Jan. 3 , 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

Fish oil for Mom may benefit her child
International Herald Tribune

Women who take fish oil supplements while pregnant may improve the hand-eye coordination of their children, according to a small Australian study. ..."If a person is healthy with a cholesterol in the middle range, and no family history of heart disease, radically lowering cholesterol may not be necessary," said (Xuemei) Huang, a University of North Carolina School of Medicine neurologist.
UNC News Release: http://www.unc.edu/news/archives/dec06/parkinsonsldl121806.htm

A couple of things to think about in 2007
Winnipeg Free Press (Canada)

You all know how to keep healthy this year, don't you? ...Another researcher, Dr. Stephen Moll at the University of North Carolina, says he has seen similar cases, and they all resulted from immobility for long periods of time.

National Coverage

New Strategy for Small Ph.D. Programs
Inside Higher Ed

In German studies these days, a graduate department with 10 full-time faculty members is considered quite large, and many are half that size. ...Professors at Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have come up with another approach.

Inside Abbott's Tactics To Protect AIDS Drug
The Wall Street Journal

In the fall of 2003, Abbott Laboratories grew worried about new competition to its flagship AIDS drug, Kaletra. ...Abbott's move "created a huge price discrepancy" between Kaletra and rival drugs, says David Wohl, an associate professor at the University of North Carolina who works part-time treating infected inmates.

Health Highlights: Jan. 2, 2007
HealthDay News

Heart disease hits Americans who live in southern states harder than residents of other regions of the country, according to the latest annual survey of cardiovascular disease in the United States. ...Wayne Rosamond, an epidemiologist at the University of North Carolina and chairman of the American Heart Association's Statistics Committee, said studies are under way to determine the reasons behind the regional differences, the news service said.

Regional Coverage

Memphis International Airport winging its way to success despite some turbulence
The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, Tenn.)

Memphis had a seat in the cockpit in 2006 as the nation sped through one of the most promising years in aviation since terrorists attacked the World Trade Center, nearly crumbling commercial aviation. ..."This airport has a huge, huge impact," said John Kasarda, who coined the term aerotropolis -- cities that grow up around the economic engines of airports -- more than 10 years ago.

Getting healthier in West Virginia (Editorial)
The Charleston Daily Mail

As the new year began, the American Heart Association released its annual report on the nation's tickers on a state by state basis. ...Wayne Rosamond, an epidemiologist at the University of North Carolina and the chairman of the American Heart Association Statistics Committee, said signs like that are positive indicators.

State and Local Coverage

Exhibit documents town’s strife
The Chapel Hill News

Newly available photographs of desegregation protests and sit-ins at Chapel Hill businesses will be among more than 100 items on display soon in UNC’s Wilson Library.
UNC News Release: http://www.unc.edu/news/archives/jan07/studentprotests010207.html

Edwards resigns as director
The News & Observer (Raleigh)

Former Sen. John Edwards has resigned his position as director of the Center On Poverty, Work and Opportunity in Chapel Hill to pursue his campaign for president. Edwards created the think-tank at the University of North Carolina nearly two years ago to examine ways to help lift an estimated 37 million Americans out of poverty.
Related link: http://www.chapelhillnews.com/106/story/4603.html

Give healthier alternatives a chance in the new year (Commentary)
The Charlotte Observer

In the New Year, resolve to remake some of your favorite foods. Most of us eat a lot of foods that don't support health. We do it out of habit and tradition. ...Suzanne Havala Hobbs is a registered dietitian and a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Health Policy at UNC.

Removing partitions from drives (Question-answer)
The News & Observer (Raleigh)

...To avoid losing data while tinkering with partitions, you need a specialized software program, said Priscilla Alden with UNC-Chapel Hill's Information Technology Services. These products allow you to merge, split, copy and resize partitions, as well as convert them from one file system to another.

Dr. Powell's opus
The Independent Weekly

Recent history for William Powell has involved interviews—a lot of them. "Almost constantly" was his two word answer when asked how often he's on the phone talking about the latest work he's edited, the 7-pound, 2-ounce Encyclopedia of North Carolina. ...Whether it is the large influx of curious non-natives or the appeal of a modern, comprehensive, coffee table behemoth of the Old North State, UNC Press, which published the book in conjunction with UNC Library, has a hit on its hands.

Man held in Pit injuries may enter plea
The Herald-Sun (Durham)/The Chapel Hill Herald

If the FBI turns over the evidence it collected after Mohammed Taheri-Azar allegedly attempted to kill people on the UNC campus by running over them in an SUV, Taheri-Azar will enter a plea at his next court hearing on Jan. 24.
Related link: http://www.newsobserver.com/1166/story/528093.html

Issues and Trends

Now it's full speed ahead for the new animal shelter
The Chapel Hill Herald

Orange County is accelerating design work for a new animal services center after learning it will have to vacate the current facility no later than Dec. 31, 2008. The county's present animal shelter, off Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, sits on the future site of the university's proposed Carolina North campus, on land owned by UNC.

Community Christmas Eve wishes (Opinion column)
The Herald-Sun (Durham)

As we enter the last few hours before Christmas, whether yours be frantic or relaxed, solemn or shopping-saturated, I hope this finds you well. ... So, too, would successful completion of the long-running debate between the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and many civic and political leaders who have wrangled for years over plans for Carolina North.
Note: No link available.

UGA grade system gets a minus (Opinion-editorial column)
The Atlanta Journal Constitution

Last year, I was sitting in a meeting of the executive committee of University of Georgia's highest governing body, the University Council, when Provost Arnett Mace announced that the Board of Regents approved a pilot "plus-minus" grading program. ...UGA has a long list of aspiration schools, including the University of Virginia, University of Texas at Austin and UNC-Chapel Hill.


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