Jan. 17, 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

Law schools chalk up low grades on ethics
The Globe and Mail (Canada)

Now, here's a finding that will come as little surprise to investors in companies like Enron, Worldcom and Hewlett-Packard: North American law schools should do a better job of preparing future lawyers to deal with the moral challenges of their jobs. ...Judith Welch Wegner, a University of North Carolina law professor who led the research team, says she was notably impressed with the two Canadian schools included in the research, York University's Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto and the University of British Columbia's faculty of law.

Fast food makes you fat
Reuters (International)

A new study provides the best evidence to date that eating fast food makes you fat. Among nearly 3,400 young adults participating in a long-term study, every additional fast food meal they consumed each week correlated with a substantial increase in body mass index (BMI), Dr. Barry M. Popkin of the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and colleagues found.

Malawi need sensitive testing for HIV negatives
Nyasa Times (Malawi)

Almost one in forty of those who tested HIV-negative in a large clinic chort in Lilongwe, Malawi, turned out to have acute HIV infection that was too recent to be detected by single or dual rapid antibody test used as the standard method of HIV diagnosis, researchers from the University of North Carolina report in the February 1st edition of the Journal of Infectious Diseases.

National Coverage

Black Student College Graduation Rates Inch Higher But a Large Racial Gap Persists
The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education

Throughout the nation, black enrollments in higher education have reached an all-time high. ...At some state-chartered universities such as the University of North Carolina, the University of Virginia, the University of Maryland, and the University of Michigan, concerted efforts are in place to attract high-achieving black students from other states.

The Progress of Black Student Enrollments at the Nation’s Highest-Ranked Colleges and Universities
The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education

Once more, this year The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education has completed its survey of admissions offices at the nation’s highest-ranked national universities. ...However, in 2005 and again this year, Chapel Hill has the highest percentage of blacks in its first-year class. Chapel Hill reports that 470 black freshmen enrolled on the Chapel Hill campus this fall.

Edwards Profile Digs In To 2008 Hopeful's Tack
The New Republic

When he ran for president in 2004, former Sen. John Edwards campaigned as a populist. ...The former senator is ardent as he describes insights gleaned from two years of work at the antipoverty think tank he founded at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Expert: Democrat used racial slurs to disenfranchise whites
The Associated Press (National)

A black Noxubee County Democratic Party official and his allies exploit racial tensions to disenfranchise white candidates and voters, a federal judge was told Wednesday in the government's first use of the Voting Rights Act to allege discrimination against whites. Theodore Arrington, a political science professor at the University of North Carolina, testified as an expert witness for the U.S. Justice Department.

Regional Coverage

University research rankings show U spending decreases
The Minnesota Daily (Minneapolis)

As the University vies to be a top three public research institution, a recent study shows the University may be further behind than expected. ...Comparatively, the fastest growing school in the group, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has increased its research spending by an average of 6.6 percent per year.

Airport area needs a facelift (Editorial)
The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, Tenn.)

Before Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi visited Graceland last June, one local civic booster jokingly suggested blindfolding the visiting dignitary during his trips to and from the airport. ...University of North Carolina business professor John Kasarda said Memphis has great potential as an "aerotropolis" -- that is, a community planned around and heavily oriented toward its airport.

Edwards a candidate young Americans can believe in (Letter to the editor)
The Palm Beach Post (Fla.)

I am one of the new generation of onlookers, not-so-political thinkers, the jaded, Generation Y. ...after working in social services, I can appreciate a man who contributes such things as "Opportunity Rocks!" (a program designed to get youth involved in the fight against poverty); the Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity at the University of North Carolina; and the "College for Everyone" (a program designed to give scholarships in exchange for 10 hours of work a week).

Road diet plan provokes opposing reactions
The MidWeek News (Sycamore, Ill.)

Kay Shelton was one of two voices of strong opposition at last week's Plan Commission Public Hearing on the Renew DeKalb “vision” for renovation of the 125-acre downtown target area. ...The study was conducted by Herman Huang, J. Richard Stewart and Charles Zegeer of the University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center.

State and Local Coverage

Medical students to help run free health fair for community
The Winston-Salem Journal

Students from Wake Forest University's medical and physician-assistant programs will help run a one-stop shop for medical advice this weekend that will offer everything from screenings for high blood pressure and diabetes to private chats with doctors. ...About 17.8 percent of people in Forsyth County younger than 65 were uninsured in 2002, according to the Sheps Center for Health Services Research at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

13,000-item collection on the Maya comes to UNC
The Chapel Hill News

The Maya people of Central America, whose civilization thrived from about 1800 B.C. to 1200, charted the heavens, mastered mathematics, built elaborate temple-pyramids and developed the only true writing system native to the Americas. ...The stories of artists and archaeologists who made these discoveries will be told Jan. 18-March 31 in Wilson Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
UNC News Release: http://www.unc.edu/news/archives/jan07/maya010907.htm

Broadway star to perform at UNC
The Chapel Hill News

Carolina Performing Arts will present soprano Barbara Cook, who has performed for audiences at the White House and around the world, in concert Friday night at UNC.
UNC News Release: http://www.unc.edu/news/archives/jan07/barbaracook011107.htm

Exhibit highlights state's beauty
The Chapel Hill News

The N.C. Botanical Garden last week opened an exhibit of work by a mother and daughter duo and a mother of duo daughters.

5 strategies can help you hit goal of better food habits (Commentary)
The Charlotte Observer

The parking lot at the gym has been packed for two weeks. But the attendant at the front desk assured me it wouldn't last. ...Suzanne Havala Hobbs is a registered dietitian and a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Health Policy at UNC.

UNC workers get lots of input
The Herald-Sun (Durham)/The Chapel Hill Herald

U.S. Rep Brad Miller and state politicians Ellie Kinnaird and Verla Insko spoke to UNC's Employee Forum on Tuesday on topics ranging from international affairs to issues much closer to home.

UNC jaywalkers can get help with fines
The News & Observer (Raleigh)

Local jaywalkers facing their first citations can reduce their penalties by attending a class by AAA Carolinas from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday in room 3203 of the UNC-Chapel Hill Student Union.

Issues and Trends

Some student loans may get rate reduction
McClatchy Newspapers

The House Democrats' plan today to slash rates on some student loans falls short of a proposal the party pitched almost a year ago in the GOP-controlled Congress. ..."It's a great way to communicate that you support students and their families," said Kimrey Rhinehardt, vice president for government affairs at the 16-campus University of North Carolina system, of today's vote.

2 green projects on agenda
The Chapel Hill News

Two redevelopment projects racing to become the first large-scale eco-friendly complex in Chapel Hill will make a pit stop tonight.
Related link: http://www.chapelhillnews.com/106/story/4880.html

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