Jan. 22, 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

Sweetened beverages turn sour
The Star Phoenix (Canada)

"Aren't you being a bit inconsistent? You're always advising others to cut down on sugar. Then before dinner you have a rum and coke. Don't you realize that rum is made
from sugar?" ...Dr. Barry M. Popkin, a nutritional epidemiologist at the University of North Carolina, reports in Nutrition Action that in the U.S. the average person obtains 21 per cent of his/her calories from beverages.
UNC News Release: http://www.unc.edu/news/archives/mar06/healthybeverage030806.htm

National Coverage

Wanted: Low-Income High Achievers
The Chronicle of Higher Education

Alamance Community College, in Graham, N.C., and the flagship campus of the University of North Carolina, in Chapel Hill, are only 20 miles apart. But sometimes it seems
as if they are in separate universes. ...University of North Carolina officials realize that they have not done enough over the years to reach out to top students at Alamance and other community colleges.
UNC News Release: http://www.unc.edu/news/archives/mar06/jackkentcooke030606.htm

Cancer News: Unhealthy Gums Linked to Pancreatic Cancer
U.S. News & World Report

Too tired to floss? Those puffy bleeding gums could increase your risk of pancreatic cancer, according to a new study published this week in the Journal of the National
Cancer Institute. ..."This study certainly adds to what we know about how important oral health is for general health," says Steven Offenbacher, director of the center for oral and systemic diseases at the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry, who has done research on periodontal disease and cardiovascular risk.

Weighing in
The Associated Press (National)

The American fashion industry says it wants its models to be healthy, not anorexic, not bulimic and not chain-smokers. ...But Dr. Cynthia Bulik, a professor at the University
of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a former president of the Academy of Eating Disorders, said she'd like to see the fashion industry adopt stricter standards in an effort to protect two populations: the models and all the young girls who look up to them

Ruckus Offers Students Free Music

A free ad-supported music download service goes nationwide today. ...Ruckus was founded in 2003 by a couple of MBA candidates at the Massachusetts Institute of
Technology and currently serves 82 U.S. colleges and universities. The Herndon, Va., company's partner institutions range from small schools you've never heard of to big ones like the University of Southern California, Michigan State University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the Georgia Institute of Technology and Princeton University.

Curing Health Care Insurance (Opinion-editorial column)
ABC News

None of us needs to be told. The health care delivery system in America is indefensible. ...Dr. Nortin Hadler is professor of medicine and microbiology/immunology at the
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and an attending rheumatologist for University of North Carolina Hospitals.

Silent No Longer
Chemical & Engineering News

The more scientists study the genetic code, the more it reads like poetry. In a poem, every word, every line break, even every syllable can carry more than a literal meaning.
...The details of the altered folding kinetics remain largely unknown, but recent work by Luda Diatchenko of the University of North Carolina and her colleagues has opened up one route of investigation into those matters (Science 2006, 314, 1930).

Regional Coverage

Missouri State's neediest students will get free ride
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Missouri State University's neediest students will soon get a free ride, plus $800 a year for books, the Springfield-based school announced Friday. ...The University of North
Carolina at Chapel Hill garnered nationwide praise when it started the Carolina Covenant in 2004. Under that program, students whose families earn 200 percent of the federal poverty level are guaranteed to graduate debt-free by using grants, scholarships and work-study.

Parkinson's link to statins eyed
The Washington Times

Researchers at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine are organizing a major study to find out if taking cholesterol-lowering drugs called statins increases the
risk of Parkinson's disease for some patients. Dr. Xuemei Huang, medical director of the Parkinson's program at the school in Chapel Hill, said researchers need to determine if having low levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL), the so-called "bad cholesterol," are a "cause or a consequence" of Parkinson's.
UNC News Release: http://www.unc.edu/news/archives/dec06/parkinsonsldl121806.htm

Can't get too much Two Buck Chuck
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

On any given Saturday at Trader Joe's in Sandy Springs, shoppers pile their carts with bottles — and sometimes cases — of Two Buck Chuck. ...On balance, though, it
seems bad business for Trader Joe's, says Jan-Benedict Steenkamp, co-author of "Private Label Strategy" (Harvard Business School Press). Wine is one of Trader Joe's destination products. Once in a store, customers will buy other things, too, Steenkamp says.

No more inhibitions
The Florida Times-Union (Jacksonville)

Out-of-town parents. A cool 21-year-old to supply the beer. Dark corners or bedrooms to coax the girls into impromptu make-out sessions. ..."Part of that was about women
feeling freer to experience sexuality. Women are much more open about their sexuality and about the pleasure of sexuality," said Jane Brown, professor at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, who studies the media's influence over teens' sexuality.
UNC News Release: http://www.unc.edu/news/archives/mar06/teenmedia033006.htm

Too young to die
Anderson Independent Mail (S.C.)

