Aug. 13, 2007
Carolina in the News
Here is a sampling of links and notes about Carolina people and programs cited recently in the media:
Getting Schools to Think and Act Green
When Professor Douglas Crawford-Brown needs reassurance that his work has had an impact, he looks at the picture on his wall of a group of beaming students from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill posed in front of City Hall in Cambridge, England. ...Colleges also are eager to dip into the deep well of foundation grants earmarked for innovative research in the area of sustainability. Says UNC's Crawford-Brown: "The entire energy infrastructure of the U.S. is going to move toward renewable energy in the next 20 years, and there are hundreds of millions of dollars out there to be raised to support studies of sustainability at universities."
How a Company Made Everyone a Team Player
The Wall Street Journal
American corporations love teamwork. But few companies are as smitten as ICU Medical Inc. ...Most big companies assign teams for projects. ICU, which has around 1,480 employees, is unusual in that it allows workers to initiate the teams. It's "rare that a company says, 'Go form your own team and go address this issue,' " says Ben Rosen, a management professor at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
Executive Suite: Pomegranates pop up in healthy places
...While there's research showing pomegranates can have healthful effects, some nutrition experts remain skeptical. Jeffrey Blumberg, senior scientist at Tufts University, says there has not been enough research to declare pomegranates a wonder fruit. Barry Popkin, a nutrition expert at the University of North Carolina, is also critical of the company's claims, adding consumers should limit the intake of juices, including pomegranate juice, to no more than 4 ounces a day to control calories.
Web Sites Serve Up Dangerous Eating Disorders Advice
They're called pro-eating disorder Web sites. And many teens looking to lose weight -- even those who don't need to -- are logging on to these communities of individuals who engage in dangerous eating habits. ..."Most of our kids are more savvy surfers than we are," agreed Cynthia M. Bulik, professor of eating disorders at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine and director of the UNC Eating Disorders Program at UNC Hospitals. To stay in control, she tells parents to "hone your own surfing skills" and "keep your family-access computer in a place where everyone can see what is being surfed."
Duke patients still say hydraulic fluid caused health problems
The Associated Press (National)
Patients of Duke University hospitals who were exposed to surgical tools cleaned in hydraulic fluid are still trying to tie the incident to their illnesses despite a Duke-commissioned study that suggests otherwise. ...But Steve Marshall, an epidemiologist and biostatistician with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's School of Public Health, questioned why the study didn't compare Duke's patients with a separate but similar group that wasn't exposed.
Athletes battle the elements to stay cool
The Wausau Daily Herald (Wausau, WI)
As high school athletes across the region hit the fields, courts and tracks to train for their fall sports, coaches are taking precautions to avoid heat-related illnesses. ...In 2006, five football players between the ages of 11 and 17 died of heat stroke, according to a study conducted at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Related Link: http://www.jacksonsun.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070812/SPORTS/708120316
UNC News Release: http://www.unc.edu/news/archives/aug07/muellerfootballdeaths080207.html
Don't ignore window of opportunity regarding stroke
The Western-Star (Lebanon, OH)
...Researchers found that even at hospitals with training programs for young neurologists — those most knowledgeable about strokes — one of every four would tell callers with classic stroke symptoms to contact their primary-care doctors instead of an ambulance. Those classic symptoms are easier to remember with the three-part FAST (Face-Arm-Speech Test), developed at the University of North Carolina: Face: Ask the person if he or she can smile. Arm: Can she raise both arms? Speech: Can he say a simple sentence?
Grant to be used to study OCD
The Tallahassee Democrat (Tallahassee, FL)
...Kiara Cromer, an FSU doctoral student from Helena, Mont., is studying the occurrence of obsessive-compulsive symptoms after women give birth. Cromer received $36,000 from the Obsessive Compulsive Foundation, beating out researchers who have already earned doctorates or medical degrees. The money will be used to develop and test a prevention program at FSU and the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill for postpartum obsessive-compulsive symptoms.
The Star-Telegram (Fort Worth, TX)
...The orthodontists association recommends that all children get a checkup with an orthodontist by the time they're 7, especially if they have problems such as speech difficulties or trouble chewing. But that doesn't necessarily mean children should begin straightening their teeth right away. Though early treatment may be the best approach for some conditions, there's controversy over the usefulness of putting braces on little ones. ...In recent years, several studies have challenged the early-treatment strategy. In those cases, researchers found that two rounds of treatment were more expensive and didn't produce better results than waiting until children are older to wear braces just once. For example, researchers at the University of North Carolina who concluded a 10-year study in 2001 found that two-phase treatment lengthened the total time that kids had gear in their mouths.
