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Aug. 14, 2007

Postdoctoral student awarded national research fellowship

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill postdoctoral student Kimberly Raines was awarded a United Negro College Fund (UNCF)/Merck Science Initiative fellowship.

UNCF/Merck Science Fellows receive awards ranging from $25,000 to $85,000 each. Each fellow is paired with a mentor, a Merck scientist, who will provide research assistance and guidance. The Science Initiative also provides an institutional grant to the science department of the award recipient’s university.

A native of Silver Spring, Md., Raines is a postdoctoral researcher in the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.  Raines received her bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Duke University and a Ph.D. in pharmaceutical sciences from the University of Maryland, Baltimore.

Raines came to Carolina last June to study abnormal protein mutations in developmental disorders, which may be linked to cancer. She holds a joint fellowship in the research labs of Channing J. Der, Ph.D., in Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and Sharon Campbell, Ph.D., in the department of biochemistry and biophysics.

Raines is one of three students in the state and 36 in the country to receive the award. Other state recipients were Brandi Johnson of North Carolina A&T University and Emily Nwakpuda of North Carolina Central University.

The UNCF/Merck Science Initiative program targets black students pursuing careers in scientific research at undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral levels. Recipients are chosen for their academic achievements and their potential in the field of biomedical science.

The fellowship program is supported through the Merck Research Laboratories and Merck Institute for Science Education, a non-profit organization established by the pharmaceutical company Merck. Founded in 1993 to improve science education in public schools, the program has now expanded to include college and graduate-level education.


School of Government publication receives two Magnum Opus awards

A publication about teen pregnancy has earned faculty and staff members at the School of Government at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill two Magnum Opus awards from Publications Management magazine, in conjunction with the Missouri School of Journalism. Pregnancy and Parenting: A Legal Guide for Adolescents won a 2007 Gold Magnum Opus award for best public service series and an honorable mention award for best all-around government publication. The publishing industry’s leading custom publishing awards competition, the Magnum Opus awards represent industry-wide recognition for strategic, editorial and visual publishing excellence.

Part of the publication’s unconventional approach was to remove the title from the cover so that that adolescents who receive it from health-care providers are able to carry it around discreetly. Designer Robby Poore used this and other visual and typographical treatments to convey complex legal information in a manner accessible to teenagers. How effectively entrants share their vision with their clients is an important criterion for selecting recipients of the Magnum Opus Awards, in which judges evaluate submissions in 219 categories based on editorial, design, and publishing strategies.
Pregnancy and Parenting was produced by the Adolescent Pregnancy Project, which offers information on North Carolina law and resources to adolescents who are pregnant or are already parents and those who care for them. School of Government faculty member Anne Dellinger and Arlene M. Davis, assistant professor of social medicine at Carolina, are co-directors of the project. Contributors to Pregnancy and Parenting included School of Government faculty members Janet Mason and Jill Moore; former faculty member Anita Brown-Graham; and Faith Lockwood, social worker for Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools. School of Government editor Nancy Dooly was lead project manager and copy editor. Bilingual Communications translated the publication into Spanish, and editor Jennifer Henderson worked closely on this version, ensuring that quality-control measures were maintained.

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