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People briefs

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May 30, 2007

Local angles: Charlotte, Fayetteville; Griffin, Ga.; Weymouth, Mass.
Photos: Michalak:
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Michalak appointed to NIH advisory committee

Sarah C. Michalak, university librarian and associate provost for university libraries at UNC, has been appointed to the PubMed Central National Advisory Committee of the National Institutes of Health.

PubMed Central is a free digital archive of journal articles in the biomedical and life sciences. Launched by NIH in February 2000, the archive provides unrestricted access to the full text of critical, peer-reviewed scientific publications.    

The archive is an important tool for scientists, clinicians and the public, Michalak said. More than 300 journals participate, and every recipient of an NIH research grant is asked to share published results with PubMed Central.

The advisory committee provides independent advice on the content and operation of the site. Michalak’s appointment is through Jan. 31, 2011.

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Two UNC students receive fellowships to study abroad

Angela Harper and Brian K. Seymour II, rising seniors at UNC, have received fellowships of $2,500 each for study abroad this summer.

Harper, of Charlotte, will work with two anti-slavery groups: Anti-Slavery International in London and The Association of People for Practical Life Education (APPLE) in Ghana, West Africa. She is a double-major in international studies and sociology.

Seymour, a philosophy major from Fayetteville, will study in South Africa. His program, “South Africa: Education and Social Change,” is sponsored by the School for International Training in Brattleboro, Vt.

UNC’s Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History administers the awards, called Undergraduate International Studies Fellowships, for students from underrepresented groups. Applicants are evaluated on their academic records, civic engagement, financial need and objectives of their intended study abroad.

The fellowships, funded through the generous gift of an anonymous alumnus, contribute to university efforts to internationalize the campus community. Upon their return, fellowship recipients must share their research and experiences in a public forum arranged by the Stone Center.

Two Carolina students awarded grants for language courses

Michael Mulvey and Franklin Williamson, UNC graduate students in history, were awarded grants from the German Academic Exchange Service, which will enable them to study in Germany this summer and fall.

Both received approximately $3,500 each, which includes tuition, accommodations and a stipend for expenses and travel.

Mulvey, the son of Matthias and Rosemary Mulvey of Weymouth, Mass., will study the German language at a leading institution in the country for eight weeks this fall.

Williamson, the son of Drs. James D. and Rachel P. Williamson of Griffin, Ga., will travel to Germany this summer to study the language for three weeks.

The German Academic Exchange Service is an organization that promotes higher education in Germany and supports international academic cooperation. The organization offers programs and funding for students, faculty, researchers and others in higher education providing financial support to more than 50,000 people each year.

Journalism professor elected to professional board

The Society of Business Editors and Writers (SABEW) elected Chris Roush to a two-year term on its board.  Roush is the James H. Shumaker term assistant professor at the UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

SABEW is the leading trade group for business journalists.  The 3,500-member organization promotes business journalism through education.

Roush is the founding director of the Carolina Business News Initiative, which provides training for professional journalists and UNC students. He is also the author of “Show Me the Money: Writing Business and Economics Stories for Mass Communication” and “Profits and Losses: Business Journalism and its Role in Society.”

In 1993, Roush was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for his business coverage of the insurance industry in the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew. 

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