Aug.31, 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

Diet starts Monday, right?
MSNBC.com

There's something about weekends that sends caution — and calories — to the wind. ... A University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill study revealed that adults take in an extra 222 calories — nearly 15 percent of the number of calories an average woman needs each day — over the course of the weekend (including Friday).

Regional Coverage

Help! My work computer sucks
The Associated Press

Not everyone gets to work at Google on brand new MacBook Pros with enough RAM to power Abu Dhabi. ... What if your computer takes forever to boot up? "It could be a whole lot of different things. It could be the age of the computer. It could be it needs more memory. It could be you're loading a whole lot of different programs," says Priscilla Alden, assistant vice chancellor for information technology services user support and engagement at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

State & Local

U.S.-China commission will meet at UNC-CH
The News & Observer (Raleigh)

A federal commission on U.S.-China relations will convene at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill next week to hear testimony from state researchers, business leaders and government officials. The hearing, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. Thursday, is being convened by the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission. Charged by Congress with monitoring the economic and security issues with China, the commission has scheduled nine meetings this year.
Related link: http://www.heraldsun.com/durham/4-877020.cfm

Trail users find petitions along the way
The News & Observer (Raleigh)

The Trailheads have taken shoe-leather politics to the forest. The 65-member running group has been strategically placing paper petitions -- encased in plastic protectors -- along Chapel Hill and Carrboro's largest trail system, inviting their fellow trail users to send a message to university leaders. UNC-Chapel Hill plans to develop about 250 of the approximately 970 acres it owns in the northern part of town as the Carolina North satellite campus.

Students rally for gender-neutral johns
The News & Observer (Raleigh)

In the past, an activist might picket city hall, burn a draft card or occupy a segregated lunch counter. Now there's a new cause: public restrooms. ... They seek to join at least 17 universities, including UNC-Chapel Hill, in mandating a gender-neutral john.

Coming home for health care
The Herald-Sun (Durham)

While skyrocketing health care costs have prompted many Americans to yearn for the socialized medical care of some foreign countries, Cathy Wright, a 53-year-old American resident of France, chose to come to the U.S. for her care. ... Jonathan Oberlander, an associate professor of social medicine and health policy administration at UNC Chapel Hill, supports universal health coverage that is a combination of public and private plans.

Heat records busted
The News & Record (Greensboro)

August has truly been the cruelest month. ... Jeannie Loeb, a lecturer in UNC-Chapel Hill's psychology department, said studies have shown that heat is correlated with aggression. In one experiment, two groups of volunteers were put into separate rooms and told to work together on a task. One room was nicely air-conditioned. The other was stiflingly hot. That group didn't fare so well.

Doctors fear development will compromise mission
NBC 17 (Raleigh)

Some area doctors fear development will compromise their mission to help patients. Dozens of doctors from UNC and Duke fly out of UNC's Horace Williams Airport each month to treat patients. But the airport is set to close to make room for the Carolina North, which means the program will have to fly out of RDU.

Engineer sues UNC-CH under Whistleblower Act
The News & Observer (Raleigh)

A former manager in the electrical distribution unit at UNC-Chapel Hill has filed suit against the university claiming his bosses wasted millions of dollars on two separate projects and demoted him when he complained about the costs.

Future Hispanic voters could be a force
The Burlington Times-News

The way America approaches illegal immigration will have lasting effects on national and local politics, says Ebher “Eb” Rossi Jr. ... The question is how much political influence native-born children of illegal immigrants will have, says J. Ferrel Guillory, director of the Program on Public

Sessions address disaster research
The Herald-Sun (Durham)

Members of the public are invited to feed their minds -- as well as their stomachs -- at the UNC Renaissance Computing Institute's Renaissance Bistros.
UNC News Briefs: http://www.unc.edu/news/briefs/2007/082707.html

Issues & Trends

UGA professor accused; pharmacy test suspended
The Associated Press (National)

The organization that oversees licensing of U.S. pharmacists has suspended use of its licensing exam, and accused a University of Georgia professor of providing the test's questions to his students. ... At the University of North Carolina's School of Pharmacy - that state's largest training center for apothecaries - most students take the exam in the spring.
Related Link: http://www.ajc.com/metro/content/metro/stories/2007/08/30/pharmacy_0830.html

Missed connections
University Business (Norwalk, CT)

When Harrisburg University of Science and Technology (PA.) opened its doors in 2005, its leaders made sure buildings and classrooms were ready, and that the school's wireless network was robust. One item left off the list was phone landlines. ... Rave has focused on promoting the benefits of its mobile phone program, which bundles applications and services. More than 100 IHEs are reportedly either implementing the program or in discussions with the vendor. Those that have signed up include Georgetown University (D.C.), The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and California State University, Monterey Bay.


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