Aug. 10, 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

Call for $300m to clean up mud pouring into reef
The Sidney Morning Herald (Australia)

AT least $300 million needs to be spent urgently to clean up millions of tonnes of mud and chemical pollution pouring into the Great Barrier Reef every year, to boost the reef's immunity to climate change, according to a new report from WWF. ...Reefs worldwide are under threat. A University of North Carolina study published on Wednesday said large-scale degradation of the world's coral reefs was much worse than previously thought. Over the past two decades, coral had disappeared at five times the rate of the planet's rainforests, it said.
Related Link: http://www.upi.com/NewsTrack/Science/2007/08/09/indopacific_coral_reefs_are_disappearing/7318/
UNC News Release: http://www.unc.edu/news/archives/aug07/coraldecline080707.html

National Coverage

Home Is Where The Airport Is
Business Week

A few years ago, a professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, John D. Kasarda, began to write and lecture about something called the aerotropolis. An airport city, complete with residences, entertainment, and offices, it reflected the idea that populations would cluster around this century's key transportation hub, as they once did on the banks of shipping ports (New York) and at railroad crossings (Atlanta).

Kinston businessman donates $2 million for UNC endowment
The Associated Press (National)
A businessman donated $2 million to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to establish an endowment that will support projects in research, economic development and undergraduate education.
UNC News Release: http://www.unc.edu/news/archives/aug07/harveywaward080807.html

Univ. Lands Genetics Study Grant
The Associated Press (National)
The University of Louisville said Thursday it will create a federally backed center for researchers trying to unravel how genetics, lifestyle and environment can lead to diseases common in Kentucky. University President James Ramsey said the school was awarded a $4.4 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to study links between a person's genetic makeup, behavioral factors such as diet, stress and exercise and surroundings such as exposure to pollutants. ...Ramsey said the center will be among 22 NIH-designated environmental health centers nationally. UofL will be in elite company _ with Johns Hopkins, Harvard and the University of North Carolina _ in studying the link between genetics and a person's environment, he said.

Regional Coverage

Water, water everywhere
The Birmingham News (Birmingham, AL)

...But even with easier access to water, tragedies still occur. In 2006 in the United States, five football players ages 11 to 17 died from heat stroke, the most since 2000, according to the Annual Survey of Football Injuries. The study, which is compiled by Frederick O. Mueller, a professor at the University of North Carolina, also listed seven other "heart-related" deaths that may or may not have been caused by the heat.
Related link: http://www.local12.com/news/local/story.aspx?content_id=b07524d6-c309-4151-bde3-895fb7886d61
UNC News Release: http://www.unc.edu/news/archives/aug07/muellerfootballdeaths080207.html

State & Local Coverage

UNC-CH receives $2 million pledge
The News & Observer (Raleigh)
UNC-Chapel Hill officials announced Thursday that the university has received a commitment of $2 million to support and advance a broad spectrum of university priorities.
Related Links: http://triangle.bizjournals.com/triangle/stories/2007/08/06/daily39.html
UNC News Release: http://www.unc.edu/news/archives/aug07/harveywaward080807.html

UNC's endowment returns 23.4%
The Triangle Business Journal

Building on a string of robust returns over the past five years, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's endowment appears to have capped off one of its best investment performances ever in 2007. Early figures released by UNC Management Co., which manages the endowment, indicate the UNC Investment Fund, which is composed almost entirely of UNC-Chapel Hill's endowment, grew to more than $2.2 billion during the fiscal year ended June 30.
Related Link: http://triangle.bizjournals.com/triad/stories/2007/08/13/story14.html

Real Improvements (Commentary)
The Winston-Salem Journal
Thanks for your recent coverage of the N.C. General Assembly’s budget agreement (“Budget will let sales tax stand,” July 29). With the passage of the state budget, North Carolina’s first university cancer-research fund was created. UNC Chapel Hill will receive $25 million in 2007-2008, which will increase to $50 million per year beginning in 2009. ...Cecilia L. McDaniel, member, advisory board, Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.
UNC News Release: http://www.unc.edu/news/archives/aug07/nccancerfundnat080107.html

Study: Program cut college tobacco use
The News & Observer (Raleigh)
A program aimed at cutting tobacco use by college students statewide was a success, according to UNC-Chapel Hill researchers. The N.C. Health and Wellness Fund established the Tobacco-Free Colleges Initiative, which awards grants to organizations on the state's campuses.
UNC Research Brief: http://www.unc.edu/news/briefs/2007/080907.html

Issues & Trends

Coble gives constituent letters to UNC Greensboro
The Winston-Salem Journal

Ferrel Guillory, the director of the Program on Public Life at UNC Chapel Hill, said he wishes that more members of Congress would donate their letters to academia, because the documents will be a valuable resource for years to come.

Fayetteville State says standardized test used incorrectly
The Associated Press (NC)

Fayetteville State University has told nursing students a standardized test that prompted complaints after students failed it won't be used as part of their grade. ...Students complained last week to the State Board of Nursing and the University of North Carolina system about the test from Health Education Systems. The complaints came after 43 out of 46 rising juniors and 11 seniors didn't score a passing grade.


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