Aug. 1, 2007

Carolina in the News

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

International Coverage

Study finds US army children hurt by deployments

A jump in child neglect and abuse by parents left behind while US soldiers are deployed reflects how the stress of war hits home, a new study shows. ..."The deployments had the greatest effect on civilian females who were left behind when their soldier-husbands were deployed," said Sandra Martin, a study author and professor of maternal and child health at the University of North Carolina.
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U.S. army kids hurt by deployment, study finds
The Canadian Press

Incidents of child abuse and neglect among U.S. army families rise significantly when a parent is deployed to a combat zone and the problem is greatest when women are left behind to keep the home fires burning, a study has found. ..."And over all these families we did find a 42 per cent increase in the rate of child abuse and neglect during times of deployment compared to non-deployment," said co-author Sandra Martin, a professor of maternal and child health at the University of North Carolina.

Soft drink dilemma

Diet sodas are often touted as a way to avoid the health problems linked to regular sodas, but a study released last week raised questions when it showed an association between both diet and regular soft drinks and metabolic syndrome ...The two markets for diet soda are people who are thin and want to stay that way, and, largely, people who have unhealthy lifestyles and want to lose weight, said Dr. Barry Popkin, a nutrition professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill...

National Coverage

Stress of war hits Army kids hard
USA Today

Army wives whose husbands are deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan have committed markedly higher rates of child neglect and abuse than when their spouses are home, according to a study Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association. ...A May report by the University of North Carolina showed similar abuse and neglect findings for military families in Texas in 2002 and 2003.
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Report: Strained Military Resulting in Abuse, Neglect
"All Things Considered," National Public Radio

The ongoing U.S. war on terrorism continues to strain military service members and their families. A new Journal of the American Medical Association study released Tuesday finds that deployments have resulted in increased rates of child abuse and neglect. Sandra Martin from the University of North Carolina is one of the study's authors.
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Early Detection for Breast Cancer
ABC World News with Charles Gibson

Good Morning America's co-anchor, Robin Roberts, is currently fighting breast cancer. Dr. Lisa Carey, associated professor of medicine at UNC Chapel Hill, was interviewed about the importance of early detection in fighting the disease and spoke directly about the use of sonograms in detecting in disease when mammograms do not.
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Media companies notice the sexiness of business news
USA Today

Nearly everyone knows that this is a trying time for news media. ..."I would call it the last growth industry in the (news) media world," says Chris Roush, a professor of business journalism at the University of North Carolina.

Business School Essay Questions
The Associated Press (National)

Business school applications generally ask students to write about their career progress and aspirations, but some also give students an opportunity to say more about themselves. Here are a few examples of essays, some optional and some required, included in this year's applications to some prominent MBA programs. ...Kenan-Flagler (University of North Carolina):_ Describe the major obstacles or challenges you have faced in pursuit of your goals. Tell us how you addressed these challenges and how they have shaped you.

Refreshingly Easy Diet Trick
Prevention Magazine

We have a national drinking problem: Americans consume 21% of their daily calories from beverages, according to researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Lighten up without losing the flavor of your favorite cool thirst quenchers.

Insurer's Donation Big Enough for Naming Rights?
The Chronicle of Higher Education

Officials, alumni, and curious observers continue to dig deeper into the controversy surrounding a would-be gift to the University of Iowa’s School of Public Health from Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield. ...Compared to the naming gifts at peer institutions, the donation was on the lower end, the newspaper reports: $30-million for the Joseph A. Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University; $25-million for the Mel and Enid Zuckerman School of Public Health at the University of Arizona; and a $50-million commitment from Dr. Dennis and Joan Gillings at the University of North Carolina.

Regional Coverage

Child abuse up when Army dads go to war
The New York Daily News

Child abuse and neglect in Army families with a deployed parent increased by more than 40% since soldiers were sent to Iraq and Afghanistan, a new study shows. ..."When your husband is away at war you're very worried about his safety, doing a lot of parenting, taking care of all the business at home, so you have additional household responsibilities plus the worry," said study author Sandra Martin of the University of North Carolina.
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Little League pitchers: How young is too young?
St. Petersburg Times (Fla.)

Something was amiss. Northeast pitcher Michael Cherico finished up the third inning in his sixth start of the season against Clearwater and headed to the dugout. ...Little League and the University of North Carolina are in the second year of a five-year study that examines the effect of breaking pitches.

Libraries are wise investments
The Tribune-Democrat (Johnston, Pa.)

Libraries in Cambria and Somerset counties do such a great job serving the needs of our region that it has been easy to take their values for granted. ...Armed with the results of a statewide study conducted by the University of North Carolina, officials of our public libraries can now argue a return of $5.50 in benefits for every $1 in tax support.

State & Local Coverage

State gives big boost to cancer research
The News & Observer (Raleigh)

Cancer research at UNC-Chapel Hill received a major boost in the state's new budget, which provided $25 million in research funds this year and promises $50 million annually starting in 2009.

