Aug. 27, 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

Claims of antibacterial soaps don't wash
The Los Angeles Times

In past ages, people generally didn't wash their hands until they had an obvious reason, perhaps involving livestock or topsoil. Or both. But in these germ-conscious times, removing dirt is almost an afterthought when we step up to the sink. Our main goal is the total and utter destruction of E. coli, salmonella, campylobacter, rhinoviruses and any other germs that might have the nerve to make us sick. ...But Emily Sickbert-Bennett, a public health epidemiologist at the University of North Carolina School of Public Health who has studied antibacterial soaps, says there's "no good evidence" that triclosan has encouraged antibiotic resistance in the real world. She says consumers can safely use antibacterial soaps without worrying about creating super-bugs.

The Chicago Tribune

...Some 4 million women in the United States have a binge eating disorder. That is more than those with anorexia and bulimia combined, says a report in the August issue of Self magazine. Bingers often eat 2,000 or more calories of fatty foods at a sitting two or more times weekly and don't exercise off the extra calories. The out-of-control aspect is what makes it different from ordinary overeating, said Cynthia Bulik, director of the Eating Disorders Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Regional Coverage

A flight of fancy at D/FW Airport
The Star-Telegram (Fort Worth, TX)

Some days, road warriors feel like they live at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport. Now one of the nation's top airport-development experts thinks some people might really want to live there. John Kasarda, a business professor at the University of North Carolina, says D/FW could make "multiple millions of dollars" by selling airport condominiums. His idea is a cross between a time-share condo and a luxury skybox at a football stadium. We're not talking primary residence, but rather a luxurious pad for executives to cool their heels while in North Texas on business.

Polk Has Part in Study Of Minority Education
The Ledger (Lakeland, FL)

...Polk's school district will work in conjunction with three other school districts - Chicago, Lansing, Mich., and Peoria, Ill. - to develop the scientific study under the umbrella of the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute of the University of North Carolina. Oscar Barbarin, postdoctoral principal investigator of Promoting Academic Success (PAS) for Boys of Color, along with the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, received a grant of $6.2 million from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to develop and analyze ways to battle the academic problems that minority boys face.
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State & Local Coverage

Belafonte lecture focuses on arts
The News & Observer (Raleigh)

Singer and activist Harry Belafonte will give a lecture in September in Chapel Hill. He will deliver "The Importance of the Arts in America" at 7 p.m. at UNC-Chapel Hill's Memorial Hall. Belafonte is coming to UNC as the Frey Foundation Distinguished Visiting Professor in the College of Arts and Science.
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UNC professor's essays offer hope for race relations
The Herald-Sun (Durham)

...The driver of the car, who happened to be an African-American man, was outside pumping gasoline, while his friend, who happened to be a white guy, sat in the passenger seat reciting the words to this rap, earnestly trying to get the words and nuances right. I was taken back to a wonderful passage in author and UNC professor Randall Kenan's new book of essays. In this essay, Kenan expresses his longtime admiration for the 1971 television movie "Brian's Song," about the friendship between African-American football player Gayle Sayers and his white teammate, Brian Piccolo.

Runner passes out at race
The News & Observer (Raleigh)

...But Fred Mueller, a professor of exercise and sports science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, wonders whether schools push too hard in heat waves. In the past 10 days, Mueller said, three high school football players have died in the South; two of the incidents were known to be heat-related and the third, where no autopsy was conducted, was thought to be.
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Trainers increase focus on rec groups
The Charlotte Observer

Specialized athletic trainers are now running speed and agility camps that were "virtually unheard of 10 years ago," said Jason Boudrie, general manager of Velocity Sports Performance, a Charlotte company in the industry. ...The speed and agility camps pose little physical risk and could help kids get acclimated to future football workouts, said Kevin Guskiewicz, who chairs the Department of Exercise and Sport Science at the University of North Carolina.
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Carolina North meeting Tuesday
The Chapel Hill Hearld

The university is inviting local residents, faculty, staff and students to participate in the latest in a series of community meetings about the Carolina North campus Tuesday. The meeting will provide an opportunity for the community to learn about and comment on university planning efforts related to the infrastructure topics presented at the July 31 meeting.
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Studio will allow UNC to broadcast from campus
The Daily Tar Heel

This spring the University will have a direct link to media outlets here and around the world. ...The proposal calls for one or two cameras, a full studio set, an integrated services digital network connection - which allows for clearer voice transmission through telephone lines - and a fiber link that connects faculty and students with national media outlets.

Awards, recognitions and certifications
The News & Observer (Raleigh)

Raymond DuBose, director of energy services at UNC-Chapel Hill, received the 20/20 Vision Award from the International District Energy Association.
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Ode to the passing of the postcard (Column)
The News & Observer (Raleigh)

...Postcard memories came flooding back when I recently attended a reception honoring Raleigh's Durwood Barber, who spent 28 years amassing a priceless collection of more than 8,000 exclusively North Carolina postcards that he has donated to the Wilson Library at the University of North Carolina.

Dead voters in city were still registered
The Citizen-Times (Asheville)

...The Citizen-Times found no record of anyone using Glenn Adkins’ registration, or that of any of the other dead voters, to vote. “It’s important that people have confidence in the honesty and openness of the electoral process, and accurate voter rolls are essential to maintaining that level of public confidence,” said Bob Joyce, a professor with the UNC Chapel Hill School of Government.

The family effects of mental illness (Commentary)
The Chapel Hill News

Earlier this year, I participated in the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) Family-to-Family program, in a course dedicated to families that have a loved one with mental illness. ...Mary Lynn Piven is a resident of Chapel Hill and an assistant professor in the School of Nursing at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Issues & Trends

Universities must train more students to meet economic needs (Editorial)
The Fayetteville Observer

...By 2014, North Carolina will need 400,000 new workers with bachelor’s degrees. But public and private schools are expected to produce only 254,000 of them. To avoid the shortfall, schools will have to turn out 15,000 additional graduates each year until then. That effort will need to become a priority of all 16 of North Carolina’s public institutions that grant baccalaureate degrees — that’s what the UNC Tomorrow Commission recommended this week.
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Rolling down the window passes into mists of history (Column)
The Herald-Sun (Durham)

Every year, as I've noted here before, I await with some eagerness Beloit College's "Mindset List." ... This year, the Beloit list probably had more resonance for me than ever. My son, class of 2011 himself, is winding up his first week as a freshman at UNC Chapel Hill. As thousands of you know and others eventually will, that day a son or daughter heads off to college is a seismic change. Some -- my wife, Pat, for example -- see it coming well in advance. Others, less prone to introspection -- me, for example -- don't fully realize it until it's almost upon us.

State audit points to mismanaged funds at N.C. A&T
The Associated Press (National)

Nearly $400,000 in receipts from vending machines - money earmarked for student financial aid and campus debt - went to a spending account of a former chancellor at North Carolina A&T State University, according to a state audit. ...By UNC system policy, the vending money was supposed to be spent on scholarships, student financial aid, campus debt and student activities.

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