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People Briefs

For immediate use

Oct. 25, 2006 -- No. 510

Briefs

UNC Cancer Center selects
2006 Lineberger Fellows

The UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center recently named four graduate students with demonstrated excellence in research as Lineberger Fellows. The students are Daniel Brown, Jian Hu, Sarah Radford and Kevin Wilkinson.

Brown, a graduate student in biology, focuses on how an embryo directs the cells within it to make a heart. His research asks how those cells regulate their genes to control heart development, what genes are involved and how those genes work.

Hu, a graduate student in biochemistry and biophysics, aims to understand the fundamental mechanisms that control the cell proliferation and to find out why cancer cells divide and grow when they should not.

Radford, a graduate student in biology, uses the fly (Drosophila) model system to understand the molecular mechanism of proteins involved in a process important for chromosome segregation during sexual reproduction.

Wilkinson, a graduate student in biochemistry, worked to develop a new technology to rapidly analyze the structure of RNA. He plans to analyze the structure of the RNA genome of HIV-1, a virus that increases susceptibility to cancer.

The competitive Lineberger Fellow awards include a $3,000 supplementary stipend.

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FPG's Camille Catlett honored
by the Division of Early Childhood

Camille Catlett, an investigator at FPG Child Development Institute (FPG) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, received the 2006 Mary McEvoy Service to the Field Award from the Division of Early Childhood (DEC).

The award recognizes Catlett's significant contributions to improve the lives of young children with special needs around the globe, their families and those who work on their behalf. DEC is the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving educational outcomes for children with special needs.

Starting out as a public school speech pathologist, Catlett's career has been dedicated to the early childhood field. She has provided direct service to young children, coordinated a federal funding program, and led several national training and technical assistance projects, including strategic planning efforts designed to promote systemic change in professional development in more than 30 states. Her current research focuses on the impact of preparing educators to work with culturally, linguistically and ability diverse young children and their families.

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

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UNC Lineberger contact: Dianne Shaw, (919) 966-5905 or dgs@med.unc.edu
FPG Child Development Institute contact: Tracy Zimmerman, (919) 966-0867 or zimmerman@mail.fpg.unc.edu