Jan. 24, 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

Dean moves up at UNC
The Financial Times (United Kingdom)

The Kenan Flagler school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has named James Dean as senior associate dean for academic affairs. Most recently Prof Dean, an organizational behavior specialist, was dean of executive education at UNC.

National Coverage

Flight Plan: Airports Take Off As Development Hubs
The Wall Street Journal

John Kasarda says an Asian import could help alleviate Detroit's economic problems. ...Airports are "the new central business districts of the postindustrial economy," says the University of North Carolina business professor. He has logged more than 100,000 miles over the past six years promoting the idea in Asia, where it has taken root outside cities from Seoul to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

A Small B-School Can Be a Big Plus

The advantages of going to a large business school in an urban area appear obvious to many applicants. After all, the thinking goes, big cities are where big business is done (not to mention the restaurants, the nightlife, the healthy population of old college buddies to ease the transition). ...So what, exactly, is the small school advantage? In a word: community. Students say it's easier to form close bonds with classmates at a small school like Tuck or UNC's Kenan-Flagler, where each graduating class is kept to under 300 people, compared with larger ones like Harvard and Wharton, where the graduating class size is roughly triple that.

Fast Food, Fast Calories
The Washington Post

We're three weeks into 2007; so, how's it going? Those holiday bills are rolling in. Tax season is around the corner. ...Okay, so here's more proof that you need to choose carefully when you hit those fast food restaurants. A new study by University of North Carolina researchers shows that eating more fast food often equals eating more calories.

Regional Coverage

The state of our energy is dangerous (Opinion-editorial column)
The Examiner (Denver, Colo.)

Gas prices may be coming down to earth, but for how long? ...For example, according to a recent joint research project by the University of North Carolina and Rutgers University, synthetic diesel fuel (which burns cleaner and more efficiently that gasoline) can be developed from “green coal.” Other promising biofuels offer environmentally friendly and alternative sources of energy.
UNC News Release: http://www.unc.edu/news/archives/apr06/brookhart041106.htm

Dangerous Consequences of Too Many Prescription
WNDU-TV (NBC, South Bend, Indiana)

Almost everyone takes a prescription drug at some point. ...Dr. Paul Watkins from the University of North Carolina stated, "We tend to think of one dose of a drug being good for everybody. In fact, different people need different amounts of drugs."

State and Local Coverage

N.C. delegates challenging Bush
The News & Observer (Raleigh)

U.S. Reps. David Price and Brad Miller want President Bush to get combat troops out of Iraq by the end of the year - or else return to Congress for renewed permission to continue the fight. ...This time might be different, said William E. Leuchtenburg, a presidential expert and professor emeritus of history at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Experts question effectiveness of Bush speech
The Herald-Sun (Durham)

A UNC expert in communications said Tuesday that while he believed President Bush's State of the Union speech was good, he got a bit too bogged down in details -- particularly on Iraq -- and said much of the situation hinges on what the Iraqis do. "I think he presented it well, but I don't think that what he said in the speech is enough to overcome the reservations that the audience of the American public and the Congress already have about what Bush wants to do," UNC Communication Studies professor Bill Balthrop said.

State of the Union: What the Triangle thinks
The News & Observer (Raleigh)

...Who tuned in: Doug Crawford-Brown, 53, Carrboro, director of UNC-CH Institute for the Environment. His take: "At least this talk has put energy policy in America on the table as an issue of the same magnitude as health care and national security.

Officials discuss Cancer Treatment Center for Dare County
The Outerbanks Sentinel

Prompted by a letter from North Carolina Senator Mark Basnight, the Dare County Board of Commissioners met last week with University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-Chapel Hill) officials regarding the placement of a satellite UNC Cancer Treatment Center in Dare County.

Draft bill would aid domestic furniture makers
The Dispatch (Lexington)

Nonprofit foundations could invest in furniture manufacturers to help preserve jobs for N.C. workers under a draft bill approved Monday by a state legislative study panel. ...According to figures from the study committee, based partly on a production cost analysis by the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, adding the benefits of an LC3 and research and development could increase the estimated operating profit on a $600 casegoods piece from $60 to $147, well above the $90 operating profit for a comparable piece made in China.

Summer reading topic: death penalty
The News & Observer (Raleigh)

Incoming students at UNC-Chapel Hill this fall will be asked to read a book that takes aim at the death penalty. The 2007 summer reading selection is "The Death of Innocents: An Eyewitness Account of Wrongful Executions," by Sister Helen Prejean.
UNC News Release: http://www.unc.edu/news/archives/jan07/summerreadchoice012307.html

UNC grad gets key Citibank post
The News & Observer (Raleigh)

Citigroup shuffled its management ranks for the second time in a little more than a month in a shake-up that raises questions about the bank's ability to turn itself around. ...Sallie Krawcheck, the chief financial officer, will take over that job, returning to the position that the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill graduate had when she arrived at Citigroup in 2002.

