Aug. 17, 2007

Carolina in the News

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

U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best Colleges 2008"

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ranks as the nation’s fifth best public university, according to U.S. News & World Report magazine. The new rankings appear in the 2008 “America’s Best Colleges” guidebook and will be posted at Friday (Aug. 17) at 12:01 a.m. EDT. The Aug. 27 edition and the guidebook hit newsstands Monday (Aug. 20).

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Other coverage of the 2008 rankings includes:

Where N.C. colleges stand nationally
The News & Observer (Raleigh)

U.S. News & World Report's latest "America's Best Colleges" rankings will be online today at and on newsstands Monday. ...UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke rated ninth- and 10th for best values, respectively, by comparing academic quality and cost after financial aid.

Duke 8th, UNC 28th in college rankings
The Herald-Sun (Durham)

Duke University and UNC Chapel Hill basically held their ground in the latest U.S. News & World Report college rankings, coming in at eighth and in a tie for 28th, respectively.

Queens, Davidson move up in rankings
The Charlotte Observer

...Meanwhile, UNC Chapel Hill ranked highest among public universities in the Carolinas, tying at 28th on the national list. The university ranked fifth nationally among public schools. The Chapel Hill school's business program ranked fifth in the nation. Its marketing and management programs were both ranked fourth.

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National Coverage

Shrinking Coral
Science Friday (National Public Radio)

Seventy-five percent of all reef-building corals live in the Indo-Pacific Ocean, which spans roughly from west Indonesia to the Hawaiian Islands, and includes the Great Barrier Reef off of Australia. ...John Bruno and Elizabeth Selig, of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, analyzed thousands of surveys tracking the changes in living coral on the sea floor. “It’s a really key indicator of reef health because the corals are essential for all the other inhabitants of reefs—the fish and invertebrates. They rely on corals just the way birds and insects rely on trees in a forest,” says Bruno, a marine ecologist in the department of marine sciences.
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Resurrected Proteins Reveal Their Surprising History
Science Magazine

It's easy to see evolution's handiwork writ large--just compare a marigold and a musk ox. With a little work, scientists can also pick out subtle differences in the proteins of related organisms. Now researchers in Oregon and North Carolina have gone a step further: retracing the steps by which two proteins diverged from their ancient common ancestor. ...For its current study, the group set out to unravel those evolutionary steps. They started by teaming up with structural biologist Matthew Redinbo of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and his postdoctoral assistant Eric Ortlund, who crystallized the AncCR protein and used a powerful x-ray synchrotron to determine its three-dimensional structure, the first of an ancient protein.
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State & Local Coverage

Freshmen at UNC among brightest
The Chapel Hill Herald

Among the expected 8,600 students moving in to UNC dorms and apartment complexes this weekend are many of the top students from state high schools and beyond.
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Study maps evolution's tiny steps
The News & Observer (Raleigh)

For the first time, scientists have drawn a detailed map of the evolutionary steps taken by a protein that links modern humans to a creature that swam in the oceans 450 million years ago. ...Researchers at UNC-Chapel Hill and the University of Oregon looked at a precursor to a modern protein called the glucocorticoid receptor. In humans, the protein lives in the adrenal glands and helps regulate the body's stress response.
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WUNC surpasses fundraising target
The Triangle Business Journal

WUNC-FM, a university-backed enterprise that carries National Public Radio in the Triangle, has topped the $3.25 million goal of its ongoing capital campaign. The campaign, which started in 2004, is set to end Dec. 31. Fundraising will continue until then, WUNC said in a statement.
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Drug firm gets big deal
The News & Observer (Raleigh)

Parion, which was founded in 2001, specializes in diseases that result from a failure of the body's mucosal defenses. The company's research, which is based on technology developed at UNC-Chapel Hill, focuses on stimulating and maintaining hydration of mucosal airway surfaces in the lungs, mouth, nose, eye and gastrointestinal tract.

UNC: Accountability key to N.C.'s $1B cancer pledge
The Triangle Business Journal

The General Assembly, in a landmark and largely unprecedented move, allocated $25 million in fiscal 2008 and $50 million in annual recurring funds after that to establish a cancer research fund at UNC-Chapel Hill and, specifically, the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.
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Issues & Trends

Back-To-College Survival Guide
The News & Observer (Raleigh)

You're a bright-eyed dude with dreams of spending quality time with pretty college ladies. But you're also 18 years old, have no knowledge of the Triangle and would need step-by-step dating directions for a snowball's chance at hand-holding, much less a good-night kiss. Lucky for you, we have assembled such directions.

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