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Jan. 23, 2007

Debra Rolison of Naval Research Lab
to discuss women, minorities in science

Debra Rolison of the Naval Research Lab in Washington, D.C., will discuss “Transforming the Culture of Academic Science: Removing Barriers One Student at a Time” at 4 p.m. Jan. 29 at UNC.

The lecture will be free to the public, but those wishing to attend must contact Lisa Clement by Friday (Jan. 26) at (919) 962-3389 or A reception from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. will follow the program. Both will be in the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History at 150 South Road.

Rolison, who earned her doctorate in chemistry at UNC in 1980, advocates enhancing the status of women and minorities in academia through enforcement of Title IX. She heads the advanced electrochemical materials section of the Naval lab and is adjunct full professor of chemistry at the University of Utah.

Rolison has been awarded 15 patents and written more than 160 journal articles, book chapters and reports. She has been on the editorial boards of the journals Analytical Chemistry, Langmuir and the Journal of Electroanalytical Chemistry.

“Dr. Rolison’s provocative observations about academic science and the difficulties that women and minorities face once they seek faculty positions are particularly relevant, not only for UNC, but also for universities across the country,” said Linda Dykstra, dean of the UNC Graduate School.

The school is sponsoring the lecture with the Council of Graduate Schools’ Ph.D. Completion Project. The council is a membership organization of more than 470 universities in the United States and Canada and 13 universities outside North America. For more information, call Clement at (919) 962-3389.


Divinity professor to discuss thought
on divine, human love in 12th-century

Dr. Bernard McGinn, professor emeritus at the University of Chicago Divinity School, will discuss the relationship between divine and human love in 12th-century thought in a Jan. 29 talk at UNC.

The UNC minor in Christianity and culture and the UNC Scholars Program will present the free public talk at 7:30 p.m. in the Hanes Art Center auditorium.      

McGinn will speak on speculation about the nature of love that developed in Europe at that time. Writings included the courtly love of medieval romance literature and scholastic thought on the metaphysics of love.

The talk will address the letters of Abelard, a 12th-century Parisian scholar and teacher, and Heloise, his young student – manuscripts that are among the earliest known writings about romantic love. McGinn also will discuss “The Four Degrees of Violent Charity” by Richard of St. Victor, a 12th-century writer on Christian spirituality.

The program is supported by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation of West Conshohocken, Penn. For more information, contact Sondra Smolek at (919) 962-3939 or


Carolina Performing Arts to present ‘Rent’
Jan. 29-30 in Memorial Hall at UNC

Carolina Performing Arts will present the national touring production of “Rent,” an award-winning Broadway show, at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 29-30 in Memorial Hall at UNC.

The performance in the Beasley-Curtis Auditorium will be the first musical in Memorial since the building’s reopening in 2005.        

“Rent” won the Pulitzer Prize for drama and four Tony Awards, including best musical, in 1996, the year it opened on Broadway. The New York Times reported that the show “shimmers with hope for the future of the American musical.” Still playing at the Nederlander Theatre in New York, “Rent” is now the seventh longest-running show on Broadway.

Emil Kang, UNC’s executive director for the arts, said that ‘Rent’ “is about being young, learning to survive, falling in love, finding your voice and living for today. This musical made a lasting mark on Broadway with songs that rock and a story that resonates.”

Tickets for the performances, $34-$75, are available online at, by calling (919) 843-3333 or from the Memorial Hall Box Office on Cameron Avenue, open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Tickets also are on sale for other performances. For more information, visit


Harvard physician and scientist to speak
to UNC medical students on Jan. 31

Dr. William F. Crowley Jr., director of clinical research at Massachusetts General Hospital, will deliver the Ralph R. Landes Lecture at the UNC School of Medicine on Jan. 31.

His lecture, titled Human Disease Models: the Application of Basic Biology to Translational and Clinical Research, is part of the 40th annual John B. Graham Student Research Society’s Student Research Day. The lecture, scheduled for 12:30 p.m. in the Medical Biomolecular Research Building’s main auditorium on the UNC campus, is free to the public.

