Aug. 29, 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

DNA Test Predicts Harmful Effects Of Cancer Drug
Medical News Today (UK)

Not everyone needs a genetic test before taking the cancer drug irinotecan, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration should modify its prescription guidelines to say so, according to researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. ..."Many institutions saw the FDA's recommendation as authorization to test all patients before treating them with irinotecan, even though many clinicians didn't think it was always necessary since low doses of the drug weren't causing problems," said Prof. Howard McLeod, senior author of the study and director of the UNC Institute for Pharmacogenomics and Individualized Therapy.
UNC News Release: http://www.unc.edu/news/archives/aug07/fda082807.html

National Coverage

More Americans Lack Health Insurance
NPR "Morning Edition"

The U.S. Census Bureau reported Tuesday that the number of Americans without health insurance grew to an all time high of 47 million people last year. ...Political scientist Jonathan Oberlander, of the University of North Carolina, says the spike in the number of uninsured children — 600,000 more last year — gives those who want to expand the program new ammunition.

Inhaled capreomycin shows action in animal TB model
Reuters (wire service)

Inhalation of large porous particles of capreomycin may be an effective treatment for tuberculosis, according to findings in a guinea pig model reported in the August issue of Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy. "Aerosol drug delivery for tuberculosis therapy is an important, relatively new, approach for individual and population disease treatment," investigator Dr. Anthony J. Hickey told Reuters Health. "Direct local delivery of drug to the lungs has the potential to rapidly reduce the spread of disease by eliminating the source of infection at its origin." Another advantage, Dr. Hickey, of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and colleagues note, is that although capreomycin is used for the treatment of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB), it is limited therapeutically by its severe side effects.

Regional Coverage

N.C. schools named among best for entrepreneurs
The San Antonio Business Journal (San Antonio, CA)

Several N.C. universities rank among America's best colleges for entrepreneurs, according to the September issue of Fortune Small Business. The magazine deemed UNC Chapel Hill as among the nation's best for teaching entrepreneurship skills to undergraduates, MBA students as well as students majoring in more than one subject. Fortune Small Business included 24 to 26 schools on each of those lists.

State & Local Coverage

Meaning of dip in SAT scores debated
The Charlotte Observer

Average SAT scores in math and reading dipped for a second straight year in the Carolinas, as national results fell to their lowest level since 1999. ...Those scores don't include the SAT's writing portion. The writing test is only two years old, making comparisons less reliable. ...Admissions directors at UNC Charlotte and UNC Chapel Hill said they had seen a significant drop in applicants' SAT scores the past two years.

Carolina North, coal and creeks
The Chapel Hill Herald

At some point during the latest installment in an ongoing series of Carolina North public meetings, an audience member's question pushed the conversation toward coal use on the planned academic community. Jerry Schuett of AEI Engineers answered that "no one is thinking" of using coal as an energy source for Carolina North. As with most other highly technical topics, the conversation leaders were careful not to speak in absolutes. "I think what we have to do now is plan now for what we know now," added Carolina North Executive Director Jack Evans.
UNC Media Advisory: http://www.unc.edu/news/media/2007/cnorthadvisory082307.html

UNC's future will determine our future (Editorial)
The Chapel Hill Herald

At the beginning of the academic year, when visions of potentially lofty philosophical discussions still dance in the heads of new university students, it's hard to think of UNC as an assembly line. We like to imagine our state university as a refuge from workaday concerns, a place to pursue purely intellectual matters. ...A report given the other day to the UNC Tomorrow Commission noted that by 2014 -- just seven years down the road -- North Carolina will need more than 400,000 new workers with at least a bachelor's degree. The report pointed out that state public and private colleges and universities are expected to produce only 254,000 of those workers.

Airport is UNC-Chapel Hill's to close, Hackney says
The News & Observer (Raleigh)

House Speaker Joe Hackney said this week the fate of Horace Williams Airport lies with UNC-Chapel Hill leaders, despite a committee's recommendation that the General Assembly continue weighing the value of the airport versus the planned Carolina North campus. State lawmakers want to preserve the UNC medical school's Medical Air Operations, but it probably won't remain at Horace Williams Airport, Hackney said. "That's up to the university, and I don't think that's their plan," he said.

UNC-CH planning to slash water use
The News & Observer (Raleigh)

UNC-Chapel Hill wants to cut the projected water use at its future Carolina North satellite campus by about 40 percent by reclaiming wastewater and harvesting rainwater. At a community forum Tuesday, Chapel Hill Planning Board member George Cianciolo asked whether the university was committing itself to that number.

Cross-country cyclists raise awareness, funds (Commentary)
The Chapel Hill Herald

I want to thank and praise the seven young men who sacrificed their summer to ride 3,700 miles on their bicycles cross country to raise awareness of and funds for cancer research at UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. ...H. Shelton Earp, Director, UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center

Daily planner
The News & Observer (Raleigh)

VOLUNTEER FAIR: 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Pit on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus; organizations hold fair to recruit and inform volunteers. Information: www.carolinachamber.org.
UNC New Brief: http://www.unc.edu/news/briefs/2007/082707.html

Issues & Trends

With textbooks, who needs publishers? (Commentary)
The News & Observer (Raleigh)

With college students back on campus, the high price of textbooks has been much in the news. One writer proposed lowering costs to students but maintaining a revenue stream for publishing companies by licensing use of textbooks, rather than selling them. But there's another option, and that's to cut out the publishing companies altogether. ...There's no question that the UNC system and all nonprofit academic institutions are in direct competition with the new for-profit players such as University of Phoenix. Meanwhile, little attention is paid to the question of who will provide the intellectual content used in our colleges and universities in approaching decades.


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