Related link: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/01/23/business/23citi.html

Warner, ex-Va. governor, to speak at UNC
The News & Observer (Raleigh)

Former Virginia Gov. Mark Warner will speak at UNC-Chapel Hill next week to kick off a new Center on Law and Government. ...The center, which is based at UNC-CH's law school, is directed by Michael Gerhardt, a professor of constitutional law.
UNC News Release: http://www.unc.edu/news/archives/jan07/warnerlawschool012307.html

Sekou Sundiata
"The State of Things," WUNC-FM

What does it mean to be an American? Do you have to speak a certain language? Subscribe to traditional myths about definitions of beauty and power? Poet and performer Sekou Sundiata traveled the country for two years after 9/11 to unravel the complexities of contemporary American identity. The result is his public address to the nation, a multimedia performance piece titled, "the 51st (dream) state." Sundiata shares his discoveries with host Frank Stasio before his project is staged at UNC tonight.
Note: "The State of Things" is the statewide public affairs program airing live at noon weekdays and rebroadcast at 9 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays and 6 a.m. on Saturdays.
UNC News Release: http://www.unc.edu/news/archives/jan07/sundiata011607.htm

Davis a good sell
The News & Observer (Raleigh)

Butch Davis is good for business at the University of North Carolina. The Tar Heels' recently hired head football coach hasn't played a game or held a practice session, but Davis' impact at the ticket window is already reaping rewards.

UNC Hospitals drops hardball on bills
The News & Observer (Raleigh)

The aggressive bill collection tactics used by UNC Hospitals in recent years have stopped, replaced instead with more consumer-friendly alternatives, the hospital's chief executive said Tuesday.

Housing key at Carolina North (Opinion-editorial column)
The Chapel Hill Herald

Your Jan. 21 editorial "Carolina North committee does its jobs," stated that "representatives from the towns wanted te university to commit to creating an equal amount of housing for the jobs it would create at Carolina North." That is actually not the case. ...(James) Carnahan is a member of the Carrboro Delegation to the Carolina North Leadership advisory Committee.
Note: No link available.

Soft on Edwards (Letter to the editor)
The News & Observer (Raleigh)

Your Jan. 15 article "Center a boon for UNC, Edwards" was nothing but fluff. You wrote, related to John Edwards' benefit in working with the Poverty Center, "It buttressed his credentials on an issue important to many Democratic voters."

Can Cooper force witnesses to speak?
The Wilmington Journal

Now that the NC State Attorney General’s Office is prosecuting the Duke alleged sexual assault and kidnapping case, will it do a thorough job, or undertake a cursory investigation just to politically appease critics? ...UNC-Chapel Hill’s Prof. Kennedy concurs, noting that the AG cannot sanction any of the witnesses for not cooperating.

A do-it-yourself approach to reaching fitness goals (Commentary)
The Charlotte Observer

In the ideal world, we'd have access to a personal chef, trainer and dietitian. That's because it takes a high level of commitment -- and support -- to eat well, get into shape and stay fit. ...Suzanne Havala Hobbs is a registered dietitian and a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Health Policy at UNC

Residents weigh in on Hillsborough project
The News & Observer (Raleigh)

A proposed plan to turn the old Flynt Fabrics mill into 85 upscale apartments met with conditional support by West Hillsborough neighbors at a public hearing Tuesday night. ...Stephen Whitlow, a neighborhood resident and a graduate student in the city planning department at UNC-Chapel Hill, started with the benefits of the redevelopment as he spoke on behalf of 30 to 40 residents involved with the West Hillsborough Neighborhood Watch.

Issues and Trends

Bowles warns of the future
The Chapel Hill Herald

UNC President Erskine Bowles gave a serious speech on Tuesday, but first he had some fun at his own expense. ...Bowles emphasized his commitment to making the UNC system more efficient, producing stronger graduates from nurses to entrepreneurs and doing more to help improve secondary schools as well. He mentioned a program in which 17 principals from the worst-performing public schools in the state have been attending an intensive program in leadership and management skills at the Kenan-Flagler Business School in Chapel Hill.
Related link: http://www.newsobserver.com/102/story/535497.html

The 2007 legislature
The Charlotte Observer

When the General Assembly convenes today in Raleigh for its biennial session, it will have a new leader in the House for the first time in eight years and new ethics laws governing lobbyists, lawmakers and executive branch officials. ...That means granting the UNC system's request for additional state student financial aid over the next two years.

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