Aug. 24, 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

Young women earning more than men in big US cities
Reuters (wire service)

The research, completed by the Department of Sociology at Queens College in New York, showed full-time female employees in their 20s surpassing same-age males in cities like Chicago, Boston, Minneapolis, Dallas and New York. ... "Many of the leading companies in industries like advertising or finance are in big cities," said Marcia Harris, director of career services at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. "These employers are more conscious of affirmative action and diversity and are looking for talented women who can rapidly move up in the ranks."

National Coverage

Avoiding a Coral Catastrophe
Time Magazine

Near the close of the 1960s, a squadron of young scuba divers headed out into the warm waters of the South Pacific, tanks of air strapped to their backs and syringes at the ready. Their mission, one lethal injection at a time, was to put a stop to an outbreak of crown-of-thorns starfish, a voracious predator of fragile tropical coral reefs. ...In August, researchers at the University of North Carolina in the U.S. released the world's first comprehensive study on coral in the Indo-Pacific region, home to 75% of the world's coral reefs, focusing on waters from Japan to Australia and east to Hawaii.
UNC News Release: http://www.unc.edu/news/archives/aug07/coraldecline080707.html

Religion contributes to youths' happiness
The Associated Press (National)

Among America's young people, godliness contributes to happiness. An extensive survey by The Associated Press and MTV found that people aged 13 to 24 who describe themselves as very spiritual or religious tend to be happier than those who don't. ...Sociologists have long drawn a connection between happiness and the sense of community inherent to most religious practice. Lisa Pearce, an assistant professor of sociology at the University of North Carolina, said religion could indeed contribute to happiness, but she cautioned that the converse also could hold true.

Regional Coverage

Superbug on the rise
The Daily Times-Call (Longmont, CO)

The prevalence of superbug Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus is about 10 times more common in health care facilities nationwide than previously suspected, according to the Association for Professionals in Infection Control & Epidemiology. ... However, researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in July announced a breakthrough in understanding how to block the mutations that allow this resistance.
UNC News Release: http://www.unc.edu/news/archives/jul07/redinbo070907.html

Web site helps parents identify learning disabilities
The Springville Herald (Springville, UT)

Each year, hundreds of thousands of four-year-old children across the country go from their pre-K and early-care settings to kindergarten or first grade. ... Led by the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the group is in the process of creating a new approach to addressing the needs of all young children called recognition and response.

U of L receives $4.4 million for genetics center
The Louisville Cardinal (Louisville, KY)

Earlier this month, the University of Louisville learned it would receive a $4.4 million dollar grant by the National Institute of Health, the nation's primary medical research agency. ... There are only 22 NIH-designated environmental health centers in the United States, and only a few universities, including Harvard University, John Hopkins University and the University of North Carolina study gene interaction with the environment.

The elusive enemy
Advance for Directors in Rehabilitation (King of Prussia, PA )
By now, you've surely read that hospital-acquired infections contribute to
between 90,000 to 100,000 patient deaths each year in the United States, or roughly five times more deaths than AIDS causes. When pondering the terrible problem of health care-acquired infections in this country, however, keep one thing in mind: Pathogens have never encountered such easy prey in hospitals before, never infiltrated hosts who offer such meager resistance. Keeping hospitalized patients infection-free was never so difficult. ... Another routine to get into: Disinfect computer keyboards, say researchers at the University of North Carolina Health Care System, who found keyboards contaminated with coagulase-negative staphylococci, diphtheroids, Micrococcus species and Bacillus species, among other pathogens.
UNC Health Care Release: http://www.unchealthcare.org/site/newsroom/news/2006/Apr/keyboards

State & Local Coverage

Teens win UNC writing scholarship
The News & Observer (Raleigh)

Denise Rickman of Apex and Maria Devlin of Bronxville, N.Y., have received Thomas Wolfe Scholarships in creative writing from UNC-Chapel Hill. Each will receive full financial support for four years at UNC-CH.
UNC News Release: http://www.unc.edu/news/archives/aug07/wolfes082307.html

UNC Students Have New Way to Get Around
WRAL-TV (CBS)

For most college students, transportation options are limited, and in some cases, challenging. ..."We discourage students from bringing cars on campus, as well as the staff and faculty, because we really want to decrease the traffic congestion and improve the air quality," said Claire Kane, UNC-Chapel Hill's Zipcar administrator. "So, we see Zipcar as a key component to help us do that."

Peeling the Orange
The Chapel Hill Herald

...The Princeton Review does. The review just came out with its "Best 366 College Rankings," which includes a number of ... well, esoteric, categories. And yes, UNC did show up in a number of them. In addition to ranking among the "Best Southeastern Colleges" and the top 81 "Colleges With a Conscience," it is No. 13 nationally in "Happiest Students" and also in the popularity of intercollegiate sports ("Students Pack the Stadiums").

Issues & Trends

Biggest needs laid out for UNC
The News & Observer (Raleigh)

The state needs more highly educated, skilled workers than the state's higher education system can provide, according to a report today to the group setting a future course for the UNC system. The UNC Tomorrow Commission heard a flurry of daunting statistics about the state's economic and demographic changes. By 2014, North Carolina will need 400,000 new workers with bachelor's degrees. But the state's public and private colleges are expected to produce only 254,000 of these workers. Colleges would have to produce more than 15,000 more graduates each year to fill the gap.
Related Links: http://www.heraldsun.com/orange/10-875341.cfm
http://media.www.dailytarheel.com/media/storage/paper885/news/2007/08/24/StateNational
/Commission.Addresses.Systems.Impact.On.State-2936174.shtml

Review of campus safety continues
News 14 Carolina

...A UNC System task force is looking at safety issues as well after the April shootings that ended with 31 people dead on the Virginia Tech campus. ..."We use email; we are starting to use text messaging, as well," said UNC Chapel Hill police Chief Jeff McCracken. "Phone messages, physical fliers are actually put up, really any method at our disposal we could think of."

Luster of teaching has faded
The Fayetteville Observer

...Today there is a dearth of black teachers. According to the University of North Carolina, out of 7,606 bachelor’s degrees awarded to black students during 2005-2006, only 326 education degrees were awarded (255 to women and 71 to men).

Research campus boosts Carolina vegetable industry
Southeast Farm Press

North Carolina has long been one of the top agricultural producing states east of the Mississippi River and a bold new research effort being financed primarily by private industry offers some interesting and challenging new directions for the state’s agricultural industry. ... The Research Triangle Park, which opened in 1965 to take advantage of the best minds at Duke University, the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Wake Forest University and North Carolina State University, has been recognized as one of the greatest economic development coups in the country’s history. ... The Center will partner with North Carolina State University for agricultural research, with Duke University for health and wellness research, with the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill for economic development and other core curriculum development.


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