Jan. 29, 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

Cancer Researcher Blasts Cuts
United Press International

A Philadelphia breast cancer researcher said proposed cuts in federal funding could jeopardize research and lives, CBS Evening news reported. ..."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," Dr. Shelton Earp of the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of North Carolina told CBS.

Brisk demand for graduates from across the board
Financial Times (London)

For those MBA students either about to graduate or who have just secured their degree, the MBA investment gamble appears to have paid off in spades. ...At Kenan-Flagler
Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, on-campus company presentations were up 10 per cent from the previous year. The number of recruiters at the autumn career fair was up 28 per cent, a strong indicator for the recruiting season. Susan Amey, director of the MBA career management centre at the school, says there is strong demand for MBAs in all sectors.
Related link: http://search.ft.com/ftArticle?queryText=breadth+of+opportunity&y=0&aje=true&id=070129000895&x=0

Healthy Hugs
Donga.com (South Korea)

Dong-a Pharmaceutical Chairman Kang Shin-ho and his son recently had a reunion after a long-standing feud over the management rights of the company. ...It was a study conducted by psychological researchers at the University of North Carolina to figure out the correlation between hugs and health. They put 100 couples together and asked
50 couples each to watch fun videos holding hands and hug for 20 seconds afterwards.

Challenge to 'get past the legacy'
Financial Times (London)

It is more than 6,000km from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, in the US, to Manchester in the UK. But the cultural distance may be even greater - not to mention the difference in the weather. None of which seems to perturb Michael Luger, formerly chairman of the department of public policy and professor of city and regional planning at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. ...In particular, Prof Luger believes there is a real need to build a high-class executive education centre - similar to the Rizzo centre at Kenan-Flagler in the US - to attract executives on to the school's short non-degree programmes. "The university [Manchester University] will be happy to help if there is a business plan," he says.

National Coverage

Medical teams swoop in at family's behest
USA Today

As she watched her daughter, Isabelle, then 3, struggling to breathe in her hospital bed, Leslie Nambo could see that the care she was receiving wasn't working. ...At N.C. Children's Hospital, the staff is told that "if a family member looks worried or expresses concern, just call the team," says Tina Schade Willis, who was one of Isabelle's doctors. "We consider the family member part of the medical team."

Placing Kenan-Flagler Grads (Question-answer)

Susan Amey has been the director of the MBA Career Management Center at the University of North Carolina's Kenan-Flagler Business School since August, 2005. For the class of 2006, Amey and her staff of eight helped Kenan-Flager's 570 full-time MBA graduates snag jobs with an average starting salary of $89,500 and a median signing bonus of $23,200.

Paying high prices to bear the college burden

Sitting at her computer in Northport, Valerie Rowe entered her family's 2006 income and savings into an online version of a federal financial aid form. ...Striving campuses such as Vanderbilt, Rice and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are even offering full rides to entice the best and brightest.

New Prosecution Team Takes on Duke Case
The Washington Post

Six boxes and two file folders were transferred to the state attorney general's office near Capital Square here last week, and with them comes a shift in a case that has transfixed the nation. ..."His experience with the Gell case shows that he doesn't dismiss a case unless the evidence for innocence is extremely strong," said Joe Kennedy, a law professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

'Buzz Donut' offers sweet caffeine fix
The Associated Press (National)

Dr. Robert Bohannon wants you in his world. It's fast, upbeat, jovial and driven by caffeine -- lots of it. ..."I see nothing positive from this," said Barry Popkin, a nutrition scientist at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Immigrant skin tone linked to salary
The Associated Press (National)

Light-skinned immigrants in the United States make more money on average than those with darker complexions, and the chief reason appears to be discrimination, a researcher says. ...William Darity Jr., an economics professor at the University of North Carolina, said Hersch's findings are similar to a study he co-authored last year on skin tone and wages among blacks.

