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May 8, 2007

Local angles: Lexington, Ky.; Pittsburgh, Pa., Chapel Hill

Two students receive Defense of Democracies fellowships

The Foundation for the Defense of Democracies in Washington, D.C., has awarded fellowships to two Carolina undergraduates.

Sarah Hernandez of Lexington, Ky., a junior economics major, and Kennan Hedrick of Raleigh, a senior majoring in peace, war and defense, were among 40 students from 23 colleges and universities nationwide chosen by the nonprofit, nonpartisan foundation.

The students will begin their 2007-08 fellowship with two weeks in Tel Aviv for an intensive series of lectures by academic, diplomatic and military experts in the field of terrorism from India, Israel, Jordan, Turkey and the United States. In Israel, the fellows will also travel to border zones, visit military and police facilities and engage in hands-on, live-fire exercises. In January, the students will travel to Washington, D.C., for a four-day seminar to learn more about America’s role in the war on terrorism from leading academic and government experts. The foundation analyzes terrorist threats and explores historical, cultural and other factors that drive terrorism and threaten individual freedoms guaranteed in democratic societies.

Entrepreneur, statistician King joins faculty

Statistician and researcher Donald W. King, co-founder of the survey research company Westat Inc., has been appointed a distinguished research professor at the School of Information and Library Science.

King has conducted 12 studies for the National Science Foundation. Other projects have included studies on consumer safety and surveys for ABC News and NBC. He was with Westat from 1961-1974. In 1976, King founded King Research Inc., which conducts information and communication services research. Since he retired from that firm in the mid-1990s, King has donated all of his research services, including his work at UNC.

Already at the school this past year as a visiting scholar from the University of Pittsburgh, King is co-principal investigator on four government-funded studies, two of them at UNC: “The Future of Librarians in the Workforce” and “Taxpayer Return on Investment in Public Libraries.” He has co-written 11 books and edited five.

King’s honors have included being named a Pioneer of Science Information by the Chemical Heritage Foundation and a fellow of the American Statistical Association. He received an Award of Merit and Research from the American Society for Information Science and Technology. He has been on boards and committees for organizations including the National Academy of Sciences, the National Business Council on Consumer Affairs and the Copyright Clearance Center. For more information, visit

Professor Jackson Roush receives American Academy of Audiology award

Dr. Jackson Roush, professor and director of the School of Medicine’s division of speech and hearing sciences, recently received the 2007 Presidential Award from the American Academy of Audiology.

The award was presented to Roush “in grateful appreciation for his significant contributions to the American Academy of Audiology and the audiology profession,” and in recognition of his leadership in expanding the quantity and quality of clinical externship sites and preceptors for doctoral students in audiology.

Throughout his career, Roush has worked on behalf of children with hearing loss and their families as a clinician, author, educator and member of the Joint Committee on Infant Hearing, a national group that promotes universal detection and treatment of hearing loss in newborns and infants.

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