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Oct. 17, 2006 -- No. 490


FPG Child Development Institute's Miller
receives state employees' highest honor

Ruth Miller, special services coordinator at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute (FPG) received a 2006 North Carolina State Employees' Award for Excellence, the highest honor for a state employee.

Miller has been a state employee for 14 years and currently coordinates services for children with disabilities at the FPG Child Care and Family Program. The award acknowledges outstanding accomplishments that do not fall entirely within the scope of normal duties.

Maggie Connolly, director of the FPG Child Care and Family Program, said Miller has had a positive impact over the years on thousands of children and their families. "Whether it's taking time to go to the home of a single mother and child who are both ill to be certain that they had food and medicine or scheduling time outside of her work week to accompany a family to an appointment with a neurologist, Ruth is always going above and beyond."

Miller, who has been mostly deaf since she was a toddler, has dedicated her 40-year career to serving young children as a teacher and an administrator. She said she benefited from her parents pushing to keep her in public schools with her peers. She remained in a traditional school setting until she graduated high school and went on to earn bachelor's and master's degrees.

FPG is a multidisciplinary institute at Carolina. For 40 years, FPG research and outreach has helped shape how the nation cares for and educates young children. For more information, visit


Cefalo to receive 2007 Courage to Lead Award

Dr. Robert C. Cefalo, professor emeritus of obstetrics and gynecology in the UNC School of Medicine, is one of three recipients of the 2007 Courage to Lead Award.

The award, given by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, honors those who head graduate medical education programs at a hospital, medical school or other type of institution that sponsors residency programs. Award recipients are chosen for their exemplary leadership; dedication to promoting the professional, ethical and personal development of residents; and commitment to safe and appropriate care of patients. The award will be presented at the group's board of directors meeting in February 2007.

Cefalo, who is board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology and maternal-fetal medicine, headed UNC's physician training programs from 1981 to 2006 and served as assistant dean for graduate medical education. He first joined the UNC School of Medicine faculty in 1979. He served as director of maternal fetal-medicine from 1979 to 1997, as interim chair of obstetrics and gynecology in 1981-83 and 2004-2005 and as interim director of maternal-fetal medicine in 2005-2006.


FPG Child Development Institute contact: Tracy Zimmerman, (919)
966-0867 or
School of Medicine contact: Tom Hughes, (919) 966-6047 or
News Services contacts: Kyle York, (919) 962-8415 or; Becky Oskin, (919) 962-8596 or