Jan. 26, 2007

Carolina in the News

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

National Coverage

Colleges Regroup After Voters Ban Race Preferences
The New York Times

Many public universities are scrambling to find race-blind ways to attract more blacks and Hispanics. ...At the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, a program guaranteeing that low-income students can graduate debt-free helped to increase the percentage of blacks in the freshman class to 12 percent, and to increase both economic diversity and the enrollment of underrepresented minority students. Other states have started similar programs.
UNC News Release: http://www.unc.edu/news/archives/sept04/covenant092904.html

A New Standard for Measuring Doctoral Programs
The Chronicle for Higher Education

For years when the dean of the graduate school at Washington University in St. Louis wanted to know how its programs stacked up to their peers, he was at a loss.
Note: The 2005 Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index rated UNC's Curriculum in Toxicology number one.

A Triangle Equal to the Sum of Its Hoops
The New York Times

The gentle hills of the Triangle region of North Carolina are spangled with the prim brick McMansions of migrant techies lured by opportunity and temperate weather — almost any day is good for squeezing in 18 holes. ...In the bookshops on Franklin Street in Chapel Hill, which runs next to the sprawling, tree-lined University of North Carolina campus, you can pick up a literary best seller or a used economics text and then select from racks of jerseys screen-printed with 50 — the number worn by Tyler Hansbrough, the sophomore star forward.

UNC regrets admissions e-mail error

Talk about a letdown. The University of North Carolina said it sent an e-mail to 2,703 applicants that wrongly gave the impression the recipients had been admitted even though the selection process isn't finished. ..."We hate that this happened,'' said Stephen Farmer, Chapel Hill's assistant provost and director of undergraduate admissions, in a telephone interview.
Related link: http://www.azstarnet.com/news/166308

Scientists: Cuts Hurt Cancer Research
CBS Evening News

For eight months, Joni Grandin, who never smoked, has been receiving an experimental treatment for advanced lung cancer, thanks to a federally funded clinical trial at the University of North Carolina, CBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric reports. ..."We are pulling the rug out from the world's best infrastructure for cancer research and for all biomedical research. It doesn't make any sense to me," says Dr. Shelton Earp of UNC's Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Muscle Fibers Shift Into High Gear
Science Magazine

One look at a ballerina as she pirouettes and poses drives home the remarkable ability of our muscles to adapt to diverse biomechanical demands. ..."Their results may provide a simple means for automatically varying the gearing of a robotic [muscle] with changes in load," says William Kier of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Regional Coverage

Memories of Iraq war loss
Chattanooga Times Free Press

Though her husband died one year ago in Iraq, Mendy Scott still sees part of him each day in their 19-month-old daughter, Carmien. ...Richard Kohn, a historian with the University of North Carolina, said the war has had little effect on most of American society because it hasn't required a large mobilization. He said casualties are fewer than in previous wars.

State and Local Coverage

UNC trustees OK tuition hike
The News & Observer (Raleigh)

Tuition at UNC-Chapel Hill is expected to increase $250 for North Carolinians and $1,250 for out-of-state students in the 2007-08 school year. ...UNC has become a magnet for top students from outside North Carolina seeking a highly ranked school at a bargain price. Kiplinger's magazine recently rated the university the best value in the United States among public campuses -- for the sixth straight time.
Related links: http://www.heraldsun.com/orange/10-812911.cfm

Plan assures more diversity (Opinion-editorial column)
The Daily Tar Heel

Diversity matters at UNC. It matters for members of our community and to our mission as an educational institution. Here at UNC, we understand the scope of diversity to include experiences and perspectives of students, staff and faculty as they relate to race, gender, age, class, sexuality, culture, nationality, disability, religion and region. This is not an exhaustive list, and it is not intended to be. Diversity embraces the many ways in which we and our social, cultural and economic histories differ. ...Archie Ervin, associate provost, Multicultural Affairs
Related link: http://media.www.dailytarheel.com/media/storage/paper885/news/2007/

Award-winning play ready for the stage
The Chapel Hill Herald

What's 17-year-old Mary Brigit to do when her own life at home and at school is unutterably dull? Make up a spicier version, of course. ...The Sam Selden Prize-winner opens tonight in the intimate space of the Kenan Theater, in UNC's Center for Dramatic Art.
Related link: http://media.www.dailytarheel.com/media/storage/paper885/news/

