Aug. 16, 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

Unpleasant memories hardest to forget
The Times of India

Some memories, good or bad, stay forever. The memories we want to forget seem to be the hardest ones to lose. ... This study used a “directed forgetting procedure” with emotional and neutral pictures to examine whether people can intentionally forget emotional events as easily as mundane ones. The UNC study asked 218 participants to react to photographs instead of text.
UNC News Release: http://www.unc.edu/news/archives/aug07/paynememories081507.html

Taking folic acid does not reduce risk of precancerous colon tumors
SpiritIndia.com

Taking folic acid supplements does not reduce the risk of developing precancerous tumors in the colon and may even increase the risk, a new study has found. “We had great hope that folic acid would be a very cheap and effective agent to prevent large bowel adenomas. We expected that folic acid would decrease the risk for colorectal cancers, perhaps as much as 40 percent. So these results are disappointing,” said Robert Sandler, M.D., a study co-author and chief of the division of gastroenterology and hepatology in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine.

National Coverage

Colleges ranting against rankings
The Associated Press (National)

U.S. News & World Report releases its annual college rankings tomorrow in the face of the loudest and best-organized criticism from educators the magazine has ever encountered. ..."I'm more concerned about students who aren't paying any attention to their college search than I am about students who are paying too much," said Stephen Farmer, director of admissions at the University of North Carolina.
Related Link: http://www.newsobserver.com/news/higher_education/story/672301.html

State & Local Coverage

Plan may bolster economy, save lives
The Associated Press

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.
Note: This story was originally distributed nationally. Other pick up to date includes The Chronicle (Houston, TX), The Charlotte Observer, The Morning Star (Wilmington) and the font page of The Herald-Sun (Durham).

New cancer funding a lifesaver for state (Letter to the Editor)
The News-Record (Greensboro)

Thanks for your recent coverage of the N.C. General Assembly's budget agreement. In every budget, there are winners and losers from a summer-long process of give-and-take and ongoing negotiations. And although many North Carolinians might see the budget as a routine bureaucratic process, they may not realize how much it affects their daily lives. That's because, with the passage of this year's state budget, North Carolina's first University Cancer Research Fund was created. The fund was established to help fight cancer in our state, and will receive $25 million in 2007-2008 and $40 million in 2008-2009. Beginning in 2009, the fund will receive $50 million per year.
UNC News Release: http://www.unc.edu/news/archives/aug07/nccancerfundnat080107.html

Study finds a memory spike
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 might 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

Issues & Trends

State to pay for athletes' grants
The News & Observer (Raleigh)

Starting next year, the state will send taxpayer money in what appears to be an unprecedented direction -- to pay for 20 annual athletic scholarships at public and private colleges.

A&T third in research money
The News-Record (Greensboro)

Who’s raking in the research dollars among North Carolina’s public universities? The top two spots belong to the state’s largest schools: UNC-Chapel Hill and N.C. State. But for the third consecutive year, the third spot belongs to N.C. A&T.


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