Tweety Craft knows better than most that there is room for improvement in South Carolina’s teenage driving laws. ...A University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research
Center study showed that crash rates dropped 34 percent among 16-year-olds in North Carolina in the two years after graduated licensing began in 1997.
UNC News Release: http://www.unc.edu/news/archives/oct01/gdl100201.htm

The brake. The brake!
Tulsa World (Ok.)

Tom O’Dell was riding shotgun, letting his daughter practice her highway driving through Arkansas following a family vacation, when suddenly, the blacktop became a luge.
...Researchers at the Highway Safety Research Center at the University of North Carolina have been studying those very questions.

Scientists hope blogging brings discoveries to the masses
The Post and Courier (Charleston, S.C.)

Offline, Bora Zivkovic is an unemployed biologist struggling with his dissertation in Chapel Hill. ...More than 150 scientists, teachers, bloggers and journalists came to the
campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to talk about the technology that some think has the potential to reshape the world of science and bring it to the masses.

State and Local Coverage

Carolina North committee does its job (Editorial)
The Chapel Hill Herald

When UNC Chancellor James Moeser convened the Carolina North Leadership Advisory Committee 10 months ago, he took a significant gamble. In asking the committee to
come up with "guiding principles" for the university's planned research campus on the Horace Williams Tract, Moeser was searching for input, but also hoping, of course, to get broad, community-based support -- if not approval -- of the immense project.

UNC law dean says Edwards helped center
The Associated Press (N.C.)

While director of an anti-poverty center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, former Sen. John Edwards helped draw major speakers and big donors. ..."There
was skepticism both within and outside the university whether this would be a genuine academic, worthwhile experience," said Jack Boger, dean of the university's law school. "My opinion is that it has exceeded everyone's expectation."
Note: No link available.
Related link: http://www.newsobserver.com/673/story/534815.html

Law service for vets lauded on first day
The Greensboro News & Record

A free clinic in Durham that provides legal help to veterans opened its doors Friday and caught a client from the other side of the world. ...The clinic, staffed this semester by
about 15 N.C. Central law students and an additional 25 from nearby UNC-Chapel Hill, instantly becomes the largest free law-school clinic for veterans’ disability issues in the country.

Number of UNC Peace Corps volunteers rises
WCHL-AM (Chapel Hill)

UNC Chapel Hill has moved up three spots on the Peace Corps’ list of schools with the most active volunteers. There are 77 alumni in the Peace Corps right now.

Nursing team to investigate law
The Chapel Hill Herald

The UNC School of Nursing will lead a team investigating the impact of California's minimum nurse staffing law on nurse-to-patient ratios, hospital financial performance,
quality of care and nurse wages. The $1.2 million study is funded by a grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to Barbara Mark, the study's lead investigator and a Sarah Frances Russell distinguished professor of nursing systems at UNC.

Discovery finds its way a click at a time
The News & Observer (Raleigh)

Off line, Bora Zivkovic is an unemployed biologist struggling with his dissertation in Chapel Hill. ...More than 150 scientists, teachers, bloggers and journalists came to the
campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to talk about the technology that some think has the potential to reshape the world of science and bring it to the masses.

$5,100 grant for Kids Voting
The Charlotte Observer

UNC Chapel Hill's N.C. Civic Education Consortium recently announced Kids Voting Mecklenburg County received one of its Small Grants program awards, which support
various youth civic engagement projects.The civics advocacy group received $5,100 to launch a program introducing 75 high school students and 25 teachers to the fundamentals of local government, the local legal system and the media.

Major media give impressions of 'Monet' ballet
The News & Observer (Raleigh)

Carolina Ballet attracted national attention its first couple of seasons, with headlines in The New York Times, The Washington Post and Time magazine. ...Carolina Ballet
has decided to program "Monet Impressions" in place of the scheduled "Firebird" for its March 31-April 1 performances at UNC-Chapel Hill's Memorial Hall.

Back ranks of Congress speak up against war with Iran
The Winston-Salem Journal

President Bush may be the commander in chief, but he is facing opposition from the ranks of backbenchers in Congress who are critical of the direction of American military
action in the Middle East. ...But Ferrell Guillory, the director of the Program on Southern Life, Media, and Politics at the University of North Carolina, said that any debate on American foreign policy - particularly so soon after the election - is important, especially if it involves rank-and-file members.

Lenoir gets Google, at a cost
The News & Observer (Raleigh)

After more than 13 months of secret negotiations with state and local governments, Google has agreed to build a $600 million computer center in Lenoir. ..."The reason that Food Lion, Wal-Mart, Federal Express, all those places, work is they have an incredible delivery system based on hubs delivering atoms," said Paul Jones, an associate professor at UNC-Chapel Hill and director of Ibiblio.org, a digital library.