Carolina North plans altered little
The Chapel Hill Herald

A fifth community meeting to discuss plans for Carolina North covered a lot of familiar ground Tuesday, and not just for the small number of people in the room who had seen the same PowerPoint presentation last week during a UNC Board of Trustees meeting. Carolina North Executive Director Jack Evans said the information presented was similar to plans discussed during previous meetings in May and June.
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Carolina North's shade of green unclear
The News & Observer (Raleigh)

Carolina North executive director Jack Evans thanked retired city planning professor David Godschalk on Tuesday for predicting that the future campus would be the "greenest" in North Carolina and a national model for sustainable design.
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Renovations leave dorm shaded in 'green'
The Chapel Hill Herald

UNC's renovated Morrison Hall -- focused on sustainability with newly installed solar panels -- will open its doors to 800 students on Aug. 15. ..."I truly believe that Morrison is going to be a real catalyst for sustainability for the campus," said Steve Lofgren, an assistant director for Housing and Residential Education at the university. "Having the solar panels on the roof, if you drive up Manning Drive, you'll see them. It's like a billboard for sustainability."

Study ties neglect to deployments
The News & Observer (Raleigh)

Sarah Galvin doesn't need a bunch of Ph.D.s to tell her it's tough being left to care for two young children while her husband is deployed to Iraq for 15 months. ...Two researchers each from RTI International in Research Triangle Park and UNC-Chapel Hill studied nearly 1,800 families that had at least one substantiated report of neglect or abuse and an enlisted soldier deployed at least once from Sept. 11, 2001, through 2004.
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Immigrants give more than they take (Opinion column)
The News-Record (Greensboro)

The law of supply and demand complements most legislation, and vice versa. In the immigration system, we have annual numerical limits for some visa categories. We do not limit other categories because demand is low, or the economic benefits offset possible job losses for U.S. workers. ...A 2006 UNC Kenan Institute report found the yearly economic impact of the Hispanic population on North Carolina to be more than $9 billion; the net cost to state government (education, health care and corrections) after taxes paid, $61 million.
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Pozen hopes for OK of migraine pill
The News & Observer (Raleigh)

Champagne corks could begin popping today at Pozen. The Chapel Hill drug company expects to find out today whether the Food and Drug Administration has approved its first drug for sale. ...Trexima "looks like a very solid drug," said Dr. Alan Finkel, a migraine specialist at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill who participated in Trexima studies.

UNC employees group claims censorship
The News & Observer (Raleigh)

Some UNC-Chapel Hill employees are protesting the university's refusal to print an article on collective bargaining. ..."The Gazette is a university publication, and the piece they submitted was basically an opinion column," said Nancy Davis, associate vice chancellor for university relations. "It just didn't seem appropriate for a university publication."

Brunswick's future should involve planning
The Star-News (Wilmington)

There is no crystal ball to predict Brunswick County's future. But officials can plan for what might come, based on future projections and past analysis. ...Stephen Appold, a senior research associate at Kenan Institute at the University of North Carolina, said communities can plan for growth. In fact, planning is required if municipalities or counties want to get their hands on federal funding for roads.

Want to boost intake of fruits, veggies? Dip into salsas (Commentary)
The Charlotte Observer

One way to make good use of summer tomatoes: salsa. Salsa means sauce in Spanish, and most of us think of the spicy variety we dip chips into at Mexican restaurants. Salsa actually comes in many forms, and all make a respectable contribution to the nutritional value of meals. ...Suzanne Havala Hobbs is a registered dietitian and a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Health Policy at UNC.

Defining moments
The Chapel Hill News

“Art is powerful,” said Paula Mayence. I had asked her the same question I’ve recently asked several other local people who enhance our artistic environment: Can you tell me about a book or experience that has affected your kinship to art? Mayence is a registered nurse and co-chair of the Brushes with Life Art Gallery at UNC’s Neuroscience Hospital. The gallery features works by current and former patients in the hospital’s Schizophrenia Treatment and Evaluation Program.

Issues & Trends

Access vs. Quality (Opinion-editorial column)
The New York Times

Whenever I’m asked, and sometimes even before I’m asked, I advise parents of college-age children to not send their sons and daughters to private schools, but to send them to public institutions, at least if there are any good ones in their state. I say this for the obvious reason. The tuition/fee difference between a good private school and a good state school can be as much as $40,000, and, aside from the dubious coin of prestige, it’s hard to see what you would be buying.

Easley signs, praises N.C. budget
The News & Observer (Raleigh)

Gov. Mike Easley signed a $20.7 billion budget bill this afternoon, and heaped praise on the legislature for their vision and courage. ...Easley used 16 pens to sign the budget, handing them out to key budget leaders. Among those standing with Easley were Howard Lee, chairman of the State Board of Education, Erskine Bowles, president of the University of North Carolina system, and Martin Lancaster, president of the state community college system.
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Tuesday, July 31, 2007, at the North Carolina General Assembly
The Associated Press (N.C.)

...Wednesday: Lawmakers and educators plan to pat each other on the back for the new University Cancer Research Fund, which will give $25 million in the coming year for study of the disease at the University of North Carolina. Budget co-author Sen. Walter Dalton, D-Rutherford, will discuss the fund at an 11 a.m. news conference with Dr. Shelton Earp, director of the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center; Dr. William Roper, UNC medical school dean; and cancer patient Joni Grandin of Raleigh.

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