April 8, 2005

Carolina in the News

Here is a sampling of links and notes about Carolina
people and programs cited recently in the media:

National Coverage

Guggenheim Foundation Announces 185 New Fellows for 2005
The Chronicle of Higher Education

The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation announced on Thursday the winners of its 2005 fellowships....Gerald J. Postema, Cary C. Boshamer Professor of Philosophy and Professor of Law, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: The discipline of public reason.....Donald J. Raleigh, Jay Richard Judson Distinguished Professor of History, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: Soviet baby boomers.
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Spring Commencement Speakers Are Announced by 23 Colleges
The Chronicle of Higher Education

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The Rev. Peter J. Gomes, a professor of Christian morals at Harvard University
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UNC news release: http://www.unc.edu/news/archives/sept04/commencement090904.html

At the Top, Pennies Per Share Add Up
The Washington Post

Like many companies in Silicon Valley, Xilinx Inc. liked its cash -- for expansion, for investment and for stock buybacks that boosted its share prices. But when Congress and President Bush slashed the tax rate on dividends in 2003, the San Jose chipmaker had a change of heart....Congress did not accept the president's proposal wholesale, instead cutting the tax rate on dividends from a maximum 38.6 percent to 15 percent, while lowering the tax rate on most capital gains to 15 percent as well, a cut of unparalleled magnitude, according to a paper by Jennifer L. Blouin of the University of Pennsylvania and Jana Smith Raedy and Douglas A. Shackelford of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Zinc And Childhood Development
NBC Health News

Milk has it, beans do too. Zinc is found in all kinds of foods; the mineral is important for growth and development during childhood.... "Perhaps the most interesting finding is increased memory performance in adolescents occurred at the highest level of zinc supplement which is twice as much as the daily allowance," UNC nutrition researcher Lisa Sutherland, Ph.D., said.

Reported Adelphia bid creates dilemma for Cablevision, board member
The Associated Press (National)

As Wall Street continues to puzzle over Cablevision Systems Corp.'s intentions, the company finds itself in an unusual dilemma: One of its new board members is a major stakeholder in Adelphia Communications Corp., a company it's reportedly seeking to acquire...."There's no way of reconciling that conflict," said Robert Bushman, an accounting professor at the University of North Carolina's Kenan-Flagler Business School.

Study Finds Injectable Drug Combined With Therapy May Help Fight Alcoholism
Voice of America

Researchers say an injectable version of a drug used to treat alcoholism, combined with therapy, resulted in a reduction of heavy drinking by test subjects over a period of six months....Researchers at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and elsewhere found a decrease in the number of days of heavy drinking from an average 19 days to three over six months.
UNC news release: http://www.unc.edu/news/archives/apr05/alcohol040105.html

Former 'Others' show their pride
Arizona Republic

Like millions of Americans, Nathalie Conte can't check just one box on forms asking about her race....A 2003 study at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill found mixed-race teenagers had overall higher risks for health problems and were more likely to suffer from depression, substance abuse, sleep troubles and pain.

State and Local Note

The recording of the March 22 panel discussion sponsored by The Center on Poverty, Work, and Opportunity at the School of Government will air today (April 8) at 7 p.m. on WUNC-FM.

State & Local Coverage

Our Destiny Holds Science
The State Port Pilot

Sara Hancock slowly eased up the button of the pipette, extracting a tiny dot of green dye from the tube....Last week, advanced biology students tested new equipment purchased by the school through its partnership with the University of North Carolina's DESTINY program.

Twenty-First Century science no longer relies upon Bunsen Burners and Erlyn-Myer Flasks
The Brunswick Beacon

Instead, high-tech and often expensive equipment is what students need to truly learn modern science. UNC-Chapel Hill's DESTINY Program is partnering with Brunswick County to equip Brunswick's biology classrooms with cutting edge equipment.

West biotech class to begin next year
The Brunswick Beacon

Thanks to its partnership with UNC-Chapel Hill's DESTINY programs, West Brunswick High School will offer its first honors biotechnology classes next school year.

Original Rambler resurrected
Independent Weekly

Stories handed down about Charlie Poole paint the Piedmont banjo raconteur as a helpless slush, a nomadic rambler and a penniless trickster whose charm and ballyhoo immortalized him with all who crossed his path--three traits that surely build a legend. Now, a UNC symposium and upcoming box set, You Ain't Talkin' To Me: Charlie Poole and the Roots of Country Music, seek to shift the gonzo lore to a studied discourse dropping Poole smack-dab in the gap between the country and bluegrass continuum.
UNC news release: http://www.unc.edu/news/archives/mar05/dynamicsymp032305.html

Man Leaves Hospital With New Liver, No Sign Of Hemophilia
WRAL-TV (CBS, Raleigh)

A few minutes and a bandage will stop bleeding from a minor cut for most people. But for a hemophiliac or "free bleeder," even a bruise could be life threatening. Three months ago, a patient at UNC Hospitals left with a new liver and no more hemophilia...."It sort of serendipitously cures the hemophilia," said UNC hematologist Dr. Alice Ma.

'Caesar and Cleopatra' finds modern-day parallels
The Herald-Sun (Durham)

When asked if he saw a relationship between George Bernard Shaw's "Caesar and Cleopatra" and the UNC Tar Heels' NCAA Championship win against Illinois on Monday night, PlayMakers Repertory Company's David Hammond laughed first and then quickly replied...."Yes, I think it's a perfect play for a winning week," said Hammond, PlayMakers' artistic director, who directs Shaw's play.

On view
The News & Observer (Raleigh)

Think "North Carolina Museum of Art," and you might think of Matisse and Picasso, the masters celebrated in last year's blockbuster show. Or you might recall trips through the European galleries, the Greek antiquities displays or the African and Jewish collections....Artists include nationally known photographers like Joel Sternfeld and Sean Hemmerle, as well as UNC-Chapel Hill faculty Jeff Whetstone and Pamela Pecchio, both in the recent faculty biennial at the Ackland Art Museum.

Road delay called suspect
The News & Observer (Raleigh)

On its asphalt surface, South Columbia Street doesn't look much like a war zone....Bruce Runberg, UNC's vice chancellor for planning and construction, said the university is not pulling behind-the-scenes strings at the DOT.

Issues & Trends

Voice for the campuses (Editorial)
The News & Observer (Raleigh)

When Molly Corbett Broad, president of the University of North Carolina system, meets with small groups of people across the state, be they big donors, civic leaders or young alumni, people come away with good feelings about their universities. Broad, who on Wednesday announced that she intends to leave office next year, when she will be 65, has been an enthusiastic presence wherever she's gone, and a most eloquent advocate for public higher education.
Note: Editorials were also published by The Herald-Sun (Durham) and The Chapel Hill Herald but were not available online.

No doubt, UNC post a 'coveted position'
The Herald-Sun (Durham)/The Chapel Hill Herald

Although there is still a search committee to name and procedural details to work out, one thing about the UNC system's newest job opening is clear: It will surely draw a lot of interest.

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