State & Local Coverage
The Chapel Hill Herald
...UNC Chancellor James Moeser has received the 2007 Cecil G. Sheps Leadership Award from the North Carolina Health Careers Access Program. The award recognizes Moeser's commitment in the area of diversity.
UNC News Brief: http://www.unc.edu/news/briefs/2007/072407.html
Scientists at center stage
The News & Observer (Raleigh)
...Doug Crawford-Brown, director of the Institute for the Environment at UNC-Chapel Hill, said businesses are far more interested today than even a few years ago in broader issues of sustainable growth. "It's a bit of replacement of the polarized vision of you either have environmental quality or you have economic growth," Crawford-Brown said. "They are starting to get a sense that we must somehow balance multiple goals."
UNC receives $2 million gift
The Chapel Hill Herald
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.
Note: This also ran in The Herald-Sun (Durham) on Saturday, Aug. 11, 2007.
UNC News Release: http://www.unc.edu/news/archives/aug07/harveywaward080807.html
Meet Clara Sue Kidwell
"The State of Things," WUNC-FM
Clara Sue Kidwell, director of the UNC American Indian Center, was featured on today's (Aug. 13) edition of "The State of Things." In her new role as director of the UNC American Indian Center, Clara Sue Kidwell will have to navigate the touchy politics of Native American identity in North Carolina. "The State of Things" is the statewide public affairs program airing live at noon weekdays and rebroadcast at 9 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays and 6 a.m. on Saturdays.
Patients try to tie ailments to Duke
The News & Observer (Raleigh)
...Duke health officials say the latest study -- conducted by an independent firm -- proves that patients exposed to the hydraulic fluid suffered no more health problems than would be expected in the general population. A UNC scientist says the study is incomplete. Steve Marshall, an epidemiologist and biostatistician with UNC-Chapel Hill's School of Public Health, questioned why the study didn't compare the Duke patients with a similar group not exposed to the hydraulic fluid.
Campus censorship is alive and well at UNC
The Chapel Hill News (Commentary)
...Censorship at UNC (see University Forum Vice Chair David Brannigan's letter, referenced above) is probably alive and well. At the time Chancellor James Moeser expressed his concerns on the matter in 2005, a manager at a UNC facility approached a university employee with the admonition: "I hope you will keep the chancellor and 'the center' out of any columns you write." ...UNC professor Altha Cravey's letter (second referenced in introduction) addresses a critical topic for those exposed to our health care crisis. What's the opinion of UNC officials about that? Perhaps "collective bargaining" would demonstrate to the nation that the university is taking a leadership role in addressing an inclusive means to resolve issues -- the health-care crisis being just one -- that are vital to many in America and our state.
Issues & Trends
Help with college (Editorial)
The Charlotte Observer
North Carolina will spend an additional $27 million this year on need-based scholarships at state universities. That's not the flashiest (or the biggest) item in the state's newly approved biennial budget, but it's one of the most important. For an increasing number of residents, state aid makes the difference between getting a college degree and not getting one. North Carolina can't afford to let the door to college slam shut on any capable student. Lawmakers in the 2007 General Assembly deserve credit for doing their part to prevent it.
In all, good year for anti-smoking efforts
The Associated Press (North Carolina)
A bill that would have banned smoking in restaurants and hotels statewide fell a few votes short of passage in the House this year, marking another painful defeat for anti-smoking forces in North Carolina. ...University of North Carolina leaders can now prohibit smoking in more campus buildings and have 100-feet buffer zones around them.
Related Links: http://www.heraldsun.com/orange/10-872485.cfm?
UNC News Release: http://www.unc.edu/news/archives/jun07/tobacco-free060707.html
Will your child be safe?
The News & Observer (Raleigh)
Orientation for new college students always includes good advice about how to stay safe: Don't walk alone at night, don't leave doors unlocked, don't make bad decisions regarding alcohol or drugs. ...In the next few months, UNC-Chapel Hill and N.C. State University will install sirens to blast alarms, and UNC-CH will offer a text-message emergency notification service.
What three things could colleges do to be safer?
The News & Observer (Raleigh)
...'UNC campuses are among the safest locations in the state. The crime rate is one-sixth the rate of the rest of the state. In general, I don't feel afraid, I don't feel scared. I don't think Virginia Tech is going to happen on our campus, but that doesn't mean we don't need to be careful.
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