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December 19, 2002

Carolina in the News

Current National Coverage


Here is a sampling of links and notes about Carolina 
people and programs cited recently in the national media:

National Endowment for the Humanities Awards $14.5-Million in Grants
The Chronicle of Higher Education

The National Endowment for the Humanities announced on Tuesday $14.5-
million in grants to support scholarly research, college curriculum-development 
programs, museum and library humanities programs, and public-television and
-radio programs. ... NORTH CAROLINA: .... Research fellowships: Louis 
Perez, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ... Peter Redfield, 
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
... 
http://chronicle.com/daily/2002/12/2002121904n.htm
(Note: The Chronicle of Higher Education requires a subscription to access 
articles.)

National News Note

Susan Aaronson, senior fellow at the Kenan Institute in Washington, 

an arm of the Kenan-Flagler Business School, was quoted on Public 
Radio International's "Marketplace"
Monday about the U.S. Supreme 
Court case involving Nike and corporate free speech. To listen to this program 
online, go to http://www.marketplace.org/morning_report/mmr_archive.html 
and click on "8:50 a.m." under December 16. 

North Carolina News Note

Dr. James Yankaskas
, director of the adult cystic fibrosis program at UNC
was interviewed on WRAL-TV (CBS, Raleigh). The interviewed aired 
yesterday during the early evening newscast. No online links are available.

State and Local Coverage

UNC announces pact with Learfield 
News and Observer

The University of North Carolina athletics department officially announced 
Wednesday its new multimedia contract with Learfield Communications Inc., a 
deal that will bring the department $2.5 million per year. ...
http://sports.newsobserver.com/sports/story/2032144p-1961871c.html
(Note: A Herald-Sun story on this topic is at: 
http://www.herald-sun.com/sports/18-300751.html)

Chimerix seeks grant for drug 
News and Observer

The leaders of a tiny Triangle biotechnology company think they have a potent 
drug to fight smallpox. And they are asking the federal government for a $6
million grant to prove it. ... "The possibility of having an anti-viral to treat 
smallpox is absolutely essential for these people," said Michael Crimmins, 
a chemistry professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill,
 
who is on Chimerix's scientific advisory board. ... 
http://newsobserver.com/business/story/2032123p-1961845c.html

$10,000 donation to fund cystic fibrosis research at UNC
Triangle Business Journal

Atlantic Beach resident Cris Piner has donated $10,000 to fund research at the 
Cystic Fibrosis/Pulmonary Research and Treatment Center at the 
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
. ...
http://triangle.bizjournals.com/triangle/stories/2002/12/16/daily33.html

Issues and Trends Affecting Carolina

Third of Students Transfer Before Gaining Degrees, Education Dept. Study Finds
The Chronicle of Higher Education

Nearly a third of college students transfer to different institutions before attaining 
their degrees, and 11 percent have taken courses at more than one institution at 
the same time, according to a new report by the U.S. Department of 
Education. ... 
http://chronicle.com/daily/2002/12/2002121902n.htm
(Note: The Chronicle of Higher Education requires a subscription to access 
articles..)

University spending ranks high 
News and Observer

Despite the state budget crisis, the North Carolina public higher education 
system is doing better than at least 17 other state systems in keeping its public 
universities and community colleges funded, a study by an Illinois-based 
education group shows. ...
http://www.newsobserver.com/news/nc/story/2032160p-1961879c.html

Bataille a finalist to lead University of Iowa 
The Herald-Sun
Gretchen Bataille, a top administrator in the UNC system
, is one of six finalists 
for the presidency of the University of Iowa. ... 
http://www.herald-sun.com/orange/10-300666.html

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