Acceptance e-mail sent in error
The News & Observer (Raleigh)

About 2,700 students who applied to UNC-Chapel Hill got good news this week: They had been accepted for the coming school year. The news was wrong. ..."It's such a hard feeling to know we let these students down," said Steve Farmer, assistant provost and director of undergraduate admissions.
Related links: http://www.charlotte.com/mld/charlotte/16549556.htm

UNC graduation rate doesn't look bad at all (Letter to the editor)
The Greensboro News & Record

Math problem? The Jan. 18 News & Record editorial, "Quantity vs. quality?" about "poor graduation rates across the UNC system" shows a bar graph with 22.7 percent of N.C. A&T students graduating in four years and 70.5 percent of UNC students graduating in four years.

UNC sports, Downtown look to grow together
WCHL-AM (Chapel Hill)

UNC’s athletics program is gaining strength, and looking to share its success with downtown Chapel Hill. Associate Athletics Director Rick Steinbacher says both areas do better as more bodies fill the seats.

Getting Any State Job Now Means Online Immigration Check
WRAL-TV (CBS, Raleigh)

A program designed to prevent illegal immigrants from working in the U.S. is being used in North Carolina, and this month the state is screening all new employees through the Employment Verification Program. ..."It is a little bit nerve-wracking for the employees, understanding that they are going to have their employee verification process through the federal government," Vicki Bradley, human resources director at UNC-Chapel Hill, said Thursday.

New Treatment for Fibroid Tumors Growing in Popularity
WRAL-TV (CBS, Raleigh)

Uterine fibroids can cause a lot of discomfort and heavy menstrual bleeding. Surgically removing the uterus used to be the only option, but now there are newer, less invasive options. ..."The major weakness in the study was that all of the surgeries were done through an abdominal incision and that really is a bit behind the technology of the current day," said UNC GYN surgeon Dr. John Steege.

Blame their inner bigot
The News & Observer (Raleigh)

When we do something wrong, we have to take our licks. When celebrities screw up, they hire teams to devise strategies to spin away the blame. ...For some perspective on the darkened-heart defense, we spoke with Michael S. Waltman, an associate professor of communication studies at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Complex condition (Letter to the editor)
The News & Observer (Raleigh)

Regarding the Jan. 21 People page item "Model weighs in on anorexia": I was truly astonished by model Gisele Bundchen's deplorable and ignorant comments on anorexia. My daughter was diagnosed with anorexia at age 11 last year. She was in critical condition. After months of hospitalization and therapy at UNC-Chapel Hill she is "back with us" in body and in spirit.

Medical school to host lecture
The Chapel Hill Herald

William Crowley Jr., director of clinical research at Massachusetts General Hospital, will deliver the Ralph R. Landes Lecture at the UNC School of Medicine on Wednesday.
UNC Event brief: http://www.unc.edu/news/briefs/2007/012307.html

12-century love topic of UNC talk
The Chapel Hill Herald

Bernard McGinn, professor emeritus at the University of Chicago Divinity School, will discuss the relationship between divine and human love in 12th-century thought in a Monday talk at UNC.
UNC Event brief: http://www.unc.edu/news/briefs/2007/012307.html

Student access topic of lecture
The Chapel Hill Herald

Debra Rolison of the Naval Research Lab in Washington, D.C., will discuss "Transforming the Culture of Academic Science: Removing Barriers One Student at a Time" at 4 p.m. Monday at UNC.
UNC Event brief: http://www.unc.edu/news/briefs/2007/012307.html

Issues and Trends

Covering Tuition for Needy Students in Texas, and Other News From the States
The Chronicle of Higher Education

Joining the ranks of several other public flagship institutions and elite private colleges, the University of Texas has announced a program to guarantee financial aid covering tuition and fees for students from low-income families.

Leaders make case for UNC-Rocky Mount
The Rocky Mount Telegram

The UNC-Rocky Mount study commission spent two days on the N.C. Wesleyan College campus last week hearing emotional pleas from area residents for the creation of a new university that would provide affordable, accessible education to some of the poorest counties in the state.

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