Aug. 23, 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

Opportunity of a lifetime
This is Local London

A student from Ealing has won the opportunity of a lifetime to study in America after getting four As in his A-levels. Mark Laichena, 18, has won the Morehead-Cain Scholarship and will attend the University of North Carolina, in the USA, where he will major in political science.
UNC News Release: http://www.unc.edu/news/archives/mar07/moreheadcain030907.html

National Coverage

Zipcar Goes to College
The Wall Street Journal

The University of North Carolina uses the Zipcar program and has three types of cars available for $20 annual fee, $5 an hour or $55 a day. The prices at UNC are among the lowest at any school.

Melanoma Diagnosis Often Delayed for Rural Poor
HealthDay News

The farther a patient has to travel to see the doctor who diagnoses their melanoma, the more likely they are to have thicker -- and more lethal -- skin cancer at the time of diagnosis, a new study warns. ..."Survival for patients with melanoma is dependent on stage at diagnosis. As Breslow (depth of tumor cells in the skin) thickness increases, overall survival decreases," wrote Dr. Karyn B. Stitzenberg, of the School of Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and her colleagues.
Related Link: http://www.upi.com/NewsTrack/Health/2007/08/22/long_doctor_distance_thicker_skin_cancer/1611/

`Magic mint' Salvia drug gains attention
The Houston Chronicle

A drug discovered by Mexican shamans has hooked both scientists and the YouTube set. These groups, among others, are cautiously tracking moves to ban Salvia divinorum, an herb-based hallucinogen used spiritually by Mazatec Indians from the Oaxaca area, and increasingly popular among teens and college-age students, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. ...Also a professor of pharmacology at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, he first heard of Salvia from a student. A plant from the mint family, Salvia divinorum is related to other nonhallucinogenic Salvia plants, many of which are available at local garden centers.

Regional Coverage

It's peachy for local girl in NYC
Fort Mill Times (Fort Mill, SC)

Ever since her daughter Allison was 4 years old, Katherine Altman knew she would be in show business. ...Over the past two weeks Allison Altman, a rising junior at UNC-Chapel Hill, reprised her role as Mary Brigit Poppleton in the New York International Fringe Festival production of "Mary Brigit Poppleton Is Writing a Memoir" at the Connelly Theater in New York. She originally landed the role of Mary Brigit when the play was produced at UNC-Chapel Hill last school year.

Car-sharing company on way to CMU campus
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburg, PA)

Returning students at Carnegie Mellon University have a new transportation option available to them. Zipcar, the world's largest car-sharing company, is coming to campus. … Zipcar, founded in 1999, entered the college market in 2004, when it placed vehicles on the campus of the University of North Carolina.

First Ever AIDS Housing Fair To Be Held at LGBT Center
The San Francisco Bay Times (San Francisco, CA)

There will be the first ever AIDS Housing Fair on Saturday, Aug. 25 from 11-3p.m. at the LGBT Center. There will be a short overview on the national, state, and local HIV/ AIDS housing landscape. Many local housing providers and HIV housing service organizations will have tables to provide information to people with HIV/AIDS. ...Sixty percent of people with HIV/AIDS will experience at least one episode of housing instability in their lifetimes, Basinger says. Research with the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill shows that 50% of survey respondents with HIV/AIDS had their first episode of homelessness following an owner move-in or Ellis Act eviction. Half of them have not been able to secure stable housing post eviction.

State & Local Coverage

The memories you want to forget are the hardest ones to lose
The Carrboro Citizen

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.
UNC News Release: http://www.unc.edu/news/archives/aug07/paynememories081507.html

Business Doings
The News & Observer (Raleigh)

...UNC-Chapel Hill and Tsinghua University, a technology college in China, have launched the Research Center for Logistics and Economic Development in Beijing.

Take care with fiber supplements
The News & Observer (Raleigh)

For most of the 4 million Americans suffering from frequent constipation, the simple fix -- exercise, eat more fiber and drink more water -- is anything but simple to achieve. ...Suzanne Havala Hobbs directs the doctoral program in health leadership in the School of Public Health at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Hispanics arrive with hopes of a better life
The Clayton News-Star

This is the first in a multi-part series of articles about Hispanics in Clayton and Johnston County. Next week’s article will look at Hispanics and health care. ...Fuquay is among the 38.2 percent of North Carolina’s Hispanic newcomers who migrated to the state from abroad between 1995 and 2004, according to data from a January 2006 study, “The Economic Impact of the Hispanic Population on the State of North Carolina.” The study was authored by John D. Kasarda and James H. Johnson Jr. of the Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Ways to whiten
The Fayetteville Observer

...The same thing goes for mouthwashes that claim to whiten teeth. Dr. Harald Heymann, a professor at the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry, said this is one of the least effective ways to whiten your teeth. The wash isn’t held in the mouth long enough to whiten. “Tooth whitening is time and dose related,” he said.

Issues & Trends

UNC campus safety panel recommends response plans, drills
The Associated Press (NC)

A task force says University of North Carolina campuses should develop plans for responding to any emergency, conduct regular disaster drills and develop ways to notify students and school employees of problems. The UNC system's Campus Safety Task Force, formed after a fatal shooting spree at Virginia Tech last spring, on Wednesday discussed 23 ideas for possible responses to campus emergencies. Those could include floods, a flu epidemic and fires as well as an active gunman.
Related Link: http://www.newsobserver.com/news/story/679762.html

Trial in Pit incident could occur in March
The News & Observer (Raleigh)

Nine months after his arrest in March 2006, the recent college graduate accused of driving onto UNC-Chapel Hill's campus to hit and try to kill people said he hoped his criminal case would be resolved quickly.
Related Links: http://www.newsobserver.com/news/story/678987.html
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More light shines on painful chapter of history
The Charlotte Observer

...With us was Robert Allen, a Gastonia native and UNC Chapel Hill professor. I've recently written about his efforts to locate descendants of children in images famous photographer Lewis Hine made in Gastonia in 1908.


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