April 26, 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

Class Conscious
U.S. News & World Report

Before Jamie Sparano arrived at Princeton University as a freshman last fall, she didn't think she was that unusual.....Already, a number of schools, including Yale, the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and the University of Virginia, have announced no-loan policies for low-income students--with some dramatic results.
Carolina Covenant website: http://www.unc.edu/carolinacovenant/

Recruiters of M.B.A.s Return to Campuses, Looking for More
The Wall Street Journal

Companies are sending their recruiters back to school this spring....At the University of North Carolina's Kenan-Flagler Business School, at least 70% of second-year students have job offers now, compared with 68% at graduation in mid-May last year.

To Pull or Not to Pull? Wisdom Teeth in Trouble
The New York Times

By her own description, Stephanie Campagna has perfect teeth - straight, gleaming and cavity-free. They were a source of pride in high school, and relief when she listened to her friends' tales of the dentist's chair....The relationship of seemingly intact wisdom teeth to chronic tooth decay and periodontal disease is a relatively new finding, based on a continuing study at the University of North Carolina.
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Healthy? Think Again
U.S. News & World Report

One fall day in 2003, more than 20 million Americans went to bed healthy and woke up sick. They didn't feel any different--no 24-hour stomach virus, no late-fall cold. What happened?...."What we are doing is not sustainable," says Nortin Hadler, a rheumatologist at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and author of The Last Well Person.

Regional Coverage

Center to serve learning-disabled pupils
The State (Myrtle Beach)

Struggling students don't often get to go to magnet schools, but they are at the front of the line for Richland 2's newest program.....The Center for Achievement is loosely based on the teachings of pediatrician Mel Levine, director of the University of North Carolina's Clinical Center for the Study of Development and Learning, and a co-founder of All Kinds of Minds, an organization that analyzes learning differences.

State & Local Coverage

UNC looks to partner with ECU
The Daily Reflector (Greenville)

UNC-Chapel Hill wants to partner with ECU in research and economic development, and UNC officials say they want to stimulate the east's economy by opening a new branch of a therapeutics company....James Moeser, chancellor of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, met with leaders at East Carolina University on Monday to discuss opening a branch of Hemocellular Therapeutics east of Interstate 95. The Chapel Hill company is developing a technology to quickly stop bleeding in cases of severe injury.

Note: Chancellor Moeser
spent Monday in Greenville as part of his Carolina Connects initiative. He participated with research leaders and faculty from East Carolina University and UNC-Chapel Hill in a strategy session on future collaborations. He also met with the editorial board of The Daily Reflector.
UNC news release: http://www.unc.edu/news/archives/may04/carolinaconnects052704.html

UNC marshals forces to fight steep cuts
The Herald-Sun (Durham) / The Chapel Hill Herald

UNC officials taken aback by a legislative proposal to cut nearly $100 million from the university system's budget are now scrambling to stave off the reductions, which they say would have a significant impact on the classroom experience.

Town rezones part of Carolina North land
The Chapel Hill Herald

The Town Council decided Monday to rezone part of the land off Airport Road where UNC hopes to someday build its Carolina North campus.

Horace Williams parcel rezoned
The News & Observer (Raleigh)

Town Council members rezoned a large portion of what one day could become the Carolina North satellite campus Monday night, while vowing that the new classification won't apply to whatever is built on the tract.

Ozone Alert
"The State of Things" WUNC-FM

As the North Carolina Division of Air Quality begins its annual ozone-monitoring season, host Frank Stasio leads a discussion on the state of air pollution in North Carolina.
Note: Daniel Rodriguez, assistant professor of city and regional planning, was a guest for this episode, which will rebroadcast tonight at 9.

Tighter drug law hobbles patients
The News & Observer (Raleigh)

The quarterly ride to her Chapel Hill doctor takes Karen Nelson more than an hour from her home in Harnett County, and it's rough going all the way because Nelson is in constant pain.....Dr. Sunil Dogra, a pain specialist at UNC-Chapel Hill, said the DEA's new stance is burdening the hospital's pain clinic, filling the waiting room with patients who now must make, and pay for, a monthly doctor visit where one a quarter had sufficed.

Racing to replace GSK drug
The News & Observer (Raleigh)

Gilbert S. Mott Jr. and Paul J. Atkins used to work together on forerunners of GlaxoSmithKline's Advair, a purple-and-white dispenser filled with two asthma drugs that generated about $4.5 billion in sales last year....But up to half of all asthma patients express reservations about using Advair and about the results, said Dr. David Peden, a professor of pediatrics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Note: Oriel is one of Carolina's spin-off companies and is based on research originating in the School of Pharmacy.

May an air of respect continue in today's water mediation session (Editorial)
Asheville Citizen-Times

Today is a critical day for the future of the region's water system. Before we get into just how critical it is, it is only right to point out that it's a day that we're glad has come....The mediation session will be led by Dr. John B. Stephens of the Public Dispute Resolution Program at the University of North Carolina's Institute of Government. We applaud the process of a continuing dialogue and of open and honest negotiations that follow the law and are as open to the public as possible.

Leaders leave public out of water debate
Asheville Citizen-Times

Barber Melton isn't crazy about the city and county deciding the future of the region's water system in secret, but as a June 30 deadline approaches, she's also glad they're talking....But the two sides have chosen a closed process with mediator Dr. John Stephens from the Public Dispute Resolution Program at the University of North Carolina's Institute of Government.

Cleo and the Romans
The News & Observer (Raleigh)

Take a comical look at history tonight with Playmakers Repertory Company's production of George Bernard Shaw's "Caesar and Cleopatra" at the Center for Dramatic Art on the campus of UNC-Chapel Hill.

Issues & Trends

Government's Change in Calculating Need Will Deny Pell Grants to 81,000 Students, GAO Report Confirms
The Chronicle of Higher Education

The U.S. Education Department's new way of determining a student's need for financial aid will disqualify 81,000 students from receiving Pell Grants, the Government Accountability Office said in a report last week, a conclusion that confirmed earlier predictions by many higher-education lobbyists.
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N.C. Wesleyan 9/11 class fuels debate
The Associated Press (N.C.)

The classroom where N.C. Wesleyan College's only political science professor is teaching a course titled "9/11: The Road to Tyranny" has become the latest battlefront in the campus culture wars....And North Carolina has seen battles over the academic community's response to Sept. 11, as when three incoming freshmen sued UNC-Chapel Hill over a summer reading assignment of a book that examined Muslim beliefs.


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