Jan. 31, 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

Some bleeding found in babies' brains
United Press International

U.S. researchers used magnetic resonance imaging to study the brains of babies soon after birth and found a small amount of bleeding in some children. "Small bleeds in and around the brain are very common in infants who are born vaginally," said Dr. H. Gilmore of the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in Chapel Hill. "It seems that a normal vaginal birth can cause these small bleeds."
UNC News Release: http://www.unc.edu/news/archives/jan07/neonates013007.html

Brain bleeds in 1 of 4 vaginal birth babies

A recent study has confirmed that one in four babies who experience vaginal birth suffer a limited amount of intracranial bleeding, but the bleeding is limited and has no apparent effect. The study by John Gilmore, M.D., of the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, and colleagues used magnetic resonance imaging. MRI did not show signs of bleeding for babies born by caesarian delivery, they reported in the February issue of Radiology.
Related link: http://www.themoneytimes.com/articles/20070130/researchers_

Cosmological Model Rivals Big Bang Theory
United Press International

U.S. physicists have constructed a cosmological model that suggests the universe can endlessly expand and contract. That cyclic model -- developed at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill by Professor Paul Frampton and graduate student Lauris Baum -- has four key parts: expansion, turnaround, contraction and bounce.
UNC News Release: http://www.unc.edu/news/archives/jan07/newmodel012907.html

National Coverage

Vaginal Births and Bleeding Brains
Ivanhoe Newswire

Intracranial bleeding could be a normal consequence of vaginal birth, according to the results of a new study. ..."I think the first thing is, this information shouldn't change anybody's plans for their delivery," John H. Gilmore, M.D., professor of psychiatry at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in Chapel Hill, told Ivanhoe.
Related link: http://foodconsumer.org/7777/8888/Non-f_ood_Things_27/013003612007_

Note: Ivanhoe has a syndicated television series and its reports are broadcast in 250 markets reaching 80 million U.S. households.
UNC News Release: http://www.unc.edu/news/archives/jan07/neonates013007.html

Baby Brain Trauma
NBC NewsChannel

An unexpected finding by scientists studying baby brain development. The first study to use high definition MRI to study newborn brains suggests a once troubling finding is probably just a common side effect of delivery. ...At the University of North Carolina - scientists studying baby brain development using a high powered MRI to analyze newborn brains came across a finding that wasn't part of their study.

Regional Coverage

Extra pounds threaten health of teen football players
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pa.)

Can you eat your way to fame and fortune? Many high school football players appear to think so. ...The study, published last week in the Journal of the American Medical Association, was a followup to a 2005 study at the University of North Carolina that found that 56 percent of NFL football players could be considered obese by the most commonly used medical standard.

Ex-Sen. Edwards long has been on the public's side (Letter to the editor)
Palm Beach Post (Fla.)

The stale canard that former Sen. John Edwards, D-N.C., is an "ambulance-chaser" who won his money in a "lawsuit bonanza" rings hollow once again ("Look beyond Edwards' skin-deep appeal," Jan. 20 letter). ...Sen. Edwards has spent his entire life acting on the public's behalf, in courtrooms, in the Senate and as director of the Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. As president, he would bring the same dedication and talent.

Dangerous delivery?
WHDH-TV (NBC, Boston)

Babies born naturally may have a bumpier ride than their C-Section counterparts. A new study suggests small bleeds around the brain may be a common side effect of the delivery method. At the University of North Carolina, scientists studying baby brain development using a high powered MRI to analyze newborn brains came across a finding that wasn't part of their study.
UNC News Release: http://www.unc.edu/news/archives/jan07/neonates013007.html

State and Local Coverage

WUNC public radio expanding in Triad
The Winston-Salem Journal

Public-radio station WUNC 91.5-FM is expanding its news operation into the Triad. ..."Having a bureau in Greensboro is part of our long-term strategic plans," said Joan Siefert Rose, the general manager of WUNC. "This is really to serve our existing audience. It's been part of the plan for three or four years now."
Related links: http://www.news-record.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070131/NEWSREC0101/70130024
UNC News Release: http://www.unc.edu/news/archives/jan07/wuncgreensboro013007.html

WUNC radio to get Greensboro bureau
The News & Observer (Raleigh)

Public radio station WUNC 91.5 FM plans to open a Greensboro news bureau to broaden the scope of its coverage. The station will build a studio and office on the top floor of Triad Stage, a regional theater company in downtown Greensboro. The renovations are scheduled to begin late this year.
Related link: http://www.heraldsun.com/durham/4-814521.cfm

Re-thinking Affirmative Action
"North Carolina Voices: Considering College," WUNC-FM

Stephen Farmer, assistant provost and director of undergraduate admissions at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Charles Daye, a UNC law professor, were featured on WUNC-FM's weeklong series, "North Carolina Voices: Considering College" discussing the role of affirmative action in admissions. President Lyndon Johnson first defined a federal policy of affirmative action in a speech at Howard University in 1965. Johnson characterized affirmative action as the next stage in the battle for civil rights and said the policy was needed to make equality not just a "right and a theory," but a "fact and a result." More than 40 years later, African-Americans are still much less likely to go to college than white students are, and much less likely to graduate. And support for race-based preferences may be waning -- in both the courts and the voting booths. Some traditional supporters of affirmative action now see a different way of creating diversity on college campuses.
UNC News Release: http://www.unc.edu/news/archives/jan07/ncvoicescollege012407.html