Toddlers' vocabulary gets a boost from Dad
Cox News Services

Researchers have long known how important it is for mothers to talk to their babies. ... Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have found that the number of words a father uses when a child is 2 might influence the child's vocabulary a year later.
UNC News Release: http://www.unc.edu/news/archives/oct06/fpgfatherslanguage103006.htm

Glory can be costly
The Chicago Tribune

The snow had just begun to flutter over Soldier Field when Wilber Marshall scooped up a fumble--forced by Richard Dent's sack--and galloped toward the end zone for the exclamation mark on a 24-0 Bears triumph over the Los Angeles Rams in the 1985 NFC championship game. ..."A 100-g impact is analogous to a car crashing into a brick wall at 25 m.p.h., and the test dummies impacting the windshield with 100 g's of force," said Kevin Guskiewicz, research director of the Center for the Study of Retired Athletes at the University of North Carolina. "

Use of Research-Ethics Boards Is Growing in Africa, Study Finds
The Chronicle of Higher Education

A study by the Johns Hopkins University of how well research-ethics boards are functioning in Africa has found a mixed picture. ...Those expectations raise the question of what responsibilities researchers have toward the subjects of their studies, says Stuart Rennie, a bioethicist at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, who is helping to create a center for bioethics in Kinshasa, Congo. "People will have all sorts of health needs that aren't covered by the protocol," he said.

Chocolate Drops Revive String-Band Sound
"Weekend Edition Sunday," National Public Radio

Bill Ferris, UNC professor of history and senior associate director of the Center for the Study of the American South at UNC, was featured on NPR's "Weekend Edition Sunday" discussing the success of the Chocolate Drops. A trio of musicians from North Carolina are reclaiming the string-band music traditions of the black Piedmont. The Carolina Chocolate Drops are the hottest thing to hit the old-time music community in decades.

U. of North Carolina Makes E-Mail Blunder
The Chronicle of Higher Education

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill mistakenly sent 2,703 applicants an e-mail message last week congratulating them on their acceptance to the institution, even though the applications for the students are pending.

Antidepressants Similar in Effectiveness, But Side Effects Differ
Consumer Affairs

Today's most commonly prescribed antidepressants are similar in effectiveness to each other but differ when it comes to possible side effects, according to an analysis released by HHS' Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. ...The new analysis, produced by AHRQ's Effective Health Care program, was completed by the Agency's RTI International-University of North Carolina Evidence-based Practice Center.

UNC News Release: http://www.unc.edu/news/archives/jan07/sheps_ahrq_antidepressants012307.html

Regional Coverage

Lawyer suited for tough inquiries to replace Harriet Miers
Austin-American Statesman (Texas)

White House Counsel Harriet Miers, President Bush's longtime go-to lawyer, is being replaced by a longtime Washington lawyer viewed as more suited for the rough-and-tumble of congressional investigations to come. ...William Marshall, a University of North Carolina law professor who worked in the White House counsel office in the Clinton years, said Miers' departure was predictable.

Little League will count, limit pitches
The News-Press (Fort Myers, Fla.)

Youth baseball, at its core, is about having fun. Some coaches, however, want to win at all costs so they have their best pitchers throw inning after inning, game after game, with little regard for the health of a child's arm. ...The University of North Carolina began a five-year study on breaking pitches for Little League, and the results could lead to future rule changes, Downs said.

Cheerleader suffers injury, but maintains her spirit
Florida Today (Melbourne)

Chelsea Kossiver, 15, sat ramrod straight in a chair at her parents' home, a neck brace encircling her throat. ...According to the National Center for Catastrophic Sport Injury Research at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, cheerleading has changed dramatically during the past 22 years.

State and Local Coverage

Campuses must lead efforts to address global climate change (Opinion-editorial column)
The Chapel Hill Herald

Carolina is committed to sustainability, environmental sensitivity and protecting natural resources in our community. Our responsibility to the environment also extends beyond the borders of North Carolina. Our campus, along with colleges and universities throughout the country, must lead efforts to address global climate change through research, education and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. ...James Moeser is chancellor of UNC Chapel Hill.

Keeping tuition balance (Editorial)
The Herald-Sun (Durham)

By limiting tuition and fee increases for in-state students at UNC system campuses to 6.5 percent per year, system president Erskine Bowles has drained much of the controversy out of the issue for North Carolinians, at least for a few years. In-state tuition may not be as close to free as practical, as the state constitution envisions, but families can predict with some certainty how much it will go up from year to year. And it is still an excellent value. That's especially true at the state's flagship university in Chapel Hill, which is commonly ranked among the handful of top public universities in the nation.
Related link: http://www.heraldsun.com/opinion/chhedits/57-813512.cfm

UNC says airport rules unchanged
The Chapel Hill Herald

Despite complaints from some neighbors, UNC says it hasn't backed off any of its regulations for use of the Horace Williams Airport. ...Elfland said the situation remains the same at the airport in the center of town off Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. "We have not changed any of the policies at the airport," she said. "All the policies about when it can be used and all that are still in effect."

