Aug. 14, 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

Studies show IQ link to virginity
The Times of India

As if the normal perception that 'geeks and the stupid don't get any' wasn't enough, there is now scientific evidence which validates this stereotype. Recent studies in the US on sexual activity among adolescents and young adults show that being an 'average Joe' may have benefits outside of the classroom. The studies show that female and male adolescents with an IQ score either below 70 or above 110 are more likely to be virgins. Adolescents with IQ scores ranging from 70 to 110 had the lowest probability of virginity, according to two researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The average IQ score is 90 to 110.

National Coverage

Facebook Grows Up
Newsweek

..."Facebook is becoming a different place as it attempts to mass-market itself," says Fred Stutzman, a University of North Carolina grad student who researches social networks.

A better life in no time
CNN.com

...A study from the University of North Carolina found that women who got several hugs a day from their husbands had significantly lower blood pressure than those embraced less often.

State & Local Coverage

Ripple effect from migrant crackdown feared in N.C.
The News & Observer (Raleigh)

Some in North Carolina envision factories closing, consumer prices soaring and towns drying up as the federal government begins a new crackdown on employers who hire illegal immigrants. ...Some economists, however, say the equation isn't so simple. Jim Johnson, a business professor at UNC-Chapel Hill who studies the economic impact of Hispanics in North Carolina, said that in the next few years, millions of Baby Boomers will retire, leaving a shortage of as many as 10 million workers nationwide.

Institute of Outdoor Drama has a new director
The News & Observer (Raleigh)

Rob Franklin Fox, general manager for PlayMakers Repertory Company since 1999, has been named director of the Institute of Outdoor Drama at UNC-Chapel Hill. ...Fox has been with the department of dramatic art in UNC's College of Arts and Sciences for more than 10 years. He has taught theater management and has been box office manager and assistant box office manager for PlayMakers, the professional theater company at UNC.
Related Link: http://www.newsobserver.com/news/education/story/669112.html
UNC News Release: http://www.unc.edu/news/archives/aug07/foxdirect081307.html

Friends of Mountain History hosts museum resource program
The Citizen-Times (Asheville)

Friends of Mountain History, a nonprofit organization supporting museums, historic sites and cultural organizations in Western North Carolina will host its annual Heritage Resources Program and kick-off event for this year’s themed exhibit “Find Your Way Home, Again! A Genealogy of the Diversity and Heritage of the Mountain People.” ...Linda Jacobson of the N.C. Collection Gallery, UNC Chapel Hill, will present “Exhibit Fabrication on a Budget.”

Issues & Trends

Scam alert: UNC teams don't raise funds door-to-door
The Herald-Sun (Durham)

If someone claiming to represent a UNC system athletic team shows up on your doorstep with an arm full of subscription cards for national magazines, call a balk. ..."That's not the way that we would raise funds," said Steve Kirschner, director of athletic communications at UNC.

A&T banks $41.5M in research funding
The Business Journal of the Greater Triad Area

N.C. A&T State University brought in research funding totaling $41.5 million in fiscal 2007, the school has reported. That ranks A&T third in the state university system for sponsored research funding, behind UNC-Chapel Hill and N.C. State.


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