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Jan. 29, 2007

Multimedia news award winner
to speak Tuesday (Jan. 30) at UNC

Seth Gitner, photojournalist and multimedia editor at The Roanoke Times in Roanoke, Va., will speak and show his work from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday (Jan. 30) in 33 Carroll Hall at UNC.

Gitner was a newspaper photographer for 10 years before he joined the online operations of print journalism, said Pat Davison, assistant professor of visual communication in the school.

Since working with, Davison said, Gitner has earned the 2005 Best Internet Site Award (under one million users) from Editor and Publisher magazine, the 2005 Scripps Howard Award for Web Reporting, the 2005 Associated Press Managing Editors’ Online Convergence Award and the 2006 General Excellence Award from the Online News Association.

His multimedia work and photography have been recognized by the National Press Photographer’s Association’s Best of Photojournalism contest.

Carolina’s student chapter of the National Press Photographers Association, headquartered in the UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communication, will present the free public program. Refreshments and portfolio reviews for the students will precede the program, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

For more information, contact Davison at (919) 962-4073,


Oliver to examine methods,
texts of food history on Feb. 8

Food historian and author Sandy Oliver will speak on “Beyond Cookbooks: Researching Food History” at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 8 in the Southern Historical Collection, on the fourth floor of UNC’s Wilson Library.

Oliver will examine the value of using cookbooks and other sources in food history, including what recipes really tell us about the eating habits and culinary practices of a people, region or historical period.

She is the founding editor and publisher of “Food History News,” a quarterly publication now in its 18th year, with its companion Web site

Oliver wrote “Saltwater Foodways: New Englanders and Their Food at Sea and Ashore in the Nineteenth Century” (1995) and “Food in Colonial and Federal America” (2005). She began working in food history in 1971 when she founded the fireplace cooking program at Mystic Seaport Museum in Mystic, Conn.

Refreshments will be served. The free public lecture is co-sponsored by the Southern Historical Collection and the curriculum in American studies in the College of Arts and Sciences. For more information, contact Marcie Ferris, UNC assistant professor of American studies, at (919) 843-9881 or


Corning CEO to speak Feb. 12
at Kenan-Flagler Business School

Wendell Weeks, president and CEO of Corning Inc., will speak at UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School Feb. 12 as part of the Dean’s Speaker Series.

USA Today technology columnist Kevin Maney will interview Weeks during the free public program, set to start at 5:30 p.m. in the McColl Building’s Maurice J. Koury Auditorium. The newspaper will cosponsor the program as part of its CEO Forum.

Those planning to attend should RSVP to (919) 843-7787 or A reception will follow the program. Free parking will be available in the business school parking deck, off Bowles Drive near the Dean E. Smith Center.

Since Weeks joined Corning in 1983, he has worked in manufacturing, product development and marketing. He led product development and innovation initiatives including the introductions of glass substrates used in liquid crystal displays (LCDs) and of premium optical fiber products, which ultimately set the standard for telecommunications and broadband networks. He also has been Corning’s chief operating officer.

The company works toward scientific discoveries that can improve people’s lives, focusing on four market segments: display technologies, telecommunications, environmental technologies and life sciences.

USA Today technology columnist and senior technology reporter Kevin Maney wrote “The Maverick and His Machine: Thomas Watson Sr. and the Making of IBM,” published in 2003. Adweek magazine has named Maney one of the 25 most influential technology journalists annually for the past five years.


Speakers to discuss approaches
to public health, here and abroad

UNC will host “Navigating the Global American South: Global Health and Regional Solutions,” a conference in the Research Triangle Park, April 19-20.

Experts will explore regional approaches to public health and ask what experiences translate between the American South and other world regions. Recovery from Hurricane Katrina; nutrition and obesity; HIV/AIDS and Hispanic access to health care will be among the topics discussed. Speakers will include:

Participants may register through March 16 for $80 each, and from then until April 13 at $95. For more information, visit or contact Catherine Lavenburg at (919) 962-3094 or

The conference, to be held at the Hilton Raleigh-Durham Airport Conference Center, will be sponsored by UNC’s Center for Global Initiatives, Center for the Study of the American South and Office of Global Health. The corporate sponsor, Quintiles Transnational Corp., is a pharmaceutical research and development firm headquartered near Research Triangle Park that has offices in more than 50 countries.

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