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Feb. 6, 2007

Carolina team to compete in world finals
of computer programming contest

Three Carolina undergraduate students will travel to Tokyo during spring break to compete in the world finals of a collegiate computer programming contest being held March 12-16.

Seniors Jared Brothers, Philip Kelley and Tao Xie will compete against 87 teams from around the world in the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) International Collegiate Programming Contest, sponsored by IBM. They’ll be accompanied by their coach Dr. Kevin Jeffay, a computer science professor in UNC’s College of Arts and Sciences.

The team name is Pantone278, the official color for Carolina blue, according to UNC Trademarks and Licensing. (Graphic designers use the Pantone color system to communicate specific colors to clients and printers.)

Brothers came up with the Pantone278 team name, but Kelley is the fastest typist, and the team relied on his keyboarding as part of their strategy when they won the regional competition.

“Because each team had at their disposal only one computer, our strategy was to assign Philip, who can type the fastest, the role of flawlessly implementing solutions, while Tao and I mulled over the conceptual aspects of different problems, thereby obtaining solutions to give to Philip,” Brothers said.

The students competed in the regionals — the Mid-Atlantic USA Programming Contest — in Durham last October, and placed third in order to advance to the finals. The team was pitted against more than 130 teams to solve eight computer programming problems as quickly as they could. It was the third year Brothers, Kelley and Xie competed in the regional competition, but the first time they competed on the same team.

This is the second time a team from UNC has made it to the world finals. In 2002, a team of five undergraduates received an honorable mention at the finals.


Work in information technology
brings award for Marchionini

Dr. Gary Marchionini, Cary C. Boshamer distinguished professor in the UNC School of Information and Library Science, recently received the 2006 Contribution to Information Science Award of the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Society of Information Science and Technology.

“I feel honored to have won this award and join the ranks of so many pioneers in information science,” Marchionini said. “Information science is increasingly recognized by the scholarly community as an emerging discipline and by the general population through the penetration of IT into their personal lives.”

Rachael Green Clemens, nominations chair and past chair of the chapter, said recipients of the award are recognized by their colleagues as exceptional leaders whose dedication, commitment and vision inspire others, or whose contributions to the field have been particularly significant.

She said that Marchionini was chosen “for the depth and importance of his research in information-seeking behavior, human-computer interaction and digital libraries. He is a natural choice for this award.”

Previous winners include Dr. Jose-Marie Griffiths, the school’s dean. For more information, visit or call the school at (919) 962-8366.

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College of Arts and Sciences contact: Kim Weaver Spurr, (919) 962-4093,
Marchionini contact: Wanda Monroe, (919) 843-8337,