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Oct. 5, 2006 -- No. 465


Highway Safety Research Center
celebrates 40 years of innovations

The University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center (HSRC) will celebrate its 40th anniversary Friday (Oct. 6) with an inaugural symposium titled "The Evolution of Highway Safety: How Research Can Save Lives on Our Roads." The event will be held at the William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education, 100 Friday Center Dr., in Chapel Hill from 9 a.m. to noon.

Speakers will review center accomplishments that have led to improved highway safety practices, policies and legislation and they will discuss future research needed to reduce the toll on the nation's highways.

Scheduled speakers are: Former director Dr. Forrest Council, a senior researcher at the center for more than 30 years; Dr. Bruce Simons-Morton, chief of prevention research at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, a unit of the National Institutes of Health; and Dr. Ezra Hauer, a world-renowned engineer and professor emeritus in the department of civil engineering at the University of Toronto.

For more information, call Delisa Davis at (919) 843-4859 or visit


UNC-Chapel Hill professor elected fellow
of national public administration academy

Dr. David N. Ammons, professor of public administration and government at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's School of Government, has been elected a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA).

The academy is an independent, non-partisan organization chartered by Congress to assist federal, state, and local governments in improving their effectiveness, efficiency and accountability.

NAPA's 550 fellows include current and former cabinet officers, members of Congress, governors, mayors, state legislators, diplomats, business executives, local public managers and scholars. Each year, academy fellows elect new members who have made sustained contributions to the field of public administration through public service or scholarship.

Ammons joined the Institute of Government in 1996 and directed the master of public administration program from 2001 until earlier this year. His primary focus is in local government performance measurement, benchmarking and productivity improvement.

He joins other UNC faculty as NAPA fellows, including professors Carl Stenberg, Deil Wright, Jesse White, Jonathan Howes and Pete Andrews.

Ammons earned his doctorate at the University of Oklahoma and served on the staffs of four municipalities, including Fort Worth and Hurst, Texas; Phoenix, Ariz.; and Oak Ridge, Tenn. Prior to joining Carolina's faculty, Ammons taught public administration at the University of Georgia and the University of North Texas.


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