Crowley is professor of medicine and director of the Harvard-wide Reproductive Endocrine Sciences Center at Harvard Medical School. According to Crowley, the overall goal of his laboratory during the past 25 years has been to improve the understanding and treatment of reproductive disorders affecting humans.

“UNC Medicine is pleased to welcome Dr. Crowley to Chapel Hill. We are pleased to have such an imminent scholar deliver the Landes lecture, and help us to celebrate student research,” said Dr. William L. Roper, UNC School of Medicine dean, chief executive officer of the UNC Health Care System and vice chancellor for medical affairs at UNC.

Founded 39 years ago, the John B. Graham Student Research Society recognizes outstanding student achievement in medical research, creates and promotes student interest in clinical and basic science and in other medicine-related research areas, and coordinates opportunities for students to present their research to their peers, faculty and staff. Slide and poster presentations are scheduled from 1:45 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 31.


UNC-Chapel Hill offers free lecture
by urinary incontinence nursing expert

The UNC School of Nursing is bringing urinary incontinence nursing expert Dr. Carolyn Sampselle, the Carolyne K. Davis collegiate professor and associate dean for research at the University of Michigan School of Nursing, to Chapel Hill for the Elizabeth L. Kemble Lecture. 

Sampselle will discuss treatment and prevention of urinary incontinence in women at 3 p.m. Feb. 5 in the Chancellors’ Ballroom at the Carolina Inn.
Sampselle’s research evaluates the birth-related risk of urinary incontinence and behavioral prevention techniques. In 2002, she received the Continence Care Champion Award from the National Association for Continence.

This year’s Kemble Lecture honors the career of retiring UNC School of Nursing professor Dr. Molly Dougherty. Dougherty has been a nurse, educator and researcher for more than 40 years and was named the School’s first Frances Hill Fox distinguished professor in 1996. Today she serves as editor of Nursing Research, an international nursing research journal.

The lecture series was established in honor of Elizabeth L. Kemble, a nursing education pioneer and the first dean of the UNC School of Nursing. 


Carter Center official to discuss
Chávez’s re-election in Venezuela

Hugo Chávez’s re-election as president in Venzuela last month will be the topic of a free public lecture at 7 p.m. Feb. 8 at UNC.

Jennifer McCoy, director of the Americas program at The Carter Center in Atlanta, will speak at the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History at 150 South Road. The program will be presented by the Consortium in Latin American Studies of UNC and Duke University.

The Associated Press reported Monday (Jan. 22) that Chávez lashed out at U.S. officials Sunday (Jan. 20) for what he called unacceptable meddling in Venezuelan affairs.

McCoy, a political science professor at Georgia State University, will discuss possible consequences of the democratic re-election of Chávez in Venezuela’s relations with the United States. She also will address similar developments in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Nicaragua and Uruguay.

McCoy is executive director of the Council of Presidents and Prime Ministers of the Americas, a group of 35 former leaders who work to promote democracy and improve inter-American relations. For more information, call (919) 962-2414.


UNC dramatic art to debut
short plays by Pulitzer winner

In November 2002, Pulitzer Prize winner Suzan-Lori Parks committed to write a play a day for 365 days. She accomplished her goal, and this year, some 60 drama groups nationwide will debut the plays in a “365 Days/365 Plays” project. Each company will perform seven of the works during one week of the year.

The Public Theatre in New York, which is spearheading the project, chose the UNC dramatic art department as one of the participating groups. The department will present seven of Parks’ plays at 8:15 p.m. Feb. 23, 24 and 25. The performances will be free to the public in Studio 102 in the Center for Dramatic Art. Department members also will perform six to seven new works by local writers.

Parks was the first black woman playwright to win a Pulitzer Prize, in 2002, for “TopDog/Underdog.” For more information on the UNC performances, contact lecturer David Adamson at or visit or

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School of Nursing contact: Amanda P. Meyers, (919) 966-4619,
School of Medicine contact: Les Lang, (919) 843-9687,
Consortium in Latin American Studies contact: Sharon Mujica, (919) 962-2414,
Department of dramatic art contact: Pam O’Connor, (919) 621-1230,