Aug. 3, 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

Worldwide distribution of cervical cancer virus is consistent with vaccine targets
SpiritIndia.com

The variety of human papilloma viruses that cause invasive cervical cancer cases worldwide, are largely consistent across continents, according to a new study from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. ...“Our data confirm that HPV types 16 and 18 are the most common in invasive cancer and strengthen the data on the estimated number of cases that could be prevented with vaccination,” said lead study author Jennifer Smith, Ph.D., a research assistant professor of epidemiology in the UNC School of Public Health and a member of the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. “As a result of this analysis, we now have additional information about other high-risk HPV types that cause invasive cancer to target for future HPV vaccine development.”
UNC News Release: http://www.unc.edu/news/archives/aug07/smithinternationalcancer080107.html

National Coverage

Where the Federal Research Funds Flow
Inside Higher Education

Johns Hopkins University held on to its position as the top recipient of federal science and engineering funds in 2005 and research universities that typically round out the top 10 continue to do so. The data — released Thursday — are part of an annual analysis by the National Science Foundation. ...17. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill $363,100,000 ...There was relatively little change in the top 20 institutions this year — the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill joined the group, moving to the 17th spot from 21st the year before. Pennsylvania State University fell out of the top 20, going to the 22nd spot after previously being in the 19th position.

State & Local Coverage

N.C.'s `brightest gem' (Editorial)
The Charlotte Observer

In a legislative session where the rank and file have taken a beating for tardy passage of the state budget, delays in tackling ethics complaints and general criticism for not having been overly productive, the N.C. General Assembly has done something extraordinary. It has created a cancer research fund in an effort to make UNC hospitals the national leader in public cancer research and treatment. ...In 2009 the new N.C. Cancer Hospital, authorized by the legislature in 2004, will open as the clinical home of the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. UNC School of Medicine Dean William Roper says the research funding will be "a transformational gift" not just to the center center or the UNC Health Care System, "but to the people of North Carolina."

Schools raise record amounts
The Herald-Sun (Durham)

Duke University and UNC Chapel Hill turned in record-breaking years on the fundraising front in fiscal 2006-07, between them raising almost $631 million from private sources.

'Kid Nation' Raises Controversy Ahead of Air
"Morning Edition" National Public Radio

William Coleman specializes in child development and behavior at the University of North Carolina.

Heat-stroke deaths in sports spiked in '06
The Chapel Hill Herald

Fred Mueller makes a list every year of the worst kind of deaths: preventable ones. The list is of heat-related deaths in middle and high school football players. After steady increases in recent years, the deaths spiked way up in 2006. Five young athletes, from 11 to 17 years old, died of heat stroke last year nationwide. And Mueller, a professor of exercise and science at UNC, isn't sure why the numbers are going up.

Local News Briefs
The Chapel Hill Herald

PlayMakers Repertory Company is seeking area residents with informed opinions on conflict in the Middle East to present their views in community discussions Sept. 12-16. ... A $2.5 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation of New York will make a significant contribution to medieval and early modern studies at UNC.
UNC News Release: http://www.unc.edu/news/archives/aug07/medievalmellon080107.html

Sweet sounds
The Rocky Mountain Telegram

The Tar River Orchestra and Chorus has a few surprises in store in its upcoming season. Organizers hope some new faces, innovative scheduling and powerful music will make the 2007 season one of the best to date, said Beth Kupsco, general manager of the Tar River Choral and Orchestral Society Inc. ...Michael Votta, the director of the wind ensemble at UNC-Chapel Hill, will conduct "American Salute," the band's second concert of the season, Crocker said.

A flying shame (Letter to the Editor)
The News & Observer (Raleigh)

Regarding the July 20 letter titled "Airport saves lives," the writer's rhetoric is simply more scare-tactic hyperbole aimed at forcing UNC-Chapel Hill to keep Horace Williams Airport open primarily for private pilots' use at taxpayer expense.

Early-voting site for campus in limbo
The Carrboro Citizen

When a voting site was first opened at Morehead Planetarium in 2000, plenty of students, joined by a host of elected and university officials, lined the steps for the opportunity to cast a ballot on campus for the first time. And while the idea of an on-campus voting site has focused on getting more students to turn out, it’s proved even more popular among university employees and those who frequent downtown as a convenient way to do one’s civic duty. ...Last week, newly elected Student Body President Eve Carson spoke out against the move at the UNC-Chapel Hill’s Board of Trustees meeting. She urged the board to do what it could to make sure a campus voting site is available.
Related Link: http://www.carrborocitizen.com/main/2007/08/02/campus-needs-an-early-voting-site/


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