Aug. 20, 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

Tips to Help Patients Manage Their Care
The New York Times

Dr. John Buse, director of the Diabetes Care Center at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, is president-elect for science and medicine at the American Diabetes Association and a principal investigator in a federal study asking whether blood sugar control can protect against heart disease in people with Type 2 diabetes.

The fine art of negotiating (with liars)
The Boston Globe

In the age of the megadeal, classes in negotiations have become the most popular electives at many business schools across the country. Students aspiring to America's executive suites are counseled to view every staff meeting, networking cocktail hour, or chance encounter with a senior manager as a negotiating opportunity. But too many courses overlook what Robert S. Adler, professor of law and ethics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Kenan-Flagler Business School, considers the biggest caveat of the negotiating domain: You are apt to be bargaining with a liar.

Unwanted Memories Hardest to Lose
Ivanhoe Newswire

The memories you don't want may be the hardest ones to put out of your mind. New research from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill reveals painful, emotional memories -- especially those created through visual cues -- are the toughest to leave behind.
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Edwards Says He Will Drop His Investments in Subprime Lenders
The New York Times

The John Edwards presidential campaign said on Friday that Mr. Edwards would divest his portfolio at a New York hedge fund of investments in subprime mortgage companies that have foreclosed on victims of Hurricane Katrina. ...Ferrel Guillory, political program director at the Center for the Study of the American South at the University of North Carolina, said Mr. Edwards had “taken a hit having to do with his lifestyle in relationship to his campaign platform.”

Regional Coverage

August heat adds risk tp prep football practices
The Ann Arbor News (Ann Arbor, MI)

With every breath into David Poole's whistle, another group of high school football players ran from one sideline to the other as the sun pounded down on a weathered practice field. ...In 2006, five football players between the ages of 11 to 17 died of heatstroke nationwide, according to a study completed by Fred Mueller, a professor of exercise and sports science at the University of North Carolina. According to Mueller's study, 31 players have died since 1995.
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Got mother's milk?
The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia, PA)

Taleah Walton entered the delivery room at Hahnemann University Hospital last month saying she planned to breast-feed. But when her son was born, she said, the hospital staff took him and fed him formula anyway. ..."They know that breast-feeding is the best," said Peggy Bentley, a nutrition professor at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.

State & Local Coverage

Funds for Lineberger Center a welcome addition to budget (Commentary)
The Citizen-Times (Asheville)

Thanks for your recent coverage of the N.C. General Assembly’s budget agreement. In this year’s 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 2008-2009.
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Thousands move in to college dorms
News14 Carolina

Pack the mini-fridge, the funky lamp, and the laptop cause it’s time to head to campus! This weekend, thousands of students moved into college dorms at UNC Chapel Hill, NC State, Peace, Meredith, NC Central, and Fayetteville State. Several of the schools are expecting their largest freshman class ever, with university officials saying drivers should expect heavy traffic around the campuses this weekend. Alena Oakes is one of more than 8,600 students moving in to the dorms at UNC-CH.
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Sticker shock at campus bookstore
The News & Observer (Raleigh)

For college students and parents who wandered through the busy UNC Student Stores in Chapel Hill over the weekend, the sign atop a 4-foot tall mound of shrink-wrapped organic chemistry books was a little scary: $201.05. ...The guaranteed buyback plan should improve the situation, especially for freshmen and sophomores who take a lot of introductory classes, said John Jones, director of UNC-Chapel Hill's Student Stores.

Students, residents join in Good Neighbor initiative (Commentary)
The Chapel Hill News

What is the Good Neighbor Initiative? Now in its fourth year, this initiative encourages students to meet their neighbors and to work with them to build community and to keep their neighborhoods clean and safe. Although Good Neighbor is a year-round program, it kicks off each year with a welcome to students living in neighborhoods near campus as they return to town for the fall semester. ...Linda Convissor is director of local relations for UNC-Chapel Hill.

On alert
The Burlington Times-News

A sharper focus on campus security at universities and colleges is one of the legacies of the Virginia Tech shootings that killed 32 people in April. ...Spokesmen for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Appalachian State University said those schools are also pursuing capacity for mass alerts of students through cell phones and sirens on campus.

