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Aug. 31, 2006 -- No. 400


Yale’s Szary to become director
of Wilson Library at Carolina
Richard Szary has been appointed director of the Louis Round Wilson Library and associate university librarian for special collections at UNC. He will begin work Friday (Sept. 1).

In this newly created position, Szary will be responsible for merging the individual collections within Wilson into an integrated special collections library, said Sarah C. Michalak, university librarian and associate provost for university libraries.

“Rich Szary brings a deep understanding of special collections and keen insight into their value and potential,” she said. “His leadership will help advance the reputation of the Wilson Library as one of the premiere special collections libraries in the country.”

Wilson houses the manuscripts department, which comprises the Southern Historical Collection, Southern Folklife Collection and the University Archives; the North Carolina Collection, which includes the North Carolina Collection Gallery and Photographic Archives; and the Rare Book Collection.

Szary also will administer the University Library’s expanding digital collections department, including “Documenting the American South” ( and the new Carolina Digital Library.
He comes to UNC from the Yale University Library, where he has been the Carrie S. Beinecke Director of Manuscripts and Archives and University Archivist since 1991, and previously, the assistant head of manuscripts and archives. From 1985 to 1988, he was with the Smithsonian Institution.

Szary holds a bachelor’s degree in history from DePaul University in Chicago and a master’s in Asian studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In 2000, he was named a fellow of the Society of American Archivists, the highest honor bestowed on individuals by that organization.


Myasthenia Gravis Foundation honors
Howard for public awareness efforts

Dr. James F. Howard Jr., a distinguished professor in the UNC School of Medicine’s department of neurology, has been honored by the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America for his public awareness efforts.

Howard received the foundation’s Public Awareness Award at its 2006 annual meeting in Tempe, Ariz., in May. Howard was honored “for his continuous support of public awareness efforts,” including design of the foundation’s Web site, work on the foundation’s medical/scientific advisory board and his participation in an episode of the television show “Mystery Diagnosis,” which aired nationally on the Discovery Health Channel in October and November 2005.

The segment focused on the difficulties of a young woman with symptoms of weakness and fatigue and her struggle to establish a diagnosis. The segment was filmed on location at UNC Hospitals and the patient's home.

Howard is immediate past chair of the foundation’s medical/scientific advisory board and currently serves on several other foundation committees.


Carolina journalism professor
honored by Mexican university

Dr. Richard Cole, the John Kerr Jr. Distinguished Professor at Carolina’s school of journalism and mass communication, was honored Aug. 30 for his contributions to the department of mass communication at Monterrey Technological University in Mexico City. 

Cole, who has worked as a consultant for the Mexican university’s undergraduate program in journalism and communication, was awarded the Medal for Excellence in International Communication at a ceremony with in Mexico City with more than 400 students, faculty, staff and alumni of Monterrey Tech.

The dean of UNC’s journalism school from 1979 to 2005, Cole is credited with helping the journalism program at Monterrey Tech become recognized as a leading program in that country.

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