He took a shine to 'shine, gave it a twist
The Charlotte Observer

Before he moved to North Carolina in the mid-'90s, Joseph Michalek's New York buddies kidded him about coming to the land of moonshine and Mayberry. ...A Web site on
the history and lore of moonshine was done by a group of UNC Chapel Hill students in the mid-1990s for a cyber publishing class. Their description of moonshine's potency: "One drop will make a rabbit whip a bulldog."

New rule could apply to Pressley
The Charlotte Observer

Union County commissioners Chairman Kevin Pressley, a developer, has proposed a subdivision in Weddington that could be affected by changes the board wants to make
to a growth-control ordinance. ...David Lawrence and Fleming Bell, professors at the Institute of Government at UNC Chapel Hill, agree that Pressley's vote would not be a conflict of interest because it is too far removed from actually affecting him financially.

Can city accept retailer's grant?
The Charlotte Observer

In 2005, the Conover City Council approved a proposed Wal-Mart Supercenter amid widespread public opposition. ...As long as the money will benefit city residents as a
whole and wasn't given in exchange for a favor, government action or personal gain -- a quid pro quo -- the city is well within its limits to accept it, professor Fleming Bell said.

Chain eateries leave bad taste in his mouth
The Charlotte Observer

Readers often ask me if I know whether a certain chain restaurant or store is coming to the Lake Norman area. ...Under N.C. law, elected officials can't regulate zoning
decisions based on the owner or the form of ownership, said David Owens, professor of public law and government at the UNC School of Government.

Board vote extends family's sewage woes
The News & Observer (Raleigh)

When Charles Daye was a youngster in the late 1940s, his family homestead had no water, sewer or electricity, and traffic was so light that he and his friends would run out
and wave at the occasional car rumbling down the rocky dirt road. ...Along with the sign, Daye, a longtime UNC-Chapel Hill law professor, is considering suing the county and promises to make an issue of the board's vote the next time Reckhow, Heron and Cheek seek re-election.

Poor attendance plague some boards
The Greensboro News & Record

Several oversee parks. A slew govern development. One even looks out for trees. ..."To not be able to get a quorum — that's half the group not showing up — that would be
troubling," said David Lawrence, an expert on local government at UNC-Chapel Hill's School of Government.

County Commission looks to reach goal at meeting
The Independent Tribune (Concord)

After two days spent brainstorming to create the county’s vision and goals, the Cabarrus Board of County Commissioners will have the chance to immediately put one of its
goals in effect. ...“It’s the cities that are going to be driving school needs in the incorporated areas,” said Phil Boyle, adjunct professor with the University of North Carolina School of Government, who facilitated the County Commission retreat at Camp T.N. Spencer.

'Tobacco Road' Could Go Tobacco-Free
WNCN-TV (NBC, Raleigh)

Across the country more than 6,000 municipalities are covered by smoking bans in workplaces, restaurants and bars by either state or local laws. ..."That is because of two
factors," said Dr. Ferrel Guillory, a University of North Carolina professor. "Decline in the tobacco economy that is fewer people dependant on tobacco for a living, and then the other shift we are much more of metro, suburbanized society."

Issues and Trends

Endowments Celebrate a Streak
The Chronicle of Higher Education

The return of college endowments from the depths of the market earlier this decade continued to gain momentum in the past fiscal year. Endowments returned an average of
10.7 percent in the 2006 fiscal year, up from the previous year's return of 9.3 percent.

In The Budget: UNC system to submit requests
The Winston-Salem Journal

When the General Assembly reconvenes this week, the state's public universities will be sending legislators a wish list that probably won't get approved until months from
now. Like all state agencies, the University of North Carolina system submits a request for the next two years. The legislature will revisit the second year of requests next year during its "short" session.

Local legislative priorities include dental school, tax
The Greenville Daily Reflector

Local governments and other groups have been building their legislative wish lists for the 2007 session of the General Assembly. ...The University of North Carolina system
has requested $43.5 million each of the next two years to build a dental school. Tied to the proposal is a $96 million expansion of the dental program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Laws drive away some trustees
The News & Observer (Raleigh)

Some community college and university trustees have resigned from boards rather than disclose their financial interests under the state's new ethics laws. ...A trustee also
has stepped down from the Elizabeth City State University board, said John Davis, a member of the UNC Board of Governors.

New legislature will face old problems
Rocky Mount Telegram

The cards will have been shuffled a bit, but many of the same issues will remain when the N.C. General Assembly begins a new session this week. ...It also remains to be seen what kind of action – if any – the legislature might take on the UNC-Rocky Mount proposal. A committee study is to be delivered to the University of North Carolina Board of Governors in March. If the recommendation is favorable, the matter could come before the General Assembly for a vote this summer, which area lawmakers are hoping for.

Friends of Downtown plans public meetings
The Chapel Hill Herald

In this town, it can seem like you don't really exist until you have public meetings to talk about local issues. ...On Thursday, Rick Steinbacher of the UNC Athletics Department is scheduled to talk about his department's goals for helping to support the downtown, and representatives of the town's Police and Public Works departments and the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership may be there as well.

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