Aug. 21, 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

Distance to Doctor Affects Extent of Skin Cancer
Insidermedicine (Australia)

If you have a type of skin cancer called melanoma, the closer you live to your skin doctor, the more likely you will be diagnosed. Survival for patients with melanoma depends on what stage it is diagnosed at, and the earlier you are diagnosed the better. ...In a study of more than 600 patients with melanoma, researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill found that for each one mile increase in distance from home to a doctor’s office, the depth of tumour cells in the skin increased by 0.6%.

National Coverage

Trying to Save the Coral Reefs

...On August 7, researchers at the University of North Carolina released the world's first comprehensive study on coral in the Indo-Pacific region, which stretches from Japan to Australia and east to Hawaii, and is home to 75% of the world's coral reefs. ..."People thought the Pacific was in much better shape," says John Bruno, lead author of the study, which was published online by the Public Library of Science.
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Is it smart to go to school for entrepreneurship?

The UNC School of Medicine gave me $20,000 in funding. More than 30 universities worldwide now want to test the site. I may return to Washington someday, but if I do, I hope to see technology development moving a bit faster.

Ancient Protein Tells a Story of Changing Functions
The New York Times

Scientists at the University of Oregon and the University of North Carolina used modern technologies to conduct an archaeology of genes and help answer a longstanding question about how proteins change over time and develop new roles.
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Sweeping new rules of road
The Chicago Tribune

A sweeping overhaul of Illinois' rules of the road for teen drivers was signed into law Monday, setting stringent licensing requirements with the promise of saving lives. ..."It's a good thing," Rob Foss, director of the Center for the Study of Young Drivers at the University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center, said of the new emphasis on parents-as-teachers. "Virtually every parent is an infinitely better driver, in the early months, than their teen. They may not be perfect. None are, but they are highly knowledgeable quasi experts."

Study indicates fundraising lagging at UMass Amherst
The Associated Press (National)

A survey by a national higher education association has found that UMass Amherst ranks well behind similarly sized public universities when it comes to fundraising. ...The University of North Carolina hauled in the most money among the schools surveyed with well over $236 million in 2006.

Regional Coverage

Hydration Help
The Post-Standard (Syracuse, NY)

In your quest to stay hydrated at the New York State Fair this year, don't forget that many drinks come with a caloric price. For most of human history, water has been the only beverage. Today, we may drink as many as 20 percent to 50 percent of our calories, Barry Popkin, the director of the interdisciplinary obesity program at the University of North Carolina told the Los Angeles Times.

The Further the Travel, the Thicker Skin Cancer at Diagnosis
Kansas City Info Zine (Kansas City, KS)

The farther patients travel to reach the physician who diagnoses their melanoma, the more likely they are to have thicker skin cancer at diagnosis. ...Karyn B. Stitzenberg M.D., M.P.H., of the School of Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and colleagues examined the effect of travel distance-and other factors such as age, sex, poverty rate, living in rural areas and the number of physicians in the area-on access to diagnosing clinicians for 615 patients with melanoma.

State & Local Coverage

Students get welcome to neighborhoods
The Herald -Sun (Durham)/The Chapel Hill Herald

As most local residents sought the comfort of air-conditioning Monday afternoon, a group of police officers and UNC officials hit the streets to greet UNC students living in residential neighborhoods. Carrying packets of information, which included recycling schedules, maps, transit schedules and information about noise and alcohol laws, about 20 people walked through neighborhoods, knocked on doors and passed out the packets as part of the Good Neighbor Initiative.
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Report gives UNC high marks for affordability
The Daily Tar Heel

UNC-Chapel Hill maintained its spot near the top of U.S. News & World Report's rankings for public universities, filling the fifth slot for the seventh year in a row.
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Selling a town no easy matter
The Eastern Wake News (Zebulon)

...“I think the benefits of having somebody whose job it is when they wake up in the morning to advance the town’s economic development is pretty clear,” said Dr. Jonathan Morgan, assistant professor with the Institute of Government at UNC Chapel Hill. “Having a person who understands Knightdale is a part of a larger economy, part of Wake County and the larger region, and ensure’s that Knightdale’s interests are preserved is extremely important.”

N.C. no newcomer to top cancer facilities (Letter to the Editor)
The Charlotte Observer

Yes, the General Assembly deserves thanks for funding the new cancer center at UNC Chapel Hill. But some of your comments -- "North Carolinians won't have to travel halfway across the country" and "a state that only a couple decades ago was lacking the resources to tackle such a huge health problem" -- suggest incorrectly that North Carolina's cancer research and treatment have been in the Dark Ages.
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Public invited to Pluto Day at UNC
The Chapel Hill Herald

The public is invited to enjoy free family activities on Saturday during Pluto Day at UNC's Morehead Planetarium and Science Center. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., you can learn more about Pluto by building your own model of the solar system, taking a "Solar System Walk" scaled to fit the campus and participating in other activities.
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Umbrella Dance
The Chapel Hill News

Traditional Vietnamese Food tasting at Southern Season and Umbrella Dance performed by UNC's Vietnamese Student Association.

Issues & Trends

Students' return a sign of the season (Editorial)
The Herald-Sun (Durham)

...In Durham and Chapel Hill, many lives are touched by the university calendar. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and N.C. Central University have already had their move-in days.

Buy the books (Editorial)
The News & Observer (Raleigh)

All around North Carolina this time of year, college students and their parents are going through campus bookstores getting whatever is needed for upcoming courses. ...Consider, as The News & Observer reported, just a couple of items on sale at the UNC Student Stores in Chapel Hill: a human anatomy and physiology book for $252.50, an organic chemistry book for $201.05. ...To the credit of UNC system President Erskine Bowles and the system's Board of Governors, schools in the system must, by January of 2008, have book rental programs or guaranteed buy-back prices for books in large introductory courses.
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A Ranking That Would Matter
Inside Higher ED

As graduate students work their way through courses, dissertations and defenses, many have an ideal goal for the end: a job at a research university. But when would-be graduate students decide which programs to apply to, or which to enroll in, they often base their decisions on a program’s general reputation, or the reputation of the university as a whole. ...But in the last four years, Rochester has placed new Ph.D.’s in tenure track jobs at Harvard, Michigan State, Princeton, Texas A&M (2), the University of California at Riverside, the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Washington University in St. Louis, Wayne State University, and Yale University (2).

Leave the guns at home (Column)
The Charlotte Observer

Tens of thousands of families in the Carolinas have offloaded precious cargo in recent days. They have said tearful, hopeful good-byes to sons and daughters taking a critical step toward maturity by pursuing an education on college campuses. ...A University of North Carolina system task force is examining ways campuses can better respond to weapon threats. The findings are expected later this year.

Protecting property rights (Commentary)
The News & Observer (Raleigh)

Pick any state other than North Carolina and you'll find much greater protection of property rights. Yet when the state House recently attempted to address two major property rights issues -- eminent domain and forced annexation -- there was one huge obstacle in the way: the state Senate. ...Apparently it isn't worth senators' time to consider two recent studies, one from the Cedar Grove Institute for Sustainable Communities and another from the UNC Center for Civil Rights. Both found that, while not necessarily intentional, minority communities are being excluded from municipalities.

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