Aug. 22, 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

Sickle cell trait raises risk of venous thromboembolism in African Americans
Reuters (international wire service)

African Americans with sickle cell trait (SCT) are at increased risk for deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism, according to a study in the August 1st issue of Blood. "The proportion of venous thromboembolism among blacks attributable to the mutation is about 7%," investigator Dr. Nigel S. Key noted in an interview with Reuters Health. ...Dr. Key from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and colleagues conducted a case-control study that included 515 black patients recently hospitalized with a first or recurrent episode deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or pulmonary embolism and 555 black control subjects.

Allergic Reaction to Cancer Drug in the Middle Southern U.S. Puzzles Scientists
MedIndia.com

A patient’s expectations about the side effects of chemotherapy usually focus on nausea, hair loss, fatigue and other side effects. Worries about severe allergic reactions to their therapy is usually not a concern. ...When cetuximab was first approved, the first three patients treated at UNC had severe reactions to the drug. ...“After speaking with others, we realized that patients who lived on a line across North Carolina, Tennessee, northern Arkansas and southern Missouri had these adverse reactions to the drug,” said study leader Dr. Bert O’Neil, assistant professor of medicine, division of hematology and oncology at UNC.
UNC News Release: http://www.unc.edu/news/archives/aug07/allergiccancer082007.html

National Coverage

Quick-Hit Education
Conde Nast Portfolio (New York, NY)

...Executives who attend such quick-hit education programs "feel singled out and are given the message ‘I must be special,'" says Jim Dean, senior associate dean of academic affairs at the University of North Carolina's Kenan-Flagler Business School. "That gesture alone helps instill a sense of commitment."

AP classes get certified
Media General News Service (Washington, DC)

Teachers of high school Advanced Placement courses had to pass a test of their own before school starts this year. For the first time, teachers of the college-level courses must get their course plans certified by the College Board, which runs the Advanced Placement program. ...The audit forced some schools to change the way they taught the courses, said University of North Carolina Admissions Director Stephen Farmer. "Schools have toughened up because they knew this was coming," he said.

State & Local Coverage

This program's an unmitigated success (Editorial)
The Chapel Hill Herald

For many North Carolina families, the beginning of classes this week at UNC also marked the beginning -- or the continuation -- of major expenditures. ...UNC's groundbreaking program to allow students from low-income families to graduate debt-free from Carolina is now officially in its fourth year. The program, which covers education-related expenses through a combination of grants, scholarships and the federal work-study program, is now represented in all four undergraduate classes. On Tuesday, nearly 400 newly-minted first year students joined the program, and there are now a total of around 1,400 covenant scholars overall at the university.

Campus push saves energy, promotes sustainability (Commentary)
The Chapel Hill News

What is sustainability? The crux of sustainability is the stewardship of our environmental, social and economic resources in a manner that does not constrain options for our grandchildren. ...How does UNC support public transportation? UNC spends more than $6 million a year on transit. We help Chapel Hill and Carrboro provide the fare-free service of the Chapel Hill Transit bus system and provide free Triangle Transit Authority bus passes. As a result, more people ride the bus in our community than in almost any other town in America. Employees who walk, bike, ride the bus and use the park-and-ride lots can enroll in the no-charge Commuter Alternatives Program.

Grappling with the gender gap
The News & Observer (Raleigh)

The freshmen who've arrived on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus are an impressive lot. A little more than 6 percent of them were high school valedictorians. Three-quarters placed in the top 10 percent of their classes. Their average SAT score is 1,302.
UNC News Release: http://www.unc.edu/news/archives/aug07/btsfacts081607.html

Choosing a college (Editorial)
The News-Record (Greensboro)

Your daughter is starting her senior year of high school. The college question is still wide open. You've just received the latest edition of the U.S. News & World report rankings. Should that be your guide? Administrators at several North Carolina colleges and universities might answer in the affirmative. Duke, UNC-Chapel Hill, Wake Forest, Elon and Davidson received very high ratings in their categories. Others appear in respectable positions on various lists.

Counting calories gets easier with new computer tools (Commentary)
The Charlotte Observer

As of last month, a new law requires most chain restaurants in New York City to prominently display the calorie content of menu items alongside their prices. The restaurant industry opposed the change, citing the hassle and expense. But surveys have shown most people want the information. Other states are considering similar legislation. ...Suzanne Havala Hobbs is a registered dietitian and a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Health Policy at UNC.

Carolina North meeting set for Aug. 28
The Chapel Hill News

The University of North Carolina will hold the next in a series of community meetings about the Carolina North campus on Tuesday. The meeting will begin at 4 p.m. in Room 2603 of the School of Government's Knapp-Sanders Building.
UNC Media Advisory: http://www.unc.edu/news/media/2007/cnorth072707.html

Demographics expert says America browning and graying
The Chapel Hill Herald

The rapid growth of immigrants and the retirement of baby boomers will radically transform the nation's economic institutions, a local demographics expert says. "We are finding two colorful processes: the browning of America and the greying of America," said James Johnson, the William Kenan Jr. distinguished professor of entrepreneurship at UNC's Kenan-Flagler business school.

Issues & Trends

NCAE isn't conceding endorsement to Perdue
The News & Observer (Raleigh)

...There will be a new endowed professorship at N.C State University honoring former Gov. Bob Scott -- thanks to C.D. Spangler. Spangler, the Charlotte billionaire and former president of the University of North Carolina system, has given $667,000 to create a professorship in Scott's name at the Department of Chemistry, the university is expected to announce this week.

Alcohol-related crimes keeping police busy
The Chapel Hill Herald

Chapel Hill police know that the return of UNC students to town means a spike in alcohol consumption. But even in light of normal move-in expectations, last weekend's festivities led to a significant pile of paperwork for police department officers.


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