Minor brain bleeding found in 26% of newborns in study
The News & Observer (Raleigh)

Minor brain hemorrhages occur in about one in four otherwise healthy newborns — a finding that surprised researchers and could help physicians avoid wrongly accusing parents and caregivers of child abuse. ...That's why physicians at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill were taken aback at results of a radiology study looking into early brain development.
Related link: http://www.wral.com/news/local/story/1184033/
UNC News Release: http://www.unc.edu/news/archives/jan07/neonates013007.html

UNC study looks to disprove Big Bang Theory
WCHL-AM (Chapel Hill)

Though the Big Bang is widely accepted in the scientific community, physicists haven’t been able to prove it mathematically. Now, after months of mathematical wrangling, UNC physics professor Paul Frampton has developed a model of the universe that he says disproves the Big Bang altogether.
UNC News Release: http://www.unc.edu/news/archives/jan07/newmodel012907.html

N.C. capital punishment process on hold - sort of
The Associated Press (N.C.)

The odd state of capital punishment in North Carolina continued Tuesday, with a clemency hearing going as planned for a man whose execution was one of three blocked last week by a judge. ...Richard Rosen, a law professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, believes that's a likely scenario. He said testimony from the medical community could help officials sort out the issue.

UNC business professor to speak at annual chamber meeting
The Lexington Dispatch

A man described by a colleague as "an academic activist" will speak Feb. 22 at the Lexington Area Chamber of Commerce's annual meeting. James H. Johnson Jr. teaches and writes at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Kenan-Flagler Business School about the impact of demographic change on the workplace, urban poverty and public policy, community and economic development, and entrepreneurship.

Carolina North housing is important (Opinion-editorial column)
The Chapel Hill News

The Carolina North Leadership Advisory Committee has just completed several months' work writing development principles for the new campus. The process was important and has given the community a better sense of what the university plans for Carolina North, thanks especially to Ken Broun's facilitation. ...James Carnahan, on behalf of the board of directors of the Village Project. Carnahan was a member of the Town of Carrboro delegation to the Leadership Advisory Committee.

Songspiel, Stravinsky on stage
The Chapel Hill News

A collaboration between the UNC Departments of Music and Dramatic Art and faculty from Duke and Meredith College will bring four 20th-century pieces that fuse theatre and concert hall sensibilities to Memorial Hall this weekend. "Songspiel and Stravinsky -- The Theatre as Concert Hall -- and Vice-Versa!" will be presented at 8 p.m. Saturday on the UNC campus.
Upcoming Events@Carolina: http://www.unc.edu/news/archives/jan07/events@carolina.html

From hoops to hip-hop
The Chapel Hill News

It took Ave Stites seven years to say it and mean it: "I Believe." ...His song "I Believe" was recently featured in the closing credits of "Pushing the Limits," a documentary about disabled skiiers by UNC media studies professor Hap Kindem.

Shortcut, homemade meals can help you get fit if... (Commentary)
The Charlotte Observer

A great way to get fit is to do more home cooking. Eating at home usually results in fewer calories and better nutrition. But home cooking doesn't mean you have to soak beans and fix tomato sauce from scratch. Shortcuts are OK if you use high-quality ingredients. ...Suzanne Havala Hobbs is a registered dietitian and a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Health Policy at UNC.

A study of Judaic art
The News & Observer (Raleigh)

John Coffey, curator of American and modern art and deputy director for art at the N.C. Museum of Art, speaks tonight at the Sonja Haynes Stone Center at UNC-Chapel Hill. Coffey will discuss the history, mission and collection of the museum's Judaic Gallery.

Young and pro-choice (Letter to the editor)
The News & Observer (Raleigh)

Regarding Rick Martinez's Jan. 24 column "Pro-life marchers' momentum," there is small but vibrant group of young people here in the Triangle who support a woman's right to control her body. I'm a student at UNC-Chapel Hill and there are several active student groups, such as Feminist Students United and Choice USA, that are doing good work to ensure reproductive justice for women.
Related link: http://www.newsobserver.com/720/story/537845.html

Mom of slain gay man urges openness
The Chapel Hill Herald

The mother of the late Matthew Shepard encouraged gays and lesbians and their families and friends to speak out and tell their stories during a speech Tuesday night on the UNC campus. Judy Shepard addressed an audience of more than 400 in the Great Hall in the Student Union about the death of her son in 1998.

Agency says protest sign too big
The Herald-Sun (Durham)

A landowner already at odds with the County Commissioners is now in trouble with the City/County Planning office, thanks to his posting of a protest sign on a site that regulators say violates Durham's sign rules. Planners mailed a formal violation notice to the landowner, UNC law professor Charles Daye, on Tuesday. They allege that the sign --which says Daye's family is being "held hostage" by the commissioners' unwillingness to rezone their property for a townhouse development -- is twice as large as Durham law allows.

Issues and Trends

Academic questions (Editorial)
The Charlotte Observer

If you have a college degree and a decent-paying job, chances are you understand why higher education and a robust economy are joined at the hip. Ditto if you're an employer whose business depends on people with the right skills.

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