Battle Park

The North Carolina Botanical Garden has received an award from the Town of Chapel Hill for improvements in Battle Park on the UNC campus.

Stephen Keith, park curator, accepted the Chapel Hill Greenways and Open Space Award from Mayor Kevin Foy and Greenways Commission chair Peter Calingaert at a Chapel Hill Town Council meeting earlier this month.

The Botanical Garden, part of UNC, assumed responsibility two years ago for the 93-acre wooded park, off Country Club Road, across from the Center for Dramatic Art. Since then, Keith has coordinated work to renovate and restore pedestrian trails there. Staff members of UNC Facilities Services, the Botanical Garden and local volunteers participated.

"This award belongs to the supporters of Battle Park," Keith said. "With over 1500 hours of volunteer service over the last 18 months, the university and town have made the Battle Park restoration project a true success."

The tract, used by members of the university and Chapel Hill communities, is named for Kemp Plummer Battle, UNC president from 1876-1891. His vision of a wooded, natural area led to the park.

Keith and his team have constructed trails, removed invasive species and repaired bridges in the park. Ongoing projects include trail redirection, bridge construction, mapping of plant populations and production of Battle's first brochure and trail map.

"Battle Park has been upgraded from an aimless woodland to a treasured resource for Chapel Hill," said volunteer Douglas Tilden. "The town has recognized the work and hours put in by staff and volunteers to make this beautiful forest a 'must' for many - a place to spend quiet time with nature, very close to home."

For more information about Battle Park, call (919) 962-0522 or visit which has a trail map link.


Dictionary of Southern writers
brings honor for three at UNC

"Southern Writers: A New Biographical Dictionary," edited by three UNC scholars, has received the 2006 Jules and Frances Landry Award from Louisiana State University Press. The award recognizes outstanding work in Southern studies.

UNC's Dr. Joseph M. Flora, Atlanta professor of Southern culture, and Dr. Amber Vogel, director of DESTINY Traveling Science Learning, edited the book. Dr. Bryan Giemza, who earned his doctorate at UNC last year, was assistant editor.

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