Pitt students avoid UNC congratulation e-mail mistake
The Greenville Daily Reflector

Pitt County school guidance counselors have received no reports that local seniors received e-mails sent in error to thousands of students from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill last week, said Pitt County Schools Spokeswoman Heather Mayo.

Meet the College Students
"The State of Things," WUNC-FM

These days, college doesn’t necessarily mean a four-year degree and playing frisbee on a grassy quad. Host Frank Stasio discusses the modern college experience, from how you get in to what you get out of it with six students from area colleges including, UNC-CH, Duke University, North Carolina Central University and Central Carolina Community College. It’s the kick-off to our week-long series on higher education, “North Carolina Voices: Considering College.” 
Related link: http://wunc.org/news
UNC News Release: http://www.unc.edu/news/archives/jan07/ncvoicescollege012407.html

Museum explores art of the divine
The Herald-Sun (Durham)

Visitors to UNC's Ackland Art Museum have the opportunity to get closer to representations of divinity than some of the devout were able to in the artifacts' original context. Two dozen Buddhist, Hindu and Jain sculptures and architectural fragments dated from the 1st through 13th centuries went on display this week at the museum on Columbia Street in Chapel Hill.
Note: No link available.
Related link: http://www.newsobserver.com/105/story/537108.html
UNC News Release: http://www.unc.edu/news/archives/jan07/divine011107.htm

State’s driver licensing system reduces hospitalizations and medical costs for young drivers, UNC study finds
The Lincoln Tribune

North Carolina’s graduated driver licensing (GDL) system has reduced hospitalizations and resulting hospital costs by about one-third for the state’s 16-year-old drivers, according to a study by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers to be published in the February edition of the journal Traffic Injury Prevention.
UNC News Release: http://www.unc.edu/news/archives/jan07/margolisdriving012507.html

UNC to hold free screenings of Gore film
WCHL-AM (Chapel Hill)

Al Gore may not have won the presidency, but his global warming documentary “An Inconvenient Truth” is up for an Academy Award. Free public screenings are available at various times across the UNC campus this week. Director of UNC’s Sustainability Office Cindy Shea says the film has made it easier to talk about climate change.

Good medicine (Editorial)
The News & Observer (Raleigh)

The average North Carolinian expects an unfriendly nudge from the state if his income tax obligation isn't posted by April 15. It's been another thing altogether to be hounded about one's bill by UNC Hospitals.'

Federal cut may squeeze hospitals
The News & Observer (Raleigh)

The public UNC Health Care system in Chapel Hill, another major provider of charity care, would not be affected by the rule change because it does not receive the subsidy. Instead, UNC is paid at a higher rate than private hospitals to care for patients insured through Medicaid, the state and federal health insurance program for the poor. UNC also receives about $40 million in state taxpayer support.

How to serve seniors?
The Charlotte Observer

When Gaston Family Medical Center opened last May to serve the elderly, patients gave it rave reviews for its uncommon brand of senior care -- longer appointments, medication reviews and lots of listening. ...Dr. Anthony Caprio, who specializes in geriatrics at UNC Chapel Hill's School of Medicine, sees a coming crisis: "a lot of older adults with chronic conditions...and a health care situation not prepared for it."

Head trauma studied in suicide
The News & Observer (Raleigh)

In the NFL, Andre Waters played as if he had something to prove, but the effects of his reckless, head-first tackling style may prove something he never wanted to show -- a link between head trauma and depression later in life. ...The Center for the Study of Retired Athletes at UNC-Chapel Hill is watching the Waters case for what it might show about mild brain trauma and dementia and depression later in life.

FDA reforms seek right dose
The Winston-Salem Journal

Revlimid can't cure Alice Duggins, but it can buy her time. Duggins has a blood disorder that can lead to leukemia, and while she waits for a bone-marrow transplant, Revlimid boosts her red-blood-cell count. ...Ferrell Guillory, the director of the Program on Southern Politics, Media and Public Life at UNC-Chapel Hill, said that Burr's election in 1994 coincided with a wave a change in North Carolina.

