Aug. 15, 2007

Carolina in the News

Here is a sampling of links and notes about Carolina people and programs cited recently in the media:

National Coverage

N.C. Lawmakers Commit $50M to Cancer
The Associated Press (National)

They are names that inspire hope. Johns Hopkins. Sloan-Kettering. M.D. Anderson. To that list of world-renown cancer care hospitals, North Carolina lawmakers are committed to adding one more: Lineberger. Before leaving Raleigh for the year, the Legislature committed the state to investing $50 million annually - in perpetuity - in the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
UNC News Release: http://www.unc.edu/news/archives/aug07/nccancerfundnat080107.html

New Role for Business School Research
Business Week

What is the ultimate goal of business school research? That's the question being raised by a draft report from the accreditation organization AACSB International, which proposes, in part, to encourage B-school researchers to produce work that is most immediately applicable to the practice of business. ..."This could do for business schools what Sarbanes-Oxley did for business," says James Dean, senior associate dean for academic affairs at the University of North Carolina's Kenan-Flagler Business School. He adds that this road map for how to deal with scholarship could broaden the view of what constitutes research and scholarly activity and could lead faculty to pursue other types of publication and projects.

Bad Memories Hardest To Lose
Internet Broadcasting

Painful memories may be the hardest to get rid of, according to a new study. That's especially true when there is a visual element to the memory, the lead author of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill study said.
UNC News Release: http://www.unc.edu/news/archives/aug07/paynememories081507.html

Regional Coverage

Steaming-mad Black vents for many
The Mercury News (San Jose, CA)

He's the ever-galled comedian who rants, rails and flails like an aneurysm on legs. The onstage anger of playwright-turned-funnyman Lewis Black has served him well. ..."I've always based my humor on the emperor wearing no clothes," Black says by phone from Chapel Hill, N.C., where he's holding a workshop on his play "One Slight Hitch" with University of North Carolina theater students. "What was I going to do? Change my act? I couldn't transform into Carrot Top."

State & Local Coverage

Study: Painful memories harder to forget
The News & Observer (Raleigh)

There's a reason you can't forget an embarrassing moment or devastating heartache. According to a new study by researchers at UNC-Chapel Hill, painful, emotional memories may be the hardest to forget -- particularly if the memories are accompanied by visual images.
UNC News Release: http://www.unc.edu/news/archives/aug07/paynememories081507.html

Researchers say Brunswick needs more affordable housing
The Star-News (Wilmington)

Concerned residents, housing experts and local government officials agree Brunswick County needs more housing that members of its work force can afford. That shared thought led to a year of summits to discuss the need, a $50,000 study by researchers at UNC-Chapel Hill and the formation of a coalition to put together a plan.

Forsyth's new face
The Winston-Salem Journal

...However, it’s not just the rapid growth in Hispanics residents, that is changing the county’s ethnic mix. ...“What it means for your county is that as the native-born population ages, this is literally your labor force of the future,” said James H. Johnson Jr., a professor at UNC Chapel Hill who co-wrote a 2006 study on the economic effect of Hispanic growth in North Carolina. “There is going to be this large wave of people entering retirement years. Somebody has got to replace this large contingent of retiring baby boomers.”

Roses & raspberries
The News & Observer (Raleigh)

ROSES to Scott Parker, who retired last month after 17 years as the director of the Institute of Outdoor Drama at UNC.
UNC News Release:
http://www.unc.edu/news/archives/aug07/foxdirect081307.html

Issues & Trends

A place that should be preserved (Commentary)
The Chapel Hill News

When I opened the New & Observer on Aug. 7, I immediately admired the beautifully composed photo of the Confederate memorial on the front campus of UNC-Chapel Hill. But my next reaction was shock and revulsion as I read the suggestions that McCorkle Place be turned into a Chapel Hill version of "the vibrant social scene at Weaver Street Market in Carrboro."

Chapel Hill inn to close
The News & Observer (Raleigh)

The town will soon lose perhaps its most prominent gateway landmark. The one-story Best Western University Inn, with its white columns, quaint cupolas and expansive front lawn on N.C. 54 near U.S. 15-501, will close Sept. 16. Built in 1952, the inn became the second lodging establishment in Chapel Hill. The first was the Carolina Inn on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus.
Related Link: http://www.heraldsun.com/orange/10-872989.cfm

Magazine scam case grows
The News & Observer (Raleigh)

Police issued more charges this week in connection with a group of young people charged with going to Wake County neighborhoods and selling bogus magazine subscriptions while posing as members of N.C. State University and UNC-Chapel Hill athletic teams, police officials said.


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