Aug. 7, 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

Scientist identified Lung tumor suppressor gene

Researchers have identified a gene LKB1 that acts as a tumour suppressor, and mutation in which leads to accelerated lung tumor growth. ...The study was conducted by a team of researchers led by Dr. Norman Sharpless at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine and Harvard Medical School.
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Doctors refine heart attack guidelines
Reuters (wire service)

U.S. heart experts are calling for a two-pronged approach for treating patients with chest pain or heart attacks caused by partially blocked arteries... The new guidelines, issued jointly by the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology, refine 2002 recommendations and suggest steps for treating patients based on better information about who might better benefit from medical versus invasive therapy. "The guidelines are emphasizing the importance of determining risk early on in these patients and choosing the right therapy," said Dr. Sidney Smith, a cardiologist at the University of North Carolina and a past president of the American Heart Association.
Note: Smith also did an interview on the new heart attack guidelines with CNN Radio. No link available.

Regional Coverage

Program has grads helping high schoolers
The Associated Press (NC)

A new national program based at UNC-Chapel Hill hopes to give college graduates the tools to help others follow in their footsteps. The National College Advising Corps puts recent graduates into high schools to serve as advisers to students who need help with applications or to influence some who might not be considering college.
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Southern belle: Refinement redefined
The Clarion-Ledger (Jackson, MS)

...Harry L. Watson, a history professor and director of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Center for the Study of the American South, says the idea of the Southern belle has become more inclusive. "I see more people today - North and South - adopting and discarding identities or cultural styles based on personal choice and not family or regional inheritance," he says.

High schools try to tackle the heat
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch (St. Louis, MO)

...The oppressive heat affected all fall sports, but football, with its two-per-day practices and its helmets and shoulder pads, is a special concern. Across the nation, five football players between ages 11 and 17 died of heat stroke in 2006, according to a recent study released by the University of North Carolina.
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State & Local Coverage

Advising corps will show way to college
The Chapel Hill Herald

Meghan Bridges of Sanford wouldn't have graduated from UNC if it wasn't for her mom. ,,,Bridges, 22, was one of about 60 recent graduates from across the nation at UNC on Monday to train to be advisers in the National College Advising Corps. The UNC-based program places recent graduates in high schools to increase access to higher education for first generation, low-income and underrepresented students.
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Cancer center kudos (Letter to the Editor)
The News & Observer (Raleigh)

With the recently passed state budget, our state's leaders have made a remarkable investment, one that will no doubt touch every life in North Carolina. By establishing the University Cancer Research Fund, North Carolina is now one of only a few states with a dedicated comprehensive cancer research fund. H. Shelton Earp III, M.D. Director, Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center Professor of Medicine and Pharmacology. William L. Roper, M.D. CEO, UNC Health Care Dean, UNC School of Medicine.

Researchers find new anti-cancer gene (Editorial)
The Chapel Hill Herald

Cancer causing mutations occur in our bodies every day -- but luckily, we have specific genes that recognize these malignant events and keep cells from growing out of control. ..."Defects in this gene appear to result in a much nastier form of lung cancer, a disease that is bad to begin with," said Dr. Norman Sharpless, an assistant professor of medicine and genetics in the UNC School of Medicine, a member of the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and a senior author of the study.
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Grounding globalism in the southern landscape
Chatham Journal Weekly (Pittsboro)

Is “globalism” a threat to the South, that special place where we live? Is it stealing our jobs and homogenizing our culture? Or, is it transforming the South for the better, raising our income levels, and bringing us a healthy diversity? UNC Chapel Hill anthropology professor James Peacock looks for answers to these questions in his new book, “Grounded Globalism: How the U.S. South Embraces the World.”

Board to select voting locations today
The Chapel Hill Herald

The most hotly contested issue of this young election season -- where will Chapel Hill residents vote? -- has been pushed to the forefront of Orange County politics by an unexpected demographic. A small core of UNC student government officers, normally all but invisible during the summer, have lobbied for two weeks to keep early one-stop voting for this fall's municipal elections on or near campus.

Let's have two new early voting sites
The Chapel Hill Herald

It's still three months before Election Day, but we already have a controversy. This one, though, is not about who said what, positions on particular issues or even Carolina North. This one's about voting itself, and where to do it. ...The Orange County Board of Elections will decide Tuesday on the replacement for that site. Director of Elections Barry Garner has recommended the Seymour Senior Center, on Homestead Road, as the new location. That recommendation has drawn harsh criticism from some residents, from local officials and from UNC student government representatives...

Issues & Trends

Campus Safety Tops Orientation Agendas
The Associated Press (National)

At colleges around the country this summer, one topic has vaulted to the top of the agenda at freshman orientation: campus safety. The nation's first incoming freshmen since last spring's shootings at Virginia Tech are heading to class soon, and colleges have been fielding more questions from parents and students about security and mental health issues.

Freshmen using Web to meet others
The Charlotte Observer

A couple weeks before she begins her freshman year at Queens University of Charlotte, Lauren Nation has met more than 150 of her classmates. She knows students who will live in the same dorm, share her major, and compete on Queens sports teams. Nation has even talked with upperclassmen to get insight on college life.

Asheville mayor, Warren Wilson president work to stop climate change
The Asheville Citizen-Times

Asheville Mayor Terry Bellamy and Warren Wilson College President Sandy Pfeiffer today agreed to work together to help protect the climate. ...In January, Pfeiffer signed a letter of intent for the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment, an initiative modeled after the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement. Warren Wilson and UNC-Chapel Hill were the first N.C. schools to sign this commitment to make campuses more sustainable and to help address global warming.

UNC-Chapel Hill's 'front door'
The News & Observer (Raleigh)

...As Chapel Hillians gaze westward at the vibrant social scene at Weaver Street Market in Carrboro, some lament the lack of a public gathering space on Franklin Street and wonder why McCorkle Place isn't it. ...Carolyn Elfland, UNC-Chapel Hill's associate vice chancellor for campus services, said the reasons for that may be new rules limiting large gatherings to protect trees, along with a new approach by the Downtown Partnership.

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