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Sept. 25, 2007

Sherryl Kleinman to receive 2007 Women’s Advocacy Award

Dr. Sherryl Kleinman has been selected to receive the 2007 Women’s Advocacy Award from the Carolina Women’s Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A professor of sociology at Carolina, Dr. Kleinman will be presented with the award at the center’s 10th anniversary keynote lecture today (Sept. 25) at 7:30 p.m. in the Frank Porter Graham Student Union Great Hall.  The keynote lecturer is Carolina alumna Wendy Gebauer Palladino.  This free lecture is open to the public and will be followed by a reception.

Dr. Kleinman works in the areas of symbolic interaction, social psychology, qualitative research, sociology of emotions, and race, class and gender.  She regularly teaches undergraduate courses that cross-list with women’s studies and worked with several colleagues to create the undergraduate minor in social and economic justice that is housed in the sociology department. Her graduate teaching includes courses in qualitative methods and feminist theory, among others. 

Kleinman has twice been a Chapman Faculty Fellow at the Institute of Arts and Humanities, was twice awarded the Tanner Faculty Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, and has received many favorite faculty and superlative faculty awards from graduating classes, in addition to numerous other honors and accolades.  Dr. Kleinman’s latest book, “Feminist Fieldwork Analysis,” was published by Sage in 2007.  

Dr. Donna Bickford, director of the Carolina Women’s Center, commended Kleinman’s tireless work to eradicate sexist language. “This award honors Kleinman’s efforts to advocate for gender equity on the Carolina campus.”

Crystal Feimster, Martha Arnold and Alison Roberts served on the selection committee for the 2007 Women’s Advocacy Award.  The Carolina Women’s Center serves faculty, students and staff on the Carolina campus and works to empower women and promote their equality.

Carolina Women’s Center contact: Donna Bickford, (919) 843-5620

Sheila Leatherman named first Gillings Visiting Professor

Sheila Leatherman has been named the first Gillings Visiting Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Public Health. The professorship is part of Carolina Public Health Solutions, a program established through a gift from Dennis and Joan Gillings.

Leatherman, a research professor in the school’s department of health policy and administration, has professional experience that stretches across the breadth of public health and health policy. Currently she is reviewing the impact of the Labour Government reforms on health care quality in the United Kingdom’s National Health Service (NHS).  For her work during the past decade with the NHS, she was named an Honorary Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.

“Professor Leatherman is known internationally for the quality of her work on complex public health issues,” said Peggy Leatt, Ph.D., chair of the school’s health policy and administration department.  “She is one of the world’s leaders in improving the policies that guide the way we operate and administer health care – in both developed and developing countries.”

Leatherman spends much of her time as a research professor evaluating and analyzing health care systems and issues throughout the world. The Gillings Visiting Professorship will provide the means for her to focus a portion of UNC’s public health research on microcredit and its impact on global health. Microcredit is a strategy for advancing small loans – as little as $100 or less – to individuals in order to reduce poverty and foster self-sufficiency. The visiting professorship will begin on July 1, 2008.

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School of Public Health contact: Ramona DuBose, (919) 966-7744 or

Slavick’s new book pinpoints bombing sites through art

In her latest book, “Bomb After Bomb: A Violent Cartography,” artist and UNC art professor elin o’Hara slavick uses mixed media to represent sites around the world that the United States has bombed.

Published by Charta Books of Milan, Italy, “Bomb After Bomb” contains 66 illustrations – 62 of them in color – each rendered as a map of bombed areas. Slavick worked from military surveillance imagery, aerial photographs, battle plans, maps and mass media sources. She created the drawings and paintings using gouache, ink, watercolors, graphite and other materials – sometimes dropping color onto a page as though a bomb might be dropped on a much larger scale. Each piece is accompanied by text with historical information.

The book also includes an essay by Carol Mavor, professor of art history at the University of Manchester in England, previously at UNC; a transcribed conversation between slavick and anthropologist Catherine Lutz, Ph.D., of Brown University, previously of UNC; and comments by nuclear war opponent Dr. Helen Caldicott. It has received favorable reviews in the arts magazines Arthur and Big, Red & Shiny and locally in The Independent Weekly, with more reviews expected.

Slavick will speak about the book at 11 a.m. Nov. 10 at McIntyre’s Fine Books and Bookends in Fearrington Village and at 7 p.m. Nov. 12 at the Regulator Bookshop at 720 Ninth St. in Durham.

Howard Zinn, professor emeritus of political science at Boston University, writes in the forward: “If the drawings of elin o’Hara slavick and the words that accompany them cause us to think about war, perhaps in ways we never did before, they will have made a powerful contribution towards a peaceful world.”

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Pukkila to receive award for leadership in science education

Patricia J. Pukkila, founding director of the Office of Undergraduate Research at UNC, will be recognized for her leadership in advancing science education by the American Society for Cell Biology.

Pukkila, a professor of biology and an expert in fungal genomics, was named the 2007 recipient of the Bruce Alberts Award for Excellence in Science Education. She was chosen for her exceptional contributions to undergraduate science education at the local, state and national level.

Pukkila also was honored for her efforts to make undergraduate research a key part of UNC’s Quality Enhancement Plan for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools reaccreditation.

In 1996, Pukkila established a special education section of the journal, Genetics, the primary journal in the genetics field. The section has provided a scholarly showcase for innovations in teaching and learning genetics. Pukkila is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and she serves on the education committees for two major scientific societies.

In 2001, Pukkila focused her educational efforts on both students and legislators. She initiated biannual, multi-campus undergraduate research symposia for the North Carolina state legislature. The ongoing symposia enable students to convey their excitement and the importance of their original work to elected officials.

Pukkila will receive the Alberts Award at the society’s annual meeting Dec. 2 in Washington, D.C., where she will discuss “Catalyzing Changes in Undergraduate Science Education.”

“Professor Pukkila has had a truly remarkable impact on undergraduate education, having become a national leader in the effort to include inquiry-based education and undergraduate research in our nation’s science curriculum,” UNC biology professor Kerry Bloom wrote in a nomination letter. “She has had a longstanding interest in teaching scientific reasoning to undergraduates and has shown exceptional creativity in incorporating exercises that emphasize a scientific approach to solving problems …”

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