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Aug. 2, 2006 -- No. 355


Ribbon-cutting ceremony and laboratory tours
celebrate Siemens' gift to UNC radiologic sciences

UNC's division of radiologic sciences will host a ribbon-cutting reception on Thursday (Aug. 3) from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the teaching laboratory of the School of Medicine's Burnett-Womack Building.

The reception celebrates a gift of instructional medical equipment, valued at $290,000, from Siemens Medical Solutions to help train medical imaging professionals in diagnosing and assessing disease and injury.

The gift counts toward the university's Carolina First Campaign. The comprehensive, multi-year private fund-raising campaign has a goal of $2 billion to support Carolina's vision of becoming the nation's leading public university.

Joy Renner, associate professor and director of the radiologic science program, says the gift is a major step toward UNC's goal to become the national leader in the field. "We know that improved patient care will be one of the long-term benefits of having Siemens' cutting edge equipment in our teaching laboratory as our graduating students start their careers…in North Carolina's medical centers and community hospitals," Renner said.

Thursday's reception will feature laboratory tours in addition to the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Radiologic science is one of seven divisions in the medical school's department of allied health sciences.


Free public event at Morehead Planetarium and Science Center
"Big Fun on a Small Scale" to explore nanotechnology

The Morehead Planetarium and Science Center will host children and families for a free Family Science Day event - "Big Fun on a Small Scale" - on Saturday (Aug. 5) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. People of all ages are welcome.

Using microscopes, magnifiers and other high tech tools, participants will explore nanotechnology, the study of things at a very small scale. It is one the hottest topics in science today.

"Big Fun on a Small Scale" will include the chance to use a virtual microscope, a "scope on a rope" that can be held up to almost anything for a closer look, and a magnification station to try out various tools for exploring the mysteries of the nano-world.

Family Science Day will include other hands-on activities and exhibits, including a special Science LIVE! demonstration by Morehead staff that explores nanotechnology in everyday life.

Research and education team members from Morehead Planetarium and Science Center and the UNC/NCSU NanoScale Science Education Research Group will host the event.

For more information, call Morehead Planetarium and Science Center Visitor Services at (919) 962-1236.


U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
taps Carolina professor for research ethics panel

Dan Nelson, director of UNC's Office of Human Research Ethics, has been appointed to a four-year term on the Secretary's Advisory Committee on Human Research Protections by U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Michael Leavitt.

Nelson is an associate professor of social medicine and pediatrics in addition to directing the human research ethics office. This office and its seven institutional review boards are responsible for ethical and regulatory oversight for more than 4,000 research studies.

The 11-member committee is composed of leaders in human subject protections and clinical research who provide recommendations for responsible conduct of research involving human subjects. The committee reviews and evaluates the Office of Human Research Protections and other related agencies within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Nelson is also chairing a subcommittee charged to assess and make recommendations on the federal regulations that govern this area.

For more information about the work of the advisory committee, visit

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