Change is no death knell (Commentary)
The News & Observer

Hawking news of the day goes back to ancient times. Hawking the death of "news as we know it" goes back 150 years. Despite enormous changes in technology and content, Americans always have desired access to reliable, accurate and credible information, a habit not likely to change soon. ...Jean Folkerts is dean of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Fort Bragg works to prevent suicides
The News & Observer (Raleigh)

Despite the stress of repeated deployments, the suicide rate among soldiers based at Fort Bragg is substantially lower than the Army-wide average, according to a base spokesman. ...Last month, an Army-funded study performed by researchers at RTI International at Research Triangle Park and UNC-Chapel Hill found that children of troops who deployed to combat zones appeared to be at greater risk for neglect or abuse.
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WUNC-FM reaches $3.25 million fundraising goal
The Herald-Sun (Durham)

The Campaign for North Carolina Public Radio/WUNC-FM, a service of UNC, has hit its ambitious $3.25 million goal five months ahead of schedule, station leaders announced this week.
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Study: Visual cues stay in mind
The Herald-Sun (Durham)

Painful, emotional memories that people would most like to forget may be the toughest to leave behind, especially when memories are created through visual cues, according to a new study by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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Fox named director of UNC Outdoor Drama
The Chapel Hill Herald

Rob Franklin Fox, general manager for PlayMakers Repertory Company since 1999, has been named the new director of the Institute of Outdoor Drama at UNC.
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PlayMakers looks to expand programming for 2007-08
The Herald-Sun (Durham)

PlayMakers Repertory Company, the professional theater company in residence at UNC, is out of debt and expanding its programming for the 2007-08 season, the company announced this week.

UNC's thespian group lures new patrons, returns profit
The Triangle Business Journal

When Joseph Haj took over as producing artistic director of the ailing PlayMakers Repertory Co. in the summer of 2006, the first thing he requested was a list of former season-ticket holders who had not renewed their subscriptions. ...Suffering under the burden of a $500,000 accumulated deficit and a stagnating audience demographic, PlayMakers - the training component for the Department of Dramatic Art at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - needed a fresh outlook and a new strategy.

Why are Moths Attracted to Flame?
NPR, "All Things Considered
In this week's Science out of the Box, we consider why nocturnal insects are drawn to flame or porch lights. Back in 1972, Henry Hsiao, professor in the biomedical engineering department at UNC Chapel Hill wrote a whole book on moths.

UNC takes lawyers to court, with lecture on Malaysia, Taiwan
The Triangle Business Journal

Mixing up the names of different countries in geography class at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill can get a student an "F." Now, university officials say a vendor made such a mistake, and they're suing.

Child mortality remains a concern
The Daily News (Jacksonville)

Between 2001 and 2005, 195 children died in Onslow County. Two-thirds of those were babies less than a year old. ...Desmond Runyan, a professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has studied shaken baby syndrome. He estimates about 10 children a year die in North Carolina from it.

Panthers star prefers actions over words
The Charlotte Observer

..."One of the characteristics of great leaders is they tend not to be flamboyant show-offs who have big egos or are attention-grabbing," says Gerald Bell, a professor at UNC Chapel Hill's Kenan-Flagler Business School who co-authored a book on leadership with legendary UNC basketball coach Dean Smith. "A characteristic of the best leaders in the world in any field is they tend to be modest, more humble."

Mortgage rules toughen up
The Citizen-Times (Asheville)

A loan that was supposed to last just long enough to get Barbara Steele into a three-bedroom North Asheville home and boost her credit score now has the single mom financially trapped. ...But an expert on home loans said the state law will have little effect on the cost of credit, which is already climbing thanks to falling housing prices and reaction to the foreclosure crisis from federal regulators and the lenders themselves. Similar concerns were aired during consideration of the 1999 law and haven’t materialized, said Roberto Quercia, director of the Center for Community Capitalism at UNC-Chapel Hill.

iPods exposed
The Charlotte Observer

It's a personal question that stops the music. It gets right between your 21st-century ears. "It's like asking, `What kind of underwear do you have on?' " says Jonathan Abramowitz, a psychologist at UNC Chapel Hill. "It's voyeuristic."

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