New dental school not way to fix problem (Opinion-editorial column)
The Winston-Salem Journal

Late last year, the University of North Carolina system's board of governors approved a plan for a new dental school at East Carolina University and an expansion of the existing school at UNC Chapel Hill. This plan was created because of a perceived shortage of dentists and is designed to increase the number of dentists in North Carolina's small towns.

A band of Moravian musicians performs its wartime duty
The Winston-Salem Journal

...The book is an expansion of a paperback that Hall published in 1963 during the centennial of the Civil War, but it has a great deal more material, including all of Julius Lineback's wartime documents. (His granddaughter, Margaret Leinbach Kolb of Winston-Salem, granted permission for the use of the material. It's now in the Southern Historical Collection at Wilson Library, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.)

Racial injustice shapes book, life of author
The Asheville-Citizen Times

One of the best books on race issues that I’ve ever read is also a great memoir — and that is Timothy Tyson’s 2004 award winner, “Blood Done Sign My Name.” ...Tyson, a former University of Wisconsin professor of Afro-American studies, is now at UNC Chapel Hill teaching “The South in Black & White.”

Sign is back up after removal
The News & Observer (Raleigh)

Charles Daye fought the law Friday morning, and he won. Daye, a UNC law professor whose family has owned land along Farrington Road in southwest Durham for more than a century, is peeved at a recent decision by county commissioners not to rezone a piece of his land.

Leicester, Swannanoa may be new towns in the making
The Asheville-Citizen Times

What most would consider “downtown” Leicester boasts a namesake grill, an auto garage with a stone facade and Gossett’s Grocery. ...David Lawrence, a professor in the School of Government at UNC Chapel Hill, said there are a variety of reasons that communities seek incorporation.

Officials discuss Cancer Treatment Center for Dare County
The Outerbank Sentinel

Prompted by a letter from North Carolina Senator Marc 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.

Group wants to open slave museum
The Chapel Hill News

Margaret Pollard's grandfather was born a slave near Pittsboro in the 1800s. ...Harry Watson, director of the UNC-Chapel Hill Center for the Study of the American South, said a multicultural museum in Chatham would have a far-reaching impact. It might not become a big tourist draw, but "public school children would come in by the score," he said.

Issues and Trends

Measuring progress on N.C. campuses (Opinion-editorial column)
The News & Observer (Raleigh)

Higher education in the United States is the envy of the world, an engine of creativity, innovation and social mobility. And here in North Carolina we are especially fortunate in our system of public and private universities, colleges and community colleges -- they are world class, affordable, and have a long history of working together to sustain our state's future.

Capital's whirl is a money dance (Column)
The News & Observer (Raleigh)

The mutual embrace of dependence and exploitation in which our trusty legislators and their faithful lobbyist sidekicks are locked has to rate as a cause for marvel. ...The galleries in the Legislative Building don't have fancy corporate suites, but to look down the list of big donors is to recognize who would occupy such suites if they could. Top five on the list: Realtors, boosters of UNC-Chapel Hill, doctors, home builders, trial lawyers.
Related link: http://www.wilmingtonstar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070127/EDITORIAL/701270304

Setting the Agenda, A Follow-Up (Column)
The Winston-Salem Journal

At the beginning of last year, the Journal editorial department laid out an ambitious agenda for debate in our community forum, the editorial pages. ...Finally, we must find ways to keep down tuition in the University of North Carolina system. The system has been raising tuition regularly. There are many new programs in place to help the lowest-income students pay for college, but there is a squeeze in the middle for those students whose families don't qualify for substantial grants, but who fear taking on the sizable debt associated with university-sponsored loans.

UNC headed our way?
The Daily Herald (Roanoke Rapids)

A major change could come soon at North Carolina Wesleyan College in Rocky Mount if many residents, educators, business leaders and government officials in the region have their way. A study commission appointed by the state legislature met with members of the community to help determine the feasibility of transforming the small, private liberal arts school into the newest extension of the University of North Carolina system.
Related link: http://www.rockymounttelegram.com/news/content/news/stories/2007/01/28/07/uncrmsidebar.html

WCU tries to create 'downtown Cullowhee'
The Asheville Citizen-Times

Western Carolina University recently spent $1.6 million to acquire its home community's tiny central business district and has even more ambitious plans to create more of a sense of place around its growing campus. ...WCU is the only institution in the University of North Carolina system that is not located in an incorporated town, says university spokesman Bill Studenc.

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